I was hooked!
Joanna Lumley) and Steel (David McCallum) are the creation of TV scriptwriter P. J. Hammond (who had previously worked on Ace of Wands) and over the course of 6 series - more commonly known as 'Assignments' - of varying length between July 1979 and August 1982 fought the evils that exist within the corridors of Time and which are determined to break through into our world.
Who and indeed what Sapphire and Steel are is never clearly explained but they are certainly not human and are 2 of 127 agents of some sort of higher power all of whom have 'elemental' code names. Some of these are listed in the iconic opening credits but we only meet two others during the series, the jovial man mountain Lead (Val Pringle) and the 'specialist', Silver (David Collings - who, trivia fans, had previously been the dubbed voice of Monkey).
|A very dapper David Collings|
The six assignments - each dealing with a single storyline - are beautifully made, unremittingly creepy, downright odd and bloody wonderful. There has never been another TV show like this and there probably never will be. You will obviously have your own favourites from amongst them but for me it's assignments 2 & 4 that are the stand outs and will always be at the top of my list. Having said that though I'm quite partial to assignments 1 & 6 and 3 & 5 are alright too.
All six are included in the player below and if you'd like to support the creators (and Wyrd Britain too) you can buy the boxset here - UK / US