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Timeslip: The Complete Series

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Have you ever had the feeling you've been here before? Or you know what will happen next? Perhaps you're experiencing a TIMESLIP, where past and future are just a blink of an eye away. A TIMESLIP is exactly what fifteen-year-olds Simon Randall and Liz Skinner stumble through while on vacation. In search of a missing girl, the intrepid teens pass through an invisible time barrier that takes them back to World War II. Soon, though it could be later, the two find themselves traveling to 1990s Antarctica, a tropical jungle that turns out to be England, and a secret research institute in the mid sixties. Guiding the Skinners is the enigmatic Traynor, who appears in different forms throughout their fantastic adventures. Ahead of its time when it premiered in 1970, TIMESLIP tackled topics like anti-aging drugs, global warming and cloning that are part of today's headlines. Ambitious, superbly acted and thought provoking, this first-time DVD edition features all 26 original episodes. DVD Features: "Beyond the Barrier" Documentary; Timeslip Intro; Selected Biographies; Interactive Map; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

Timeslip is a suspenseful, mysterious, brain-puzzling British serial from 1970 suitable for kids and adults. Told in four suites of stories, each comprised of six two-part episodes, Timeslip concerns the adventures of a pair of teenage friends, Liz (Cheryl Burfield) and Simon (Spencer Banks), who stumble across an invisible portal to the past and future at the edge of an old navy base. In their first experience, "The Wrong End of Time," Liz and Simon arrive inside the secure navy base as it was during World War II. There they are captured and interrogated by none other than Liz's future father, Frank (Derek Benfield), and his commander, an enigmatic physicist named Traynor (Denis Quilley). By coincidence--or not--the kids have turned up on the night the base was temporarily overtaken by Germans in search for the truth behind Traynor's alleged research into radar. Making things even more puzzling, Liz and Simon just happen to have found the portal on the same 1970 night when an older Traynor has appeared in town greatly curious to see how Liz and Simon make out on their visit to the past.

The second suite, "The Time of the Ice Box" is a much weirder story set in the kids' then-future: 1990. Traveling through the portal, Liz and Simon turn up by a research station at the South Pole, where they are mistaken for human guinea pigs set to participate in some extreme and top-secret bio-engineering experiments conducted by a barely human yet brilliant scientist. "The Year of the Burn Up" anticipates global warming in a tale finding Liz and Simon once again exploring the future and discovering that England is now a jungle. Just as strange is the appearance of a rather mad Traynor in this scenario, as well as an adult version of Simon--a man with a number for a name. (Liz meets her own grown-up self in "The Time of the Ice Box.") Finally, "The Day of the Clone" has Simon searching for a secret government research center five years in the past, where he encounters yet another variation on Traynor. Even in some of its sillier moments (characters standing around talking about taking action instead of actually taking it), Timeslip is irresistible good fun and hard to stop watching. It's a pleasure to set aside a day or two just to plow through it with minimal breaks, enjoying every time-travel paradox along the way. --Tom Keogh

Special Features

  • "Beyond the  Barrier" Documentary
  • Timeslip Intro
  • Biographies

Product Details

  • Actors: Cheryl Burfield, Spencer Banks, Denis Quilley, Iris Russell, Derek Benfield
  • Writers: James Boswell, Ruth Boswell
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BB151G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timeslip: The Complete Series" on IMDb

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By ONENEO VINE VOICE on October 13, 2009
Format: DVD
As a big fan of modern science fiction (Battlestar Galactica, Stargate Atlantis and so on), I feel it only fair that I occasionally take a moment (or 11 hours as the case may be) to pay some respect to the earlier examples of science fiction television. After all, to fully appreciate where we are in a given genre, it oft requires an understanding of where we've come from. That and while perusing the A&E scifi catalog in eager anticipation of their November box set release of Farscape, I came upon this one DVD collection I had never heard of before and hence had to purchase immediately.

Enter Timeslip The Complete Series, a show that appeared on British airwaves back in 1970. This science fiction serial, as the title may suggest, dealt with the concept of time travel only unlike HG Wells' earlier vision of the notion (or Back to the Future's later telling), there is no physical machine that can be operated to travel through temporal space/time. Rather certain individuals, or so the story goes, are capable of sensing then traveling through temporal vortexes (or "time bubbles"). Think invisible barriers that emit a strange sound only audible to children.

Once through the barrier, the traveler has in essence entered a realm left behind due to a unique energy signature. So even though time passes as you might expect, the uniqueness of any given moment can leave a perfect imprint in the fabric of existence that can be revisited. This isn't limited to the past either as apparently the future has left behind its own patterns that can be visited by occupants of the present. Confused yet? Don't be- the bottom line is that a pair of fifteen-year-old British kids can slip through the time bubble at will to visit either the past and future.
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I saw this on tv when I was a kid, (I live in UK) and only ever saw it in black and white owing to the fact we only had a black and white tv at the time. I was interested in seeing the colour episode on the dvd in The Ice Box story. What a shame that all the rest of the colour episodes were of such bad quality that they could not be used, only the one. But at least it is from my favourite story, The Ice Box, though the first one was very good too, when the kids end up back in wartime.

I used to like John Barcroft who played Bukov in The Ice Box. Thought he was quite good looking. Never saw him in anything else, before or since.

Not so keen on the last two stories but the first two are very good indeed, and I was fascinated back then as a child seeing all these mind boggling concepts about time travel that really made me think and fired my imagination about old abandoned airforce or ministry of defence places. Something very creepy about those places especially on a dark night or with a cold moon and that first story in the series where the kids find the hole in time in the gap in the wire fence really held my interest back then.
I've always been fascinated in anything like this since, but sadly have not seen anything quite like it since, so to me, it is unique in that respect.

Wish there were more series like this one.
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This series is, very simply, the most intriguing science fiction show I've ever seen. Call it a thinking man's Doctor Who - and that's saying a lot because Doctor Who is itself far more than just ray guns and monsters. There's a definite Doctor Who feel about it - at least early Doctor Who - not so much because of the time travel element, though, as the sets, the costumes, the dialogue and, especially, the pacing of the stories. Some might dismiss this show as being anti-science; but it isn't so much against science as it is cautious about letting science dictate the terms of human existence exclusively. The two main characters (sixteen year old Simon and fifteen year old Liz), while being allowed to be kids, are also allowed to entertain some rather sophisticated notions about life. By far the most interesting character is Commander Traynor, whose actions precipatate most of the events; he is what you might call a quasi-villain in that, while he has his own agenda and seems prepared to sacrifice Simon and Liz to fulfill that agenda, he does demonstrate a concern for the two kids' well being. The least interesting character is Mr. Skinner, Liz's father; he's greatly concerned with Liz and Simon's use of the time portal, but in a rather prosaic way: he thinks it's time for them to put this childish concern with time travel aside and get down to the everyday business of life. Mrs. Skinner, a clairvoyant who seems to have a telepathic link with her daughter, is fascinating as long as she isn't doggedly accepting her husband's unimaginative view of life. There are also adult versions of Liz and Simon when the kids travel to the future; Beth, the adult Liz, is particularly intriguing. But it's definitely the writing that gives Timeslip its edge over virtually every other science fiction show ever created. The only downside I can think of is how unfortunate it is that you can only find this rare gem of a show by pure chance.
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An early 70's sci fi show from Britain, Timeslip is about two 'children' really young teens, who find they have the ability to cross over a barrier in time to other whens. they can't control it and like the later "Quantum leap" they can't move to a different adventure until they solve certain problems.

Each adventure is made up of 8 episodes. In the first one they go back in time to when a German raid hit the coast during WW2 but later adventures go forward in time to alternate times- one where they are freezing, another with global warming and so forth where they can encounter future versions of themselves. The pacing can be a little slow compared to modern shows but if you liked Dr Who in the time of Patrick Troughton you'll feel right at home here.

Why did I give this only 3 stars? The look is dreadful. Like far too many shows they didn't save this originally and while it was filmed and broadcast in color, or colour as the open declares, what was saved is in black and white and this gives the whole thing a very dated look. Instead of early 70's it looks like early 60's. The one episode that was saved in color actually makes this worse because that works so very well you become aware of how bad a screw up it was.
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