Sapphire and Steel

Sapphire & Steel is a British television science-fiction fantasy series starring David McCallum as Steel and Joanna Lumley as Sapphire. Produced by ATV, it ran from 1979 to 1982 on the ITV network. The series was created by Peter J. Hammond who conceived the programme under the working title The Time Mendersafter a stay in an allegedly haunted castle. Hammond also wrote all the stories except for the fifth, which was co-written by Don Houghton and Anthony Read.

From 2005 to 2008, Sapphire and Steel returned in a series of audio dramas produced by Big Finish Productions, starring David Warner and Susannah Harker as the titular Steel and Sapphire.

On 8 July 2015, Neil Cross announced that he was writing a follow-up to the show. In the press release, Cross stated that a British broadcaster was ‘extremely keen’ to finance the reboot. The writer went on to describe the follow-up as “where the enemy is time itself. There’s ghost stories and monster stories and time is the villain.” Cross describes the new series as a ‘Science Fiction/Horror’ mix rather than the traditional 1970s Sapphire & Steel, which was defined as ‘Science Fiction/Fantasy’.

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