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The Boy from Space 

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.
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Series cast summary:
Phil Cheney Phil Cheney ...  Cosmo 10 episodes, 1980
Charles Collingwood Charles Collingwood ...  Wordy 10 episodes, 1980
Stephen Garlick ...  Dan 10 episodes, 1980
Sylvestra Le Touzel ...  Helen 10 episodes, 1980
Anthony Woodruff Anthony Woodruff ...  Mr. Bunting 9 episodes, 1980
Colin Mayes Colin Mayes ...  Peep-peep 8 episodes, 1980
John Woodnutt ...  Thin man 7 episodes, 1980
Loftus Burton Loftus Burton ...  Tom 5 episodes, 1980
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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.

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21 September 1971 (UK) See more »

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Alternate Versions

The version brought out for the 1980 re-release had the following changes:
  • new educational footage in between the story sections;
  • broadcast for the first time in color (although filmed in colour, most UK schools in the 70s had black and white TVs so was broadcast as such throughout it's 70s run);
  • new opening titles with a theme song added;
  • a new scene at the start of episode one featuring Sylvestra Le Touzel and Stephen Garlick reprising their roles as Helen and Dan (now as adults) reminiscing about their adventure as children - and their flashback begins the story (this version was also told in past tense, while the 1971 version was present).
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The Boy from Space
1 November 2012 | by splavertySee all my reviews

After seeing the 'Boy from Space' again for the first time in 40 odd years it is clear to me what an influence, and impact it had on my childhood and to some extent in adulthood. Having only experienced 'science fantasy' in the late sixties/early seventies e.g. Lost in Space/Star Trek; the Boy from Space was my first credible science fiction story. I can vividly recall being sat around the t.v. in the dining hall at Featherbed Lane Junior School, Shrewsbury, in the Autumn of 1971 eagerly awaiting the latest instalment. As already mentioned by others the producers of this programme were able to make the aliens seem very believable, on what was obviously a small budget. The Thin Man was incredibly disturbing which was down to his appearance and his maniacal expression; extremely well portrayed by John Woodnutt. I recently showed the series to my 7 year old who found it interesting but not as disturbing and impressive as I did at the same age. I can tell it is of 'it's time' as today's children are bombarded with images that make it difficult for them to differentiate between fact and fiction. Back in 1971 the World was a smaller place where children could be children, where 'awe' and 'wonder' were common-place (Neil Armstrong setting foot on the Moon for example) Whilst I don't think I should like to return to those times, I can't help but feel we are losing out if children can't be amazed by such programmes as the Boy from Space. Unfortunately, I am unable to articulate how I truly felt as a 7 year old watching, but needless to say it generated in me a huge interest in Space/Science Fiction which stays with me. In fact I still live in hope that one day I will be walking in a disused quarry when I come across 'Peep-Peep' for real (but would be happy if the Thin-Man didn't make it to Earth!!)


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