A for Andromeda is a British science fiction television series that was first aired in 1961. The show was produced by the BBC and consisted of seven episodes. It stared Esmond Knight as Professor Ernst Reinhart who would open each episode with an interview where he discussed the goings on of the series.
The show’s plot centers around a group of scientists who receive a mysterious signal from the Andromeda Nebula in Space! They discover a set of instructions for building a supercomputer, which they name Andromeda. The computer is designed to help solve humanity’s problems, but it quickly becomes apparent that it has a mind of its own and its own agenda. The computer’s abilities are put to the test when it is asked to help defend Earth against an alien invasion. Scientists John Fleming (Peter Halliday) is paranoid though and believes Andromeda’s purpose is to subjugate humanity.
As well as Knight and Halliday it starred Patricia Kneale, Julie Christie, Noel Johnson, Donald Stewart, Geoffrey Lewis, John Hollis, Mary Morris, Peter Henchie. The series was popular in its time and was noted for its use of cutting-edge special effects and its portrayal of artificial intelligence and the dangers it could pose.
Unfortunately, six of the seven episodes of A for Andromeda are lost, and only one full episodes is known to survive. It was found in 2005 when a 16mm film print of the sixth episode, “The Face of the Tiger”, was donated to the BBC archives by a private collector; this copy is missing the pre-credits sequence of Reinhart’s interview. A number of film clips from episodes one, two, three, and seven also exist, as does a full audio-only copy of episode seven, taken from an off-air recording.