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a message from andromeda,
This review is from: The Andromeda Anthology: A for Andromeda / The Andromeda Breakthrough [DVD] (DVD)
One box set of three discs brings us all the surviving material from a for andromeda and it's sequel the andromeda breakthrough, two fondly remembered bbc serials from the early 1960's.
Astronomers receive a signal from another galaxy, which gives instructions on how to build a computer. the computer then creates life. a beautiful girl. and she helps britain out with new technology. only one scientist can see the danger she presents. But, in the face of various countries competing for the advantage she gives, what can he do?
In the sequel the scientist and the girl find themselves in another country that is attempting to build their own version of the computer. which spells trouble for the rest of the world.
The first serial was seven forty five minute long episodes. only a few clips from the first two parts, all of episode six, and the last few minutes of part seven survive. these are joined together with photos of the show to form a reconstruction of it. Annoyingly the menu for this is badly designed and allows no access to each individual part. The lack of material and the slow pace of the first four reconstructed parts make for slightly frustrating viewing. This is more of an espionage thriller at first, the girl not appearing till part five.
however things do pick up when you get to see part six.
All in all it's a good story. it would be even better if it all survived.
however all of the sequel does, and it's six forty five minute long episodes are all here. the lead actress is changed but you really won't notice. The pace of this story could be slow, but it's pretty compelling viewing so you won't be bothered too much about that.
There's also a decent documentary with the surviving cast and crew discussing their memories of the show.
A good package. if the first story survived complete I'd give it four stars