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Timeslip: The Complete Collection [DVD] [1970]

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  • Actors: Cheryl Burfield, Spencer Banks, Denis Quilley, Iris Russell, Derek Benfield
  • Writers: James Boswell, Ruth Boswell
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Run Time: 637 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002475CU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,264 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


All 26 episodes from the 1970 children's series originally dreamed up by Ruth Boswell ('Tomorrow People'), in which two fifteen-year-olds, Liz (Cheryl Burfield) and Simon (Spencer Banks), travel through time. In 'The Wrong End of Time' (6 episodes), Liz and Simon travel back through time to a World War 2 naval base, where they are arrested on suspicion of spying. In 'The Time of the Ice Box' (6 episodes), Liz and Simon try to get back to the present, but instead they find themselves in an Arctic wasteland in the year 1990, where scientists in an underground research base try to involve them in a series of bizarre and destructive experiments. 'The Year of the Burn Up' (8 episodes) is a prescient portrayal of global warming. The children return to 1990 (but a different version as they have successfully managed to alter the past). They find the world ruled by the Technocrats, a scientifically advanced elite with a masterplan to reshape the world - but can they stop their destructive scheme that could bring about the end of the world? In the last of the four storylines, 'The Day of the Clone' (6 episodes), the children return to the present day, but Liz is immediately kidnapped and Simon sets off to find her. His search leads him through the time barrier back to the government research centre, where he finds Liz, and the children uncover masterplans for the 'Ice Box' and the 'Burn Up' they fought so hard to destroy.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pike VINE VOICE on 22 July 2004
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Okay, it's a little on the slow side, looks rather low-budget and the actors frequently fluff their lines, but put all of these quibbles to one side because overall, 'Timeslip' is a great piece of television drama. I was only six-years-old when I first watched this programme but it made an indelible impression on me. Revisiting 'Timeslip' as an adult, I am struck by how ambitious the storyline is, prompting the viewer to ponder issues like the ethics of cloning, the impact of technology on society and the nature of time. How many children's television dramas do that today?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Greg VINE VOICE on 10 Jan. 2008
I remember watching this when it first came on in 1970 & when it was repeated in 1973. The plot: two teenagers discover a wall of time with a hole in it. Crawling through they go back in time to 1940 & discover the reason for the father of the girl (Liz) having a chunk of memory missing. They then go to two different possible futures (1990) & finally nip back to 1965 to discover what's up with Commander Traynor who has been manipulating them all series.

There are plenty of plot holes & unanswered questions (the reason for Liz's dad losing his memory is never really explained), and some of the vocal acting is very clipped and old fashioned. Peter Fairley's introductory explanations of what a time bubble is went completely over my head. However, despite this it is a very good series even now.

It was a true credible Doctor Who rival for ITV. For Doctor Who fans/Whovians/Whovers/Whoists, there are strong links to the programme. The last 9 episodes are written by Victor Pemberton, writer of the 1967 classic 'Fury From The Deep'. The incidental music is shared with the contemporary Who story 'Inferno', which is also about alternative futures & the world burning up, and Ian Fairbairn (Dr Fraser/Alpha 7) is also in 'Inferno'. The Icebox story has a similar setting to the 1967 Who story 'The Ice Warriors' and even the costumes are very similar.

I fully intend to get my kids to watch Timeslip - I think they will like it. They, like me, might feel afterwards that they want more. My only criticism is that the extra features are almost non-existant - I really wanted a documentary. Still you can't have everything, and there is a very good website to explore.

I thoroughly recommend this set. Now I'm tempted to buy 'Children of the Stones'!
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81 of 85 people found the following review helpful By David M. Thompson on 19 May 2004
At long last the classic SF series from 1970-71 comes to DVD. Though released on VHS in the 1990s, Timeslip has not enjoyed a very large audience in recent years. The DVD should change all that. With meticulous attention to detail, attentive (if not rigid) use of scientific theory, Timeslip provides a thought-provoking and entertaining excursion into the meaning of past experiences and their bearing upon possible futures. It is often a cliché to talk of an SF drama as being 'ahead of its time', but in many ways that is exactly what Timeslip was. With its treatment of themes such as cloning, the blurring of boundaries between organism and mechanism, and warnings of eco-disaster, Timeslip sensitively presents present-day issues with prophetic insight. What's more, as a series originally aimed at the youth market, it avoids the trap of talking down to its audience. With spirited performances from its young stars Cheryl Burfield and Spencer Banks, coupled with the gravitas of such veteran performers as the late Denis Quilley, Timeslip is engaging and, once seen, unfortgettable.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 27 April 2007
Oh my, oh my... What can be said of 'Timeslip'? Indeed; what can not be said of 'Timeslip'!? Made with shaky scenery and on a low budget, but so what! Keep your hi-tech stuff; just like the Dr. Who series and Star Trek - the originals will always remain the best! For all today's technology, they are the best TV series', and the fact that they are still so popular should tell us something! I love watching this in the night, and in a darkened room and with headphones - you're almost right back there in 1970 all over again! Try it and see!

Though Timeslip was made in colour, it often features much better in black and white, and perhaps has something to do with the fact that many households still only had black and white TV sets back in 1970. Sadly, the colour film did not survive, but let's be honest and say; they were so good, and we've become so terrible at making good TV nowadays, that we perhaps didn't deserve them to survive at all, and so should be grateful! Certainly one of the most exciting SF series' ever made for kids that could also be enjoyed by adults too. I was about eight years old, going on nine when this first aired, and I can still remember playing outside quite vividly, and running in to see Timeslip after school! The kids in it were just like us, and like the kids you'd find next door. I can remember wishing I had a best friend just like Liz! I thought she was just brilliant! In those days, kids were kids, and adults were adults; there wasn't all this mixed spectrum as there is now with blurry lines being crossed; children had respect for both adults and their elders, and kids could only dream of ever being involved with any serious adventures such as Liz and Simon had.
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