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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: The Railway Station (Part 5) Sapphire & Steel
Assignment Two
"The Railway Station" Part 5
TV episode
Writer: P.J. Hammond
Directed by: David Foster
Original air date: October 30, 1979


Sapphire may be lost when the séance circle is broken by Steel.


Read the episode summary at the Sci Fi Freak Site or Watch it at Shout Factory


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode




George Tully

Pvt. Sam Pearce (spirit form)

submarine crew (spirit forms)

fighter pilot (unnamed, spirit form)

Eleanor (teacher, unseen, speaks during séance)

Goodman (mentioned only)


Didja Know?


The British network that originally aired Sapphire & Steel was prevented from broadcasting from August 10 to October 24, 1979 due to an ACTT (Association of Cinematograph, Television and Allied Technicians trade union in the UK) strike, so "The Railway Station" Part 5 did not air until two-and-a-half months after the original airing of "The Railway Station" Part 4.


Didja Notice?


The music that plays at the beginning of the episode and the song Sapphire sings a bit later in the séance, is from the old English children's game Tom Tiddler's Ground. The rhythm of the song is similar to the stanzas of "Pop Goes the Weasel".


Tully identifies the railway station as Dewerton Station. This appears to be fictitious, though there is a Dewerton hamlet (more commonly spelled Dewertown) in Midlothian, Scotland, UK.


The unnamed soldier seen in spirit form since "The Railway Station" Part 1 is here revealed to have the name Sam Pearce.


Pearce remarks on having made a hide of reeds out on Cottal Marsh. As far as I can tell, this is a fictitious location.


Memorable Dialog


late for your own funeral.mp3

bringing back the dead.mp3

out there.mp3 


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