The Quatermass Experiment (Quatermass #1) by Nigel KnealeThe first manned space-rocket plummets back to earth long overdue. Professor Quatermass and his team from the British Experimental Rocket Group wait anxiously for the crew to emerge. But only man is left aboard - a man too shocked to tell what happened to his colleagues. It is thebeginning of a reign of terror which will hold London in its merciless grip - and threaten the entire world!
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Like its three predecessors, Quatermass was written by Nigel Kneale. It is the fourth and final television serial to feature the character of Professor Bernard Quatermass. In this version, the character is played by John Mills. Influenced by the social and geopolitical situation of the early s and the hippie youth movement of the late s, Quatermass is set in a near future in which large numbers of young people are joining a cult , the Planet People, and gathering at prehistoric sites, believing they will be transported to a better life on another planet. The series begins with Professor Quatermass arriving in London to look for his granddaughter, Hettie Carlson, and witnessing the destruction of two spacecraft and the disappearance of a group of Planet People at a stone circle by an unknown force. He investigates this force, believing that Hettie may be in danger. As the series progresses, it becomes apparent that the Planet People are being harvested rather than transported.
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Set in the near future against the background of a British space programme , it tells the story of the first manned flight into space, supervised by Professor Bernard Quatermass of the British Experimental Rocket Group. When the spaceship that carries the first successful crew returns to Earth, two of the three astronauts are missing, and the third — Victor Carroon — is behaving strangely. It becomes apparent that an alien presence entered the rocket during its flight, and Quatermass and his associates must prevent the alien from destroying the world. Originally comprising six half-hour episodes, it was the first science fiction production to be written especially for a British adult television audience. As well as spawning various remakes and sequels, The Quatermass Experiment inspired much of the television science fiction that succeeded it, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it influenced successful series such as Doctor Who and Sapphire and Steel. The project originated when a gap formed in the BBC's schedules for a six-week serial to run on Saturday nights during the summer of , and Kneale's idea was to fill it with "a mystifying, rather than horrific" storyline.