- The Tomorrow People
"The Tomorrow People" is a children's science fiction television series, devised by Roger Price which first ran between 1973 and 1979. The show was re-imagined between 1992 and 1995, this time with Roger Price as executive producer. A third incarnation that ran between 2001 and 2007 saw a return to the original conception and characters, but this time produced as a series of audio plays by
Nigel Fairsfor Big Finish Productions. All three incarnations have been cancelled mid-run.
All incarnations of the show concerned the emergence of the next stage of human
evolutionknown colloquially as "Tomorrow People". Born to humanparents, an apparently normal child might at some point between childhood and late adolescence experience a process called "breaking out", when they develop their special abilities. These abilities include psychicpowers such as telepathy, telekinesis, and teleportation. However, they are physically unable to deliberately kill others.
The original series was produced by
Thames Televisionfor Britain's ITVnetwork. In the show the Tomorrow People operate out of a secret laboratory, "The lab", built in an abandoned London Undergroundstation. The lab was revamped at the beginning of Season 6. The team watch for new Tomorrow People "breaking out" to help them through the process and sometimes deal with attention from extraterrestrial species. They deal with the "Galactic Federation" which oversees the welfare of telepathic species throughout the galaxy. In addition to their psychic powers, they also use advanced technology such as the biological computer TIM, which is capable of original thought and can augment their psychic powers. TIM also helps the Tomorrow People to teleport long distances, although they must be wearing a device installed into a belt or bracelet for this to work. Teleportation is called "jaunting" in the show, similar to the term "jaunte" used in the novel " The Stars My Destination".
In the original series the Tomorrow People are also referred to by the term "
Homo superior". This term appears in David Bowie's song Oh! You Pretty Things: "Let me make it plain. You gotta make way for the Homo Superior." This term came up as part of a conversation between Roger Price and David Bowie at a meeting at Granada studios in Manchester. Price was directing a programme in which Bowie was appearing. Price had been working on a script for his Tomorrow People project and during a conversation with Bowie, the term " Homo superior" came up. Bowie liked the term and soon afterwards wrote it into his song, predating the series itself which was eventually produced as a TV series by Thames TV in 1973. Price has sometimes been quoted as saying that that the lyrics to this song were inspired by the series, not the other way around.citeweb |url=http://www.effdee.demon.co.uk/tp/Interviews/Roger.htm |title="You must be joking" In conversation with Roger Damon Price |publisher=Jackie Clark ] This, however, is impossible, as the album containing the song (" Hunky Dory") was released two years before The Tomorrow People began. The term "Homo Superior" has also been used earlier, for instance by the character Magneto in the American X-Mencomic book. The earliest known use of "homo superior" as a description of a superhuman was decades prior, in British author Olaf Stapledon's novel Odd John.
Alistair McGown of Screen Online cites "The Mind in Chains" by Dr Christopher Evans as a primary source. [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/904684/index.html] He also suggests a similarity between the Tomorrow People and the children's fantasy fiction of
While they reveal their existence to some, the Tomorrow People generally operate in secrecy for fear that normal people (whom they term "Saps", a pejorative abbreviation for "Homo sapiens") will either fear or victimize them because of their special powers or try to exploit them for military purposes. In order to defend themselves they must use non-lethal weaponry such as "stun guns" or martial arts throws due to their inability to cause harm, referred to as the "prime barrier".
Even for the time, the
special effectsof the original show were considered sub-par and camp, largely attributable to the show's small budget. For example, the series initially suffered from the somewhat primitive yellow-screen chroma keyeffects of the time, although in later episodes the special effect for jaunting became very convincing (In Season 1, they were enshrouded by a shower of yellow lights when they teleported; beginning in Season 2, the effect was changed, so that they could just fade out, and then fade in again somewhere else). In an interview Price said that the producer of Doctor Whoactually telephoned him, and asked how he managed to make people jaunt while others moved in the shot.citeweb |url=http://www.effdee.demon.co.uk/tp/Interviews/Roger.htm |title="You must be joking" In conversation with Roger Damon Price |publisher=Jackie Clark ]
Look-In comic strip
A comic strip version, based on the original series, was also produced, written by
Angus P. Allanand printed in TV comic " Look-In" that ran somewhat concurrently with the 1970s series.
Price produced the revival for
Tetra Films(an independent production company, mostly comprising the former children's department at Thames Television) in association with the Thames-owned American company Reeves Entertainment for Thames and Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1995. After some pressure from executives, Price decided to start with a blank slate and so the show was almost completely different from its predecessor. The original cast, characters, or music were not used. The new series incorporated a multi-national cast to ensure that worldwide syndication sales would be easier to obtain.
The distinctive belt buckles were omitted, as the new Tomorrow People were able to teleport without them. The non-lethal stun guns and other gadgetry were also done away with. The new Tomorrow People relied more on their wits and powers to get out of trouble.
There remain some analogies, however. "The Lab" was replaced by a
psychicspaceship in the South Pacific to which Tomorrow People are drawn when they "break out". "TIM" is replaced by an ostensibly mute computer that is part of the alien ship. The visual effects were improved considerably by effects artist Clive Davis along with the sets in the new series compared to the original series.
Audio revival series
Big Finish Productionslaunched an audio series based on the original concept, produced by Nigel Fairs. Nicholas Young and Philip Gilbertreprised their roles as John and TIM, with Helen Goldwyn and Daniel Wilson appearing as Elena and Paul, the new Tomorrow People. Some releases also feature other original cast members, such as Peter Vaughan-Clarke, Elizabeth Adareand Mike Holoway(notably "Trigonometry"). Trevor Littledaletook over the role of TIM in the audio series from "The Warlock's Dance" onwards after Philip Gilbert's death.
Five series were produced of the audio series before it was cancelled, due to the discontinuation of a licensing arrangement with Fremantle Media Enterprises, in December 2007. CDs of the series were permanently withdrawn from sale on the 7th of January 2008. [citeweb |url=http://www.bigfinish.com/index.asp?function=WEBPAGE&page=3 |title=Bigfinish press release |date=2007-12-19 ]
October 2005, Fantom Films and First Time Films released the 1997 documentary about the series entitled "Beyond Tomorrow". [citeweb |url=http://www.fantomfilms.co.uk/dvd/cult/beyondtomorrow.htm |title="Beyond Tomorrow" documentary page |publisher=Fantom Films ] The documentary features interviews with cast members from the original series including: Nicholas Young (John), Peter Vaughan-Clarke (Stephen), Sammie Winmill (Carol), Elizabeth Adare (Liz), Dean Lawrence (Tyso), Mike Holoway (Mike) and the late Philip Gilbert.
The following year, Fantom Films released a second DVD discussing the 1990s series with writers Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro, entitled "Re-inventing The Tomorrow People". [citeweb |url=http://www.fantomfilms.co.uk/dvd/cult/reinventing.htm |title="Re-inventing The Tomorrow People" documentary page |publisher=Fantom Films ]
Television series episodes
ITV broadcast the original series in the 1970s. Nickelodeon broadcast the original 1970s version in the
United Statesin the early 1980s, and broadcast all five stories from the new series in the 1990s in the United States and Australia. The ABC, and later the Seven Networkin Australia broadcast the original series. Both shows were also seen in other parts of the World.
show_name = The Tomorrow People (1973)
Fantasy/ Drama/ Sci-Fi
runtime = 30 minutes
creator = Roger Price
starring = Nicholas Young,
Elizabeth Adare, Peter Vaughan-Clarke, Philip Gilbert, Stephen Salmon, Sammie Winmill, Dean Lawrence, Mike Holoway, Misako Koba, Nigel Rhodes
April 30, 1973
February 19, 1979
num_episodes = 68
tv_com_id = 1855
imdb_id = 0069647 |
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Stephen -
Peter Vaughan-Clarke::Carol - Sammie Winmill::Kenny - Stephen Salmon::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert::Ginge - Michael Standing
*"Slaves of Jedikiah" ::Original UK transmission
30 April- 4 June 1973::Authors: Roger Price, Brian Finch::Director: Paul Bernard::Guest Cast: :::Lefty - Derek Crewe::: Jedikiah- Francis de Wolff:::Cyclops - Robert Bridges:::Mrs. Jameson - Patricia Denys::Plot: Stephen, up until now an ordinary schoolboy, suddenly collapses on a London street as the mental ordeal of "breaking out" begins. The three existing Tomorrow People (John, Carol and Kenny), aware of his ordeal, manage to make contact with him and guide him through the process, but are unable to keep him from being kidnapped by Ginge and Lefty, two Cockney thugs working for the mysterious Jedikiah, who wants the Tomorrow People for their psychic powers, and who serves in turn the even more mysterious Cyclops. Jedikiah turns out to be in reality the Cyclops' shape-changing robot; the Cyclops (implied to be of the same race as Polyphemus, the Cyclopsof Homer's " Odyssey") turns out to be an alien traveller stranded near Earth after an accident killed his crew of telepaths, whose powers are needed to operate his ship's engines. Jedikiah is damaged and goes berserk, damaging the ship and dooming it to explode; the Tomorrow People, however, are able to teleport the Cyclops off the ship to Earth, and contact other aliens who can provide the Cyclops with the atmosphere he needs to breathe and with transport back to his own star system. Jedikiah survives the explosion of the ship and is left drifting in space; Ginge and Lefty become the Tomorrow People's allies.
*"The Medusa Strain"::Original UK transmission
11 June- 2 July 1973::Authors: Roger Price, Brian Finch.::Director: Roger Price.::Guest Cast::::Peter - Richard Speight:::Jedikiah - Roger Bizley:::Rabowski - Roger Booth:::Coppin - Dave Prowse:::Medusa - Norman McGlen::Plot: In the twenty-sixth century, non-telepath Count Rabowski's vessel recovers the drifting robotic form of Jedikiah, who proceeds to take over the vessel, secretly located in hyperspace. Robowski has captured a young "Time Guardian", Peter, who is forced to transport Robowski and Jedikiah back to 1973 to steal the Crown Jewelsin the Tower of London, but are foiled by Stephen and Carol. However, Carol is captured, and Jedikiah takes over the vessel, planning to use Peter to stop the Tomorrow People's "Great Emergence" in the twenty-first century, after which they displace homo sapiens. Robowski uses the Medusa, a predatory ambulatory plant that preys on telepathic animals on its homeworld through nullifying their psionic abilities and destroying them.
However, Jedikiah and Robowski are sent back to Mercury in the distant past, killing Robowski on arrival, and rendering Jedikiah inoperative.
*"The Vanishing Earth"::Original UK transmission
9 July- 30 July 1973::Authors: Roger Price, Brian Finch.::Director: Paul Bernard.::Guest Cast::::Lefty - Derek Crewe:::Smithers - Kenneth Farrington:::Steen - Kevin Stoney:::Spidron - John Woodnutt::Plot: Alien criminal Spidron is mining the Earth's core for rare minerals, leading to serious geological planetwide instability that may shatter the planet. For the first time, the Tomorrow People encounter the Galactic Federation, a network of fellow telepaths from different species that have banded together to protect galactic peace, and prevent the exploitation of more vulnerable species.
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Stephen - Peter Vaughan-Clarke::Elizabeth - Elizabeth Adare::Chris - Christopher Chittell::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert::Professor Cawston -
*"The Blue and the Green" ::Original UK transmission
4 February- 4 March 1974::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Roger Price.::Guest Cast::::Grandfather - Nigel Pegram:::Robert - Jason Kemp:::Police Inspector - Simon Merrick:::Johnson - Ray Burdis::Plot: As new Tomorrow Person Elizabeth M'Bondo breaks out, violence around the world is increasing, due to blue and green badges being distributed by an alien species, the D'henagali, that needs large amounts of violent energy in order to metamorphose into their energy-based adult phase, and leave the planet. According to TIM, this happened once before, in ancient Rome, where the Blues and the Greens destabilised the empire, leading to its long-term collapse. The Tomorrow People turn Skylabinto a giant stun gun to prevent widespread destruction. However, the violent emotions emitted through the sleeping populace's dreams gives the D'henagali all the energy they need and more to leave Earth, and they gratefully do so without further incident.
*"A Rift in Time" ::Original UK transmission
11 March- 1 April 1974::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Darrol Blake.::Guest Cast::::Peter - Richard Speight:::Professor Sylvia Garner - Sylvia Coleridge:::Gaius - Stanley Lebor:::Lothar - Leonard Pieroni::Plot: In ancient Britain, Roman officers from an alternate historytry to alter the past in order to restore their own world, one in which the Roman Empirehas had a thirteen hundred year technologicalheadstart on our own world due to the premature invention of a working steam engine, and has become a major galactic empire.
*"The Doomsday Men" ::Original UK transmission
8 April- 6 May 1974::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Roger Price.::Guest Cast::::Douglas McLelland - William Relton:::Lt General McLelland - Lindsay Campbell:::Traffic Warden - Nigel Pegram:::Lee Wan - Eric Young:::Doomsday Man - Bill Treacher::Plot: A deranged group of militarists attempts to provoke a global conflict by hijacking a space station.
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Stephen - Peter Vaughan-Clarke::Elizabeth - Elizabeth Adare::Tyso - Dean Lawrence::Chris - Christopher Chittell::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert::Professor Cawston - Bryan Stanyon
*"Secret Weapon"::Original UK transmission
26 February- 19 March 1975::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Stan Woodward.::Guest Cast: :::Patricia Conway - Anne Curthoys:::Col. Masters - Trevor Bannister:::Prime Minister - Hugh Morton::Plot: An experimental weapons research establishment abducts new Tomorrow Person Tyso Boswell, and it is revealed that Earth's governments are engaged in a covert psionic arms racethat involves the exploitation of telepaths.
*"Worlds Away"::Original UK transmission
26 March- 9 April 1975::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Vic Hughes. ::Guest Cast::::Mrs Boswell - Joanna Tope:::Evergreen Boswell - Denise Cook:::Lenda - Lydia Lisle:::Timus / Tikno - Philip Gilbert:::Arkron - Keith Chegwin::Plot: Timus Irnok Mosta, a maverick Galactic Federation diplomat, arranges for the Tomorrow People to intervene in the affairs of Peeri, a medieval earthlike world where the native telepaths, or 'Vesh' are burnt as witches, at the mercy of a cruel Vesh-Hunter elite. It is also revealed that the alien Kulthan Empire were responsible for delaying the emergence of homo superior on Earth and elsewhere through installing a hidden "psi damper" in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Peeri has a similar device concealed within one of its own pyramids.
*"A Man for Emily"This story is chiefly notable as the first TV appearance of
Peter Davison, later famous as the fifth actor to play the Doctor in " Doctor Who". He and Sandra Dickinsonwere married from 1978 to 1994.::Original UK transmission 16 April- 30 April 1975::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Stan Woodward.::Guest Cast::::Elmer - Peter Davison:::Emily - Sandra Dickinson:::The Momma - Margaret Burton:::Publican - Robin Parkinson:::Mr Greenhead - Bill Dean::See also: Tickling boots::Plot: Three humanoid aliens appear in an automated starship, refugees from a nuclear war that destroyed their species generations ago, resulting in a matriarchal culture and cannibalismonboard the vessel. Unfortunately, the vessel still has its own operative nuclear weapons.
*"Revenge of Jedikiah"::Original UK transmission
7 May- 21 May 1975::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Vic Hughes.::Guest Cast::::Jedikiah - Francis de Wolff:::Sergeant Evans - John Lyon:::Evergreen Boswell - Denise Cook:::Mustaf - Ali Bongo::Plot: An old nemesis returns to try to destroy the Tomorrow People one last time, after the Kulthan Empire retrieves Jedikiah's robotic body from the surface of Mercury during the time of ancient Egypt, reactivate his shapechanger abilities, and use him as a Pharaoh. He then remains inactive as an Egyptian mummyand re-emerges in 1975. Upon his return, he becomes the assistant to a second rate magician in order to pursue the Tomorrow People. Jedikiah's plot is eventually foiled when TIM removes his shape shifting abilities and condemns him to life on Earth as a human. The Tomorrow people are granted honorary status with the Galactic Federation and are taken away by Tymus for a vacation.
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Stephen - Peter Vaughan-Clarke::Elizabeth - Elizabeth Adare::Tyso - Dean Lawrence::Mike Bell -
Mike Holoway::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert
*"One Law"::Original UK transmission
21 October- 5 November 1975::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Leon Thau.::Guest Cast::::Inspector - Tim Barrett:::Lord Dunning - Harold Kasket:::Mr O'Reilly - Patrick McAlinney:::Thwaites - Arnold Diamond:::Two Tone - John Hollis::Plot: The Tomorrow People return to Earth after an intergalactic vacation. They recruit Mike, a new Tomorrow Person from a Cockney working classbackground who has, in their absence, fallen in with organized crime.
*"Into the Unknown"::Original UK transmission
13 January- 28 January 1976::Author: Jon Watkins.::Director: Roger Price.::Guest Cast::::Tirayaan - Geoffrey Bayldon:::Kwaan - Stephen Garlick:::Vaktaan - Brian Coburn:::Ralaa - Raymond Boyd::Plot: The Tomorrow People unwittingly find themselves on an alien ship that is being pulled towards a wormholeor singularity.
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Elizabeth - Elizabeth Adare::Mike - Mike Holoway::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert
*"The Dirtiest Business"::Original UK transmission
28 February- 7 March 1977::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Vic Hughes.::Guest Cast::::Pavla - Anulka Dubynska:::KGB Man - Jan Murzynowski:::Senior KGB Man - Gabor Vernon:::Major Ann Turner - Vivien Heilbron::Plot: Pavla, a young Russian telepath, escapes from her Soviet intelligence minders in central London, prompting the SIS to raid the Tomorrow People's headquarters. The Tomorrow People set out to find Pavla before either the KGBor the SIS do.
*"A Much Needed Holiday"::Original UK transmission
14 March- 21 March 1977::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Richard Mervyn.::Guest Cast::::Gremlon - Anthony Garner:::Trig - Guy Humphries:::Trog - David Corti::Plot: The Tomorrow People take another vacation, this time to a primitive planet, where ruthless Kleptons have enslaved the population to steal the planet's diamonds.
*"The Heart of Sogguth"::Original UK transmission
28 March- 4 April 1977::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Vic Hughes.::Guest Cast::::Jake - Roddy Maude-Roxby:::Mike Harding - James Smilie:::Derek - Derek Pascoe:::Bill - Bill Rice:::The Fresh Hearts - Flintlock (Jamie Stone, John Summerton, Mike Holloway)::Plot: Mike's band gets a new manager, who happens to be the leader of a cult that worships Sogguth, an evil god.
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Elizabeth - Elizabeth Adare::Mike - Mike Holoway::Hsui Tai -
Misako Koba::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert
*"The Lost Gods"::Original UK transmission
15 May- 22 May 1978::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Peter Webb.::Guest Cast::::Matsu Tan - Burt Kwouk:::Sage - Robert Lee::Plot: The Tomorrow People discover another one of their number, Hsui Tai, a young Japanese woman kept captive in a Chinese monastery that practices human sacrifice.
*"Hitler's Last Secret"::Original UK transmission
5 June- 12 June 1978::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Leon Thau.::Guest Cast::::Hitler - Michael Sheard:::Professor Friedl - Richard Warner:::Major Hughes - Leon Eagles:::Karl Brandt - Nicholas Lyndhurst:::Willi Frisch - Earl Rhodes::Plot: Adolf Hitler was an alien metamorphwho is also behind the rise of neofascismamongst European youth.
*"The Thargon Menace"::Original UK transmission
19 June- 26 June 1978::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Peter Yolland.::Guest Cast::::General Papa Minn - Olu Jacobs:::Flynn - Michael Audreson:::Sula - Jackie Cowper:::Major Marcos - Eric Roberts::Plot: Alien Thargon youths crashland on the Earth, and the conniving Pacific Islanddictator Papa Minn tries to use them to create world domination until their world's military arrives...
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Elizabeth - Elizabeth Adare::Mike - Mike Holoway::Hsui Tai - Misako Koba::Andrew Forbes -
Nigel Rhodes::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert
*"Castle of Fear"::Original UK transmission
9 October- 16 October 1978::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Vic Hughes.::Guest Cast::::Bruce Forbes - Dominic Allen:::Angus McDuff - Bill Gavin:::Professor Gail Mayer - Jennifer Watts:::Professor Young - Brian Jackson::Plot: New Scottish Tomorrow Person Andrew Forbes is beset by his father, Bruce, who has religious fears about the nature of his son's newfound abilities.
*"Achilles Heel"::Original UK transmission
23 October- 30 October 1978::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Gabrielle Beaumont.::Guest Cast::::Bruce Forbes - Dominic Allen:::Yagon - Hilary Minster:::Cantor - Christian Rodska:::Glip - Stanley Bates:::Timus - Philip Gilbert:::Accompanist - Ted Taylor::Plot: Cantor and Yagon are two rogues who want to mine the anti-telepath element balamin for use in an anti-telepath galactic black market amongst 'psi-null' worlds that cannot develop their own telepaths.
*"Living Skins"::Original UK transmission
6 November- 11 November 1978::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Stan Woodward.::Guest Cast::::Wilton - Ralph Lawford:::Girl - Judith Fielding:::Guard - Dave Carter::Plot: Ameboid aliens try to use a youth style craze to invade Earth, temporarily taking over Mike, Hsui Tai, John and Elizabeth in the process.
:Regular Cast::John - Nicholas Young::Elizabeth - Elizabeth Adare::Mike - Mike Holoway::Hsui Tai - Misako Koba::Andrew Forbes - Nigel Rhodes::Voice of TIM - Philip Gilbert
*"War of the Empires"::Original UK transmission
29 January- 19 February 1979::Author: Roger Price.::Director: Vic Hughes.::Guest Cast::::American President - John F. Parker:::American General - Richard Bartlett:::Morgan Evans - David Baxt:::Thargon General - Oliver Maguire:::Chaircreature - David Cann:::Sorsen Captain - Terry Woodfield:::Thargon Commander - Percy Herbert:::Thargon Officer - Anthony Stafford::Plot: In this final serial of the seventies version of the Tomorrow People, the Sorson and Thargon Empires are at interstellar war. Earth gets involved when the Sorsens establish a base on the Earth's moon for use against the Thargons, who destroy a US space shuttle in the crossfire when they destroy it. The US President agrees to Earth's involvement in the war, while the Galactic Federation is beset by its usual bureaucratic infighting. Angry, the Tomorrow People alienate the Federation, and must stop the Thargons from devastating the Earth, still regarded as a strategic target even after the Sorsens have left the planet after technology theft is believed to have occurred.
show_name = The Tomorrow People (1992)
Fantasy/ Drama/ Sci-Fi
runtime = 30 minutes
creator = Roger Damon Price
starring = Kristian Schmid, Christian Tessier, Adam Pearce, Kristen Ariza, Naomie Harris, Alexandra Milman
November 18, 1992
March 8, 1995
num_episodes = 25
imdb_id = 0103568
tv_com_id = 10954 |
:Tomorrow People:::Adam Newman -
Kristian Schmid::Megabyte (Marmaduke Damon) - Christian Tessier::Kevin Wilson - Adam Pearce (only until "The Culex Experiment")::Lisa Davies - Kristen Ariza(only in "The Origin Story")::Ami Jackson - Naomie Harris(from "The Culex Experiment")::Jade Weston - Alexandra Milman("The Living Stones" with a brief appearance in "The Culex Experiment")
*"The Origin Story"::First UK transmission: November - December 1992:::Note: A short test pilot version of the first episode entitled "A bad dream gets real" was created before full production commenced. Its content was roughly that of the first two episodes of the Origin Story. This remains unaired as it was an internal proof of concept only. The main cast was made up of the same actors, except that Stephen Pollard played Kevin. [citeweb |url=http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0726300/ |title=IMDB entry on "A bad dream gets real" |publisher=imdb.com ] ::Guest Cast::::General Bill Damon -
Jeff Harding:::Professor John Galt - Hugh Quarshie:::Colonel Masters - Manning Redwood:::Gloria - Romilly Nolan:::Mrs. Davies - Shezwae Powell:::Lady Mulvaney - Gabrielle Hamilton:::Hulk - Tom Kerridge:::Ray - Callum Dixon:::Smith - Charles Balfour:::Jones - Lou Hirsch:::Mrs Hawthorne - Avril Angers:::Boris - Paul Humpoletz:::Sammi - Linda Goens:::Sgt. Young - Ricco Ross:::Sgt. Holloway - Fidelma Meehan:::Newsreader - Sally McClaren:::Newspaper girl - Monica Peck:::MC - Wolf Mueller
::Plot: Several young people begin to mysteriously vanish and reappear all over the World. Unknown to the authorities investigating, they are transported to a remote Pacific island where a mysterious alien spaceship has been wrecked for centuries.
::Adam Newman, an Australian, is the first to appear on the island and soon discovers the ship.
::Marmaduke "Megabyte" Damon and Kevin Wilson are school friends. Megabyte, from
Vermont, USAbut living in London and Kevin a native Londoner. During a sleepover, Megabyte discovers a psychic link between himself and Kevin, but believes that the mind reading ability is Kevin's alone. After Kevin disappears and reappears several times over the next day, Megabyte suggests that Kevin is psychic and can teleport.
::Lisa Davies, from
Virginia, USA, disappears due to extreme anxiety while attempting to perform at a children's talent show. Lisa and Adam meet on the island and with the help of the ship they learn that they are Tomorrow People and begin to explore their abilities.
::Meanwhile, the authorities (Colonel Masters, Professor John Galt and Gloria) are closing in on Lisa due to her public disappearance and set up a trap at the location of the talent show. Megabyte and Kevin travel to Virginia, by conventional means, after seeing news of Lisa's disappearance. They intervene in Lisa's capture, inadvertently getting Megabyte caught instead.
::The Tomorrow People must rescue their new friend and thwart the authorities' plans to capture and exploit them all.::Screenplay: Roger Damon Price::Director: Ron Oliver::Music: Tim Pitt & Bobby Broughton
*"The Culex Experiment"::First UK transmission: January - February 1994::Guest Cast::::Dr. Culex -
Jean Marsh:::"Aunt Ruth" Tanner - Denise Coffey:::Inspector Platt - Roger Sloman:::Dr. Poole - Adam Blackwood:::Mrs Jackson - Sally Sagoe:::The twins - Deborah Vale & Tessa Vale:::Dr. Lucy Connor - Connie Booth:::Commander Scott - Janet Amsden:::Dr. Leong - Richard Rees:::Jim - Bazil Otoin:::Richie - Nicky Twining
::Plot: While on his way to meet Megabyte at the train station, Kevin runs into a lab coat-wearing victim of an apparent abduction orchestrated by the sinister Doctor Culex and her twin hench(wo)men. When he finally meets Megabyte and Adam at the train station he too falls victim to Doctor Culex and is left in a coma.::Ami Jackson, who is visiting her mother in the same hospital that Kevin is taken to, feels a psychic connection with Kevin. Despite the protests of her mother, Ami falls into company with Adam and Megabyte. The three and Kevin's aunt Ruth investigate Doctor Culex, hindered by the bumbling Inspector Platt. The Tomorrow People must stop Doctor Culex's evil plans and find a cure for Kevin, all while Ami comes to terms with her newly discovered powers.::Notably the part of Dr. Connor is played by
Connie Boothand Dr. Culex by Jean Marsh.::Screenplay: Lee Pressman & Grant Cathro::Directors: Alan Horrox & Viviane Alberine::Music: Andrew Phillips (Credited with the second version of theme music)
*"Monsoon Man"::First UK transmission: February 1994::Guest Cast::::Colonel Jeremiah J. Cobb -
William Hootkins:::Professor Lawrence Middlemass - Christopher Benjamin:::Wilkie - Kerry Shale:::Lucy Allen - Laurence Bouvard:::Les Bishop - John Judd:::Annette - Faith Edwards:::Dr Roberts - Alwyne Taylor:::Colin - Peter Aubrey:::Betty - Paula Jacobs:::Salesman - Steve Knowles:::Policeman #1 - Stuart Fox:::Policeman #2 - Jonathan Markwood:::Mrs Butterworth - Peggy Mount:::Quentin D'Arcy - Ian McNeice:::Au Pair - Simone Bendix:::Tammy - Nonie Kent:::Twitch - Mac McDonald:::Beef - Anthony Venditti:::Vinny - Michael Benz:::Zimmerman - Vincent Marzello:::TV Reporter - Bob Sessions
::Plot: Lucy Allen, an eager cadet reporter bumps into Adam outside a nightclub before witnessing a baffling occurrence of a frozen cat-burglar while on her way home. Her further illegal investigation lands her in trouble. Adam and Megabyte attempt to find Lucy, but are frustrated by people posing as residents claiming that she never existed.:: Meanwhile, Ami's mother is still protesting Ami's involvement with the Tomorrow People. She rudely rejects Megabyte's morning visit before attempting to ground Ami. However, fate proves the stronger force, pulling Ami into the mystery.:: The Tomorrow People must solve the mystery of the vanishing Lucy, and thwart the maniacal Colonel Cobb's underhanded and dangerous plans to rule the breakfast cereal market.::Screenplay: Lee Pressman & Grant Cathro::Director: Niall Leonard::Music: Andrew Phillips
*"The Rameses Connection"::First UK transmission: January 1995::Guest Cast::::Sam Rees -
Christopher Lee:::Millicent F Rutherford - Elizabeth Spriggs:::Hubert Tate - Robert Lang:::Scully - Andrew Powell:::Felix Fry - Harry Jones:::Red Rainwear - Anthony O'Donnell:::Lynzie Motherwell - Sarah Flind:::Rupert Short - Christopher Brand:::Amanda James - Adjoa Andoh:::Tutankhamun - Adam Dean
::Plot: As a crystalline meteoric rock (The Marhaba Stone) is stolen from a museum exhibit. Adam, Megabyte and Ami are contacted from the past by a boy from Ancient Egypt. Trying to find the meaning of the Ancient-Egyptian message sends The Tomorrow People on a dangerous and surreal adventure. Joining forces with the bizarre "Millicent F Rutherford" and her even more bizarre friends The Tomorrow People must travel to Egypt to save the World from an ancient evil.::This story notably includes a guest appearance by
Christopher Leeas the sinister "Sam Rees".::Screenplay: Grant Cathro::Director: Roger Gartland::Music: Tony Flynn
*"The Living Stones"::First UK transmission: February 1995::Guest Cast::::Gladys Toms -
Rosemary Leach:::Byron Lucifer - Danny John-Jules:::Gen. Beaumont-Savage - Clive Merrison:::Prof. Beth Halliday - Briony Glassco:::Penny Weston - Sharon Duce:::Felicity Triplett - Patricia Hayes:::Frank - Ron Berglas:::Chester Toms - George Raistrick:::Sergeant Manx - Duncan Faber:::Greg Golden - Jim Sweeney:::Dr Bradley - Akim Mogaji:::Henderson - Clara Onyemere:::Murdo - Trevor Steedman:::Jessie the Dog - Jester
::Plot: Jade, who was first introduced in "The Culex Experiment" is woken by a meteorite falling from the sky. While she is investigating a subsequent occurrence, she is captured by a military operation headed by General Damon (Megabyte's father). Ami is off on a tour of Australia, leaving Adam and Megabyte to help General Damon and Jade solve why everyone in her village suddenly likes to mysteriously sit in the dark with sunglasses on; and what exactly they are doing in secret with all the meteorites.
::Notably the part of Byron Lucifer is played by
Danny John-Jules. Strangely, the final episode's end credit's theme music is replaced by the cinematic orchestration from "the Rameses Connection".
::Screenplay: Lee Pressman::Director: Crispin Reece::Music: Tony Flynn
The original series was released on DVD in both region 1 and 2. All 8 series of the original 1970s series were released on DVD through Revelation Films [citeweb |url=http://www.revfilms.com/modules/shop/Show_Category.cfm?cat_id=32 |title=The Tomorrow People |publisher=Revelation Films] in the UK. All discs are Region 0 and are playable in most countries where PAL is the standard. In 2005, A&E TV [citeweb |url=http://www.aetv.com |title=AETV website ] released three boxsets for North America, in the NTSC format, that contain all 8 seasons and the documentary "Beyond Tomorrow".
The 1990s series was released as a 5-DVD set but only in region 2.
The audio series episodes
#"The New Gods" by
Rebecca Leveneand Gareth Roberts
#"The Deadliest Species" by
#"The Ghosts of Mendez" by
#"The Sign of Diolyx" by
Mike Tuckerand Robert Perry(two discs)
#"A New Atlantis" by
#"The Power of Fear" by Steve Lyons
#"The Curse of Kaavan" by Nigel Fairs
#"Alone" by Nigel Fairs
#"The Slarvian Menace" by Mark Wright
#"The Warlock's Dance" by
#"A Living Hell" by Nigel Fairs
#"Trigonometry" by Gary Russell
#"Saying Goodbye" by Nigel Fairs
#"The Lords of Forever" by
#"Queen of Slarvos" by Nigel Fairs
#"The Plague of Dreams" by
Jim Mortimore(two discs)
#"A Broken Song" by Nigel Fairs
#"Spiritus Mundi" by Craig Hinton
#"Stemming the Tide" by Helen Goldwyn
#"End of Silence" by Alex Crowe
#"Rachel" by Nigel Fairs
Proposed titles for Series 6
Series six was cancelled part way through the production of "Saving the World", "Talking to God" and "Tandem". These episodes will not be released through official channels.
#"Saving the World"
#"Talking to God"
#"War of the Slarvians"
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/904684/index.html British Film Institute Screen Online]
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*imdb title|id=0103568|title=The Tomorrow People (new series)
* [http://www.gopha.net/tomorrow/index.html Tomorrow People Episode Guide & Photo Gallery]
* [http://www.tomorrowpeoplelab.net/oldfilm.html The Tomorrow People Filmography (Original Series)]
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