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on 19 May 2011
This TV version of The Invisible Man, a character originally created by H.G. Wells, was a 1958 ITP (Incorporated Television Programme Company Ltd) Production/Official Films presentation for ATV through ITC. There were 26 half-hour monochrome episodes across two seasons and was nominally based on the novel by H.G. Wells. The stories were written by the series script writers.
The series follows the adventures of Dr. Peter Brady, a scientist who is attempting to achieve invisibility with light refraction. This is different to the version in the original novel. The experiment goes wrong and turns him permanently invisible. He then returns to the laboratory in order to research an antidote. British Intelligence recruits him for assignments using his invisibility to help people in trouble, as well as solve crimes and defeat spies for his country.
The Invisible Man is a bit dated now. There are precise English accents and the make up and fashions are very 1950s. The whole thing is in black and white with mono sound and although it is good, it is not as good as other shows made in the 1960s. A lot of the sets are obviously Studio based but are very good. And the production style and location shots make the series enjoyable. The series is still very entertaining. There are some clever stories that all are perfectly done within a 25 minute duration. The choice of actors is very good and everyone fits well into their roles. This was an early show for ITC products for ITV and there is strong production and direction.
The show was made in a way that would appeal to an American audience. This was typical of ITC in order to sell the series to the USA.
This show was aimed at the family including children and therefore some dialog is not over complicated and those that would criticise this series for its script should remember that fact.
The Invisible Man was very successful. It helped to change the face of British TV production style and helped to get Britain into a leading nation of TV production.
This is a good show that is still worth watching. It is still entertaining over fifty years after it was made.