Shatter (Letraset, 1973) is the typeface used for the title of Sky. The British children’s science fantasy TV series was produced by HTV for ITV, and broadcast from 7 April to 14 May 1975. Opening and end credits as well as episode titles are set in Helvetica, mostly using its Bold Italic style. Vic Carless likely based his Shatter on a skewed Helvetica Bold.
Sky is perhaps the most obvious example of a kids’ show written by people on drugs. Created by Bob Baker and Dave Martin in 1975, it was a curious seven-part serial about an alien that comes to Earth. So far, so simple, no?
What differentiates it from other similar fare is that it’s clearly off its face. Sky is a time traveller with incredible powers from another dimension. Or maybe another universe. Except he might be a god. Just like Jesus and any other religious figure in fact, since they were all time-travellers too.
He’s arrived here before the correct time – we’re still “before the chaos” – and needs to get to the future where he can show the surviving people of the Earth the right way to live in harmony with the Earth. Trouble is, the Earth of today senses that’s he’s alien and tries to repel him, just like an immune system repelling a bacterium. While he searches for ‘the Juganet’ – the way to the future – Sky is attacked by trees and plantlife, before eventually the Earth creates something in human form – ‘Ambrose Goodchild’ – to destroy Sky.