Yesterday marked 50 years since the original broadcast of one of the best television takes on time travel. It had high-end concepts and high drama in a thrilling and grounded serial. Events past and future twist in conspiratorial madness that threatens the safety of the protagonists, Simon and Liz, and their family. And it has clones.
If you have never seen Timeslip, go hunt out the DVDs, stream it on Britbox, or find a time bubble and go back to 1970 to watch it. Timeslip was developed by ATV script editor Ruth Boswell and her husband James. It breaks into four distinct serials, the first three written by New Zealander Bruce Stewart, the closing chapters by Victor Pemberton (who wrote something called Fury of the Deep).
The first serial has Simon and Liz stumbling back into wartime Britain during a Nazi raid on a radar base.
The second has a dystopian future in an icy research base where everything is going wrong.
Then it heats up with environmental catastrophe and political rivalries.
Then the threads come together in deadly fashion.
The series spawned a comic strip in Look-In which sports some excellent artwork by Mike Noble but is otherwise more pedestrian on the adventure front.