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Aliases: Christine
Christine Flemstad
Christine Jones
Continuity: A for Andromeda
Notability: Main character
Gender: Female
Race: Clone
Location: Thorness, Scotland
Status: Alive [1]
Born: 1941 [2]
1961 [3]
Died: 1961 [4]
First: "The Machine" [5]
"The Murderer" [6]
Actor: Julie Christie
Susan Hampshire
Nicoletta Rizzi
Kelly Reilly

Andromeda is the code-name attributed to the clone of a research scientist known as Christine. She was one of the central figures in the short-lived 1961 television series A for Andromeda. Played by actress Julie Christie, Christine debuted in the second episode of the series, but did not become known as Andromeda until the fifth episode "The Murderer". Actress Julie Christie played Christine/Andromeda in six episodes total and made a brief appearance as Andromeda in the pilot episode of the 1962 sequel The Andromeda Breakthrough. Christie was unavailable to reprise the role fully and the part then went to Susan Hampshire. In 1972, an Italian remake of A for Andromeda entitled A come Andromeda was produced and the role of Andromeda was played by Nicoletta Rizzi, who only appeared in three of the five episodes that were produced. In 2006, a television movie version of A for Andromeda was produced and the role of Andromeda was played by Kelly Reilly


Christine was a laboratory assistant under Doctor Madeleine Dawnay at a military research facility in Thorness, Scotland. She was part of the team responsible for the construction of an advanced supercomputer, which was based on a set of instructions retrieved from a subspace signal originating in the Andromeda Galaxy. The computer was situated between two terminals which projected a pattern of energy, which affected the brainwaves of anyone who passed between them, placing them into a hypnotic state. Christine fell victim to the machine's influence and made physical contact with both terminals. The computer produced a surge of electricity, which instantly killed the technician. [7]

The computer extrapolated biological data from Christine's corpse and used it as the template for the creation of an artificial life form. A virtual clone of Christine was born and was named Andromeda. [8]

Andromeda was a slave to the computer's programming and served as an instrument of the Ministry of Defence. Project scientist John Fleming, who had long suspected the true nature of the project, rebelled against his superiors, and Andromeda was sent to destroy him. Fleming convinced Andromeda to reject her programming and together, they succeeded in destroying the supercomputer as well as the original data relating to its construction. The two fled Thorness and sought sanctuary within the hills on a nearby island. [9][10]

They sought refuge on an island off the coast of Scotland, but now they faced even larger problems. For the destruction of government property, they were being pursued by both agents of the Ministry of Defence as well as the Intel Trading Consortium. [11]

Notes & Trivia

  • The character of Christine/Andromeda was created by director/producer Michael Hayes and script writer John Elliot based on a character originally developed by Fred Hoyle.
  • The role of Andromeda was the first major television role of actress Julie Christie.


A for Andromeda

Episode Title Airdate
1x1 The Message October 3rd, 1961
1x2 The Machine October 10th, 1961
1x3 The Miracle October 17th, 1961
1x4 The Monster October 24th, 1961
1x5 The Murderer October 31st, 1961
1x6 The Face of the Tiger November 7th, 1961
1x7 The Last Mystery November 14th, 1961
nn A for Andromeda (2006) March 27th, 2006

The Andromeda Breakthrough

Episode Title Airdate
1x1 Cold Front June 28th, 1962
1x2 Gale Warning July 5th, 1962
1x3 Azaran Forecast July 12th, 1962
1x4 Storm Centres July 19th, 1962
1x5 Hurricane July 26th, 1962
1x6 The Roman Peace August 2nd, 1962

A come Andromeda

Episode Title Airdate
1x3 Episode Three January 18th, 1972
1x4 Episode Four January 25th, 1972
1x5 Episode Five February 1st, 1972

See also


  1. Andromeda only. She supplants the identity of Christine who technically "dies".
  2. Date approximated based upon the age of actress Julie Christie; This applies to the character of Christine only.
  3. The year when Christine is supplanted by Andromeda.
  4. This applies to the death of the human Christine only.
  5. This is the character's first appearance as the human, Christine.
  6. This is the character's first appearance as Andromeda.
  7. A for Andromeda: The Monster
  8. A for Andromeda: The Murderer
  9. A for Andromeda: The Face of the Tiger
  10. A for Andromeda: The Last Mystery
  11. Andromeda Breakthrough: Gale Warning