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The Message
Series A for Andromeda
Season 1, Episode 1
A for Andromeda (TV series)
Air date October 3rd, 1961
Writers Fred Hoyle
John Elliot
Director Michael Hayes
Producers Michael Hayes
Norman James
Starring Esmond Knight; Patricia Kneale; Peter Halliday; Noel Johnson; Julie Christie
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"The Message" is the pilot episode of A for Andromeda and first aired on the BBC on October 3rd, 1961. The story takes place in Great Britain in the (then-future) year of 1970. Professor Ernest Reinhart, John Fleming and Dennis Bridger are all scientists in the employ of the Ministry of Defence. They develop a highly advanced radio telescope at Bouldershaw Fell in the Yorkshire Dales. Shortly before its official opening, Doctor Fleming picks up a string of intermittent signals, which he determines originates from the distant Andromeda Galaxy. Examining the signal, Doctor Fleming realizes that the signal is in fact a computer program. He brings his findings to his superiors who compel him to secrecy.

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Cast Edit

ActorRole
Peter Halliday Doctor John Fleming
Esmond Knight Professor Ernest Reinhart
Frank Windsor Dennis Bridger
Patricia Kneale Judy Adamson
Noel Johnson J.M. Osborne
Donald Stewart General Vandenberg
Mary Chester Grace
John Murray-Scott Harvey
John Nettleton Harries
Bernard Kilby Whelan
Brenda Peters Secretary to Osborne
Peter King News reader
Kenneth Kendall Himself - interviewer
Terry Lodge Jenkins
John Barrett Oldroyd

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • First episode of the series.
  • At the time of production, it was customary amongst TV studios to erase recordings after an episode's initial broadcast. As such, no existing master reel of this episode exists and is considered a "lost" episode.
  • The story is told in flashback from the recollection of Professor Ernest Reinhart.
  • In addition to being a producer, Norman James also works as a production designer on this series.
  • This episode was edited by Agnes Evan.

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