The Tripods: Series One



Air date

15 September 1984

Preceded by


Followed by

Series Two

Series One is the first series of The Tripods TV adaptation of John Cristopher's The Tripods trilogy. It first aired on 15 September 1984 and was a considerable success with plenty of promotion taking place before and during the launch. Series one covers the first book of the trilogy, The White Mountains while adding several characters and subplots to the story.


Set in the year 2089, huge machines known as Tripods have taken over Earth. Controlling humans with a Cap (A mind control device in-planted on the head at the age of fourteen) which erases imagination, curiosity and independent thought, mankind now lives without technology in a rural/medieval existence. Cousins Will and Henry only a year away from being 'capped' hear of a place where free (un-capped) men live and fight the Tripods. Their travels take them from their home in England to France where they meet Jean-Paul "Beanpole" Deliet who joins them on their journey to the White Mountains, home of the free men.


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Episode Date Aired Title Description
1 15 Sep 1984 A Village in England: July, 2089 AD Will meets a strange vagrant that tells him the truth about capping, and a place in The White Mountains for free men. Will and Henry decide to leave their village to find it.
2 22 Sep 1984 England: July, 2089 AD Will and Henry meet up with the vagrant, Ozymandias, who gives them a compass and a map to help them on their way. But, first they must find a boat captain who will help the two runaways cross the channel to France.
3 29 Sep 1984 The English Channel: July, 2089 AD Will and Henry eventually make the crossing to France only to be arrested on their arrival. In jail they meet a new friend who promises to help them escape, and join them on their trip to The White Mountains.
4 6 Oct 1984 France: July, 2089 AD Will, Henry and their new companion, Beanpole, continue on their journey by way of an abandoned Paris.
5 13 Oct 1984 Chateau Ricordeau, France: July, 2089 AD Nursing a head injury, Will is taken in by a friendly family. Henry starts to question whether Will wants to continue on their journey, after he falls in love.
6 20 Oct 1984 Chateau Ricordeau, France: July, 2089 AD Henry and Beanpole go on their own, after Will decides to marry the daughter of the people who took him in.
7 3 Nov 1984 Chateau Ricordeau, France: August, 2089 AD Henry and Beanpole continue on their trip, wondering if Will will catch up with them later. Meanwhile, Will is dealt a shocking blow by his rival for the love of Eloise.
8 10 Nov 1984 Chateau Ricordeau, France: August, 2089 AD Will decides to leave the Chateau Ricordeau behind, so he can rejoin his friends in the search for the free men in The White Mountains.
9 17 Nov 1984 France: September, 2089 AD After having a narrow escape from a Tripod; Will, Henry and Beanpole stay at a vineyard to rest.
10 24 Nov 1984 France: September, 2089 AD The boys stay on to help at a vineyard until after the grape harvest. When time comes to continue their journey, they find it hard to leave their new found friends.
11 1 Dec 1984 France: October, 2089 AD Will, Henry and Beanpole, driven by hunger, steal food from a village festival and find themselves in trouble.
12 8 Dec 1984 France: October, 2089 AD Escaping many dangers since the vineyard, the boys finally come within sight of The White Mountains.
13 22 Dec 1984 The White Mountains: November, 2089 AD Will, Henry and Beanpole reach The White Mountains, only to be captured by the Black Guard once again.
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