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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


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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Followed by Cloud Burst (1974) See more »

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The greatest kids(?) show.....EVER!
22 August 2004 | by dolemite72See all my reviews

Originally released in 1971 in B&W (and feared lost, in this incarnation) THE BOY FROM SPACE was dusted up (and shown in colour for the first time) in 1980, at the height of LOOK AND READ's popularity. Debates rage about 'the best' LOOK AND READ story (some say DARK TOWERS?) But for my money, this is the best. And those that have seen it, never forget it. Story concerns a young brother and sister DAN & HELEN, who discover aliens, notably a strange silver looking boy (who they name PEEP-PEEP, due to his garbled backwards alien-speak). Unfortunately, another alien (scarily referred to as THE THIN SPACE MAN)is after PEEP-PEEP. When the kids protect the alien-boy, THE THIN SPACE MAN comes looking for all concerned. What should have been a fairly straightforward children's caper, becomes something altogether creepy (this is mostly due to JOHN WOODNUTTS terrifying performance of THE THIN SPACE MAN) and as with most LOOK AND READ stories, the kids never seem to have any real parental figures around. This element of hopelessness, matched by an extremely eerie music score, make THE BOY FROM SPACE the most intense kids TV show ever. The (obvious) low budget works in it's favour, it's the natural performances that leave the lasting impression. As said though, THE THIN SPACE MAN (far scarier than any H R GIGER creation) may be too intense for younger audiences. But not to spoil it too much, goodness prevails.

See also SKY HUNTER (which was later dusted up by L + R) for more great children's adventures, brimming with better ideas, plot and performances, than any of the 'adult' counterparts can manage. The only crime, is the 'hardcore' following, this show has, and the BBC's lack of release for any L + R story yet. But, if you do get the chance to see these fine shows, watch them. 10 out of 10

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