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The original series was produced by Thames Television for Britain's ITV network. The Tomorrow People operate out of a secret laboratory, The lab, built in an abandoned London Underground station. The lab was revamped at the beginning of series 6. The team watches for new Tomorrow People "breaking out" to help them through the process and sometimes deal with attention from extraterrestrial species. They also have connections with the "Galactic Federation" which oversees the welfare of telepathic species throughout the galaxy. In addition to their psychic powers, they also use advanced technology such as the biological (called in the series "biotronic") computer TIM, which is capable of original thought, telepathy, and can augment their psychic powers. TIM also helps the Tomorrow People to teleport long distances, although they must be wearing a device installed into a belt or bracelet for this to work. Teleportation, is referred to as jaunting in the program. In the original series the Tomorrow People are also referred to by the term Homo superior. This term appears in David Bowie's song "Oh! You Pretty Things": "Let me make it plain. You gotta make way for the Homo Superior." This term came up as part of a conversation between Roger Price and David Bowie at a meeting at Granada studios in Manchester. Price was directing a programme in which Bowie was appearing. Price had been working on a script for his Tomorrow People project and during a conversation with Bowie, the term Homo superior came up. Bowie liked the term and soon afterwards wrote it into his song, pre-dating the series itself which was eventually produced by Thames TV in 1973. Price has sometimes been quoted as saying that the lyrics to this song were inspired by the series, not the other way around. Alistair McGown of Screen Online cites The Mind in Chains by Dr Christopher Evans as a primary source. Evans also became a scientific advisor for the series. McGown also suggests a similarity between The Tomorrow People and the children's fantasy fiction of Enid Blyton. While they reveal their existence to some, the Tomorrow People generally operate in secrecy for fear that normal people (whom they term "Saps", a pejorative abbreviation for Homo sapiens) will either fear or victimise them because of their special powers or try to exploit them for military purposes. In order to defend themselves they must use non-lethal weaponry such as "stun guns" or martial arts due to their unwillingness to cause harm, referred to as the "prime barrier". Price initially offered the format to Granada but was turned down so offered it to Lewis Rudd at Thames who commissioned a 13 episode series, having seen the potential of the format. Ruth Boswell was brought in as associate producer and script editor as she had experience of children's fantasy drama (Timeslip and Tightrope) while TV dramatist Brian Finch was hired to co write the scripts. Thames effectively poached Doctor Who director Paul Bernard to help set up and oversee the first season. He would be credited as director for two stories but was unofficially a third producer. Casting was seen as very important in that the leads would have to be personable enough to attract a young audience while Price also wanted people who would be easy to work with over long periods. Nicholas Young was cast as the group's leader, John while Peter Vaughan-Clarke was offered the role of Stephen after Price saw him in a Manchester rendition of Peter Pan with Lulu. Ruth Boswell wanted Lynn Frederick (later the last wife of Peter Sellers) for Carol, the female lead, but following a meeting with her Bernard felt she was a bit too upper class for what he had in mind as he saw the character as being similar to Doctor Who's Jo Grant. They finally settled on Sammie Winmill who was relatively well known for playing Nurse Crumpton on Doctor at Large. The role of Kenny was given to Stephen Salmon after having been discovered in a drama workshop while theatre actor Phillip Gilbert was selected to provide the ever so paternal tones of biotronic computer TIM. Making up the team were two Sap friends, a couple of bikers called Ginge (Michael Standing) and Lefty (Derek Crewe) who encounter the Tomorrow People when acting as henchmen for the villainous shape shifter Jedekiah in the opening adventure. Even for the time, the special effects of the original show were considered sub-par and camp, largely attributable to the show's small budget. Season 1's recurring villain, Jedikiah was originally devised to be a long running foe but after seeing the poorly designed robot that was the shape changer's true form, an unimpressed Price elected not to use the character again until the final of season 3 which was planned as the series end (and noticeably the robotic form fails to appear). The success of the first season saw another thirteen episodes go into production quite rapidly, but with a number of changes. Off-screen, both Bernard and Finch left leaving Price to take more control as writer, director and producer while on-screen Kenny and Carol disappeared (handily sent to the Galactic Trig to work as ambassadors for Earth). In their place came student school teacher Elizabeth M'Bondo, portrayed by Elizabeth Adare. Adare initially thought her character was to be a teenage girl and made every effort at her audition to look and act like an adolescent. However Price was suitably impressed to change the Elizabeth character so that she breaks out at an older age due to a latent puberty. Elizabeth is uncovered by Stephen when working at his school. Filming began in late 1973 with Michael Standing returning as Ginge, but on the first day he fell off his motorbike and broke his leg, prompting a speedy re-write whereby Ginge's younger brother, Chris (Chris Chittell), was now seen as the new Sap regular. Chris was mentioned in the dialogue as already being known to the Tomorrow People, so litle in the way of changes had to be made to the script. Ginge's absence was explained on-screen by his having been admitted to hospital following a fall from his motorbike – reflecting Standing's real-life accident. During the 3 adventures, the Tomorrow People would battle aliens that feed off violent energy; take a trip to the first century AD and accidentaly create a time paradox where the Roman Empire never fell; and finally stop the war mongering Doomsday Men from causing a nuclear holocaust. In 1975, the third series added Dean Lawrence as gypsy boy Tyso Boswell. Boswell is captured and held prisoner by the Secret Intelligence Service, who see the Tomorrow People as a potential weapon to be used in the Cold War. Chris disappears after only appearing in one episode while telepathic secret agent, Tricia Conway appears in 2 stories before fully breaking out in the season climax which saw the young heroes menaced by old rival, Jedikiah. This season also saw the group visit an alien world for the first time when the Galactic Trig dispatches them to help the telepathic population of the planet Peerie. A comedy script was attempted in the much derided "A Man for Emily" as Price was keen to get more into humorous writing. The negative backlash to this experiment resulted in a planned sequel story being quietly dropped but such actions added to Price's increasing frustration with the show. As the series wore on, Price became tired of his creation and attempted to end it by killing off the leads at the conclusion to season 3 (Ruth Boswell made him rewrite it so that they survived). However Thames Television considered TP a ratings winner and insisted he continue the programme, albeit in smaller series from now on. Price only ever allowed one attempt by another writer to work on it solo with Jon E. Watkins penning the story "Into the Unknown" in 1976. With fewer episodes to write, Price would have more time to work on his comedic productions that he enjoyed more than the demanding sci-fi drama. At the start of the fourth series he attempted to give a boost to the format with the introduction of teenage idol Mike Holoway as Mike Bell. Holoway was the drummer with pop band Flintlock and Price hoped that his young charge would be Britain's answer to Donny Osmond or David Cassidy. Mike is featured prominently in the later series of Tomorrow People, maturing into a juvenile hero. This meant the controversial decision to sack Vaughan-Clarke as Stephen, the programme's original male lead. With this change, it was noticeable[who?] that John and Elizabeth took on a more parental role as both actors entered their mid 20s. Tyso also vanished after the fourth year but his character had been pretty redundant for some time. Vic Hughes took over as producer with season 5, which was the only series not to introduce a new Tomorrow Person. Elizabeth was absent through most of season 6 as Elizabeth Adare was pregnant. In her place came an Oriental girl, Hsui Tai, played by Japanese actress Misako Koba whose poor grasp of English made her hard to understand and Nicholas Young later recalled that he and other actors found this difficult during production. A new Lab set was introduced with a slimmed-down but now mobile TIM and the jaunting belts were replaced by the cheap looking jaunting bands (worn on the wrists). The new Lab acted as both base and home for the TPs as they were now seen to be sleeping in their own cabins there. Season 7 in late 1978 introduced another Tomorrow Person in the form of Scottish lad, Andrew Forbes (Nigel Rhodes). With inflation out of control in the late 1970s, the budget was stretched to breaking point, a factor which was constantly on the mind of new producer Vic Hughes. And indeed it was a dispute over the allocation of studio days that brought down the axe in 1979 when Hughes attempted to gain an extra studio day for the planned ninth season (which fell victim to the ITV strike that summer) following numerous problems during the production of "War of the Empires" which had been given only four days in studio.  Merchandise A comic strip version, based on the original series, was also produced, written by Angus P. Allan and printed in TV comic Look-In that ran somewhat concurrently with the 1970s series. Piccolo Books also released five tie-in novels during the seventies: The Visitor (1973), Three into Three (1974), Four into Three (1975), One Law (1976) and Lost Gods (1977). In 1978, there was also a children's annual.  1990s series The Tomorrow People Format Fantasy / Drama / Sci-Fi Created by Roger Damon Price Starring Kristian Schmid, Christian Tessier, Adam Pearce, Kristen Ariza, Naomie Harris, Alexandra Milman Country of origin United Kingdom No. of episodes 25 (List) Production Running time 30 minutes Broadcast Original channel ITV Original run November 18, 1992 – March 8, 1995 List of New Series episodes Price produced the 1990s revival of The Tomorrow People for Tetra Films (an independent production company, mostly comprising the former children's department at Thames Television) in association with the Thames-owned American company Reeves Entertainment for Thames and Nickelodeon between 1992 and 1995 (Central in 1994 and 1995). After some pressure from executives, Price decided to start with a blank slate and so the show was almost completely different from its predecessor. The original cast, characters, and music were not used. The new series incorporated a multi-national cast to ensure that worldwide syndication sales would be easier to obtain. The distinctive belt buckles were omitted, as the new Tomorrow People were able to teleport without them. The non-lethal stun guns and other gadgetry were also done away with. The new Tomorrow People relied more on their wits and powers to get out of trouble. There remain some analogies, however. The Lab was replaced by a psychic spaceship in the South Pacific to which Tomorrow People are drawn when they "break out". TIM is replaced by an ostensibly mute computer that is part of the alien ship. The visual effects were improved considerably by effects artist Clive Davis along with the sets in the new series compared to the original series.  Audio revival List of audio series episodes In 2001, Big Finish Productions launched a series of new audio plays based on the original series, produced by Nigel Fairs. Nicholas Young and Philip Gilbert reprised their roles as John and TIM, with Helen Goldwyn and James Daniel Wilson appearing as Elena and Paul, the new Tomorrow People. Some releases also feature other original cast members, such as Peter Vaughan-Clarke, Elizabeth Adare and Mike Holoway (notably Trigonometry). Trevor Littledale took over the role of TIM in the audio series from The Warlock's Dance onwards after Philip Gilbert's death. Five series were produced of the audio series before it was cancelled, due to the discontinuation of a licensing arrangement with Fremantle Media Enterprises, in December 2007. CDs of the series were permanently withdrawn from sale on 7 January 2008, even so, the CDs have still been found in some stores around the UK, as forgotten and reduced stock, and online stores, Amazon and E-bay still sell them, but the best time to find them are during science fiction conventions.  Documentaries In October 2005, Fantom Films and First Time Films released the 1997 documentary about the series entitled Beyond Tomorrow. The documentary features interviews with cast members from the original series including: Nicholas Young (John), Peter Vaughan-Clarke (Stephen), Sammie Winmill (Carol), Elizabeth Adare (Liz), Dean Lawrence (Tyso), Mike Holoway (Mike) and the late Philip Gilbert. The following year, Fantom Films released a second DVD discussing the 1990s series with writers Lee Pressman and Grant Cathro, entitled Re-inventing The Tomorrow People.  References 1.^ a b ""You must be joking" In conversation with Roger Damon Price". Jackie Clark. 2.^ Screen Online 3.^ "Bigfinish press release". 2007-12-19. 4.^ "Beyond Tomorrow documentary page". Fantom Films. 5.^ "Re-inventing The Tomorrow People documentary page". Fantom Films.  External links Tomorrow People Episode Guide & Photo Gallery The Tomorrow People Filmography (Original Series) 1973 series The Tomorrow People at Allrovi The Tomorrow People at the Internet Movie Database The Tomorrow People at TV.com 1992 series The Tomorrow People at the Internet Movie Database The Tomorrow People at TV.com View page ratings Rate this page What's this? Trustworthy Objective Complete Well-written I am highly knowledgeable about this topic (optional) Submit ratings Categories: Children's ITV television programmes | 1990s American television series | Nickelodeon shows | Fictional characters who can teleport | Human-derived fictional species | 1973 in British television | 1973 television series debuts | Television shows set in London | British science fiction television programmes | Fictional telepaths | 1970s British television series | 1990s British television series
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