Home Television Drama New People, The

New People, The

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The New People was set on an unidentified South Pacific island, where 40 American college students returning from an Asian exchange trip were marooned after their plane crash-landed.

Stranded on the island, the group decided to build a new civilisation and not make any of the same mistakes the “establishment” made back home.

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Fortuitously, the island was a former US atomic test site, so there were plenty of buildings, food, and other creature comforts to be found. Talk about a stroke of luck!

The programme was supposed to be an exploration of the utopian ideals and political and social thinking of the time.

newpeople2Guest stars including Tyne Daly, Billy Dee Williams and Richard Dreyfuss showed up from time to time and left again (shades of Gilligans Island), and the storylines dealt with pregnancy, disease, gender roles, murder, law enforcement and . . . unsafe driving (seriously).

The show was cancelled after a short run – The New People screened from September 1969 to January 1970 on ABC in America.

It will come as no surprise to learn that Rod (Twilight Zone) Serling was the creator of this short-lived series – it was produced by Aaron Spelling.

Susan Bradley
Tiffany Bolling
Bob Lee

Zooey Hall
Ginny Loomis

Jill Jaress
Gene Washington

David Moses
Stanley Gabriel

Dennis Olivieri
George Potter

Pete Ratray