The first Australian SF series, The Stranger, is now on YouTube

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    In addition to ABC (Australia)’s own streaming service, the episodes are also being uploaded to YouTube one per day. [LINK]

    The Stranger was Australia’s first locally-produced science fiction television show and one of the first Australian series to be sold overseas.

    It was immediately popular after it first aired on the ABC on April 5, 1964, but has since faded into obscurity.

    While Doctor Who developed a cult following over the following decades, The Stranger sat untouched in the ABC’s film archives.

    But thanks to a team of dedicated film archivists, the series will have a new life after being remastered for ABC iview. The first episode was launched for streaming on Wednesday afternoon and can be streamed on ABC iview now.

    RetroFocus co-founder Jon Steiner said bringing the show back to TV screens had been a dream of his and his team’s for about two years.

    He and fellow RetroFocus co-founder Helen Meany thought it was an interesting show, and wanted to see if it would still resonate with modern viewers. They each used their own children as test audiences.

    Although the footage was grainy black and white, and the pace a little different than what they were used to, they gave the series an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

    Episode 1:

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    Episode 3:

    Episode 4:

    Episode 5:

    Only five episodes are posted so far; according to the show’s Wikipedia entry:

    Two series of six episodes each were produced in 1964 and 1965. It was a major hit in Australia and was sold to the BBC.

    12 episodes total. Who wants to tackle this one for the Logbook?

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