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I believe the DVD collecting the six episodes of the original television serial (not the perfectly fine film remake starring Andrew Kier, mind you, but the television original, starring Andre Morell) is currently out of print. Also, I can’t find my own copy of it. Which is pissing me off, as I am sick as a dog and I just want to sit around and watch DVDs while drinking water like it’s going out of fashion and eating random medications I’m finding in drawers around the house.

So let’s watch a bit of Quatermass. Until the BBC politely ask me to take it down, anyway…

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  1. Bruce Bruce

    I really wish the Beeb would show these again.

  2. Apparently Ted Raimi traveled back in time to play the part of the American scientist. :-)

    I’d love to see this in its entirety. I torrented the theatrical film last year after many unsuccessful attempts to purchase it, after you talked about it a while back. Extremely good creepiness.

  3. I’ve got this dvd tucked away somewhere – just shows you don’t need a big budget to creep the hell out of viewers.

    If only the first two Quatermass series had been preserved…

  4. Watched the whole thing recently with a bunch of people and a load of booze. Marvelous evocation of the bombsite that was much of London for a long time after WWII. Some very creepy moments, achieved with craft rather than whizz-bang special effects.

  5. Jeff Coleman Jeff Coleman

    The movie version of “Quatermass and The Pit” ( to us in North America as “Five Million Years to Earth” and the other great movie from a year previous “Island of Terror” ( are fantastic and should be watched back to back. I recommend the latter if you haven’t seen it in a while. Turtles with snake heads…inspiration for the Horta ( You decide.

  6. Steve Steve

    The three original Quatermass serials are rightly regarded as classics. The fourth is fine but suffered by being finally made seven or eight years after it was written.
    If you can find them, you should also check out Year Of The Sex Olympics (which predicted Big Brother style reality TV) and The Stone Tape, both by Quatermass creator Nigel Kneale.

  7. Warren Ellis Warren Ellis

    Thanks, all, but posting a bit of Quatermass today doesn’t mean I first heard of Nigel Kneale five minutes ago.

  8. Steve Steve

    In response to Mark Chadbourne above, the second Quatermass serial does exist, as do the first two parts of Quatermass Experiment. They were released on a DVD set a few years ago along with Pit. Not sure how easy it is find now though.

  9. Thanks for this. I’m purchasing the trilogy from Amazon UK now. Still looking for the series disks.

  10. I actually purchased this very version out of a walmart cheapies bin not two weeks ago.

  11. Jacob Warren Jacob Warren

    Thanks for sharing this. I must locate more.

  12. Rat Rat

    Thanks Warren – That was fuckin brilliant! Ive been after seeing that for years. Me mum used to scare the shit out of me with stories of seeing Quatermass and the Pit when I was a little kid. Cheers mate!

  13. Thanks for this! Been wanting to see the original serial for decades now but couldn’t find it. Nigel Kneale knocked this one outta the park.

  14. Brian Brian

    The guy in the background at 12:46 is the head off someone but I can’t place him!

  15. Bowse Bowse

    Thank you warren’s sickness, finally watched all of this and nearly pooped a goat. Thank you Warren too.

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