The Invisible Man (later known as H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man) is a British black-and-white science fiction/adventure/espionage television series that aired on ITV from September 1958 to July 1959. The series was nominally based on the novel by H. G. Wells, one of four such television series. In this version, the deviation from the novel went as far as changing the main character’s name from Dr. Griffin to Dr. Peter Brady who remained a sane man, not a power-hungry lunatic as in the book or the 1933 film adaptation. None of the other characters from the novel appeared in the series.
The series follows the adventures of Dr. Peter Brady, a scientist who is attempting to achieve invisibility with light refraction. However, the experiment goes wrong and turns him permanently invisible. He is initially declared a state secret and locked up, but eventually convinces the UK government, represented by Sir Charles Anderson, to allow him to return to his laboratory and search for an antidote. Almost immediately, British Intelligence recruits him for an assignment, but soon security is breached and he becomes a celebrity, consequently also using his invisibility to help people in trouble, as well as solve crimes and defeat spies for his country.
Notable Cast & Crew
- “The Invisible Man”, uncredited (Tim Turner, series; Robert Beatty, unaired pilot)
- “Sally Wilson”, Deborah Watling
Guest stars included Peter Sallis, Leslie Phillips, Irene Handl, Honor Blackman, Patrick Troughton, Dennis Price, and Ian Hendry.
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