More information than you ever wanted to know about when Time Girls was supposedly made and shown.
Series 1 Production Schedule
Time Girls was commissioned in January 1975, almost certainly as part of an ultimately unnecessary plan to stop the other side from winning the Saturday tea-time science-fiction audience. The budget, fixed in mid-1975, was hit increasingly hard by inflation as production progressed.
The Manturoid Mission
- Location filming: Betchworth Quarry, 23-26 September 1975
- Studio: 13-14, 27-28 October 1975
- Model filming: 4 November 1975
The Plague of Fear
- Model filming: 5 November 1975
- Studio: 24-25 November, 8-9 December 1975
This story was recorded back to back with The Manturoid Mission using the same sets and models. All episodes are now missing.
Castle of Death
- Location filming: Lincoln castle and cathedral, 6-9 January 1976
- Studio: 26-27 January, 9-10 February 1976
Rise of the Robons
- Location filming: Southall Gas Works, 16-20 February 1976
- Studio: 8-9, 22-23 March and 5-6 April 1976
This story was originally written with four parts but was extended to six to cover the budget shortfall.
The Curse of Carterford
- Location filming: Wood Norton Hall, 14-15 April 1976
- Studio: 3-4 May 1976
This two-parter was written as cheap, last-minute filler because of the budget shortfall. Together with the extra two parts of Robons, it replaced a planned story titled The Volcano People.
Terror from the Deep
- Location filming: Whitstable and Swalecliff, Kent, 1-11 June 1976
- Filming at Ealing studios: 15-17 June 1976
This replaced a studio-bound story called Jungle of Death, which was planned to start recording on 24 May but was abandoned because of a strike at the studios. It is the only Time Girls story to be shot entirely on film. Time for film editing was limited, which accounts for the relatively small number of cuts. Amanda Cadewell recorded a voiceover during post-production to make the story slightly more coherent.
Series 1 Broadcast Schedule
This series went out on Saturdays in 1976.
- 13 March, 5.30: The Manturoid Mission, ep 1
- 20 March, 5.05: The Manturoid Mission, ep 2
- 27 March, 5.30: The Manturoid Mission, ep 3
- 3 April, 5.05: The Manturoid Mission, ep 4
- 10 April, 5.30: Castle of Death, ep 1
- 17 April, 5.20: Castle of Death, ep 2
- 24 April, 5.05: Castle of Death, ep 3
- 1 May, 5.45: Castle of Death, ep 4
- 8 May, 5.40: Rise of the Robons, ep 1
- 15 May, 5.40: Rise of the Robons, ep 2
- 22 May, 5.40: Rise of the Robons, ep 3
- 29 May, 5.30: Rise of the Robons, ep 4
- 5 June, 5.40: Rise of the Robons, ep 5
- 12 June, 5.40: Rise of the Robons, ep 6
- 19 June, 5.45: The Curse of Carterford, ep 1
- 26 June, 6.00: The Curse of Carterford, ep 2
- 3 July, 5.45: The Plague of Fear, ep 1
- 10 July, 5.45: The Plague of Fear, ep 2
- 17 July, 5.00: The Plague of Fear, ep 3
- 24 July, 5.30: The Plague of Fear, ep 4
- 31 July, 5.30: Terror from the Deep, ep 1
- 7 August, 5.40: Terror from the Deep, ep 2
- 14 August, 5.45: Terror from the Deep, ep 3
- 21 August:, 5.40 Terror from the Deep, ep 4
Series 2 Production Schedule
A new series of Time Girls was commissioned in March 1985 following the uproar over the cancellation of another science-fiction series. This hopeless compromise pleased no-one, least of all Katy Froade.
- Model filming: 16-17 September 1985
- Studio: 2-4 October 1985
The Dust Diggers
- Model filming: 9 October 1985
- First studio block: 23-25 October 1985 (all scenes set in the mines)
- Second studio block: 7-8 November 1985 (all scenes set in the government building)
Katy Froade was arrested on 26 October and did not return, leading to rewriting of some scenes in the second block. Gemma was briefly played by a double but mostly written out. Production of further stories was cancelled, including the First World War story Death at Dawn, which was planned to be shot on OB from 11 to 16 November.
Series 2 Broadcast Schedule
This series was broadcast on Saturdays in 1986.
- 4 January, 5.20: Spaceshock! ep 1
- 11 January, 5.20: Spaceshock! ep 2
- 18 January, 5.20: The Dust Diggers ep 1
- 25 January, 5.20: The Dust Diggers ep 2
- 1 February, 5.20: The Dust Diggers ep 3
- 8 February, 5.20: The Dust Diggers ep 4