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Sapphire & Steel
Episode Studies
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I will be presenting my studies relating to the Sapphire & Steel TV series, comic strips, audio adventures, and any further such stories as may come to my notice, featuring commentary, sound bits of memorable dialog, screen grabs and my own musings.

 

I am continuing to use the term "episode" here as I have elsewhere on PopApostle, as a separable piece in the continuous narrative of a larger story, whether it be television episode or other media.

 

Sapphire & Steel aired a total of six serialized stories and were presented without episode titles. The British home video releases refer to each serial as simply "Assignment" or "Adventure" I-VI. At some point, many fans started using names for each serial in order to make them easier to identify in discussions. I have used both the Assignment number and the most recognized fan title of each serial for these studies.

 

The series itself was conceived by creator Peter J. Hammond under the working title The Time Menders.

 

Each episode began with the curious preamble, "All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned." (The final televised storyline substituted "Mercury" for "Lead" in the preamble.)

 

Opening preamble: Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.mp3

 

Sapphire & Steel

1979-1982 Studies

(Television and comic strip serials)

 
Sapphire & Steel: Escape Through a Crack in Time (Part 1) Sapphire & Steel: Escape Through a Crack in Time (Part 2) Sapphire & Steel: Escape Through a Crack in Time (Part 3) Sapphire & Steel: Escape Through a Crack in Time (Part 4) Sapphire & Steel: Escape Through a Crack in Time (Part 5)
Assignment 1:
Escape Through a Crack in Time
Part 1
Assignment 1:
Escape Through a Crack in Time
Part 2
Assignment 1:
"Escape Through a Crack in Time"
Part 3
Assignment 1:
"Escape Through a Crack in Time"
Part 4
Assignment 1:
Escape Through a Crack in Time
Part 5
TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode
In an old house full of antiques, a young brother and sister suddenly find their parents have vanished and a strange pair of operators appear claiming they will resolve the mystery.
Young Helen inadvertently reopens the tear in time. Sapphire becomes trapped in a room in a painting. Another elemental, Lead, arrives to assist Sapphire and Steel in their investigation of the Jardine house. Mr. Jardine reappears to Rob, claiming Sapphire and Steel are the real threat.
 
Sapphire & Steel: Escape Through a Crack in Time (Part 6) Sapphire & Steel: The Beast in the Picture Sapphire & Steel: The Railway Station (Part 1) Sapphire & Steel: The Railway Station (Part 2) Sapphire & Steel: The Railway Station (Part 3)
Assignment 1:
"Escape Through a Crack in Time"
Part 6
"The Beast in the Picture" Assignment 2:
"The Railway Station"
Part 1
Assignment 2:
"The Railway Station"
Part 2
Assignment 2:
"The Railway Station"
Part 3
TV episode Look-In (1979) #33-40 TV episode TV episode TV episode
The final face-off against time's intrusion of the Jardine house. A strange being forces an artist to paint pictures with the power to enslave. Sapphire and Steel find a human psychical investigator already examining their latest assignment into time incursion. The railway station mystery deepens. Steel formulates a plan to summon the ghost at the station.
 
Sapphire & Steel: The Railway Station (Part 4) Sapphire & Steel: The Railway Station (Part 5)      
Assignment 2:
"The Railway Station"
Part 4
Assignment 2:
"The Railway Station"
Part 5
Assignment 2 Assignment 2 Assignment 2
TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode
Sapphire and Steel enlist in Tully's concept of holding a sťance to engage the spirits at the railway station. Sapphire may be lost when the sťance circle is broken by Steel. The Railway Station
Part 6
The Railway Station
Part 7
The Railway Station
Part 8
 
         
         
Look-In (1979) #41-45 Look-In (1979) #46-51 Look-In (1980) #38-44 Sapphire & Steel Annual 1981 Sapphire & Steel Annual 1981
Possession Death of an Officer The Mill Bid Time Return Chamber of Horrors
 
Assignment 3 Assignment 3 Assignment 3
Sapphire & Steel Annual 1981 Sapphire & Steel Annual 1981 TV episode TV episode TV episode
Stargazing Finger of Blood The Creature's Revenge
Part 1
The Creature's Revenge
Part 2
The Creature's Revenge
Part 3
 
         
Assignment 3 Assignment 3 Assignment 3 Assignment 4 Assignment 4
  TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode
The Creature's Revenge
Part 4
The Creature's Revenge
Part 5
The Creature's Revenge
Part 6
The Man Without a Face
Part 1
The Man Without a Face
Part 2
 
         
Assignment 4 Assignment 4 Assignment 5 Assignment 5 Assignment 5
TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode
The Man Without a Face
Part 3
The Man Without a Face
Part 4
Dr. McDee Must Die
Part 1
Dr. McDee Must Die
Part 2
Dr. McDee Must Die
Part 3
 
         
Assignment 5 Assignment 5 Assignment 5 Assignment 6 Assignment 6
TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode TV episode
Dr. McDee Must Die
Part 4
Dr. McDee Must Die
Part 5
Dr. McDee Must Die
Part 6
The Trap
Part 1
The Trap
Part 2
 
         
Assignment 6 Assignment 6      
TV episode TV episode      
The Trap
Part 3
The Trap
Part 4
     


See also
Sapphire & Steel
2005-2008 Studies
(Audio drama serials)
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