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Timeslip (ITV 1970-1971, Spencer Banks, Cheryl Burfield)



Timeslip was a very well remembered teen time-travel adventure series that saw Simon Randall and schoolfriend Liz Skinner not only travelling back into the past but also into the future to meet themselves as adults.

The series begins with the first 6 part stort the Wrong End of Time with Liz and Simon and Liz’s dad Frank on a caravan holiday a part of a trip involving Frank’s revisiting some of his wartime haunts. A visit to an abandoned ministry of defence site leads to Liz and Simon discovering a “Timeslip” (a gap in the fence at the site) that takes them back to the base as it was in 1940 where they tangle with Nazi villains and the strange Commander Traynor.

The second story, The Time of the Ice Box (also told over six episodes) sees them in a frozen future. Across two more serials of seven episodes each (The Year of the Burn Up and The Day of the Clone) the duo find themselves in 1990 where Britain is on the verge of destruction thanks in no small part to Commander Traynor (who is the series Bond-esque villain).


Cheryl Burfield as Liz Skinner.

Timeslip was also considered pretty on the money when it came to it’s scientist reasonings and even came with introductions from ITN’s (ITV’s news arm) science correspondent Peter Fairley. The series was popular enough to also receive the accolade of a strip in classic kids telly mag Look-In. There was also a tie-in novel, just called Timeslip, published in 1970. Incidentally the series now only exists in black and white.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 26×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 September 1970 – 22 March 1971

Creators: Ruth Boswell, James Boswell / Script Editor: Ruth Boswell / Scientific Advisor: Geoffrey Hoyle / Producer: John Cooper

SPENCER BANKS as Simon Randall
DEREK BENFIELD as Frank Skinner
IRIS RUSSELL as Jean Skinner
DENIS QUILLEY as Commander Traynor
JOHN BARRON as Devereaux



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