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BEST MO­MENT

The re­veal of Karellen: Charles Dance, wings out­stretched, steps down from his ship to the awe of the hu­mans watch­ing on.

EASTER EGG

The mu­si­cal choices that the Stor­m­gren fam­ily lis­ten to on the ra­dio are all from the ’ 50s – a nod to the novel’s orig­i­nal pub­li­ca­tion date.

BEST EPISODE

“The Over­lords” ( 1.01) is im­pres­sively widescreen, quickly con­vey­ing the scale of this strange in­va­sion. It’s pacier than the rather saggy mid­dle and end chap­ters.

TRIVIA

Stan­ley Kubrick was ini­tially in­ter­ested in adapt­ing Child­hood’s End. Though that pro­ject was aban­doned, it was the start­ing point for his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Clarke on 2001: A Space Odyssey.

IT’S WOSSISNAME!

There’s a Life On Mars con­nec­tion in the cast – Colm Meaney was Gene Hunt in the US re­make’s un­aired pi­lot.

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