Text of BBC Enterprises sales documentation
OUT OF THE UNKNOWN
One of last season's BBC-2 drama successes was the science fiction series OUT OF THE UNKNOWN. Now the series returns with a strong opening presentation, The Machine Stops, a dramatisation of an E. M. Forster story by film director Clive Donner and classical scholar Kenneth Cavander. The production has other claims to distinction as well - the appearance of Yvonne Mitchell in a central role and the fact that Philip Saville (of Exit 9 fame) directs.
This is just the first of many fascinating and compelling productions you can see in this series. Among the writers are J. B. Priestley (who has dramatised Level 7, a novel by Mordecai Roshwald); Hugh Whitemore, who has written an original horror story called Frankenstein, Mark 2; and Hugh Leonard who contributes a comedy about rejuvenation clinics. There will be strength in performance as well as in writing - among the many stars taking part in the series will be Rachel Roberts. The directors include Alan Cooke, Herbert Wise, George Spenton-Foster, and Rudolph Cartier.
Produced by Irene Shubik
THE MACHINE STOPS
A full synopsis for each part of this series is given on the following pages. For general publicity purposes and where it is not wished to reveal the outcome of the plot, it will be sufficient to use that part of the synopsis up to the start of the brackets.
The episodes Too Many Cooks, Satisfaction Guaranteed and The Prophet do not appear to have been offered for overseas sale. This would appear to be related to copyright restrictions, as the last two are both by Isaac Asimov and the same is true of the two episodes based on his stories from Season 3, which were also not offered for sale. The same is probably true of Too Many Cooks, regardless of the fact that The Fastest Draw was in the package of episodes offered for "export."