R3: The Big Balloon (1965)

UK, 6 July 1965
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Series: R3 (1964-1965) – series 2, episode 1

A British science fiction television episode directed by Douglas Hurn.

Plot Summary

The R3 team are involved in an attempt to launch a balloon to the very edge of space. But the project’s leader, Commander Murray, has abandoned the attempt six times – what is he really up to?


Director: Douglas Hurn
Producer: John Robins
Script: David Chantler
Script Editor: Ken Levison
Music: Ken Thorne
Designer: Donald Brewer

John Robinson (Sir Michael Gerrard)
Brenda Saunders (Miss Brooks)
Michael Hawkins (Phillip Boult)
Oliver Reed (Dr Richard Franklin)
Ralph Michael (Murray)
Don Borisenko (Buzz)
Elric Hooper (radio man)
Roy Spencer (weatherman)
Mark Singleton (Winnington)
Isobel Black (Diana)
Donald Bisset (science correspondent)


Time Screen no.7 (revised) p.24 – note

The Complete Directory to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Television Series by Alan Morton pp.636-637 – credits, episode guide, short article
The Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction (3rd edition) pp.359-363 – credits, episode guide, short article