The sci-fi drama was about a radio communication between earth and an approaching spaceship. The incoming messages had to be slowed down in order to hear them and the people one earth kept talking to the spaceship as it approached and landed on a nearby field. The co-ordinates were correct yet the description the spaceship was giving to the people on earth made no sense.
The spaceship landed and the earth people ran out of the building and looked towards the area where the spaceship had landed, but they couldn't see anything, meanwhile the spaceship occupants were still describing the area they had landed on.
The drama ends when the lead actor runs wildly about the field, desperate to find the spaceship. We suddenly see a tiny little spaceship, about the size of a walnut and as the lead actor continues to run across the field we see him tread on the spaceship and crush it. He never knew that he had destroyed the spaceship and its visitors.
Question: Please does anyone know what this drama was called or can shed any light on it. I've been trying to find out more for years so any help would be much appreciated.
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This review, by F Gwynplaine MacIntyre, can be found on IMDB of that particular Out of the Unknown episode (I have edited it just for the pertinent facts). I was convinced it was Twilight Zone but have looked at all the TZ episodes and there's no synopsis to match so GregP is almost certainly correct. I say almost because the ending is a little different from the way you remember it:
In the near future, Britain's government have been contacted by aliens from a distant planet. They've intercepted our television transmissions, and have learnt to speak our language. Better yet, they know what we look like (from our t.v. signals), and the aliens look very much like humans. An alien spaceship is now speeding towards Earth, and they've sent us transmissions of their own: sure enough, the aliens look very similar to Earth people.
The aliens have notified us that they intend to land in a particular field at a particular time. Naturally, the military have arranged a reception ... but it's all quite friendly. A television transceiver has been set up, so that we can maintain audio-visual contact with the aliens as they approach.
The aliens claim to have reached our planet ... yet they don't see anyone waiting for them, and the waiting humans don't see the alien ship. Now the aliens claim to have landed in an ocean of noxious chemicals, and they're being attacked by bizarre monsters. Angrily, they accuse us of lying to them. The transmission fades as the 'monsters' (from Earth, apparently) destroy the aliens.
Eventually, the Earth people suss out what went wrong. Although the aliens look like humans, they are in fact much smaller than we are: microscopic, in fact. Their tiny spaceship landed in a rain puddle, where it was devoured by protozoa.
yes, the ending is different, and I am in two minds about whether the original query is based on false memory or whether there really *is* another version os this narrative where the spacecraft is inadvertently destroyed. Given the prominence of the original Maclean story I'd be inclined to say no, but distressingly I too have a vague memory of something in which contact is terminated by a cloddish human foot as described. But damned if I can make any more headway is coming up with the true facts. All I can say for certain is that it isn't one of the Out of the Unknown episodes, or Serling-era TZ, or original Outer Limits, so it probably isn't worth watching anyway...
Yes I remember this drama about an alien ship in distress trying to land on earth, they were in contact with a group of scientists I think in Scotland, some of the scientists were apposed to trying to help the alien ship land in the end the guys wanting to save the ship won the argument and guided the ship down and when they went out looking for the ship they ran up a rain sodden path and the last thing you saw was a speck in a puddle and one of the guys plonking his foot down in the puddle This was definately made in the 1960s
I'm pretty sure it was in the "Out of this World" tv series from the sixties... Think it was introduced by Boris Karloff on ITV. I remember watching it. The aliens thought the "worms" in the soil where their tiny spaceship had been guided to land were gigantic monsters!
"Pictures Don't Lie'" (1951). Radio contact with extraterrestrial ship arriving on Earth. Originally in Galaxy Science Fiction (August, 1951), it was adapted to radio, television and comic books. The adaptation on the UK series Out of This World was telecast August 11, 1962.
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