Roger Price (b. 1941)
Roger Price influenced me through his invention and writing of the British science fiction television series The Tomorrow People (1973-9), about sometimes victimized, psychokinetic, teleporting ‘homo superiors’ ‘breaking out’ in adolescence.
I identified with the characters Steven (played by Peter Vaughan-Clarke) and Mike (Michael Holoway). John (Nicholas Young)’s character was serious and fatherly. The way ‘the lab’ existed as a base to offer a home from home to other Tomorrow People, was touching and exciting. Despite the low budget, the series was imaginatively made.
Combined with the programmes’ black and white, stop-motion title sequence, the theme music by Dudley Simpson resonated with me.
Elizabeth (Elizabeth Adare), Michael (Michael Holoway), John (Nicholas Young) and Stephen (Peter Vaughan-Clarke) in series 4 of Roger Price’s The Tomorrow People (1973-9). The lights of TIM (their computer, voiced by Philip Gilbert) are above.