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Invasion: Earth (BBC-1 1998, Vincent Regan, Maggie O’Neill)

Invasion Earth

In scifi drama Invasion: Earth Flight Lt Chris Drake sets off a major chain reaction when he shoots down a UFO over the Scottish Highlands. With an alien life form aboard confirming the existence of life on other planets the whole world is interested – in particular the RAF and NATO. The bigger picture though is an ongoing war between two alien races – The Echoes and the nDs.

Pushed to the outside of the drama that is unfolding Chris joins forces with scientist Amanda Tucker who works for SETI (real life organisation the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) and the slight sinister Lt Charles Todd. The aim – to stop an all out alien take over happening to Earth.

An early outing for brilliant writer Jed Mercurio, better known these days for his crime drama Line Of Duty. Lavish of budget and with plenty of special effects Invasion: Earth was perhaps a little too complex for it’s own good.

The series was a co-production between the BBC and the SCIFI Channel in the US.

production details
UK / BBC One – BBC Scotland – Sci-Fi Channel / 6×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 May – 12 June 1998

Writer: Jed Mercurio / Executive Producer: Andrea Calderwood / Producers: Jed Mercurio, Chrissy Skins

cast
Vincent Regan as Flight Lieutenant Chris Drake
Maggie O’Neill as Doctor Amanda Tucker
Fred Ward as Major General David Reece
Phyllis Logan as Squadron Leader Helen Knox
Anton Lesser as Lieutenant Charles Terrell
Chris Fairbank as Wing Commander Friday
Jo Dow as Flight Lieutenant Jim Radcliffe
Paul J. Medford as Nick Shaw

THE EPISODES
1. THE LAST WAR (8 May 98)
2. THE FOURTH DIMENSION (15 May 98)
3. ONLY THE DEAD (22 May 98)
4. THE FALL OF MAN (29 May 98)
5. THE BATTLE MORE COSTLY (5 Jun 98)
6. THE SHATERER OF WORLDS (12 Jun 98)





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