A number of episodes were wiped during the early s, as was standard procedure at the time. A large number of episodes are still missing, although in recent years they have occasionally turned up—for example, " Level Seven " from series two, originally broadcast on 27 October , was returned to the BBC from the archives of a European broadcaster in January Shubik had been a science fiction fan since college, and in approached Newman with a proposal to create a science fiction version of Armchair Theatre.
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This became Out of this World , a sixty-minute anthology series hosted by Boris Karloff that ran for thirteen episodes between June and September Shubik began work, and soon found that finding science fiction stories suitable for adaptation was a difficult task. You have no idea how difficult some of these authors are to deal with, and it seems a special thing among SF writers to hedge themselves behind almost impossible copyright barriers, even when they have got a story that is possible to do on television. So many you can't. He was the founder of science fiction magazine New Worlds , and agent for many of Britain's science fiction writers.
Carnell was able to suggest stories and authors for her to consider. Shubik received copies of science fiction anthologies from British publishers, and also sought advice from many authors including Frederik Pohl , Alfred Bester and Robert Silverberg. The latter two admitted to her that they had run into similar difficulties in finding suitable material for television adaptation.
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Clarke regarding the possibility of adapting his novel The Deep Range. In March , Shubik travelled to New York City to negotiate rights with authors whose works she was considering, to seek ideas from US television, and to obtain more science fiction anthologies from US publishers. During her visit she met with US science fiction editors and also with Isaac Asimov, who granted permission for two of his stories to be adapted on the condition that they could only be shown in the UK: The trip to New York would become an annual event for her during her time on Out of the Unknown.
On her return to London, Shubik learned that she had been appointed producer and story editor for the new anthology series. She obtained the services of George Spenton-Foster as her associate producer.
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Spenton-Foster was a science fiction fan and his wide experience of BBC television production proved invaluable to Shubik. By this stage, she had found the twelve scripts she needed for the series: Among those commissioned to adapt the stories were a few notable names in television writing: A title for the series had not been decided when production began.
The title music was composed by Norman Kay and the title sequence was created by Bernard Lodge. It was intended from an early stage that, as with Boris Karloff on Out of this World , each story would be introduced by a regular host. Christopher Lee and Vincent Price were approached but were not available and the idea was dropped. Out of the Unknown , however, would offer more adult, cerebral fare.
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