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Burning Bright

SearchBored with their parents’ duck hunt, three teenagers drive a land rover into a wooded area; one of them, Arby, discovers a young man, alone and nearly naked, in the forest. Assuming that the stranger is either injured or dead, Arby tries to help, only to discover that the boy – Sky – is very much alive, and unlike anyone he has ever met. Displaying powers of teleportation and telekinesis, Sky fears something called the Juganet, and says he needs Arby’s help.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Patrick Dromgoole
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs)

Notes: Bob Baker and Dave Martin (1935-2007) had been writing as a team (known informally as “the Bristol Boys”) for some time, including numerous Doctor Who scripts dating back to 1971; later in that show’s lifetime they would create the character of K-9 (and would continue to reap the rewards from having created that character into the 21st century). Baker and Martin also created the 1980s children’s fantasy series Into The Labyrinth.

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Juganet

SearchHearing Sky’s psychic cry for help, Arby rushes to find the otherworldly youth suspended in mid-air, seemingly being attacked by leaves and branches. Sky explains to Arby and his sister Jane that he comes from another dimension, and his very existence is being rejected by nature, like an infection being fought off by antibodies. When a robed bearded man appears in the forest after another such “attack of nature”, it seems that Sky has an enemy.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Patrick Dromgoole
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Frances Cuka (Mrs. Vennor), Thomas Heathcote (Mr. Vennor), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

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Goodchild

SearchArby stops Sky from engaging in battle with the newly arrived figure in the forest, but they are picked up by the police, who press breaking/entering and assault charges against Sky because of his encounter with Roy’s father. Sky uses his ability to influence the mind of others to convince the police sergeant to release him. There is another brief encounter with the shadowy figure from the forest, convincing Sky that not only is he in danger, but Arby, Jane and Roy are in danger due to their contact with him.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Terry Harding
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Frances Cuka (Mrs. Vennor), Thomas Heathcote (Mr. Vennor), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

Notes: The 2″ master videotape of this episode suffered critical damage in the 1990s, and is Skyrepresented on DVD by a VHS backup copy of noticeably lower quality. David Jackson (1934–2005) would go on to play freedom fighter Gan, a member of the Liberator crew during the first two seasons of the BBC’s space opera Blake’s 7.

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What Dread Hand

SearchThe shadowy man known only as Goodchild has attacked Sky again, rendering the boy feeble and weak; Roy, Arby and Jane take him to the nearest hospital, unsure of what else they can do to help him. In the hospital, Sky continues muttering something about the Juganet, and tries to reach out telepathically to his new friends for help, but otherwise remains in a trancelike state. Goodchild adopts a less medieval outfit to blend in and finish the battle, and Sky’s friends may not be able to save him in time.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Derek Clark
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Frances Cuka (Mrs. Vennor), Thomas Heathcote (Mr. Vennor), Meredith Edwards (Tom), Gerald Hel (Dr. Saul), Ursula Barclay (First Nurse), Monica Lavers (Second Nurse), Barbara Baber (Receptionist), Geoff Serle (Orderly), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

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Evalake

SearchWith the help of Tommy, the mental patient from the hospital, Sky tries to explain the circular nature of the Juganet to his friends. At the same time, Sky learns about Earth religions, and marvels at the destructiveness of the human race. With the help of Arby and Jane, Sky narrows down the possible site of the Juganet on Earth to a tall, round hill topped by an ancient castle. Sky goes there, intent to activate the Juganet to return to his home dimension, but Goodchild is also there.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Terry Harding
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Jack Watson (Major Briggs), Meredith Edwards (Tom), Pruella Ransome (Susannah), Sean Lynch (Michael), Gerard Hely (Dr. Saul), Ursula Barclay (First Nurse), Monica Lavers (Second Nurse), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

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Life Force

SearchAs has happened virtually every time he has left their company, Sky once again comes under psychic attack when he leaves Arby and Jane to go it alone. When they try to help, they are locked into a room in the castle by a man working for Goodchild. Roy, with the police in tow, comes looking for his friends, but no one hears their cries for help. The battle between the elemental forces of nature is joined. At stake: the future of all life on Earth, and the secret of the location of the Juganet.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Leonard White
music by Eric Wetherell

Cast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Trevor Ray (Rex), John Curry (Policeman), Robert Eddison Sky(Goodchild)

Notes: Guest star Trevor Ray is also a writer of some renown, as well as co-creator of two genre series of his own, Children Of The Stones and Raven – both of which were also produced and broadcast by HTV West, and both of which also concern ancient stone circles.

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Chariot Of Fire

SearchThe Juganet is revealed: 20th century civilization knows it as Stonehenge. Sky steps into the stone circle and vanishes; a disbelieving Arby follows him, and finds himself in another time, among what he believes is Sky’s civilization, though they banish him to a “place of darkness” for being evil. Sky explains that these are the descendants of humanity, dedicated to harmony with nature – and that they may achieve more than 20th century civilization ever could. But none of that answers the question of whether or not Arby can safely return to his own time.

Order the DVDswritten by Bob Baker and Dave Martin
directed by Derek Clark
music by Eric Wetherell

SkyCast: Marc Harrison (Sky), Stuart Lock (Arby Vennor), Cherrald Butterfield (Jane Vennor), Richard Speight (Roy Briggs), Bernard Archard (Haril), Peter Copley (Revil), Robert Eddison (Goodchild)

Notes: The 2″ master videotape of this episode suffered critical damage in the 1990s, and is Skyrepresented on DVD by a VHS backup copy of noticeably lower quality. This is the final episode of the series, and its nature-over-technology message is strikingly similar to a BBC series, The Changes, aired the same year.

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