Out of the Unknown (1965–1971)
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The Last Lonely Man 

If, by an accident of science, it became possible for the personality to pass at the moment of death into the mind of someone still alive, then the big new problem would be into whom. To ... See full summary »

Director:

Douglas Camfield

Writers:

John Brunner (story), Jeremy Paul (adaptation)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Cole ... James Hale
Peter Halliday ... Patrick Wilson
June Barry June Barry ... Rowena Hale
Lillias Walker ... Mary
Stanley Meadows ... Henry
Peter Welch ... Sam
Bryan Mosley ... George
Eve Ross Eve Ross ... Consultant
Gerald Young Gerald Young ... Sir Barrimore Jones
Anthony Woodruff Anthony Woodruff ... Goddard
Richard Wardale Richard Wardale ... Jenkins
Gillian Shed Gillian Shed ... Girl
Albert Lampert Albert Lampert ... Young Man [with Girl]
Annabella Johnston Annabella Johnston ... Contact Commercial Person #1
Norman Hartley Norman Hartley ... Contact Commercial Person #2
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Storyline

If, by an accident of science, it became possible for the personality to pass at the moment of death into the mind of someone still alive, then the big new problem would be into whom. To foist the wits of a rogue onto an unwilling recipient would be unjust indeed. Any government who could thus cheat death might indeed win a popular vote, but only so long as all was voluntary - mutually contracted. James Hale is a man of such a society. He has insured against death of his personality by arranging mutual "Contact" contracts with his relatives. He is already host to his late father with whose memories and prejudices he has now learned to live. He himself is a responsible parent of twins whose Contact he will arrange when they are of age. He is also a warm-hearted man who, when he meets one Patrick Wilson, agrees to "take him on until he can can get fixed up with a friend". When, the morning after, it transpires that Patrick is in fact utterly friendless, James begins to get worried. He ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1969 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

This is the only episode of the third season of Out of the Unknown (1965) that still exists in the BBC archives. See more »

Quotes

Patrick Wilson: I was worried sitting here all alone. I wanted to make sure you got there safely.
James Hale: Get out of here.
Patrick Wilson: Now, Jimmy...
James Hale: Get out!
Patrick Wilson: Please. You are the only friend I've got in the world. Please!
James Hale: Friend! I wouldn't call you a friend, even if you were the last man on Earth. I did you a favor, and you paid me back the way that woman said you would! I have a mind to contact the navy and have you expelled!
Patrick Wilson: No! Jimmy, you can't do that! Jimmy! It's inhuman!
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