Invisible Man (1958-1959)

UK, 14 September 1958-5 July 1959
2 series, 27 episodes, average 25m each
black and white, 4:3
mono, English

A British television science fiction film inspired by the novel by H.G. Wells.

Premise

Scientist Peter Brady is searching for a way to turn himself invisible when there’s an accident at his lab and he himself is made invisible. As he hasn’t yet worked out an antidote, he begins his researches from scratch while simultaneously undertaking missions for a secret government agency.

Credits

+ = uncredited

Crew
ITC
Created by/Produced by: Ralph Smart
Developed by: Larry White
Script Editor: Victor Wolfson
Musical Director: Sydney John Kay

Cast
The Invisible Man 1The actor(s) playing the invisible man were never identified on screen
Lisa Daniely (Diane Brady Wilson)
Deborah Watling (Sally Wilson)
Ernest Clark (Sir Charles Anderson)
Lee Patterson [voice of Peter Brady] *
Tim Turner [voice of Peter Brady] *
Johnny Scripps [Peter Brady] *

Alternative Titles

H.G.Wells’ Invisible Man

See also
The Invisible Man (1975-1976)
The Invisible Man (1984)
The Invisible Man (2000)

Episodes

Airdates are those for the ATV London broadcasts.

The Invisible Man (unbroadcast)
Directed by: Ralph Smart
Written by: Doreen Montgomery, Ralph Smart
This is a pilot episode for the series which was never broadcast. The actor voicing the invisible man was different and one of the character names was changed when the series began. Some footage and plot elements were reused in the episodes Secret Experiment, Picnic with Death and The Bank Raid.

Series One
Secret Experiment (14 September 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Micheal Connor, Micheal Cramoy
Guest Cast: Lloyd Lamble; Bruce Seton; Ernest Clarke; Micheal Goodliffe

Crisis in the Desert (21 September 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Ralph Smart
Guest Cast: Adrienne Corri; Erich Pohlmann; Martin Benson; Peter Sallis

Behind the Mask (28 September 1958)
Director: Pennington Richards
Written by: Stanley Mann, Leslie Arliss
Guest Cast: Dennis Price; Edwin Richfield; Barbara Chilcott; David Rich

The Locked Room (5 October 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Lindsay Galloway
From a Story by: Ralph Smart
Guest Cast: Zena Marshall; Lloyd Lamble; Rupert Davies

Picnic with Death (12 October 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Leonard Finchman, Leslie Arliss
Guest Cast: Derek Bond; Faith Brook; Margaret McCourt; Maureen Pryor; Michael Ripper

Play to Kill (19 October 1958)
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Written by: Leslie Arliss
Guest Cast: Helen Cherry; Colin Gordon; Hugh Latimer; Gary Thorne

Shadow on the Screen (26 October 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Edward Judd; Greta Gynt; Redmond Phillips; Andre Mikhelson; Anthony Newlands; Irene Handl

The Mink Coat (2 November 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
From a Story by: Leonore Coffee
Guest Cast: Hazel Court; Derek Godfrey; Harold Berens; Murray Kash; Oliver Reed *

Blind Justice (9 November 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Ralph Smart
Guest Cast: Honor Blackman; Phillip Friend; Jack Watling; Julian Somers; Leslie Phillips; Desmond Llewellyn

Jailbreak (16 November 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Dermot Walsh; Denny Dayvis; Micheal Brennan; Ralph Micheal; Ronald Fraser

Bank Raid (23 November 1958)
Directed by: Ralph Smart
Written by: Doreen Montgomery, Ralph Smart
Guest Cast: Willoughby Goddard; Brian Rawlinson; Patricia Marmont

Odds Against Death (30 November 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Walter Fitzgerald; Julia Lockwood; Colette Wilde; Alan Tilvern; Olaf Pooley; Oliver Reed *

Strange Partners (7 December 1958)
Directed by: Pennington Richards
Written by: Micheal Cramoy
Guest Cast: Victor Platt; Jack Melford; Patrick Troughton; Robert Crawdon

Series Two
Point of Destruction (12 April 1959)
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Duncan Lamont; John Rudling; Patricia Jessel; Derren Nesbitt; Barry Letts

Death Cell (19 April 1959)
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Written by: Micheal Connors
Guest Cast: Lana Morris; Ian Walllace; William Lucas; Bruce Seton; Jack Lambert

The Vanishing Evidence (26 April 1959)
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: James Raglan; Charles Grey; Ernest Clark; Sarah Lawson; Michael Ripper; Ewen Solon

The Prize (3 May 1959)
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Mai Zetterling; Anton Diffring; Tony Church; Desmond Baxter

Flight into Darkness (10 May 1959)
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Geoffrey Keen; Esmond Knight; John Harvey; Micheal Shepley

The Decoy (17 May 1959)
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Written by: Brenda Blackmore
Guest Cast: Bretta St John; Robert Gallico; Philip Leaver; Wolf Morris

The Gun Runners (24 May 1959)
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Bruce Seton; Louise Allbritton; Paul Stassino; Charles Hill

The White Rabbit (31 May 1959)
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Marla Landi; Austin Trevor; Paul Daneman; Arnold Marle; Reed De Rouen

Man in Disguise (7 June 1959)
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence, Peter Maxwell
Written by: Brenda Blackmore
Guest Cast: Tim Turner; Leigh Madison; Lee Montague; Robert Raglan; Howard Pays

Man in Power (14 June 1959)
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Andre Morrel; Vivian Matalon; Nadia Regin; Andrew Keir

The Rocket (21 June 1959)
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Written by: Micheal Pertwee
Guest Cast: Glyn Owen; Russell Waters; Robert Brown; Robert Raglan

Shadow Bomb (28 June 1959)
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Written by: Tony O’Grady [real name: Brian Clemens], Ian Stuart Black
Guest Cast: Conrad Phillips; Jennifer Jayne; Walter Gotell; Ian Hendry

The Big Plot (5 July 1959)
Directed by: Peter Maxwell
Written by: Ian Stuart Black
From a Story by: Tony O’Grady [real name: Brian Clemens], Robert Smart
Guest Cast: William Squire; Barbara Shelley; John Arnatt

References

Books
British Television (2nd edition) by Tise Vahimagi p.72 – illustrated short article
The Complete Directory to Science Fiction and Horror Television Series by Alan Morton pp.388-390 – credits, short article, episode guide
The Encyclopedia of TV Science Fiction by Roger Fulton (3rd edition) pp.199-204 – credits, short article