Television At The Edges

by kosmikino | created - 23 Oct 2011 | updated - 1 day ago | Public

These are the shows and series that exist on the edges of television consensus reality, some forgotten, some half-remembered and some celebrated as cult classics.

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1. Star Maidens (1976– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

Medusa, a planet from another solar system drifts into Earth's system. The surface of this planet is no longer habitable and the inhabitants have moved to a high-tech underground city. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Lisa Harrow, Christian Quadflieg, Christiane Krüger, Judy Geeson

Votes: 168

2. Children of the Stones (1977– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick... See full summary »

Stars: Gareth Thomas, Veronica Strong, Peter Demin, Ruth Dunning

Votes: 603

3. The Changes (1975– )

25 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

In a post-apocalyptic Britain, everyone has rebelled against modern technology (electricity, engines, trains etc) and reverted to a pre-Industrial Revolution way of life. When Nicky Gore ... See full summary »

Stars: Victoria Williams, Keith Ashton, Rafiq Anwar, Marc Zuber

Votes: 134

4. Space: 1999 (1975–1977)

50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

The crew of Moonbase Alpha must struggle to survive when a massive explosion throws the Moon from orbit into deep space.

Stars: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate, Zienia Merton

Votes: 6,973

5. Wild Palms (1993)

300 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A multi-national corporation attempts to take over America while small pockets of resistance hold out against rampant technology.

Stars: Jim Belushi, Dana Delany, Robert Loggia, Kim Cattrall

Votes: 1,987

6. Monkey (1978–1980)

Action, Family, Adventure

An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.

Stars: Masaaki Sakai, Masako Natsume, Shunji Fujimura, Gareth Armstrong

Votes: 1,369

7. Carlos (2010)

Not Rated | 334 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Lamia Ahmed

Votes: 12,733 | Gross: $0.15M

8. The Strange World of Gurney Slade (1960)

30 min | Comedy

Gurney Slade wanders from place to place after breaking the fourth wall to escape from the mundanities of making a family sitcom.

Stars: Anthony Newley, Edwin Richfield, Joy Stewart, Margaret Cox

Votes: 88

9. Meantime (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

69 Metascore

When one brother gets a job from their wealthy aunt, the other becomes increasingly jealous.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Marion Bailey, Tim Roth, Phil Daniels, Pam Ferris

Votes: 3,427

10. Nowhere Man (1995–1996)

44 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Thomas Veil is a documentary photographer who, in the course of one evening, seemingly has his whole existence erased. It appears as if some mysterious and powerful entity has coerced ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Megan Gallagher, Marvin LaRoy Sanders, Sam A. Mowry

Votes: 1,628

11. American Gothic (1995–1998)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A quiet, seemingly-quaint small town is ruled over by its charming yet evil sheriff who uses his demonic powers to remove anyone who dares to stand in his way. The only one he fears is a young boy he fathered through rape.

Stars: Gary Cole, Lucas Black, Paige Turco, Brenda Bakke

Votes: 4,031

12. BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950–1959)
Episode: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1954)

120 min | Drama

In a totalitarian future society, Winston Smith, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Rudolph Cartier | Stars: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Yvonne Mitchell, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 505

13. Quatermass (1979)

204 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In the distant future, a now-elderly Bernard Quatermass investigates the disappearance of his granddaughter and a mysterious cult.

Stars: John Mills, Simon MacCorkindale, Ralph Arliss, Paul Rosebury

Votes: 670

14. Alternative 3 (1977 TV Movie)

56 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

TV Sci-fi drama/documentary, which caused world-wide headlines when first broadcast as it purported to show a link between Britain's 'brain-drain', climate change and a human colony on Mars.

Director: Christopher Miles | Stars: Tim Brinton, Gregory Munroe, Carol Hazell, Shane Rimmer

Votes: 208

15. The Starlost (1973–1974)

60 min | Sci-Fi

A group of humans must explore a vast starship in order to find the controls to save it from destruction.

Stars: Keir Dullea, Gay Rowan, Robin Ward, William Osler

Votes: 445

16. Noah's Castle (1979– )

30 min | Adventure, Family

The father, an ex-military man, sees the 'handwriting on the wall' as to where his country's economy is headed. In an effort to prepare for this, he moves his family of wife, two sons and ... See full summary »

Stars: Marcus Francis, Simon Gipps-Kent, David Neal, Annette Ekblom

Votes: 26

17. The Martian Chronicles (1980)

360 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In the 21st century, Earth begins the colonization of Mars. However, things do not go as planned, at first due to the hostile Martian natives and later because of the self-destructive Earthmen.

Stars: Rock Hudson, Gayle Hunnicutt, Bernie Casey, Christopher Connelly

Votes: 2,050

18. Artemis 81 (1981 TV Movie)

185 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

The epic battle for the future of mankind is fought between an angel of light and an angel of death.

Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Hywel Bennett, Dinah Stabb, Dan O'Herlihy, Sting

Votes: 147

19. Beasts (1976)

60 min | Horror, Mystery

An anthology series concerning bestial horror created by Nigel Kneale.

Stars: Pamela Moiseiwitsch, Bernard Horsfall, Patrick Magee, Pauline Quirke

Votes: 178

20. The Tomorrow People (1973–1979)

30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

The Tomorrow People are British teens who have special powers. They can communicate to each other using telepathy. They can also transport themselves (they call it "Jaunting"). With the ... See full summary »

Stars: Nicholas Young, Philip Gilbert, Elizabeth Adare, Peter Vaughan-Clarke

Votes: 599

21. The Guardians (1971– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

In a declining England of the 1980s, the UK has broken up, and England is ruled by a fascist military force called "The Guardians".

Stars: Gwyneth Powell, Cyril Luckham, Derek Smith, David Burke

Votes: 57

22. Play for Tomorrow (1982– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An anthology of six science fiction plays ; In "Crimes", a psychologist tries to cope with marital problems while working on the problem of prison overcrowding in 2002. In "Bright Eyes", ... See full summary »

Stars: Gavin Campbell, Tracey Childs, Robin Ellis, Denys Hawthorne

Votes: 15

23. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: The Flipside of Dominick Hide (1980)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

Dominick Hide, a time traveller from the year 2130, is studying the London transport system of 1980. Time travellers are supposed to be observers, and are strictly forbidden to land their ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Peter Firth, Caroline Langrishe, Pippa Guard, Patrick Magee

Votes: 280

24. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Another Flip for Dominick (1982)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

Now a respected teacher of temporal observers, Dominick has not visited the past for several years. He is content with his lot, resigned to the idea that he will never again see Jane, the ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Peter Firth, Caroline Langrishe, Pippa Guard, Patrick Magee

Votes: 127

25. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Z for Zachariah (1984)

Comedy, Drama

Based on a book of the same name, depicting events in a Welsh valley after a nuclear holocaust, in which almost everyone has dies, leaving just two families. Eventually just one girl and ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Garner | Stars: Anthony Andrews, Pippa Hinchley, David Daker, Angela Galbraith

Votes: 95

26. World on a Wire (1973– )

Not Rated | 212 min | Crime, Mystery, Sci-Fi

76 Metascore

Somewhere in the future there is a computer project called Simulacron one of which is able to simulate a full featured reality, when suddenly project leader Henry Vollmer dies. His ... See full summary »

Stars: Klaus Löwitsch, Barbara Valentin, Mascha Rabben, Karl Heinz Vosgerau

Votes: 5,182

27. Chimera (1991– )

60 min | Horror

A journalist investigates the death of his girlfriend at a fertility clinic where she worked and uncovers a plot to create a new breed of human based on crossing the genetics of a man and ... See full summary »

Stars: John Lynch, Christine Kavanagh, Kenneth Cranham, Gary Mavers

Votes: 218

28. ITV Sunday Night Theatre (1969– )
Episode: A.D.A.M. (1973)

60 min | Drama

Roger Empson builds a house for his disabled wife Jean that is completely automated and monitored by a computer called A.D.A.M. (Automated Domestic Appliance Monitor). When she was a child,... See full summary »

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: Georgina Hale, Mark Jones, Madge Ryan, Tom Kempinski

Votes: 23

29. The Owl Service (1969– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Three teenagers discover a mysterious set of owl and flower-patterned dinner plates in the attic and the magical ancient legend of the "Mabinogion" comes to life once again in their Welsh valley.

Stars: Dorothy Edwards, Gillian Hills, Michael Holden, Francis Wallis

Votes: 132

30. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Whistle and I'll Come to You (1968)

Not Rated | 42 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

Classic BBC adaptation of an equally classic ghost story about a skeptical professor on vacation in Norfolk who finds a cursed whistle. Unlike most other episodes of this documentary series about music, this one is live action folk horror.

Director: Jonathan Miller | Stars: Michael Hordern, Ambrose Coghill, George Woodbridge, Nora Gordon

Votes: 1,026

31. Sky (1975– )

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

A young time-traveller with superhuman powers is stranded on Earth after running into a Black Hole. Pursued by the evil Goodchild, Sky is helped on his quest to find a way home by three ... See full summary »

Stars: Marc Harrison, Stuart Lock, Cherrald Butterfield, Richard Speight

Votes: 87

32. Survivors (1975–1977)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A community of survivors struggle to stay alive in the wake of a global pandemic known as the Death that wiped out 99.98% of humanity.

Stars: Lucy Fleming, Ian McCulloch, Denis Lill, Stephen Dudley

Votes: 1,051

33. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )

60 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A British anthology series about everyday people finding themselves put into unusual circumstances...many of them supernatural in nature.

Stars: Michael Callan, Joseph Cotten, Brandon De Wilde, Julie Harris

Votes: 158

34. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )
Episode: The New People (1968)

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Hank and Ann move into the country and are taken aback by how friendly the local people are. They soon become part of the community but Hank begins to distrust Luther who seems to lead the local social scene.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Robert Reed, Jennifer Hilary, Patrick Allen, Milo O'Shea

Votes: 32

35. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )
Episode: Somewhere in a Crowd (1968)

60 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A television host spies the same mysterious faces at various accidents where people have died.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: David Hedison, Ann Bell, Jane Asher, Jeremy Longhurst

Votes: 30

36. Tales of the Unexpected (1979–1988)

25 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Dramatizations of many Roald Dahl short stories.

Stars: Roald Dahl, Andrew Ray, Forbes Collins, Richard Johnson

Votes: 1,506

37. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )
Episode: Matakitas Is Coming (1968)

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Librarians are stalked by a psychotic strangler who continues his murder spree from beyond the grave.

Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg | Stars: Vera Miles, Leon Lissek, Gay Hamilton, Lynn Pinkney

Votes: 38

38. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )
Episode: Jane Brown's Body (1968)

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A doctor's newly discovered serum restores the life of a female suicide who cannot recall how she was driven to such despair.

Director: Alan Gibson | Stars: Stefanie Powers, David Buck, Alan MacNaughtan, Sarah Lawson

Votes: 29

39. Journey to the Unknown (1968– )
Episode: Do Me a Favor and Kill Me (1968)

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A has been actor wants his agent to kill him so that his wife will benefit from the insurance money, but soon has a change of heart.

Director: Gerry O'Hara | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Judy Parfitt, Douglas Wilmer, Kenneth Haigh

Votes: 24

40. Codename Icarus (1981– )

106 min | Drama, Family

A child prodigy is being manipulated as the basis for a complex scheme involving nuclear missiles and the mysterious Icarus Foundation's plot to take over the world.

Stars: Barry Angel, Jack Galloway, Philip Locke, Peter Cellier

Votes: 27

41. King of the Castle (1977)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

Shy young Roland Wright deals with his tortured existance at home with his nagging parents in a tower block and at school with his bullies & tyrannical teachers by withdrawing into a ... See full summary »

Stars: Philip DaCosta, Talfryn Thomas, Edward Dentith, Patrick Durkin

Votes: 34

42. Ace of Wands (1970–1972)

30 min | Family, Fantasy

Telepathic stage magician, Tarot, and his two assistants solve mysteries and crimes of a bizarre or magical nature, and battle against villains with various powers.

Stars: Michael MacKenzie, Tony Selby, Judy Loe, Roy Holder

Votes: 88

43. Stigma (1977 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Drama, Horror

A young couple move into a remote country house in the middle of a stone circle. They employ workmen who disturb an ancient menhir, unleashing a supernatural force.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Kate Binchy, Peter Bowles, Maxine Gordon, Jon Laurimore

Votes: 263

44. The Ice House (1978 TV Short)

35 min | Short, Drama, Horror

Paul recently divorced seeks sanctuary at a country retreat run by a sinister brother and sister.

Director: Derek Lister | Stars: John Stride, David Beames, Elizabeth Romilly, Geoffrey Burridge

Votes: 209

45. Undermind (1965– )

60 min | Sci-Fi

Personnel Officer Drew Heriot returns to England after working in Australia to discover his brother behaving oddly, to the distress of his sister-in-law Anne. Investigating together they ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeremy Wilkin, Rosemary Nicols, Denis Quilley, John Barron

Votes: 21