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"A" for Andromeda (1961)

"A" for Andromeda (1961)

A for Andromeda was a British science fiction set in nine years in the future: 1970. An advanced civilization has sent out the blueprints for a supercomputer through radio waves. The message is detected by a newly built radio telescope, and decoded. The blueprints are followed and the computer is built by scientist John Fleming (Peter Halliday) in Scotland. Professor Madeleine Dawnay (Mary Morris) is brought into the project when the advanced computer starts asking and answering questions about biology and chemistry.

Julie Christie enters the show as the character Andromeda as a biological entity (a woman that looks like a research assistant) created by the computer.

Most of the series no longer exists, being purged by the BBC in the 70s. The short-lived series was followed in 1962 by a sequel titled The Andromeda Breakthrough. The series also inspired a book based on the series, A for Andromeda by Fred Hoyle and John Elliot.

Episode Info

Final: 1x07 -- The Last Mystery (Nov/14/1961)

The computer and Andromeda gives the government a rocket which is capable of intercepting and destroying any space satellite. Everyone is excited, but Fleming who thinks that nothing but terror can come from this. To try and end it, he tries to sabotage the computer to horrifying results.
Julie ChristieJulie Christie
As Andromeda
Anthony ValentineAnthony Valentine
As Corporal
David King (1)David King (1)
As Minister of Defence
Frank WindsorFrank Windsor
As Dennis Bridger
Geoffrey Lewis (2)Geoffrey Lewis (2)
As Dr Geers
Jack MayJack May
As Major Quadring
John HollisJohn Hollis
As Kaufman
John NettletonJohn Nettleton
As Harris
Mary MorrisMary Morris
As Madeline Dawnay
Noel JohnsonNoel Johnson
As Osborne

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Producer: Norman Jones (2), Michael Hayes
Production Designer: Norman James (1)
Editor: Agnes Evans
Camera Operator: Peter Sargent
Film Cameraman: Peter Sargent

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Recurring Guests

Esmond Knight as Professor Ernest Reinhart (3 eps)
Patricia Kneale as Judy Adamson (3 eps)
Donald Stewart (2) as General Vandenberg (3 eps)
Peter King (1) as Newsreader (2 eps)
Peter Ducrow as Doctor Hunter (2 eps)
Ernest Hare as Minister of Science (2 eps)
John Murray Scott as Harvey (2 eps)

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