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The Tomorrow People – Set Two


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Episodes: B-



A&E continues their DVDs of the British children’s favorite The Tomorrow People, with season three through five in this 4 DVD Set Two collection.  These shows run from 1975 – 1977 and they did get technically better as analog videotape gained in fidelity.


To recap, the show stars Nicholas Young, Peter Vaughan-Clarke, Dean Lawrence, Elizabeth Adare and Mike Holoway in a story about a group of young children who have the ability to communicate telepathically.  Fortunately, some scientific interests are aware, and even have a supercomputer and teleportation powers to help them.  As the children try to find each other, themselves and a future, each multi-episode story has darker interests who want to use and exploit them for all the wrong reasons.  The stories featured this time are:


1)     Secret Weapon

2)     Worlds Away

3)     A Man For Emily

4)     The Revenge Of Jedikiah

5)     One Law

6)     Into The Unknown

7)     The Dirtiest Business

8)     A Much Needed Holiday

9)     Heart Of Sogguth



Though there are some comparative technical improvements and the show remains interesting, some of the charm is gone.  This is not totally the case, but the earliest episodes of such shows always have that almost experimental spirit, at least from that period of television.  The show continues to be about as well acted and produced as such a show for its time could be, and again the more realistic the empowerment of the young cast, the more believable the storylines and the threat that darker forces would want to stop them.  The Tomorrow People was able to respect its young adult audience by putting its cats into serious situations and the empowerment to do something about it.  The world has changed, which dates some of the plots, but you do not see the equivalent of this show today because the “youth audience” is dumbed down beyond belief.  No wonder classic TV like this goes over so well.  Start with the first set (reviewed on this site) before you decide to move to this one, but both sets are equally good.


The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is again an amusing mix of film, PAL videotape and very dated videotape visual effects.  This is about as good as this is ever going to look, give or take any upgrading that could be done on the film segments if that.  The old monophonic sound has been boosted to Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, which is pretty good for a limited-budget series from the mid 1970s.  The extras text biographies of the cast, on the show’s continuing success and a too-brief commentary by Young, Vaughan-Clarke & near cast member Ann Cuthoys on part of Secret Weapon hosted by Nick Briggs.  These extras should suffice, though there must be some memorabilia to check out.  Otherwise, a competent successor DVD set.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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