A for Andromeda, BBC, seven part series, 1961.
This is one of the most famous of the BBC’s lost sci-fi mini-series. In 1961, the original A for Andromeda aired. Sometime thereafter, the BBC decided to erase the original copies… The original story can be located in book form and one of the episodes can be found on a DVD as part of a BBC special edition.
A come Andromeda, Italian television station RAI in 1972.
The Italian network, RAI, made their own version in 1972. The mini-series in its entirety can be found on youtube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3t5rmO9Hu0&list=HL1391465987&feature=mh_lolz. It is in Italian, so be prepared. Interestingly enough, it is supposed to have followed the BBC version very faithfully. I don’t speak Italian, but since I’ve read the book, I have the basic idea of what is supposed to happen. I made it through the first two episodes and came to the following conclusions;
There were horrid background noises in bowling alley and in the original visit to the observatory. The next visit to the observatory does not have the background noises.
Paola Pitagora looked good in the hotpants. She was born in 1941, she is
a little older now….
This is classic European sci-fi from the 60s with a slow and laid back pacing. It is quite annoying in some ways.
In 2006, the BBC decided on a remake. It is shorter than the original and threw out some of the cold war spy stuff. It sped up the pacing dramatically. This version is quite approachable for the modern audience.