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Sapphire & Steel Series 01
Sapphire & Steel

1. Sapphire & Steel Series 01

Released March 2024

Written by Joseph Lidster David Bishop Nigel Fairs Steve Lyons

This release contains adult material and may not be suitable for younger listeners.

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All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic, heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.

1.1 The Passenger by Steve Lyons
A 1930s steam train. Twelve passengers with ulterior motives. A mysterious conductor. One victim. And two detectives...

A dark Winter's evening in the year 2004. Sixty-six-year-old steam enthusiast and antiquarian book dealer Philip Burgess steps onto his long overdue train, unaware that Time has decreed that this will be his final journey.

An old book has given Time the trigger it needs to break its chains. As reality and fiction become intertwined, a familiar story begins to play itself out. A story that can only end in murder.

Sapphire and Steel must uncover the secrets in Burgess's past, before the story can reach its terminus. But how can they succeed, when Time has made them a part of its plans already?

1.2 Daisy Chain by Joseph Lidster
Suburbia, 2004. And it looks like rain.

Sapphire and Steel are drawn to a house apparently much like any other on the street, except that this one, and the family living in it, harbour a secret that threatens to destroy them all.

Note: This episode addresses sensitive topics including the emotional impact of baby loss and suicide ideation, leading to suicide. Listener discretion is advised.

1.3 All Fall Down by David Bishop
London, a late summer morning. The present. Sapphire and Steel investigate an area of the city that is steeped in a rich and bloody history. Artefacts are uncovered that form a dangerous link with the past.

1.4 The Lighthouse by Nigel Fairs
A lighthouse in the middle of a thunderstorm.

Newly-weds Nick and Suzy are planning to renovate the lighthouse. But the old building is haunted by an horrific past...

Note: This episode contains depictions of homophobia, domestic family abuse, and graphic murder scenes, as well as themes surrounding suicide. Listener discretion is strongly advised due to the intensity of these subjects.

1.5 Dead Man Walking by Nigel Fairs
When Sapphire and Steel arrive at Blackledge Prison, an unexplained death proves to hold the first of an intriguing series of inconsistencies. What has happened to Time?

Note: This episode explores themes of suicide, domestic abuse, and the subject of child death and murder. Listener discretion is advised due to the sensitive nature of these topics.



Please note: these stories were originally published in 2004 and 2005, and were previously available to purchase individually on CD from Big Finish.

Recorded on: August 2004 and February 2005
Recorded at: Moat Studios


Big Finish chairman Jason Haigh-Ellery said: “We are delighted to have reached an agreement with ITV Studios to bring back our Sapphire & Steel releases as downloads. We have received regular requests over the years for it to be made available again, so we’re pleased that a whole new generation of listeners will be able to hear the late, great David Warner as Steel and Susannah Harker as Sapphire.”

Nigel Fairs, who produced the series, added: “I’m absolutely delighted that people will be able to hear our version of Sapphire & Steel again, as it really was a labour of love. Re-imagining such a visual television series for audio was no easy task, but I think my decision to concentrate on the emotional story arcs of the characters who encountered ‘Time’ and our two agents bore some really tasty fruit! Dear David and Susie were the perfect leads, and the recording sessions were amongst the happiest I ever had at Big Finish. Creative times indeed. ‘Roll back time, Sapphire…’”

  • Product Format: 0-download only
  • Duration: 464 minutes
  • Physical Retail ISBN: n/a
  • Digital Retail ISBN: 978-1-80240-441-8
  • Production Code: BFPSAS01COMP
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