Wednesday, September 16, 2015

THE ANDROMEDA BREAKTHROUGH - Fred Hoyle and John Elliot (1962)

From what I understand, "The Andromeda Breakthrough" was a sequel to the popular 1961 Btitish TV show "A For Andromeda," which for all rights and purposes is lost for all time, forever, kaput!

 Tonight I'm just going to tell you a little bit about the first of six episodes that was titled:
In the last episode of "A For Andromeda," Andromeda had fallen into a deep hole in a cave and supposedly drowned, but Peter (Night Creatures, Dr. Who) Halliday who reprises his role here as John Fleming, saves her after she miraculously reappears days later in another part of said cave, exhausted and almost lifeless!
Susan (Expresso Bongo) Hampshire is Andromeda!
It's kind of hard to jump right into the middle of this story, but the only thing you really need to know is that Andromeda is an artificially constructed female humanoid, that's right, a robot!

 Fleming manages to find this isolated island that only has one inhabitant for him and Andromeda to hang out in hiding for a while! She's become a hot property!

As Andromeda stares out into the evening with tons of questions on her mind, I think it's a good time to tell you that Andromeda was played by Julie (Fahrenheit 451) Christie in the original, "A For Andromeda!"

 Both of Andromeda's books were written by Fred Hoyle and John Elliot!
I have no idea who wrote the cool title music!

 You can find some bits and pieces of "A For Andromeda" on Youtube, but they're so poor that they barely even warrant mentioning!

 "Andromeda Breakthrough" is widely available from Sinister Cinema!


Anonymous said...

I saw the original "A for Andromeda" back in the early 60's on Australian television and feel privileged to have done so, given that it was later wiped by the BBC. I also saw all the Doctor Who episodes that were wiped (along with countless other BBC TV shows).

I'll bet that BBC management have been kicking themselves ever since VHS (and then DVD and blu-ray) came out.

cheers! Paul from Oz

Eegah!! said...

Cheers Paul! Indeed, I do believe you are among the lucky few!

Lacey said...

For some unfathomable reason the BBC never thought they would even show their programs once they originally aired. The idea of "reruns" was totally foreign to them. As a result, one the show aired, the tapes were erased and reused, the performances and work lot forever.
This is like Shakespeare putting on a play then burning all the scripts afterward saying, "well, who would ever want to see it again?"

A lot of what HAS survived of early British television ( and we are talking well int the 1970s) only did so because of foreign markets.

Eegah!! said...

Yeah, I understand that footage of bands on variety shows got destroyed too because they re-recorded on the tapes! Crazy!

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