The Tomorrow People (1973-1979)

UK, 30 April -19 February 1979
8 series, 68 episodes, average 25m
videotape, 16mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British science fiction television series created by Roger Price.

Premise

A new strain of human being, Homo Superior, is starting to evolve among the world's young. are a group of British teens with powerful psychic, telekinetic and powers who battle and other menaces under the guidance of their super-computer TIM, from their secret base in a disused London tunnel.

Credits

Regular Crew
Thames colour production
Producers: Ruth Boswell, Roger Price
Title Music: Dudley Simpson
Scientific Adviser: Doctor Christopher Evans

Episodes

Series One

Regular Cast: Sammie Winmill (Carol); Nicholas Young (John); Peter Vaughan-Clarke (Stephen); Stephen Salmon (Kenny); Michael Standing (Ginge); Philip Gilbert ([voice of] TIM)

The Slaves of Jedikiah (30 April-4 June 1973)
Number of Episodes: 5
Written by: Brian Finch and Roger Price
Directed by: Paul Bernard
Designer: Harry Clark
Guest Cast: Francis De Wolff (Jedikiah); Derek Crewe (Lefty); Patricia Denys (Mrs Jameson); Peter Weston (policeman); Neville Barber (Dr Stewart); Christine Shaw (staff nurse); Robert Bridges (Cyclops)
Teenager Stephen Jameson is “breaking out”, the process of becoming a Tomorrow Person, the next stage of human . He's contacted by a small group of other Tomorrow People but is also targeted by bikers Ginger and Lefty who kidnap him from hospital and take him to their master, the shape-shifting alien Jedikiah.

The Medusa Strain (11 June-2 July 1973)
Number of Episodes: 4
Written by: Brian Finch and Roger Price
Directed by: Roger Price
Designer: Harry Clark
Guest Cast: Roger Bizley (Jedikiah); Philip Gilbert ([voice of] TIM); Roger Booth (Rabowski); Richard Speight (Peter); Dave Prowse (android); Norman McGlen (The Medusa)
Jedikiah is rescued by Count Rabowski who has Time Guardian Peter held captive. Jedikiah has Peter transport them to the 20th century so he can take his revenge on the Tomorrow People.

The Vanishing Earth (9-30 July 1973)
Number of Episodes: 4
Written by: Roger Price, Brian Finch
Directed by: Paul Bernard
Designer: Harry Clark
Guest Cast: Kenneth Farrington (Smithers); Derek Crewe (Lefty); Kevin Stoney (Steen); John Woodnutt (Spidron); Nova Llewellyn (Joy); David Weston (No 300); Bara Chambers (control voice)
A series of natural disasters occupy the Tomorrow People while Ginger and Lefty's day trip to Clacton takes a sinister turn. Ginger is brainwashed by the alien Spidron and sent to work in his mine while Stephen and Lefty search for him on Clacton pier. When the mine begins to collapse, The Tomorrow People have to try to rescue Spidron's slave workers.

Series Two
Regular Cast: Elizabeth Adare (Elizabeth); Nicholas Young (John); Peter Vaughan Clarke (Stephen); Philip Gilbert ([voice of] TIM)

The Blue and the Green (4 February-4 March 1974)
Number of Episodes: 5 (An Apple for the Teacher; The Changing Picture; The Trojan Horse; Cuckoo in the Nest; The Swarming Season)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Roger Price
Designer: Michael Minas
Guest Cast: Jason Kemp (Robert); Ray Burdis (Johnson); Christopher Chittell (Chris); Nigel Pegram (grandfather); Simon Merrick (police inspector); Stephen Brassett (Howard); Elvis Payne (Graham)
Carol and Kenny have left Earth to join the Galactic Federation and a new Tomorrow Person, teacher Elizabeth M'Bondo, breaks out just as young people around the world start to fight each other over strange blue and green badges being distributed by the alien D'henagalis the violent energy to complete their transition to adulthood. TIM realises that this has happened once before leading to the fall of the Roman Empire and the Tomorrow People are forced to turn Skylab into a giant stun gun to stop the chaos.

A Rift in Time (11 March 1974)
Number of Episodes: 4 (Vase of Mystery; Turn of the Thumb; From Little Acorns; Rise of the Roman Empire)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Darrol Blake
Designer: Michael Minas
Guest Cast: Christopher Chittell (Chris); Sylvia Coleridge (Prof. Freda Garner); Bryan Stanion (Prof. Cawston); Richard Speight (Peter); Sammie Winmill 1Miscredited on screen as Sammie Windmill (Carol); Stanley Lebor (Gaius); Mike Lee Lane (Guthrun); Leonardo Pieroni (Lothar); Stephen Jack (Zenon); Richard Speight (Peter); Sylvia Coleridge (Prof. Freda Garner); Bryan Stanion (Prof. Cawston); Peter Duncan (Cotus); Leonard Gregory (Trystan)
Time Guardian Peter contacts John and Stephen in their dreams, leading them to a first century Roman “Gladiator Vase” in the New York State University department of antiquities computer database. The pot contains plans that allow TIM to build a time machine. But using it leads to Stephen being imprisoned by the Time Guardians for unauthorised use of the time lanes. Peter is trapped in a gladiator school in ancient Rome while Roman officers from an alternate history try to restore their timeline in which Roman Empire survived to create a galactic empire.

The Doomsday Men (8 April 1974)
Number of Episodes: 4 (Dressed to Kill; The Burning Sword; Run Rabbit Run; The Shuttlecock)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Roger Price
Designer: Michael Minas
Guest Cast: Christopher Chittell (Chris); William Relton (Douglas); Simon Gipps Kent (Paul); Nigel Pegram (traffic warden); Lindsay Campbell (Lieutenant General McLelland); Arnold Peters (Dr Laird); Eric Young (Lee Wan); Derek Murcott (Major Longford)
Stephen investigates The Doomsday Men, a sinister group based in a private Scottish school who are trying to disrupt peace talks and provoke a war. They commandeer the orbiting nuclear missile platform Damocles and it's up to the Tomorrow People and astronaut Lee Wan to stop them.

Series Three
Regular Cast: Elizabeth Adare (Elizabeth); Nicholas Young (John); Peter Vaughan Clarke (Stephen); Philip Gilbert (Tim); Dean Lawrence (Tyso)

Secret Weapon (26 February 1975)
Number of Episodes: 4 (Lost and Found; Not Quite a Sleeping Beauty; Whose Side Are You on Professor; A Present from Russia)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Stan Woodward
Designer: Philip Blowers
Guest Cast: Bryan Stanion (Prof Cawston); Joanna Tope (Mrs Boswell); Ann Curthoys (Tricia Conway); Trevor Bannister (Colonel Masters); Denise Cook (Evergreen); Frank Gatliff (Father Martin O'Connor); Hugh Morton (prime minister)
New Tomorrow Person Tyso is abducted by the staff of an experimental weapons research establishment who are engaged in a new arms race – to make weapons of psychics. Colonel Masters also abducts Stephen with the help of young telepath Tricia Conway.

Worlds Away (25 March 1975)
Number of Episodes: 3 (Secret of the Pyramid; Hound of the Night; More for the Burning)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Dennis Kirkland
Film Directed by: Vic Hughes
Designer: Philip Blowers
Guest Cast: Philip Gilbert (Timus/Tikno); Joanna Tope (Mrs Boswell); Lydia Lisle (Lenda); Denise Cook (Evergreen); Reg Lye (Vanyon); Barry Linehan (Veshtaker); Keith Chegwin (Arkron)
Timus, a maverick Galactic Federation diplomat, asks the Tomorrow People to help the Vesh, alien telepaths who are being hunted on their homeworld of Peeri. They also learn that another race of aliens, the Kulthan Empire, have deliberately relayed the development of homo superior on Earth and using a “psi damper” hidden in the Great Pyramid of Cheops.

A Man for Emily (16 April 1975)
Number of Episodes: 3 (Fastest Gun; Here we Go Round the Doozlum; Shotgun Wedding)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Stan Woodward
Designer: Philip Blowers
Guest Cast: Margaret Burton (The Momma); Sandra Dickinson (Emily); Peter Davison (Elmer); Robin Parkinson (publican); Bill Dean (Mr Greenhead)
Three aliens fleeing the aftermath of a nuclear war arrive on Earth. Their automated ship decides to destroy the Earth and one of the aliens, a slave named Elmer, goes on the run.

The Revenge of Jedikiah (7 May 1975)
Number of Episodes: 3 (The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb; Last Chance; Farewell Performance)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Vic Hughes
Designer: Philip Blowers
Guest Cast: Philip Gilbert (Timus/Tikno); Bryan Stanion (Prof. Cawston); Ann Curthoys (Tricia Conway); Ali Bongo (Mustaf); Denise Cook (Evergreen); Anne Ridler (Professor Johnston); John Lyons (Sergeant Evans); Francis de Wolff (Jedikiah)
Jedikiah returns to take his final revenge on the Tomorrow People after the Kulthan Empire retrieves his body from the surface of Mercury during the time of ancient Egypt. He's installed as a Pharaoh and is mummified until he reawakens in 1975 and takes on the unlikely role of assistant to a magician. He kills Colonel Masters, almost kills the Tomorrow People and Tim's clone brother Tikno and causes Tricia to finally break out. The Galactic Trig remove Jedikiah's shape shifting abilities and the Tomorrow People are taken away to the Trig with a vague promise to return sometime.

Series Four
Regular Cast: Elizabeth Adare (Elizabeth); Nicholas Young (John); Peter Vaughan Clarke (Stephen); Dean Lawrence (Tyso); Michael Holoway (Mike); Philip Gilbert (Tim)

One Law (21 October 1975)
Number of Episodes: 3 (One Law for the Poor; Another for the Rich; Which Prohibits Them Equally from Stealing Bread)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Leon Thau
Designer: Peter Elliott
Guest Cast: Harold Kasket (Lord Dunning); John Hollis (Two Tone); Norman Mitchell (Slow); Patrick McAlinney (Mr O'Reilly); Tim Barrett (inspector); Arnold Diamond (Thwaites); Anne Gabrielle (Mike's mother); Debbie Thau (Mike's sister)
The Tomorrow People return to Earth in time to recruit a new member, Mike, who has fallen in with crime boss Lord Dunning.

Into the Unknown (7 January 1976)
Number of Episodes: 4 (The Visitor; The Father-Ship; The Tunnel; The Circle)
Written by: Jon Watkins
Directed by: Roger Price
Designer: Peter Elliott
Guest Cast: Geoffrey Bayldon (Tirayaan); Stephen Garlick (Kwaan); Brian Coburn (Vaktaan); Raymond Boyd (Ralaa)
The Tomorrow People are trapped on an alien spaceship that is falling towards a singularity and find themselves in a pocket universe.

Series Five
Regular Cast: Elizabeth Adare (Elizabeth); Nicholas Young (John); Michael Holoway (Mike); Philip Gilbert (Tim)

The Dirtiest Business (28 February 1977)
Number of Episodes: 2 (A Spy is Born; A Spy Dies…)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Vic Hughes
Designer: David Richens
Guest Cast: Anulka Dubinska [real name: Anulka Dziubinska] (Pavla); Vivien Heilbron (Major Ann Turner); Jan Murzynowski (KGB man); Gabor Vernon (senior KGB man); Beth Ellis (radio producer); Gaynor Ward (hippy girl); Ian Barritt (policeman); Freddie Clemson (KGB driver); Steve Ismay (SIS sergeant); Royce Mills (Doctor Taylor)
Mike tries to help Pavla, a young Russian telepath, who is on the run from her Soviet minders in central London. But the Russians have taken deadly precautions to ensure that their prize asset never gets away…

A Much Needed Holiday (14 March 1977)
Number of Episodes: 2 (Spilled Porridge; Just Desserts)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Richard Mervyn
Designer: David Richens
Guest Cast: Philip Gilbert (Timus); Anthony Garner (Gremlon); Guy Humphries (Trig); David Corti (Trog)
Recovering from recent tragic events, the Tomorrow People visit a primitive planet where they find that the Kleptons have enslaved the population while trying to steal the planet's supply of diamonds.

Heart of Sogguth (28 March 1977)
Number of Episodes: 2 (Beat the Drum; Devil in Disguise)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Vic Hughes
Designer: David Richens
Guest Cast: Roddy Maude-Roxby (Jake); James Smilie (Mike Harding); Rosalyn Elvin (Susan Gill); Derek Pascoe (Derek); Bill Rice (Bill); Jamie Stone, John Summerton (rest of group)
The new manager of Mike's band The Fresh Hearts turns out to be the leader of a cult that worships the evil god Sogguth. He plans to revive Sogguth through the band's music and arranges for them to perform before millions on a television show…

Series Six
Regular Cast: Elizabeth Adare (Elizabeth); Nicholas Young (John); Michael Holoway (Mike); Misako Koba (Hsui Tai); Philip Gilbert (Tim)

The Lost Gods (15 May 1978)
Number of Episodes: 2 (Flight of Fancy; Life before Death)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Peter Webb
Designer: David Richens
Guest Cast: Burt Kwouk (Matsu Tan); Robert Lee (Sage)
The Tomorrow People free the newly broken out Hsui Tai from a Chinese monastery where she is being worshipped as a goddess by a cult that practises human sacrifice on children.

Hitler's Last Secret (5 June 1978)
Number of Episodes: 2 (Men Like Rats; Seed of Destruction)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Leon Thau
Designer: David Richens
Guest Cast: Michael Sheard (Hitler); Richard Warner (Professor Friedl); Leon Eagles (Major Hughes); Nicholas Lyndhurst (Karl Brandt); Earl Rhodes (Willi Frisch); Ray Burdis (Blitz); Charles Skinner (Wolfgang Grass); Francis Mortimer (corporal)
The Tomorrow People discover that Adolf Hitler was actually an alien metamorph who has returned and is behind a resurgence of fascism amongst European youth. Awoken from suspended animation in a Bavarian mountain, Hitler sets into motion his plan to create the Fourth Reich.

The Thargon Menace (19 June 1978)
Number of Episodes: 2 (Unexpected Guests; Playing with Fire)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Peter Yolland
Designer: Martyn Hebert
Guest Cast: Jackie Cowper (Sula); Michael Audreson (Flyn); Graham Lines (captain); Eric Roberts (Major Marcos); Olu Jacobs (General Papa Minn); Norman Beardsley (puppeteer); David Graham (puppet voices)
Young Thargons crash on the Earth and are manipulated by Pacific Island dictator Papa Minn into creating advanced weaponry to aid his plans to take over the world.

Series Seven
Regular Cast: Nicholas Young (John); Elizabeth Adare (Elizabeth); Michael Holoway (Mike); Misako Koba (Hsui Tai); Nigel Rhodes (Andrew Forbes); Philip Gilbert (Tim)

Castle of Fear (9 October 1978)
Number of Episodes: 2 (Ghosts and Monsters; Fighting Spirit)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Vic Hughes
Designer: Gordon Toms
Guest Cast: Dominic Allan (Bruce Forbes); Jennifer Watts (Dr Gail Mayer); Bill Gavin (Angus MacDuff); Brian Jackson (Professor Young)
New Tomorrow Person Andrew Forbes is being held captive by his terrified father who is disturbed by his son's powers.

Achilles Heel (23 October 1978)
Number of Episodes: 2 (A Room at the Inn; Everything to Lose)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Gabrielle Beaumont
Designer: Gordon Toms
Guest Cast: Dominic Allan (Bruce Forbes); Hilary Minster (Yagon); Christian Rodska (Cantor); Stanley Bates (Glip); Philip Gilbert (Timus)
Cantor and Yagon are trying to to mine the anti-telepath element balamin. When they arrive at the hotel run by Andrew's father, the Tomorrow People are put in terrible danger.

The Living Skins (6 November 1978)
Number of Episodes: 2 (A Harmless Fashion; Cold War)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Stan Woodward
Designer: Gordon Toms
Guest Cast: Ralph Lawford (Wilton); Judith Fielding (girl); Dave Carter (guard)
The latest fashion craze among British is for jumpsuits made from “Bubble Skin” which is revealed to be a race of ameboid aliens, the Balboids, who are trying to invade the Earth.

Series Eight
Regular Cast: Nicholas Young (John); Elizabeth Adare (Elizabeth); Michael Holoway (Mike); Misako Koba (Hsui Tai); Nigel Rhodes (Andrew [Forbes]); Philip Gilbert (Tim)

War of the Empires (29 January 1979)
Number of Episodes: 4 (Close Encounter; Contact!; Standing Alone; All in the Mind)
Written by: Roger Price
Directed by: Vic Hughes
Designer: John Plant
Guest Cast: Philip Gilbert (Tim); John F. Parker (American president); Hal Galili (American general); David Baxt (Morgan Evans); Weston Gavin (Dave Ricardo); Richard Bartlett (Sarson general); Terence Woodfield (Sarson captain); Percy Herbert (Thargon commander); Anthony Stafford (Thargon officer); Mary Law (American lady); David Cann (chaircreature); Oliver Maguire (Thargon general)
The Earth is drawn into an interstellar war between the Sorson and Thargon Empires when the Sorsons establish a base on the moon and the Thargons accidentally destroy a US space shuttle. With the Galactic Federation beset by bureaucratic infighting, the Tomorrow People take it on themselves to stop the Thargons from destroying the Earth.

Sequel
The Tomorrow People (1992-1995)

Remake
The Tomorrow People (2013-2014)

See also
The Delta Wave (1996)

References

Periodicals

  • FHM July 1996 p.22 – illustrated note (Rediscovered: The plucky Tomorrow People by KC)