Justified & Ancient
- Jan 19, 2016
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I watched that series one the ABC app. Geez Louise, it certainly wasn't a match for the old Dr Who!I vaguely remember this series
Way back when Doctor Who's TARDIS was only just taking off, an Australian TV series was exploring the science fiction genre.
The Stranger was Australia's first locally-produced science fiction television show and one of the first Australian series to be sold overseas. It was immediately popular after it first aired on the ABC on April 5, 1964, but has since faded into obscurity.
While Doctor Who developed a cult following over the following decades, The Stranger sat untouched in the ABC's film archives. But thanks to a team of dedicated film archivists, the series will have a new life after being remastered for ABC iview. The first episode was launched for streaming on Wednesday afternoon and can be streamed on ABC iview now.
RetroFocus co-founder Jon Steiner said bringing the show back to TV screens had been a dream of his and his team's for about two years. He and fellow RetroFocus co-founder Helen Meany thought it was an interesting show, and wanted to see if it would still resonate with modern viewers. They each used their own children as test audiences. Although the footage was grainy black and white, and the pace a little different than what they were used to, they gave the series an enthusiastic thumbs-up. ...
The series is about a mysterious man who is discovered unconscious on the steps of the Walsh family home one rainy night. This man, played by Ron Haddrick, says he cannot remember his name or how he came to be there, but is able to speak German and French. He gives himself the name Adam, is hired as a teacher at the school Mr Walsh is headmaster of and befriends the Walsh children Bernie and Jean and their schoolfriend Peter. The trio soon discovers Adam is an alien and intergalactic hijinks ensue. ...