A young time-traveller with superhuman powers is stranded on Earth after running into a Black Hole. Pursued by the evil Goodchild, Sky is helped on his quest to find a way home by three ...
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Hunting for a bird injured on a pheasant hunt, Arby telepathically hears a voice calling for help. He finds a pallid, golden-haired youth with solid blue eyes under a pile of leaves, and takes him to...
Scientist Adam Brake and his son Matthew arrive in the sleepy English village of Milbury to find it under the grip of weird psychic powers unleashed by the sinister village squire, Hendrick... See full summary »
A mysterious, very old solicitor Mr. Blunden visits Mrs. Allen and her young children in her squalid, tiny Camden Town flat and makes her an offer she cannot refuse. The family become the ... See full summary »
Shy young Roland Wright deals with his tortured existance at home with his nagging parents in a tower block and at school with his bullies & tyrannical teachers by withdrawing into a ... See full summary »
A young time-traveller with superhuman powers is stranded on Earth after running into a Black Hole. Pursued by the evil Goodchild, Sky is helped on his quest to find a way home by three human teenagers, Arby, Jane and Roy.Written by
The master copies of the first and third episodes are thought to no longer exist; however good-quality domestic recordings do survive for them. See more »
Episode Two: Sky and Arby are in the school library and decide to "borrow" an atlas. Arby is holding the book as he goes through the door to the corridor but does not have it when they emerge on the other side. To cover this mistake, episode three has Roy return to the school to pick up a torch his father has dropped confronting Sky and he finds the atlas on the corridor floor. See more »
The Juganet is a circle, The circle is a machine, The point is a paramagnetic intersection.
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The one that got away
SKY is a flawed but fascinating children's television production of the late seventies. It's refusal to follow dramatic convention is commendable, if difficult. It's debut episode is abstract and bordering on avant-garde theatre. The rest are occasionally rushed, uneven dramatically, but the last ten minutes are truly jaw dropping. The risibility of this denouement may be a 'jump the shark' moment for some viewers, but it certainly gets full marks for originality.
Sky himself, vulnerable but not entirely benign, is a lead character unlike any I can recall in children's telly. The program is not 'cuddly'. Sky does not express gratitude to his helpers, or any degree of warmth. He is more arbiter than interferer, a fascinating performance from young actor Harrison.
With it's hippy cloaks, druids and Stonehenge, SKY could be seen as the last hurrah before the advent of punk, but it refuses to be pigeon holed as a pantheist diatribe against the 'experiment' of intelligence and the despoiling nature of man. A couple of hippies are given short thrift in one rather disturbing scene and slope off disillusioned. Let's say SKY is sympathetic to Ghia theory but remains open minded, if pessimistic, to other possibilities.
Why is it remembered, albeit dimly? Perhaps due to its striking images, many foreshadowing eighties pop video. Goodchild's appearance is memorably eerie. It also has a splendid character in Mr Crow with his creepy hand, reminiscent of Mr Stabs of 'Ace Of Wands' fame. I also cannot get out of my head Sky's rejuvenation of Arby's mother. The music is less successful, sometimes over-used and then dropped for later episodes.
SKY is a wonderfully balmy creation. It is unique, and may attract a considerable cult following if ever released to the public.
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