Scientists search for the origin of a mysterious capsule found buried in a London building site.
Quatermass and the Pit is a British television science-fiction serial transmitted live by BBC Television in December 1958 and January 1959. It was the third and last of the BBC’s Quatermass serials.
This serial has been cited as having influenced Stephen King and the film director John Carpenter.
Workmen discover a pre-human skull while building in the fictional Hobbs Lane (formerly Hob’s Lane, Hob being an antiquated name for the Devil) in Knightsbridge, London. Dr Matthew Roney, a paleontologist, examines the remains and reconstructs a dwarf-like humanoid with a large brain volume, which he believes to be a primitive man. As further excavation is undertaken, something that looks like a missile is unearthed; further work by Roney’s group is halted because the military believe it to be an unexploded Second World War bomb.
Written by Nigel Kneale
Stars: André Morell, Cec Linder, Anthony Bushell
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