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Journey to the Unknown
GenreScience Fiction
Written byVarious
Directed byVarious
Presented byPatrick McGoohan
Sebastian Cabot
Joan Crawford
Theme music composerHarry Robinson
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (list of episodes)
Executive producersJoan Harrison
Norman Lloyd
ProducerAnthony Hinds
Production locationsMGM-British Studios
Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Running time60 minutes
Production companyHammer Film Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1968 –
January 30, 1969

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Journey to the Unknown is a British anthology television series produced by Hammer Film Productions and 20th Century Fox Television and executive produced by Joan Harrison and Norman Lloyd which aired on ABC from September 26, 1968 to January 30, 1969.


The series had a fantasy, science fiction and supernatural theme very similar to the American television series The Twilight Zone and dealt with normal people in everyday situations that found themselves having to experience something a bit out of the normal. 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. A total of seventeen episodes were produced.[1] Directors of the episodes included Roy Ward Baker, Alan Gibson, Robert Stevens, Don Chaffey and Michael Lindsay-Hogg.

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:

Title Host Segments Original airdate
Journey into Darkness Patrick McGoohan "The New People" / "Paper Dolls" 1969
Journey to the Unknown Joan Crawford "Matakitas is Coming" / "The Last Visitor" June 15, 1970
Journey to Murder Joan Crawford "Do Me a Favour and Kill Me" / "The Killing Bottle" January 30, 1971
Journey to Midnight Sebastian Cabot "Poor Butterfly" / "The Indian Spirit Guide" October 31, 1971

Opening title sequence[]

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


No. Title Directed by Written by Original airdate


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