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The Tomorrow People - The TV Series
The development of man hasn't just suddenly stopped. It's going on all the time. In the last hundred years, everything has speeded up. The world has changed out of all recognition, and human beings have changed with it.
The story was about young people in the next stage of human evolution. The Homo-Superiors, or Tomorrow People as they called themselves, TP for short. They possessed special abilities such as teleportation, called 'jaunting', telekinesis and telepathy. It was their mission to save the human race and restore peace on Earth.
The series consisted of stories that spanned two to six episodes, each lasting about 25 minutes. In each adventure the Tomorrow People would do whatever it took to save the world from destruction, battle against hostile aliens or strive to protect their identity from the government - a government who want to use the TP's powers for national defence, violence in other words, which is against the principles of the Tomorrow People.
The show was made in the 1970s, so the special effects were not as sophisticated they are today. The special effects usually involved mediocre and unconvincing beeping, humming and lights to emphasise jaunting or the use of their futuristic gadgets.
Each new series would usually introduce a new Tomorrow Person, sometimes replacing a character from the previous. These are some of the most relevant characters from the series.
The series also featured many guest stars including the following:
The Tomorrow People's headquarters, or The Lab as it was called, was hidden in a derelict London Underground station which they used as an epicenter for their operations, living quarters and a store in which to keep futuristic equipment such as:
Though the show was cancelled in 1979, that was not quite the end of the Tomorrow People. In the 1990s, the British arm of the American cable television station Nickelodeon produced a reboot series of The Tomorrow People. The new series ran from 1993 to 1995. It was not accepted as well as the original as it lacked many elements of the original series such as TIM and the headquarters. However the new series did feature some strong guest actors including Christopher Lee and Jean Marsh.
Beginning in 2001, Big Finish Productions made an audio series of The Tomorrow People which featured some of the original cast-members in new adventures. Nicholas Young, Elizabeth Adare, Peter Vaughn-Clarke and Mike Holoway reprised their original roles. In the earlier releases, Philip Gilbert also starred as TIM, but after Philip Gilbert's death in 2004, TIM was replaced by Trevor Littledale.
Angus P Allan drew a comic strip version of The Tomorrow People for Look-In, a television comic magazine.
During the 1970s, five novelisations of the television series were written, though they often differed from the original story. Another four books were written during the 1990s series.
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