Sapphire & Steel
Sapphire & Steel is a British television science-fiction fantasy series starring David McCallum as Steel and Joanna Lumley as Sapphire. Produced by ATV, it ran from 1979 to 1982 on the ITV network. The series was created by Peter J. Hammond who conceived the programme under the working title The Time Menders, after a stay in an allegedly haunted castle. Hammond also wrote all the stories except for the fifth, which was co-written by Don Houghton and Anthony Read. In 2004, Sapphire and Steel returned in a series of audio dramas starring David Warner and Susannah Harker.
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Season 1Shout Factory TV | Tubi TV | Rent or Buy
S01 E01Jul 9, 1979
Assignment I: Escape through a Crack in Time (Part 1) On an ordinary evening, a mother and father sing nursery rhymes to their daughter Helen before bed. Their teenage son Robert becomes alarmed when all the clocks in the house stop working. He hurries upstairs to find that his parents have vanished. Left alone with Helen and no neighbors nearby, Rob calls the police for help. But a pair of strange, time-traveling agents named Sapphire and Steel arrive instead and inform Rob that they are his only hope in getting his parents back.
S01 E02Jul 11, 1979
Assignment I: Escape through a Crack in Time (Part 2) Sapphire and Steel determine that Helen's bedroom is the location of a time break caused by the recitation of nursery rhymes. After narrowly avoiding a disaster, Steel boards up Helen's door to prevent the creatures inside from breaking loose. Rob begins to distrust the mysterious agents and sees a chance for escape when a policeman finally arrives in the morning. Sapphire is one step ahead of him, however, and traps the policeman in a time loop to prevent interference.
S01 E03Jan 1, 1979
The Nursery Rhymes Rob decides the only course of action is to escape from the house with his young sister, Helen.
S01 E03Jul 16, 1979
Assignment I: Escape through a Crack in Time (Part 3) Sapphire and Steel investigate the upstairs hallway after Rob sees a pair of ghostly soldiers on the landing. Unbeknownst to them, a living pool of light has escaped from Helen's room and now lies in wait in a portrait at the top of the stairs. Sapphire walks right into the trap and disappears from the house. Only faintly able to communicate with Steel and Rob, Sapphire tells them she is stuck in a freezing cottage with the sensation that something sinister is there with her. Steel and Rob discover that Sapphire is trapped in the portrait and must work quickly to avoid losing her.
S01 E04Jan 1, 1979
Theclocks Rob hears voices in Helen's room and Sapphire becomes trapped in a painting. Only Steel has the power to release her.
S01 E04Jul 18, 1979
Assignment I: Escape through a Crack in Time (Part 4) Steel's drastic measures to save Sapphire and trap the pool of light prove effective, if extremely dangerous. Sapphire places the pool of light in a freezer to keep it from escaping again and tends to Steel's recovery. She also enlists Rob and Helen's help in removing all the objects in the house that could become hiding places for other pools of light. Sapphire and Steel welcome the arrival of fellow agent Lead, a gentle giant with a huge personality to match his huge stature.
S01 E05Jul 23, 1979
Assignment I: Escape through a Crack in Time (Part 5) The time break strengthens after a nursery rhyme hidden in a book becomes stuck in Helen's head. Sapphire burns the nursery rhyme book and Steel and Lead barely succeed in stopping the time break from spreading. The kitchen is left a windblown mess and Helen and Rob help Sapphire with the clean-up effort while Lead and Steel keep watch upstairs. Everything takes a turn for the worse when two more pools of light escape from the bedroom and Rob suddenly goes missing.
Season 2Shout Factory TV | Tubi TV | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Jul 30, 1979
Adventure Three - Part 1: The Creatures' Revenge For their new assignment, Sapphire and Steel arrive at an abandoned railway station haunted by supernatural figures. Paranormal investigator George Tully has been observing the station for several weeks because he has an interest in speaking with the ghost of a young man often heard whistling in the hallways. Sapphire and Steel indulge Mr. Tully by allowing him to help their investigation but Steel warns him that the apparition is something far more dangerous than a ghost.
S02 E02Jan 1, 1979
The Station I The time agents call in Tully, a ghost hunter, to help contact the angry beings.
S02 E02Aug 1, 1979
Adventure Three - Part 2: The Creatures' Revenge Sapphire and Steel discover the ghost is a young World War I soldier who died in battle. They begin to suspect the railway station might be a recruitment ground for the dead. The appearance of a second ghost and the discovery of a recording with the last words of three dying submariners all but confirm their suspicions. The investigation becomes even more difficult and dangerous when the ghost of a fighter pilot forces Steel to experience a deadly plane crash.
S02 E03Aug 6, 1979
Adventure Three - Part 3: The Creatures' Revenge After Sapphire narrowly saves Steel from meeting the same fate as the doomed fighter pilot, Steel becomes determined to figure out why the ghosts are being recruited at the station. Since the ghosts have such strong emotions, Steel tries to anger the soldier into appearing by singing an old military marching song with Tully. Steel's tactic works a little too well and the soldier takes out his anger on Sapphire and Tully.
S02 E03Jan 1, 1979
The Station II Sapphire and Steel see visions of the deaths of those who died prematurely.
S02 E04Aug 8, 1979
Adventure Three - Part 4: The Creatures' Revenge Steel continues to taunt the ghost of the solider but pauses when he finds Sapphire and Tully unconscious. A hallway in the railway station has become a re-creation of a submarine where three young men died from lack of oxygen. Sapphire and Tully nearly suffocate but Steel manages to carry them to safety before the three of them meet the same fate as the young submariners. Afterward, Sapphire and Steel agree to give Tully's methods a chance by holding a séance to find more information about the solider when he was alive.