British telefantasy of the 1970s

by strieb_griebling | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Mostly based on the now defunct Telefantasy List website plus a few bonus ones I've found that weren't listed on there. Should all be in chronological order and then alphabetically within each year.

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1. 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

3. Armchair Theatre (1956–1974)
Episode: The Others (1970)


Robert and Claire are troubled that their home is also housing somebody else they don't know.

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Nigel Stock, Ann Lynn, Helen Hammond, Lesley Roach

Votes: 6

4. Catweazle (1970–1971)

30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Catweazle is a magician from the time of the Normans who is cast into the future by magic. With the help of two boys he uses magic in an attempt to return to his own time.

Stars: Geoffrey Bayldon, Robin Davies, Gary Warren, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 792

5. Doomwatch (1970–2016)

50 min | Sci-Fi, Drama

Doomwatch is the nickname for the Department of Measurement of Scientific Work. Under the leadership of Nobel Prize winning physicist, Dr. Spencer Quist, the Doomwatch team struggled, for ... See full summary »

Stars: John Paul, Joby Blanshard, Simon Oates, Vivien Sherrard

Votes: 127

9. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Robin Redbreast (1970)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

After the break-up of a long-term relationship, urban sophisticate Norah seeks refuge in a remote house in the country. The locals are friendly, if eccentric, and she toys with the idea of ... See full summary »

Director: James MacTaggart | Stars: Anna Cropper, Amanda Walker, Julian Holloway, Freda Bamford

Votes: 184

10. Tales of Unease (1970– )


British series adapted from a trio of horror-story anthologies which were edited by John Burke and published between 1960 and 1969. The television installments used the cream of Burke's crop.

Stars: Anthony Jackson, Ronald Lewis, Ursula Mohan, Larry Dann

Votes: 9

11. Timeslip (1970–1971)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Simon and Liz were teenage friends who fell into a time hole and found themselves trapped in various periods of the 20th century, where they encounter all sorts of adventures. Many of them ... See full summary »

Stars: Cheryl Burfield, Spencer Banks, Denis Quilley, Iris Russell

Votes: 157

12. UFO (1970–1971)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough

Votes: 2,728

13. The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
Episode: Wine of India (1970)

50 min | Drama

In the year 2050, advances in medicine have resulted in a need for population control. People reaching the age of 100 must submit to a government controlled euthanasia program. The story ... See full summary »

Director: Gilchrist Calder | Stars: Annette Crosbie, Brian Blessed, John Standing, Rosemary Nicols

15. The Stalls of Barchester (1971 TV Movie)

45 min | Horror

While cataloging the library of Barchester Cathedral, a scholar finds a diary detailing the events surrounding the mysterious death of an Archdeacon some 50 years earlier. The first of the BBC's famed 'A Ghost Story for Christmas'.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Robert Hardy, Clive Swift, Thelma Barlow, Will Leighton

Votes: 458

16. 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

17. Jamie (1971– )

30 min | Family, Fantasy

Children's sci-fi drama series. Young Jamie Dodger discovers a magic carpet which takes him on adventures through time.

Stars: Garry Miller, Aubrey Morris, Ben Aris, Jo Kendall

Votes: 5

18. The Boy from Space (1971– )

Adventure, Drama, Family

Young siblings Dan and Helen must protect their new friend, a strange blue alien boy they name Peep-Peep, from the terrifying evil alien known only as The Thin (Space) Man, who's after him.

Stars: Phil Cheney, Charles Collingwood, Stephen Garlick, Sylvestra Le Touzel

Votes: 79

19. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (1971–1973)
Episode: The Horse of the Invisible (1971)

52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A ghost detective named Carnacki investigates the haunting of a country house that threatens the wedding of the homeowner's daughter and her fiance. Carnacki does not suspect supernatural ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Cooke | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Tony Steedman, Michele Dotrice, Michael Johnson

Votes: 67

20. Shadows of Fear (1970–1973)
Episode: The Death Watcher (1971)


A Scientist is determined to prove his fanciful theories about spirits being able to communicate with the living. He goes to great lengths to try and prove his theory.

Director: Peter Duguid | Stars: John Neville, Judy Parfitt, Victor Maddern, Michael Hawkins

Votes: 29

21. Dead of Night (1972)

50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A horror anthology series of chilling tales.

Stars: Peter Barkworth, John Castle, Anna Cropper, Bernard Brown

Votes: 94

22. Escape Into Night (1972– )

25 min | Family, Fantasy, Horror

This serial is an adaptation of Catherine Storr's novel "Marianne Dreams", which is about a young girl, Marianne, whose drawings become her dreams.

Stars: Sonia Graham, Patricia Maynard, Edmund Pegge, Vikki Chambers

Votes: 113

23. A Warning to the Curious (1972 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herington, John Kearney

Votes: 988

24. The Incredible Robert Baldick: Never Come Night (1972 TV Movie)

50 min | Thriller

Aristocratic Victorian investigator deals with a supernatural mystery, traveling from place to place in his personal railway train.

Director: Cyril Coke | Stars: Robert Hardy, Julian Holloway, John Rhys-Davies, Reginald Marsh

Votes: 28

25. Mandog (1972– )

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A trio of present-day children become involved in a conflict between a band of renegades and secret police from the 26th century.

Stars: Jane Anthony, Carol Hazell, Adrian Shergold, Ian Sharp

Votes: 9

27. The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates

Votes: 1,202

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 Viaduct (1972– )

90 min | Drama

A young boy grows up living near a railway viaduct with his grandfather and plans to become a railway engineer when he grows up.

Stars: David Arnold, Michael Raghan, Adrian Hall, Jeffrey Segal

30. Alice Through the Looking Glass (1973 TV Movie)

74 min | Fantasy, Family

Join Alice on her journey through the mirror in BBC's fanciful adaptation of Lewis Caroll's classic novel. In an alternate world, just on the other side of the mirror's reflection, Alice ... See full summary »

Director: James MacTaggart | Stars: Sarah Sutton, Brenda Bruce, Richard Pearson, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 69

31. The Donati Conspiracy (1973– )

50 min | Thriller

Contemporary thriller series set in a parallel Britain where the country is ruled by a fascist dictatorship.

Stars: Michael Aldridge, Anthony Valentine, Janet Key, Richard Beckinsale

Votes: 5

32. Lost Hearts (1973 TV Short)

35 min | Short, Horror, Mystery

A young orphan, Stephen, is sent to go and live with his strange, much older cousin at his remote country house. Once there, Stephen experiences terrible dreams in which he sees a young girl and boy who are missing their hearts.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Simon Gipps-Kent, Joseph O'Conor, James Mellor, Susan Richards

Votes: 535

34. The Jensen Code (1973– )

30 min | Adventure, Family

Terry is sent to an Outward Bound Centre. Alex disappears, hours pass, and to Terry's shock, when Alex finally returns he has no recollection of having been absent. Terry suspects something sinister is taking place.

Stars: David Bradley, Brian Croucher, John Barrett, Leon Eagles

Votes: 14

35. Lizzie Dripping (1973–1975)

25 min | Family, Fantasy

The adventures of a girl and an imaginary witch unsure if she is real or not.

Stars: Tina Heath, Barbara Mitchell, Geoffrey Matthews, Sonia Dresdel

Votes: 16

39. Moonbase 3 (1973)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The adventures of David Caulder and his crew stationed on Moonbase 3 on the moon's surface. In 2003, representatives of many of the world's governments live in bases on the moon. Moonbase 3... See full summary »

Stars: Donald Houston, Ralph Bates, Fiona Gaunt, Barry Lowe

Votes: 123

40. Omnibus (1967–2003)
Episode: Marcel Marceau: A Christmas Carol (1973)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, Music

A Dickens favourite as interpreted by Marcel Marceau the mime artist.

Star: Marcel Marceau

42. Roberts Robots (1973– )

30 min | Family

John Clive headed up the cast as Robert Sommerby, a brilliant but eccentric inventor who lives in the country with his Aunt Millie (Doris Rogers), and a number of humanoid robots.One, Katie... See full summary »

Stars: John Clive, Nigel Pegram, Doris Rogers, Leon Lissek

Votes: 16

43. Scotch on the Rocks (1973– )

215 min | Thriller

Two undercover army operatives infiltrate an activist group working towards an independent Scotland by illegal means.

Stars: Maria Aitken, John Cairney, Madeleine Christie, Clinton Greyn

Votes: 15

44. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: A Place to Die (1973)

67 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Doctor Bruce Nelson takes over the medical practice of a village general-practitioner. Upon arriving in their new home, the doctor and his wife, Tessa, receive a very warm welcome from all ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Jefferies | Stars: Alexandra Hay, Bryan Marshall, John Turner, Glynn Edwards

Votes: 140

45. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Possession (1973)

73 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy

With the exception of the poor central heating system, Ray and Penny Burns' newly-purchased country house seems ideal. While repairing the pipes, a handyman digs up the cellar and uncovers ... See full summary »

Director: John Cooper | Stars: John Carson, Joanna Dunham, Hilary Hardiman, Athol Coats

Votes: 191

46. Thriller (1973–1976)
Episode: Someone at the Top of the Stairs (1973)

70 min | Crime, Drama, Fantasy