The Andromeda Breakthrough (1962)
Article 5772 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by John Elliott and John Knight
Featuring Peter Halliday, Susan Hampshire, Noel Johnson
What it is: British limited run series
A multi-national corporation combines forces with a newly-liberated middle eastern country with the intent of using a computer developed from alien technology. Toward that end, they kidnap scientists associated with an earlier project to work with the computer. However, complications arise…
The opening episode of this six-part British miniseries left me feeling I was dropped into the middle of a story rather than beginning a new one, but there’s a reason for that; this miniseries is a sequel to an earlier one called A FOR ANDROMEDA. I’d love to see the earlier series, but from what I gather, only one of the episodes is extant. Nevertheless, I rather enjoyed this series even without having seen the earlier one; it tells a complex story and is peopled with complex characters. It isn’t quite up to the level of the Nigel Kneale series from this era, but it’s solid and entertaining.