IT'S ABOUT TIME.....
..... slipping into the Bubble!
Spoiler Warning: If you have not watched the series before, please
be aware that the information on this page is likely to reveal the plot to you.
On Saturday, 21st May, 2011, I got to visit the Ministry Field and Time Barrier for the first time.
I consider myself very lucky and proud to have been present, along with other fans, to something that has now become part of the history of the series.
It is “Timeslip” that this page celebrates.
“Timeslip” was first shown in 1970, but some of the ideas shown in the series were remarkable, in that they ring so true of today, like global warming - and the idea of a machine that allows you to see any newspaper or any television station from anywhere in the world at any time – this suggesting… well, what you’re looking at now.
Before I go any further, I must mention here, Timeslip actors Derek Benfield, Denis Quilley, John Barron and Sandor Eles, who are sadly no longer with us.
At this point, can I direct you to the excellent official site (which includes a forum for discussion): http://www.timeslip.org.uk
This is Jimmy Christian Blue's tribute to"Timeslip", "The Bubble"
Studio version (with video extracts from series): http://www.youtube.com/davworldtv#p/a/u/2/n7Gzqh4JVTI
There were twenty-six '25' minute episodes of Timeslip made - with four different stories: The Wrong end of Time, The Time of the Ice Box, The Year of the Burn Up, and The Day of The Clone.
They were produced by ATV. Network Ltd (Episodes 22 & 23 were made in black and white only, due to industrial action.) The series first went out on Mondays at (usually) 5.15pm 28th September 1970 to March 1971 in the host region, ATV Midlands. (The other regions' screenings were simultaneous to within a few days.)
MEETING TO TIMESLIPPERS
Left: with Cheryl Burfield (Liz Skinner) (2009)
Middle: with Ian Fairbairn (Alpha 4 / Dr Frazer) (2010)
Right: with Iris Russell (Jean Skinner) (2010)
REGULAR CAST & CREW:
Spencer Banks as Simon Randall (Third picture in Timeslip Gallery)
Cheryl Burfield as Liz Skinner (Fourth picture in Timeslip Gallery)
Denis Quilley as Commander Traynor (Seventh picture in Timeslip Gallery)
Iris Russell as Jean Skinner (Fifth picture in Timeslip Gallery)
Derek Benfield as Frank Skinner (Sixth picture in Timeslip Gallery)
Ian Fairbairn as Alpha 4/Dr Frazer
John Barron as Morgan Devereaux
Mary Preston as Beth
Produced by John Cooper
Script edited by Ruth Boswell
Scientific Advisor - Geoffrey Hoyle
The Wrong End of Time 6 episodes / Parts 1 – 6 Written by Bruce Stewart
When a young girl vanishes near a derelict naval station in St. Oswald, a fantastic series of events is set in motion which sends teenagers Simon Randall and Liz Skinner back in time to 1940 and the very night when the base was taken over by a group of German marines. It also re-awakens the nightmare faced by Liz's father who was stationed there at the time as his former commanding officer turns up in St. Oswald seeking answers to the situation and creating questions about his true motives.
John Alkin (Frank), Sandor Eles (Gottfried),, Paul Humpoletz (Graz), John Garrie (Arthur Griffiths), Royston Tickner (George Bradley), Peter Sproule (Ferris), John Abbott (Phipps), Kenneth Watson (Dr. Fordyce), Virginia Balfour (Alice Fortune), Sally Templer (Sarah), Hilary Minster (Fritz (who you may recognise from 'Allo 'Allo)), Peter Fairley (Introduction to part 1: uncredited)
The Time of the Ice Box 6 episodes / Parts 7 - 12 Written by Bruce Stewart
An increasingly duplicitous Traynor convinces Simon to return through the time barrier against the wishes of Liz's parents. When Liz follows him, the two time travellers find themselves mistaken for scientific guinea pigs at an Arctic research base twenty years in the future where the officious base commander is apparently on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
John Barron (Devereaux), Mary Preston (Beth Skinner), Peggy Thorpe-Bates (Dr. Edith Joynton), John Barcroft (Bukov), Robert Oates (Larry), Peter Fairley (Introduction to part 7:uncredited).
The Year of the Burn-Up 8 episodes / Parts 13 - 20 Written by Bruce Stewart (Parts 13-19) & Victor Pemberton (Part 20)
Escaping from the dying Ice Box, Simon and Liz are transported by the time barrier to an alternate 1990 where a technocratic society's misuse of scientific progress has resulted in the breakdown of the planet's climate. As the Earth faces destruction from the growing heat, Simon is forced to confront not just his own personal future but an elderly, schitzophrenic Traynor bent on revenge against those who betrayed him.
Mary Preston (Beth Skinner)*, David Graham (Controller 2957), Teresa Scobie (Miss Stebins), Merdal Jordine (Vera), Brian Pettifer (Paul), Ian Fairbairn (Alpha 4), Teresa Scoble (Alpha 16), Lesley Scoble (Alpha 17), Patrick Durkin (Delta 22), Stuart Henry (Technician).
[* Uncredited on episode 20]
The Day of the Clone 6 episodes / Parts 21 – 26 Written by Victor Pemberton
Returning to the present day, Liz is kidnapped. Simon's search for her leads him to the government research centre run by Traynor. Escaping through the time barrier, the two teenagers find themselves back at the centre but five years in the past. There, they are surprised to discover not just Morgan C. Devereaux from the Ice Box but also a very different Charles Traynor.
Ian Fairbairn (Dr. Frazer), John Swindells (Pitman), Teresa Scoble (Stebbins), Mary Larkin (Maria), Bruce Beeby (Desk Attendant), Harry Davis (Commissionaire), Dennis Balcombe (Driver), John Barron (Devereaux), Derek Sydney (De Sarem), John Cazabon (Mr. Randall), John Herrington (Newsvendor), Hilary Lidell (Ward Sister), Keith Grenville (Dr. Ferguson), Richard Thorp (George Pointer).
There is an excellent website dedicated to Timeslip...
Go to http://www.timeslip.org.uk
Photos from my first visit to the Ministry Field & Time Barrier on 21st May 2011
and just for a bit of fun.....
.......me, going through a time barrier!!