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TIME RIDERS

 

This was a kids' light science-fiction/drama that travelled back through the tunnels of time, presenting the heroes with a four part adventure in the 17th Century. Doctor BB Miller, a young scientist, is working on time travel. She succeeds in bringing a young boy, Ben, to the present from the 19th Century, but then her time machine explodes. Once repaired, BB and Ben are transported to the English Civil War, and are captured by Roundheads. Then they are captured by Cavaliers, and the sinister Lady Chalmerston decides to 'play' with them. Eventually they manage to effect an escape and eventually return to the present.

It was an imaginative and well-produced series that looked as if a lot of effort had been put into creating the historical backgrounds. It received a second showing in 1992. Haydn Gwynne was best remembered for her role on Channel 4's Drop The Dead Donkey, while guest Julie T Wallace was the undoubted star of BBC2's The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil, and is more recently a regular in Last of the Summer Wine.

 


CAST

Dr BB Miller Haydn Gwynne   Ben Kenneth Hall
Professor Crowe Clive Merrison   Hepworth Kerry Shale
Judge Brinley Jenkins   Leather Hardbones Ian McNiece
Prisoners Gabrielle Hamilton and Harry Jones
Lord Chalmerston James Saxon   Lady Chalmerston Julie T Wallace
Witchfinder General Gavin Richards   Captain Paul Bown

 


Writer: Jim Eldridge

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