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Land of the Giants

Friday, 22 February 2008 07:52

There's some little people in big trouble ...


USA - 1968-70 - 51 episodes (60mins) - colour

With the demise of Lost in Space, a fantasy reworking of "The Swiss Family Robinson", creator Irwin Allen turned his attention to a reimagining of Jonathan Swift's "Gulliver's Travels", in which it is the Lilliputians who find themselves abroad in a strange new world.

When the sub-orbital commercial ship Spindrift, captained by Steve Burton (Gary Conway) and Dan Erikson (Don Marshall), enters a space warp en-route to London, the craft crash-lands on a planet similar to Earth in all respects, except that the population and surroundings are twelve times normal size.

Menaced by monsterous animals and instects, captured by scientists ready to perform experiments upon them, and hounded all the while by a hulking police inspector, whilst trying to find the raw materials needed to repair their craft, the crew and passengers - which included an heiress, an engineering tychoon, and the requisite orphan boy - found their efforts further hampered by Kurt Kasznar's mysterious passenger Alexander Fitzugh, introduced to be the equivalent of the Jonathan Harris Zachary Smith from Lost in Space, in other words the show's resident villain.

With a budget of $250,000 per episode, most of which was directed to the special photographic effects and large scale props, Land of the Giants proved to be the costliest series made to date during its two-year run, and became the last show in Irwin Allen's science fantasy quartet that had begun with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.


Gary Conway as Steve Burton
Don Marshall as Dan Erickson
Stefan Arngrim as Barry Lockridge
Don Matheson as Mark Wilson
Deanna Lund as Valerie Scott
Heather Young as Betty Hamilton
Kurt Kasznar as Alexander Fitzugh

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