The Strangerers

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The Strangerers
Genre Comedy-drama
Science fiction
Written by Rob Grant
Directed by Liddy Oldroyd
Nick Wood
Starring Mark Williams
Jack Docherty
Sarah Alexander
Mark Heap
Milton Jones
Morwenna Banks
David Walliams
Paul Darrow
Doon Mackichan
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 9
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 60 minutes (Episode 1)
30 minutes (Episodes 2–9)
Production company(s) Absolutely Television
Taken for Granted Productions Ltd.
Distributor BSkyB
Original network Sky One
Picture format 4:3
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release 15 February (2000-02-15) – 11 April 2000 (2000-04-11)

The Strangerers is a British television comedy drama science fiction series written by Rob Grant (best known as co-creator of Red Dwarf) and was broadcast on Sky One between 15 February and 11 April 2000.

A single series was made with a total of 9 episodes (the first being 1 hour in length and the rest 30 minutes each). The show ended on a cliffhanger. It has not been released on DVD, nor repeated since its original run.


The story centres around two alien agents, Cadet Flynn and Pseudo-Cadet Niven. They are incredibly advanced and evolved vegetables on an information finding mission to Earth, where they take on human form. Their supervisor is accidentally decapitated shortly after arrival, leaving the cadets to fend for themselves. Through the course of the series the aliens discover the intricacies of basic needs, like the eating ritual, the sleeping ritual and how to purchase things, usually doing so in their own idiosyncratic manner.

Their exact whereabouts on Earth is something of a mystery. The society in which they find themselves bears some resemblance to both Britain and America, and there are hints that a totalitarian Government is in charge. There are also street gangs parodying those in A Clockwork Orange. Two agents and their apparently psychopathic commander try to capture the aliens. The aliens repeatedly escape, but not without suffering occasional injuries themselves.



Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Last in the series
1 9 15 February 2000 (2000-02-15) 11 April 2000 (2000-04-11)
Episode Director Writer(s) Original air date UK viewers
1 "Space Cadets" Liddy Oldroyd Rob Grant 15 February 2000 (2000-02-15) TBA
2 "Vegetables" TBA Rob Grant 22 February 2000 (2000-02-22) TBA
3 "Crunchy Munchy" TBA Rob Grant 29 February 2000 (2000-02-29) TBA
4 "Fargle" TBA Rob Grant 7 March 2000 (2000-03-07) TBA
5 "Zap Type Z" TBA Rob Grant 14 March 2000 (2000-03-14) TBA
6 "Angels" TBA Rob Grant 21 March 2000 (2000-03-21) TBA
7 "The Streets of Laredo" Nick Wood Rob Grant 28 March 2000 (2000-03-28) TBA
8 "Eyepoppers" TBA Rob Grant 4 April 2000 (2000-04-04) TBA
9 "The Getawaying" TBA Rob Grant 11 April 2000 (2000-04-11) TBA

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