Space:1999
EPISODE GUIDE
(Year One)

Episodes listed in production order with production number in brackets

Regular Cast

Commander John Koenig Martin Landau
Sandra Benes Zienia Merton
Dr. Helena Russell Barbara Bain
David Kano Clifton Jones
Professor Victor Bergman Barry Morse
Dr. Bob Mathias Anton Phillips
Paul Morrow Prentis Hancock
Tanya Alexander Suzanne Roquette
Captain Alan Carter Nick Tate


Episode List

  1. Breakaway
  2. Matter Of Life And Death
  3. Black Sun
  4. Ring Around The Moon
  5. Earthbound
  6. Another Time, Another Place
  7. Missing Link
  8. Guardian Of Piri
  9. Force Of Life
  10. Alpha Child
  11. The Last Sunset
  12. Voyager's Return
  13. Collision Course
  14. Death's Other Dominion
  15. The Full Circle
  16. End Of Eternity
  17. War Games
  18. The Last Enemy
  19. The Troubled Spirit
  20. Space Brain
  21. The Infernal Machine
  22. Mission Of The Darians
  23. Dragon's Domain
  24. The Testament Of Arkadia


End of Eternity (#16)

End of Eternity Screenplay by Johnny Byrne
Directed by Ray Austin
Edited by Derek Hyde Chambers

"How can you value life if you do not fear death?"

Investigating a passing asteroid which appears to have an internal atmosphere, the Alphans blast their way into a living chamber inside. The explosion critically injures the only occupant who is returned to Alpha even though Helena feels that he cannot be saved. However, the alien makes a miraculous recovery and introduces himself as Balor, a Progron scientist who has achieved immortality. Unfortunately, Balor is also a dangerous psychopath who lives for the pleasure of inflicting fear and pain. He requests that Koenig allow him free reign to terrorise the Alphans, promising to use his powers of regeneration to keep them alive indefinately for his eternal amusement, but Koenig refuses so Balor embarks on a rampage of death and destruction...

Filming Schedule:
Wednesday, October 9th - Wednesday, October 23rd, 1974

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, November 20th, 1975 (ATV Midlands)

Notes:

In the asteroid, Koenig clearly calls Baxter "Jim," but the character's name is Mike - Jim is the name of the actor playing him!

Once again, much of the incidental music is composed of electronic scores from the Chappell Recorded Music Library: "Experiments In Space - Malus" and "Experiments In Space - Dorado" by Robert Farnon, "Stratosphere" by David Snell, and "Videotronics No. 3" & "Cosmic Sounds No. 1", both by Roger Roger (aka Cecil Leuter) & George Teperino (aka Nino Nardini).

Guest Artists:

Peter Bowles is best-known for his leading roles in two popular British situation comedies, Richard DeVere in To The Manor Born and Archie Glover in Only When I Laugh. However, he is one of British television's most prolific performers who made a name for himself in mainly villainous roles in series such as Danger Man, The Saint, The Avengers (three times), The Prisoner, The Baron, The Persuaders!, Adam Adamant Lives!, Callan, Survivors, I, Claudius and Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected. After Space:1999, Bowles decided that, having now played the ultimate villain, he would quit playing bad guys and made a conscious career move into comedy. He has appeared in starring roles in numerous series including Guthrie Featherstone in Rumpole Of The Bailey, Ken Green in The Crezz, Howard in The Bounder, Major Sinclair Yeates in The Irish R.M., Neville Lytton in Lytton's Diary (a series which he also created), Donald Fairchild in Executive Stress, and Guy Buchanan in Perfect Scoundrels (which he created with Bryan Murrray). Film roles have largely eluded him, although early in his career he appeared in Live Now, Pay Later (1962), The Informers (1963), The Yellow Rolls Royce (1964), Blow-Up (1966) and The Charge Of The Light Brigade (1968). He later appeared in Endless Night (1971), A Day In The Death Of Joe Egg (1972), The Offence (1973) and The Legend Of Hell House (1973). Prior to his appearance in Space:1999, Bowles had appeared as Kofax in the Triple Cross episode of Gerry Anderson's The Protectors.

Jim Smilie is a prolific stage performer who has appeared in numerous musicals. He is perhaps best-known for his regular role as Dr. Alex Matthews in the 1970s British medical soap General Hospital, although he has made occasional guest appearances in series such as The Tomorrow People, Metal Mickey and Highlander. His feature film appearances include The Rise Of Minna Nordstrom (1976), International Velvet (1978) and Jaguar Lives! (1979).

Regular Cast:
Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Morrow, Carter, Sandra, Kano, Mathias, Tanya

Additional Cast:
Balor Peter Bowles
Mike Baxter Jim Smilie
Main Mission Operatives Binu Balini, Sarah Bullen, Laurie Davis, Andrew Dempsey,
Raymond Harris, Jan Rennison, Michael Stevens
Security Guards Tony Allyn, Martin Grace, Quentin Pierre,
Colin Skeaping, Eddie Stacey, Paul Weston
Astronauts Uffe Neumann, Anthony Scott
Medics Paul Kirby, Christopher Williams
Nurses Judith Hepburn, Kathy Mallory
Information Girl Laraine Humphreys
Patient Alan Harris
Alphan Robert Atiko

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War Games (#17)

War Games Screenplay by Christopher Penfold
Directed by Charles Crichton
Edited by Alan Killick

"The death struggle of inferior species is very often the finest hour of their existence."

Alpha is approached by a fleet of Mark 9 Hawk Warships and, believing them to be about to attack the base, Koenig orders the Eagles to open fire. Suddenly, the Alphans are fighting a war against alien forces that devastate the base leaving it uninhabitable. With 128 dead, Koenig's only hope for his people is to seek peaceful co-existence with the enemy, so he and Helena journey to their planet to plead their case. They meet two remote aliens who refuse their request on the grounds that the Alphans carry contaminants which would destroy a civilisation that has lasted for billions of years. Helena is held captive by the aliens while Koenig returns to Alpha to prepare for an invasion...

Filming Schedule:
Thursday, October 24th - Thursday, November 7th, 1974

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, September 25th, 1975 (ATV Midlands)

Notes:

The Alien Bomber was previously seen in Alpha Child and appears again in both The Last Enemy and Dragon's Domain.

Writer Christopher Penfold describes War Games as the best episode that he wrote for the series.

Koenig reveals that he is the ninth commander of Moonbase Alpha.

The incidental music for the battle sequence is supplied by a piece from the Chappell Recorded Music Library, "The Astronauts" by Mike Hankinson.

Guest Artists:

Anthony Valentine began his acting career in the early 1950s as Harry Wharton, juvenile nemesis of the title character in the BBC comedy series Billy Bunter Of Greyfriars School. He also appeared in Whirligig, the 1955 adaptation of Children Of The New Forest and the feature film The Brain Machine (1956). In the 1960s, he appeared in A For Andromeda, The Avengers and Department S, and took regular roles in Dr. Finlay's Casebook (as Bruce Cameron) and Callan (as Toby Meres). It was the following decade, however, in which he established himself in his best-known roles to date: as Major Horst Mohn in Colditz and the title character in Raffles. More recently, he has been seen as the Baron Simon de Belleme in Robin Of Sherwood, Victor Stride in The House Of Elliott, The Hat in The Fifth Corner and Colonel Carter in Riders. Valentine has also made numerous guest appearances in series such as Minder, Bergerac, Boon, Stay Lucky, Hammer House Of Horror, Covington Cross, The Casebook Of Sherlock Holmes, Lovejoy and Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected (twice). His feature films include Performance (1970), To The Devil A Daughter (1976), Escape To Athena (1979), The Monster Club (1980), Age Of Treason (1993), Jefferson In Paris (1995) and The House Of Angelo (1997).

Isla Blair made her screen debut in Dr. Terror's House Of Horrors (1965) and went on to appear in A Flea In Her Ear (1968), Taste The Blood Of Dracula (1969) and The Battle Of Britain (1969). On television, she has guested in The Avengers, The Saint, Jason King, Blakes 7, Doctor Who, Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense, Boon and Medics, but she is perhaps better known for her regular roles: as Lady Caroline in When The Boat Comes In, Emma Antrobus in The Crezz, Flor Beniform in The History Man, Laura in The Bounder, Hillary Drummond in The Office and the ill-fated Ruth in Mother Love. She also appeared with Kenneth More in the three-part 1978 parallel-Earth drama An Englishman's Castle and has been seen in the films Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade (1989), Valmont (1989) and The House Of Angelo (1997). She is married to Julian Glover, seen in Alpha Child, and appeared again in Space:1999 as Carla Cross in Journey To Where.

Regular Cast:
Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Morrow, Carter, Sandra, Kano, Mathias, Tanya

Additional Cast:
Male Alien Anthony Valentine
Female Alien Isla Blair
Ken Johnson James Fagan
Main Mission Operatives Binu Balini, Sarah Bullen,
Andrew Dempsey, Raymond Harris
Alphans Robert Atiko, Paul Weston

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The Last Enemy (#18)

The Last Enemy Screenplay by Bob Kellett
Directed by Bob Kellett
Edited by Derek Hyde Chambers

"What the hell have we got ourselves into?"

When the Moon falls into an orbit that places it directly between two planets on opposing sides of their sun, a huge spacecraft from the planet Betha takes up a position on the Moon and begins to launch an offensive on the other planet, Delta. The Alphans soon realise that the two planets are at war, and that their relative positions make it impossible for them to fire directly at each other, but now the Moon has provided the Bethans with the ideal gun platform. Missiles from Delta apparently destroy the Bethan craft, but an escape vehicle makes its way to Alpha and the occupant, the Bethan commander Dione, seeks asylum on the base. When a Deltan battlecruiser takes up position on the Moon to launch an offensive on Betha, Koenig desperately attempts to negotiate a cease-fire, but the cunning Dione has other plans...

Filming Schedule:
Friday, November 8th - Tuesday, November 19th, 1974
Tuesday, February 25th - Thursday, february 27th, 1975

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, February 19th, 1976 (ATV Midlands)
Original Titles: "The Second Sex", "The Other Enemy"

Notes:

The Last Enemy was reportedly based on an idea by Barbara Bain who suggested the scenario as a metaphor for the 'war of the sexes' - she talked the idea over with director Bob Kellett who worked it into the finished script.

Some of the incidental music is culled from the Chappell Recorded Music Library, specifically "Cosmic Sounds No. 3" by George Teperino (aka Nino Nardini).

Guest Artists:

Caroline Mortimer is perhaps best-known for her regular role as Dr. Barbara Kennedy in the 1970s ITV soap General Hospital, although she was also seen as Cleopatra Thea in the BBC's The Cleopatras series. She made her screen debut in Amanti (1968) and went on to appear in The McKenzie Break (1970), The Hireling (1973) and Juggernaut (1974), and was also seen in the The Organisation Man episode of The Saint.

Maxine Audley was one of the most stylish, versatile and respected British actresses. She made her film debut in The Pleasure Garden (1953), went on to appear in The Sleeping Tiger (1954), The Prince And The Showgirl (1957), The Barretts Of Wimpole Street (1957), Dunkirk (1958) and The Vikings (1958), and had the distinction of being the only actress to portray Charlie Chaplin's wife, as Queen Irene in A King In New York (1957). Her later films included appearances in The Trials Of Oscar Wilde (1960), Our Man In Havana (1960), Ricochet (1963), The Agony And The Ecstasy (1965), Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (1968), Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969), The Looking Glass War (1970) and Running Scared (1972). She was also seen on television as Marion Whittaker in The Voodoo Factor, Madame Permon in Napoleon In Love, Lady Charlotte in Boy Dominic, Gwendoline Harper in Flickers, and in guest roles in Out Of This World, The Saint, Bergerac and Prime Suspect. She died in 1992, aged 69.

Kevin Stoney is one of the most familiar guest actors in British SF, action and adventure television, with roles in numerous series such as Danger Man, Doctor Who (three times), Man In A Suitcase, The Prisoner, Doomwatch, R3, The Adventures Of Don Quick, Counterstrike, Ace Of Wands, The Tomorrow People, The New Avengers, Blakes 7, Quatermass and The Enigma Files. He was also seen as Thrasyllus in I, Claudius and in a recurring role as 'Horatio' Nelson in Bergerac. He made his film debut in Strongroom (1961) and went on to appear in Murder At The Gallop (1963), Autostop (1965), The Blood Beast Terror (1967), Guns In The Heather (1968) and The Dresser (1983).

Carolyn Courage appeared in a regular role as Kim Hayward in the short-lived 1980 BBC airline drama series Buccaneer. She was also seen in the Dark Encounter episode of Shadows.

Regular Cast:
Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Morrow, Carter, Sandra, Kano

Additional Cast:
Dione Caroline Mortimer
Theia Maxine Audley
Talos Kevin Stoney
First Girl Carolyn Courage
Second Girl Linda Hooks
Third Girl Tara Faraday
Main Mission Operatives Sarah Bullen, Laurie Davis,
Andrew Dempsey, Raymond Harris,
Claire Lutter, Michael Stevens
Security Guards Tony Allyn, Robert Case, Quentin Pierre
Voice of Eagle Pilot Shane Rimmer

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The Troubled Spirit (#19)

The Troubled Spirit Screenplay by Johnny Byrne
Directed by Ray Austin
Edited by Alan Killick

"It's here now. In this place. It's waiting to kill again - to kill us all!"

While attempting to communicate telepathically with his plants, botanist Dan Mateo collapses and a strange force sweeps through the base. Investigating, Koenig learns that Mateo believes that man has some affinity with plants, an affinity that can be exploited by tapping into certain wave patterns in the human brain that are identical to those generated by plant life. Mateo quickly recovers, but is forbidden from conducting any further experiments by hydroponics head Dr. Warren. A heated argument ensues and later Warren is confronted by a horribly scarred ghost figure that oddly resembles Mateo. Warren is found dead shortly after and Bergman realises that Alpha is being terrorised by a psychic manifestation which seeks atonement for a death which has yet to take place!

Filming Schedule:
Wednesday, November 20th - Wednesday, December 4th, 1974

Original UK Airdate: Saturday, January 5th, 1976 (ATV Midlands)

Notes:

The distinctive sitar music which features prominently in this episode was specially composed and recorded for Space:1999 by Jim Sullivan, the artist seen performing the sitar recital in the pre-credits sequence.

Giancarlo Prete was the first of four Italian guest actors to be cast in the series to fulfil the terms of the co-financing contract between ITC and RAI. Each well-known in their native Italy but unheard of by audiences in the UK and the USA, the others were Carla Romanelli (in Space Brain), Gianni Garko (in Dragon's Domain) and Orso Maria Guerrini (in The Testament Of Arkadia). Prete and Romanelli both also guested in Return Of The Saint when a similar deal was struck between ITC and RAI to co-finance that series too.

The Bassett Sweet Cigarette Card of this episode (No.42) was withdrawn from circulation shortly after issue following complaints about its depiction of the scarred Mateo - consequently it is extremely rare and valuable to collectors.

Guest Artists:

Giancarlo Prete was originally cast in Space:1999 in the regular role of Italian chief Eagle pilot Captain Alfonso Catani, but at the eleventh hour it transpired that he could not be released from his contract for the Italian film La Nottata which would be filmed at the same time, so the role was recast with Nick Tate as Alan Carter. Prete made his film debut in Mister X (1966) and appeared extensively throughout the 1970s and 80s in Italian films such as The Price Of Death (1971), Confessions Of A Police Captain (1971), Three Musketeers Of The West (1972), Con Men (1972), Snow Job (1972), The Black Bellied Tarantula (1972), Massacre In Rome (1973), La Nottata (1974), The Anonymous Avenger (1974), The Loves And Times Of Scaramouche (1975), Messalina! Messalina! (1977) and The New Barbarians (1982). To English-speaking audiences, however, he is perhaps best-known for his roles in the Return Of The Saint episode The Village That Sold Its Soul, the mini-series War And Remembrance (in which he appeared as Dr. Castelnuovo) and the films Tornado (1983), Escape From The Bronx (1985), Detective School Dropouts (1985) and Ladyhawke (1985). More recently, he became a dubbing director preparing American television series such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, The X Files and Northern Exposure for screening on Italian television. He died in Rome on March 8th, 2001, aged 58.

Hilary Dwyer made her film debut as Sara in Witchfinder General (1968), but had previously been seen as Number Seventy Three in the Hammer Into Anvil episode of The Prisoner. She went on to appear in Two Gentlemen Sharing (1969), Thin Air (1969), The Oblong Box (1969), Wuthering Heights (1970) and Cry Of The Banshee (1970) before landing the role of Jennifer Hadleigh in the second season of Hadleigh.

Anthony Nicholls is fondly remembered for his role as Commander Tremayne in the ITC action series The Champions. He made his film debut in The Guinea Pig (1948) and went on to appear in The Hasty Heart (1949), The Franchise Affair (1950), The House Of The Arrow (1953), Dunkirk (1958), Victim (1961), Night Of The Eagle (1962), Othello (1965), A Man For All Seasons (1966) and If... (1968). He also guest-starred in episodes of The Saint, Man In A Suitcase and Callan. After The Champions, he appeared in The Battle Of Britain (1969), The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), O Lucky Man! (1973) and The Omen (1976). His role in Space:1999 was one of his last - he died in March 1977, aged 69.

Regular Cast:
Koenig, Helena, Bergman, Morrow, Carter, Sandra, Kano, Mathias, Tanya

Additional Cast:
Dan Mateo Giancarlo Prete
Laura Adams Hilary Dwyer
Dr. James Warren Anthony Nicholls
Operative Kate Sarah Bullen
Spirit Mateo Val Musetti
Sitarist Jim Sullivan
Main Mission Operatives Binu Balini, Sarah Bullen,
Loftus Burton, Andrew Dempsey
Security Guards Tony Allyn, Quentin Pierre
Botanists Vernon Morris, Xanthi Gardner
Medic Christopher Williams
Nurses Jeannie Galston, Judith Hepburn, Jan Rennison
Technicians Robert Atiko, Eddy Nedari, Richard Shore

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