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A for Andromeda 

In 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Esmond Knight ...  Professor Ernest Reinhart 7 episodes, 1961
Patricia Kneale Patricia Kneale ...  Judy Adamson 7 episodes, 1961
Peter Halliday ...  John Fleming / ... 7 episodes, 1961
Noel Johnson Noel Johnson ...  J.M. Osborne 6 episodes, 1961
Julie Christie ...  Andromeda / ... 6 episodes, 1961
Donald Stewart ...  General Vandenberg 5 episodes, 1961
Geoffrey Lewis Geoffrey Lewis ...  Doctor Geers / ... 5 episodes, 1961
Mary Morris ...  Professor Madeleine Dawnay 4 episodes, 1961
Peter Henchie Peter Henchie ...  Egon 4 episodes, 1961
John Hollis ...  Kaufman 4 episodes, 1961
Frank Windsor ...  Dennis Bridger 3 episodes, 1961
John Murray Scott John Murray Scott ...  Harvey 3 episodes, 1961
Brenda Peters Brenda Peters ...  Secretary to Osborne / ... 3 episodes, 1961
Ernest Hare Ernest Hare ...  Minister of Science Ratcliff / ... 3 episodes, 1961
John Rowlands John Rowlands ...  Lab Assistant / ... 3 episodes, 1961
Jack May Jack May ...  Major Quadring 2 episodes, 1961
Anthony Valentine ...  Corporal 2 episodes, 1961
Maurice Hedley Maurice Hedley ...  The Prime Minister 2 episodes, 1961
Peter Ducrow Peter Ducrow ...  Doctor Hunter 2 episodes, 1961
John Nettleton ...  Harries 2 episodes, 1961
Peter King Peter King ...  Newsreader 2 episodes, 1961
David King David King ...  Minister of Defence Burdett 2 episodes, 1961
Barry Jackson ...  1st Sentry / ... 2 episodes, 1961
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In 1970, a team of scientists decipher a mysterious signal from space and discover that it provides instructions to build a powerful super-computer. Once built, this computer provokes argument between two of leading team members, Fleming and Dawnay, over the machine's real intentions as it provides further instructions to create a living organism, which Dawnay starts to develop. Later it appears to compel lab assistant Christine to commit suicide, and when the organism is fully developed, it appears in the exact form of Christine, and named Andromeda. But what is the purpose of this "creature"? Written by Anonymous

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English

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3 October 1961 (UK) See more »

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アンドロメダのA See more »

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(7 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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In late 2006 the complete soundtrack to final edition "The Last Mystery" was recovered as an off-air recording. Sadly the discovery was made too late for inclusion on the BBC's "The Andromeda Anthology" DVD release. See more »

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Referenced in Doctor Who: Origins (2006) See more »

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It's now on DVD
23 August 2008 | by imdb-13053See all my reviews

Well, part of it is. The good news is that there is now a BBC DVD set containing what remains of "A for Andromeda" (the whole of the last episode, and stills from the others linked with text commentary plus a few scenes which were probably taken by people filming their TV sets, or possibly from copies of copies sent to TV companies abroad) and the whole of the sequel "The Andromeda Breakthrough". The bad news is that it is now extremely unlikely that we will ever see the 'lost' episodes, unless some alien race intercepted the TV transmissions from 1962...

Having been a bit too young to watch them when they were originally televised (I was only 6 at the time, and only just remembered that they existed when I found the novelisations as a teenager) but having read and reread the books many times, I was thrilled to find the DVD set. I just wish that more of the first series had survived with Julie Christie (don't get me wrong, I've completely fallen in love with Susan Hampshire's Andromeda, but I wish I had more of Julie Christie's for comparison as well).

Dr. Fred Hoyle has a special place for me, he was the author who first got me interested in computers (through his book "The Black Cloud" which contains a description of programming in those days, as well as AforA). Many of his themes were very advanced for the time and still relevant. Some of his scientific ideas are currently discredited (for instance he supported the "steady state" hypothesis, that the universe has always existed, instead of the "Big Bang") but both his fiction and nonfiction was among the best at the time. Unlike many modern SF authors his romance was low-key and suggested rather than explicit, and his plots are thoughtful rather than full of action, but I find that a nice change from modern Hollywood and TV productions, and many modern SF writers.


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