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Quatermass

An Endangered Species (Season 1, Episode 4)
TV Episode | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Quatermass emerges from the car park to find the stadium empty. So many have now been harvested that the particles of dust in the air have turned the sky green. Kapp attempts to repair his equipment in order to contact the alien presence, ...See moreQuatermass emerges from the car park to find the stadium empty. So many have now been harvested that the particles of dust in the air have turned the sky green. Kapp attempts to repair his equipment in order to contact the alien presence, but the Planet People destroy his efforts. They try to persuade him to join them but he refuses, convinced now that his family are dead. Quatermass, aided by Gurov, who has travelled to London from Moscow, assembles a team of scientists to find a solution. He deliberately selects old people for the task as they are immune to the effects of the alien force. Quatermass decides to set a trap. He plans to fake the presence of a large gathering of Planet People at Kapp's observatory and, when the force comes, to detonate a nuclear weapon. Quatermass does not believe this will be sufficient to destroy the alien machine but he hopes that it will damage it enough to make it go away. Kapp volunteers to stay behind with Quatermass to help detonate the bomb. The pair set up the trap and wait. Suddenly, Kickalong appears with a group of Planet People, including Quatermass' granddaughter, Hettie. Kapp tries to warn them away but is shot by Kickalong. The light appears, indicating that the alien force has arrived, but the shock of seeing his granddaughter among the Planet People causes Quatermass to suffer a heart attack. However, aided by Hettie, he is able to detonate the bomb. Later, according to Gurov, "The message was taken. It has not come again. We pray it will never come again." Written by GusF See less
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Updated Nov 14, 1979

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Nov 14, 1979 (United Kingdom)

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19 cast members
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John Mills
Prof. Bernard Quatermass Prof. Bernard Quatermass   See fewer
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Simon MacCorkindale
Joe Kapp Joe Kapp   See fewer
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Ralph Arliss
Kickalong Kickalong   See fewer
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Paul Rosebury
Caraway Caraway   See fewer
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Rebecca Saire
Hettie Carlson Hettie Carlson   See fewer
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Elsie Randolph
Woman Minister Woman Minister   See fewer
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James Ottaway
Arthur Arthur   See fewer
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Donald Eccles
Chisholm Chisholm   See fewer
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Ishaq Bux
Misru Misru   See fewer
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John Dunbar
Electronics Expert Electronics Expert   See fewer
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John Richmond
Lt. General Lt. General   See fewer
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Charles Lamb
Orderly Orderly   See fewer
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Brian Croucher
Pay Police Lt. Pay Police Lt.   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 15 votes