(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

Dragon's Domain (#23)

Dragon's Domain Screenplay by Christopher Penfold
Directed by Charles Crichton
Edited by Alan Killick

"Something happened out there beyond Ultra - something neither you nor I can understand."

Tony Cellini experiences a strange visitation and attempts to steal an Eagle. The incident encourages Helena to review Earth medical records concerning Cellini's involvement in the ill-fated Ultra Probe mission of 1996. Cellini and three science experts had been dispatched to investigate a new planet, Ultra, but Cellini was the only survivor of the mission. On his return, he related a fantastic story about a spaceship graveyard guarded by a horrific creature which killed his companions. The disbelieving authorities rejected Cellini's tale and he has lived with the nightmare for the last five years. Now, incredibly, the Moon has arrived at Cellini's spaceship graveyard and he senses the presence of the monster guardian...

Filming Schedule:
Monday, January 27th - Monday, February 10th, 1975

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, October 23rd, 1975 (ATV Midlands)


Christopher Penfold originally wrote this episode to feature Alan Carter as the former captain of the Ultra Probe.

The incidental music that accompanies the flight of the Ultra Probe is an arrangement by Allain Lombard of "Adagio for Organ and Cello in G Minor" by Tomaso Albinoni, from the Delysé Envoy production music catalogue.

The painting on the wall in Tony Cellini's apartment is "Wise Old Elephant", painted in 1962 by David Shepherd. Despite the publishers' initial reluctance to publish prints of the work, "Wise Old Elephant" was one of the ten top selling prints for three years running, on two occasions proving more popular than Constable's "Hay Wain" or Canaletti's pictures of Venice.

This is the only Year One episode other than Breakaway that is specifically dated: February 6th, 2002. The date of the launch of the Ultra Probe is detailed by Helena as June 6th, 1996 (12:00 hours) - odd then that in the previous scene with Koenig and Cellini coming to an agreement over who should pilot the mission, the "Space News" newsreader clearly gives the date as September 3rd, 1996!

Guest Artists:

Gianni Garko has made more than 45 feature film appearances in his native Italy, occasionally credited as Johnny Garko or Gary Hudson. To English-speaking viewers, however, he is unknown apart from his Space:1999 role. He made his feature debut in Kapo (1959) and went on to appear in a series of swords and sandals features such as Maciste, The Strongest Man In The World (1961), Pontius Pilate (1962) and The Last Glory Of Troy (1962) before graduating to spaghetti westerns as the gunslinger Sartana in Blood At Sundown (1966), Sartana (1968), I'll Dig Your Grave (1969) and And Sabata Killed Them All (1970). He also appeared in Vengeance Is Mine (1967), Red Roses For The Fuhrer (1968), Waterloo (1970), The Heroes (1972), Bad Man's River (1972), Those Dirty Dogs (1975), The Psychic (1977), Summer Night Fever (1978), Star Odyssey (1978), Hercules In New York (1982), Monster Shark (1984) and Body Puzzle (1991) and was seen in the mini-series The Betrothed and Surviving At The Top.

Douglas Wilmer is probably best-known for his role as Nayland Smith in two of the Christopher Lee Fu Manchu films - The Brides Of Fu Manchu (1966), The Vengeance Of Fu Manchu (1968) - and for his role as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's 1964 series, a role that he later reprised in The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975). Wilmer made his debut in Men Of Sherwood Forest (1954) and went on to appear in The Battle Of The River Plate (1956), Richard III (1956), El Cid (1961), Cleopatra (1963), Jason And The Argonauts (1963), A Shot In The Dark (1964), One Way Pendulum (1965), Khartoum (1966), Cromwell (1970), Patton (1970), The Vampire Lovers (1970), The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1974), Revenge Of The Pink Panther (1978), Sword Of The Valiant (1982) and Octopussy (1983). On television, he has guested in episodes of The Invisible Man, The Avengers, Journey To The Unknown, Tales Of Mystery and, prior to Space:1999, Wilmer had appeared in both of Gerry Anderson's previous live-action series: as Dr. Brünner in UFO's E.S.P. and as Commander Whiting in The Protectors episode The Tiger And The Goat.

Barbara Kellerman is perhaps best-known for her role as the White Witch in the BBC's adaptations of C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles Of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, Voyage Of The Dawn Treader and The Silver Chair - but she is also fondly remembered for her starring roles as Clare Kapp in Quatermass and Delly Lomas in 1990. She made her screen debut in Space:1999 and went on to appear in Satan's Slave (1976) before starring as Barbara Morris in the highly-acclaimed BBC2 drama The Glittering Prizes. She later appeared in The Monster Club (1980) and The Sea Wolves (1980), and guest-starred in episodes of Hammer House Of Horror and The Professionals.

Michael Sheard is known to millions of British viewers who grew up in the Seventies and Eighties as the stern headmaster Maurice Bronson in the long-running BBC school drama Grange Hill. First seen in the BBC's 1965 Theatre 625 production of George Orwell's 1984, Sheard has gone on to become one of British television's most prolific performers with appearances in Doctor Who (six times), Adam Adamant Lives!, The Adventures Of Don Quick, The Persuaders!, Jason King, The Tomorrow People, The Sweeney, Lillie, Blakes 7, Buccaneer, the BBC's 1984 production of The Invisible Man, Knights Of God, 'Allo, 'Allo and Happy Families. He made his feature debut in The McKenzie Break (1970) and has also been seen in England Made Me (1973), Force 10 From Navarone (1978), The Riddle Of The Sands (1979), Escape To Athena (1979), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Green Ice (1981), High Road To China (1983) and Indiana Jones And The Lasr Crusade (1989).

Susan Jameson made her debut as the failed actress Kate in the BBC's acclaimed 1969 comedy-drama Take Three Girls, a role that she later reprised in the 1982 reunion serial Take Three Women. However, she is probably best-known for her roles in two BBC period dramas: as Jessie Seaton in When The Boat Comes In and Christine Forster in To Serve Them All My Days, although she is also remembered by many as Myra Dickinson in Coronation Street. She has guested in Boon, Woof! and The Secret World Of Polly Flint, while on the big screen she has been seen in I, Monster (1971) and International Velvet (1978). More recently, she has been seen in Circles Of Deceit, Band Of Gold and The Girl. Prior to Space:1999, she guest-starred as Anne Stone in UFO's The Sound Of Silence episode.

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

Additional Cast:
Tony Cellini Gianni Garko
Commissioner Dixon Douglas Wilmer
Dr. Monique Bouchere Barbara Kellerman
Dr. Darwin King Michael Sheard
Professor Juliet Mackie Susan Jameson
Ken Johnson James Fagan
Space News Newsreader Bob Sherman
Nurse Gwen Taylor
Main Mission Operatives Sarah Bullen, Loftus Burton, Andrew Dempsey,
Michael Stevens, Andrew Sutcliffe
Security Guards Tony Allyn, Quentin Pierre

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The Testament of Arkadia (#24)

The Testament of Arkadia Screenplay by Johnny Byrne
Directed by David Tomblin
Edited by Derek Hyde Chambers

"Heed now the Testament of Arkadia. You who are guided here, make us fertile. Help us live again."

The Moon stops dead in space and Alpha experiences an unexplained power loss which will render the base uninhabitable within days. Investigating an emanation from the lifeless world of Arkadia, the Alphans discover a cave containing human skeletons and a message written in Sanskrit 25,000 years before. Trees on the planet which are native to Earth confirm the content of the ancient writings, that life on Earth began on Arkadia, but Koenig does not believe that the planet offers a new home for the Alphans and he cancels evacuation procedures. However, Luke Ferro and Anna Davis are determined to carry out the wishes of their distant forbears and take matters into their own hands: holding Helena hostage they demand supplies and an Eagle to transport them back to Arkadia...

Filming Schedule:
Tuesday, February 11th - Tuesday, February 25th, 1975

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, February 12th, 1976 (ATV Midlands)


Barry Morse, Prentis Hancock and Clifton Jones make their final appearances in Space:1999 in this episode.

Between the start of filming on Breakaway and the completion of The Testament Of Arkadia, filming on Year One took exactly fifteen months. Filming resumed on Year Two ten months later, in January 1976.

Two distinctive pieces of incidental music from the Chappell Recorded Music Library appear on the soundtrack: "Suite Appassionata - Adagio" by Paul Bonneau & Serge Lancen and "Picture Of Autumn" by Jack Arel & Pierre Dutour.

Guest Artists:

Orso Maria Guerrini made his debut in Italian television's The Belle Starr Story and has gone on to appear in more than a dozen Italian feature films including The Conformist (1970), Kiss Of A Dead Woman (1974), Forever Emanuelle (1975), A Matter Of Time (1976), The Interior Life (1980), Vendetta (1995) and Double Team (1997). He has also been seen in the mini-series Surviving At The Top and the TV movie Slave Of Dreams.

Lisa Harrow is currently known for her co-starring role as Lizzie Kavanagh, wife of John Thaw's title character in Kavanagh Q.C., although she has previously been seen in a number of regular television roles: as Lynn Blake, replacing Barbara Kellerman's character in the second season of 1990; as Dr. Liz Becker in Star Maidens (almost immediately after completing her Space:1999 role); the title character in the 1984 mini-series Nancy Astor; and Helen Irving in the controversial BBC series A Sense Of Guilt. The New Zealand-born actress made her screen debut as Helen Alderson in the feature film of All Creatures Great And Small (1974), a role that she reprised in the sequel It Shouldn't Happen To A Vet (1979). She has also appeared in Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Other Halves (1984), Shaker Run (1985), Always Afternoon (1987), The Last Days Of Chez Nous (1992), That Eye, The Sky (1994) and Sunday (1994), and made television appearances in The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes, Owen M.D., Churchill's People and The Professionals.

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

Additional Cast:
Luke Ferro Orso Maria Guerrini
Anna Davis Lisa Harrow
Main Mission Operatives Ann Maj-Britt, Sarah Bullen, Loftus Burton,
Andrew Dempsey, Michael Stevens, Andrew Sutcliffe
Security Guards Tony Allyn, Quentin Pierre
Voice of Operative Shane Rimmer

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