The Incredible Robert Baldick
The railway locations used to stage the closing sequences for Mad Dog were also made use of some five years previously by another BBC production — and one scripted by Survivors' creator Terry Nation.
Broadcast on 2 October 1972, just after 9.25pm, and was watched by an audience of some 6.6m, The Incredible Robert Baldick was a supernatural thriller, focusing on the talents of the fictional Victorian gentleman sleuth Robert Baldick. The programme starred renowned British actor Robert Hardy in the role of the titular hero.
The Incredible Robert Baldick was broadcast in the 'Drama Playhouse' strand, which was intended to showcase possible 'pilot' episodes for new series. Prior to beginning work on Survivors, Nation had hoped that the initial Robert Baldick story 'Never Come Night' would be sufficiently successful for a full series of adventures to be commissioned. Despite a generally positive critical reception, the BBC finally decided, in February 1973, not to commission any further installments of The Incredible Robert Baldick. 'Never Come Night' was, however, repeated on BBC2 on 22 February 1974. By this time, Nation was hard at work on a new series for which he had been given the go-ahead — Survivors.
Find out more on the connections between The Incredible Robert Baldick and Survivors' Mad Dog:
To find out more about another Mad Dog location that was also previously used on another British television production from the 1970s, see the section of the site dedicated to 'The Watercress Girl'.
Sources: Andrew Screen. 2004. 'Drama Playhouse: The Incredible Robert Baldick', The Illustrated Gazette. The Mausoleum Club; Jonathan Bignell and Andrew O'Day. 2005. Terry Nation. Manchester: MUP. Copyright on the images used is held by the BBC, and no infringement of that copyright is intended. The images are displayed here for the non-profit enjoyment of fans only.
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