The Omega Factor

(United Kingdom | BBC | 1979)

DVD Releases

The Omega Factor has been released on DVD in the UK. Extras include a new documentary about the series, photo gallery, and a commentary on Powers of Darkness by director Eric Davidson, writer Anthony Read and series producer George Gallaccio. The set also includes a twenty-four page booklet about the series. Subtitles. The Omega Factor has also been released in the United States.
 
The Omega Factor

by
Jack Gerson
Cover image: The Omega Factor, BBC Books (1979)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher BBC Books
Publication Date 1976
Original Price 95p
ISBN 0563177535

The Omega Factor is a novelisation of the opening episode of the series.

Back Cover Blurb
There is a highly-secret government organisation called Department 7. Its existence is known only to the Prime Minister and some members of the Cabinet. Its brief is to investigate the Supernatural — to discover the Omega Factor. Journalist Tom Crane has been given the same brief by a Sunday newspaper and suddenly finds himself confronting inexplicable and even terrifying situations.
Other Editions
Cover image: The Omega Factor, BBC Books (1979) The Omega Factor
UK | Hardback | BBC Books | 1979 | 4.75 | 0563177373

There is a highly-secret government organisation called Department 7. Its existence is known only to the Prime Minister and some members of the Cabinet. Its brief is to investigate the Supernatural: to discover the Omega Factor. Journalist Tom Crane has been given the same brief by a Sunday newspaper and suddenly finds himself confronting inexplicable and even terrifying situations.

A confirmed sceptic, he insists on finding out why. The enigmatic members of Department 7 are equally interested. For Tom Crane the search for psychic phenomena leads first to a discovery about himself which he is unwilling to face.

The Omega Factor is a stunning new thriller based on a BBC 1 TV series, which explores the eerie world of the occult and the paranormal.

The Omega Factor is about the mysteries behind the seeming normality of everyday modern life; the night and darkness of human experience.

The Omega Factor will appeal to the nervous child in all of us, determined to conquer fear, and find out what is hidden inside a darkened room.
Television Episode
50 Minutes | BBC1 | Colour

13/06/79 The Undiscovered Country Jack Gerson
Notes
  • The Omega Factor was a BBC drama about the supernatural and the unexplained that pre-dated The X-Files by thirteen years. Despite plenty of requests the series hasn't been seen in the UK since its original broadcast, although to the surprise of many it was released on DVD in 2005.
  • The two lead characters, Tom Crane and Anne Reynolds, were played by James Hazeldine and Louise Jameson. Louise Jameson is best known to telefantasy fans as Leela in Doctor Who, and has also had major parts in Tenko, Bergerac and EastEnders. James Hazeldine, is probably best known for playing Bayleaf in the firefighting drama London's Burning, although his other major sci-fi TV role was in The Last Train in 1999.
  • The only significant magazine articles about The Omega Factor have appeared in TV Zone. The Supernatural Special, published in 1992, featured a basic overview of the series, and a two-part article about the making of the series appeared during 2005 in issues 193 and 194.