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Invisible Man (II), The

BETTER EFFORT, this time with PIP DONAGHY as the unseen psycho. Chromakey frenzy supplied multiple invisible riding bikes, floating shirts, chewing, sitting in baths of yellow fluid under a flashing light during ‘invisibility experiments, etc. FRANK MIDDLEMASS looked in.



  1. THX 1139

    July 18, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Chewing, yes, the centrepiece of the effects was Mr Invisible taking a mouthful of food and masticating it before our eyes, then swallowing. They really committed to the concept. Probably the most faithful version of Wells, too.

  2. Glenn Aylett

    July 18, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Made by BBC Scotland, a fine effort from them and one of the three great cult series they made in the eighties, along with The Nightmare Man and The Mad Death.

    • George White

      July 22, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      actually, Nightmare Man was shot in Cornwall IIRC.

  3. Richard16378

    July 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    I’ve got this on DVD, I remember the swallowing scenes from the original screening.

    Early 1970s Doctor Who duo of Barry Letts producing & Terrence Dicks script editing helped things out.

    According to the DVD booklet it took nearly a year for the BBC to screen as they were waiting for a suitable timeslot.

    • Glenn Aylett

      July 19, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      It wasn’t shown until 1985, but was a clever series and worth the wait. BBC Scotland was quite a well respected producer of drama and comedy for the national BBC in the eighties and some of their productions are still well remembered today. STV might have had Taggart networked, which was a good show, but Take The High Road was considered too slow and parochial for a peak time ITV slot in England, and their other shows tended to be aimed mostly at a Scottish audience.

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