Space: 1999 (1975-1978)

UK, Italy, 17 October -1 May 1978
2 series, 48 episodes, average 50m each
35mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British/Italian science fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Several episodes were edited together to form feature films: the Italian only release Spazio 1999 (1976) (comprised of extracts from the episodes Breakaway, Ring Around and Another Time, Another Place); Destination Moonbase Alpha (1978) (The Bringers of Wonder Parts 1 and 2); Alien Attack (1979) (Breakaway and War Games), Journey through the Black Sun (1982) (Collision Course and Black Sun) and Cosmic Princess (1982) (The Metamorph and Space Warp).

Premise

In the year 1999, a massive explosion at a nuclear waste dump on the far side of the moon wrenches the satellite out of orbit and sends it hurtling through space. The surviving crew of Moonbase Alpha find themselves light years from home, encountering strange alien races in their search for a new home.

Credits

Regular Crew
© ITC-Incorporated Television Company Ltd. MCMLXXIV [1974] [first series]; © ITC-Incorporated Television Company Ltd. MCMLXXVI [1976] [second series];
An ITC RAI co-production produced by Group Three [first series]; ITC Television [[second series]
Series Created by: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
Executive Producer: Gerry Anderson
Producer: Sylvia Anderson [first series]; Fred Freiberger [send series]
Story Consultant: Christopher Penfold [first series]
Script Editor: Edward Di Lorenzo [first series]
Music by: Barry Gray [first series]; Derek Wadsworth [second series]
Moon City Costumes Designed by: Rudi Gernreich [first series]
Special Effects Designed and Directed by: Brian Johnson

Regular Cast
Martin Landau [Commander John Koenig]
Barbara Bain [Dr Helena Russell]
Barry Morse [Professor Victor Bergman – series one only]
Catherine Schell [Maya – series two only]

Episodes

Series One
Breakaway (4 September 1975)
Force of Life (11 September 1975)
Collision Course (18 September 1975)
War Games (25 September 1975)
Death's Other Dominion (2 October 1975)
Voyager's Return (9 October 1975)
Alpha Child (16 October 1975)
Dragon's Domain (23 October 1975)
Mission of the Darians (30 October 1975)
Black Sun (6 November 1975)
Guardian of Piri (13 November 1975)
End of Eternity (20 November 1975)
Matter of Life and Death (27 November 1975)
Earthbound (4 December 1975)
The Full Circle (11 December 1975)
Another Time, Another Place (18 December 1975)
The Last Sunset (1 January 1976)
The Infernal Machine (8 January 1976)
Ring Around the Moon (15 January 1976)
Missing Link (22 January 1976)
Space Brain (29 January 1976)
The Troubled Spirit (5 February 1976)
The Testament of Arkadia (12 February 1976)
The Last Enemy (19 February 1976)

Series Two
The Metamorph (4 September 1976)
The Exiles (11 September 1976)
One Moment of Humanity (25 September 1976)
All That Glisters (28 October 1976)
Journey to Where (18 September 1976)
The Taybor (4 November 1976)
The Rules of Luton (23 October 1976)
The Mark of Archanon (16 October 1976)
Brian the Brain (2 October 1976)
New Adam, New Eve (9 October 1976)
Catacombs of the Moon (25 November 1976)
The AB Chrysalis (18 November 1976)
Seed of Destruction (11 November 1976)
The Beta Cloud (16 December 1976)
Space Warp (2 December 1976)
A Matter of Balance (9 December 1976)
The Bringers of Wonder, Part One (4 August 1977)
The Bringers of Wonder, Part Two (11 August 1977)
The Lambda Factor (23 December 1976)
The Seance Spectre (18 August 1977)
Dorzak (25 August 1977)
Devil's Planet (1 September 1977)
The Immunity Syndrome (29 October 1977)
The Dorcons (12 November 1977)

Alternative Titles

Cosmos 1999 – French title

Sequel
Message from Moonbase Alpha (1999)

Extracts included in
Alien Attack (1979)
All About Thunderbirds (2008)
Cosmic Princess (1982)
Destination Moonbase Alpha (1978)
God Told Me To (1976)
Journey through the Black Sun (1982)
The Pod People (1983)
Science Fiction: A Journey Into the Unknown (1994)
Spaced Out (1981)
Spazio 1999 (1976)
Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10 (2004)

See also
Red Dwarf: Psirens (1993)
Space: 1899 (2004)

References

Periodicals

  • Cult TV season 1 episode 1 (August 1997) p.22-26 – illustrated interview with Gerry Anderson (Stringfellow by Jane Killick)
  • Infinity no.37 (2021) pp.18-23 – illustrated interview with Val Guest (Guest appearance by Richard Hollis)
  • Interzone no.212 (September/October 2007) p.55 – review (by Tony Lee)
  • Science Fiction Review no.15 (November 1975) p.17 – review of Breakaway (The moon is a harsh spaceship)

Books

  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.364
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.183
  • Terror Television: American Series, 1970-1999 pp.605-609 – episode guide, credits, note
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers p.144