Counterstrike (1969 TV series)

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Name: Counterstrike
Abbreviation(s): N/A
Date(s): 8 September 1969 – 10 November 1969
Medium: Television
Country of Origin: UK
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Counterstrike is a British science fiction television series ten 50-minute episodes produced by the BBC in 1969. It starred Jon Finch as an alien living on Earth posing as a journalist named Simon King.

Only nine episodes were actually transmitted. The show was very much a product of the "swinging sixties"[note 1] and King and his associates lived in very modern homes, wore the latest fashions, drove expensive sports cars, etc. It mostly seems to be remembered more for its style than for the actual story.

Episodes List

  1. King's Gambit (8 September 1969)
  2. Joker One (15 September 1969)
  3. On Ice (22 September 1969)
  4. Nocturne (29 September 1969)
  5. Monolith (6 October 1969)
  6. Out of Mind (unaired; scheduled for 13 October 1969)[2][note 2]
  7. The Lemming Syndrome (20 October 1969)
  8. Backlash (27 October 1969)
  9. All That Glisters (3 November 1969)
  10. The Mutant (10 November 1969)

"King's Gambit", "Joker One", "On Ice" and "Nocturne" still exist in the BBC Archives as 16mm black and white film telerecordings, while the remaining five transmitted instalments "Monolith", "The Lemming Syndrome", "Backlash", "All That Glisters" and "The Mutant" – are listed as missing by the site Lost Shows.[2]


There appears to be no online fandom. It's possible that there was fanfic etc. in print media at the time the series was made, however there is no evidence to support this information.

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Notes & References


  1. ^ The Swinging Sixties was a youth-driven cultural revolution that took place in the United Kingdom during the mid-to-late 1960s, emphasising modernity and fun-loving hedonism, with Swinging London as its centre. It saw a flourishing in art, music and fashion, and was symbolised by the city's "pop and fashion exports".[1]
  2. ^ "Out of Mind", the sixth episode, was cancelled on the night it was due to be shown and was replaced by a documentary on the Kray brothers who, on the same day, had been refused leave to appeal against their prison sentences. "Out of Mind" was, for unknown reasons, never rescheduled; it remained unscreened and was subsequently wiped from the BBC Archives, thus making it one of the rarest pieces of British science-fiction television.


  1. ^ Wakefield, Thirza (15 July 2014). "10 great films set in the swinging 60s". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2022-01-18. Retrieved 5 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Lost UK TV Shows Search Engine". 2016-10-03. Archived from the original on 2022-03-12.