BLOCKBUSTING SCI-FI excursion rooted in “humaniods coming in peace – oh, no! They’re lizardy Nazis with false eyes and protruding tongues and rubbery masks come to eat us!” premise, with subsequent alien day trip to earth causing much damage to LA and the ratings. Hovering saucers over the world’s cities wreaking vengeance a-plenty much copied by inferior productions. Broadcast by ITV over one week in July 1984, opposite the BBC’s marathon Olympic coverage. Effects and make-up deemed “revalatory” in ’84 TV terms. The V stood for Visitors. Based on the rise of fascism in Germany, with the aliens even decked out in swastika-esque branding. Robert Englund was among the cast. Spoiler: the humans discovered that dust killed the invaders. It didn’t kill off the chance of a lousy sequel, though: V: THE FINAL BATTLE.