Journey to the Unknown

Journey to the Unknown – 1969

Produced by Hammer Film Productions and 20th Century Fox Television. The series of 17 episodes aired in the UK on the ITV network during 1969.

The series has a fantasy, science fiction and supernatural theme, very similar to the American television series “The Twilight Zone”, and deals with normal people whose everyday situations somehow become extraordinary.

It featured both British and American actors: American actors included George Maharis, Vera Miles, Barbara Bel Geddes, Patty Duke, Carol Lynley, Joseph Cotten, Stefanie Powers and Brandon deWilde, along with familiar British actors such as Dennis Waterman, Jane Asher, Kay Walsh, Roddy McDowall, Nanette Newman, Ann Bell and Tom Adams. Seventeen episodes were produced.

Directors of the episodes included Roy Ward Baker, Alan Gibson, Robert Stevens, Don Chaffey and Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Each episode was executive-produced either by Joan Harrison or Norman Lloyd.

In America, eight episodes from the series were broadcast as four made-for-television films consisting of twinned episodes along with new segment introduction footage provided by actors Patrick McGoohan, Sebastian Cabot and Joan Crawford serving as hosts:

Journey into Darkness was hosted by Patrick McGoohan and included the episodes “The New People” and “Paper Dolls”

Journey to the Unknown was hosted by Joan Crawford and included the episodes “Matakitas is Coming” and “The Last Visitor”

Journey to Murder was hosted by Joan Crawford and included the episodes “Do Me a Favour and Kill Me” and “The Killing Bottle”

Journey to Midnight was hosted by Sebastian Cabot and included the episodes “Poor Butterfly” and “The Indian Spirit Guide”

The series had a memorable and famous whistled theme tune composed by Harry Robinson of Hammer Film Productions, and a creepy title sequence that featured a roller coaster filmed at night at a deserted amusement park (Battersea Park Fun Fair in the London Borough of Wandsworth, London).


Episodes are listed in order of UK transmission date.

The New People

UK Transmission Date
14th April 1969

Somewhere in a Crowd

UK Transmission Date
21st April 1969

Matakitas is Coming

UK Transmission Date
28 April 1969

Jane Brown’s Body

UK Transmission Date
5th May 1969

Do Me a Favor and
Kill Me

UK Transmission Date
12th May 1969

Poor Butterfly

UK Transmission Date
19th May 1969

The Madison Equation

UK Transmission Date
2nd June 1969

Girl of My Dreams

UK Transmission Date
9th June 1969

The Last Visitor

UK Transmission Date
16th June 1969


UK Transmission Date
23rd June 1969

The Indian Spirit Guide

UK Transmission Date
30th June 1969

The Killing Bottle

UK Transmission Date
9th July 1969

Stranger in the Family

UK Transmission Date
16th July 1969

The Beckoning Fair One

UK Transmission Date
23rd July 1969

One On An Island

UK Transmission Date
30th July 1969

Paper Dolls

UK Transmission Date
3rd March 1970

Miss Belle

UK Transmission Date
8th May 1970