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BBC sci-fi classics show up for free on on YouTube

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 21st 2009 4:05PM
BBC is offering classic sci-fi shows like The Quatermass Experiment.The BBC's official YouTube channel is offering free Christmas gifts to sci-fi fans in the form of a classic hero and a field full of deadly plants. The move gives American viewers a great (legal) chance to catch up on quality productions that didn't (yet?) make their way over to BBC America.

Among the many full episodes of BBC programming now awaiting your computer's perusal is the creepy 1981 production of Day of the Triffids. Most pop culture and horror buffs know the title from the 1962 monster movie of the same title. But this BBC production was a much more faithful and in-depth production of John Wyndham's book.

The online series serves as a great lead-in to the new BBC production of Triffids -- set to premiere Dec. 28.

The 2005 live production of The Quartermass Experiment is also available. Starring Jason Flemyng (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Primeval) as ambitious scientist Bernard Quartermass, The original 1950s production paved the way for Doctor Who with its alien invasion plot. And, the 2005 remake includes The Doctor himself -- or David Tennant at least -- as Dr. Briscoe.

Fortunately, there doesn't seem to be an expiration date on these sci-fi offerings. And there's plenty of room for more premieres from the BBC's video archives.

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As another from Canada, this sucks.....

December 23 2009 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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It's not just canada, it's everywhere other than the US. No matter, we'll just have to resort to the usual way of watching BBC stuff (and no, BBC Entertainment, showing shows that are all 3-4 years old - other than "Eastenders" - is really no alternative).

December 25 2009 at 5:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BBC has chosen to block the content from Canada. Darn you BBC that's so unfair.

December 22 2009 at 11:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Sparks

actually saw that 1981 production of "Triffids" on (wait for it) A&E in the mid eighties. Scared the hell out of me. Worth a look.

And yeah, there was a LOT of BBC stuff on A&E back in the day. Like "Yes, Minister" and others.

December 21 2009 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's "Quatermass" not "QuaRtermass" and thanks for the info.

December 21 2009 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bring back Blake's 7!

December 21 2009 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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