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Space: 1999 (ITV 1975-1978, Martin Landau, Barbara Bain)

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In the 1970’s, Star Trek boldly went into syndication, where a dedicated fan base of ‘Trekkies’ (or ‘Trekkers,’ depending on whom you ask) turned it into a full-blown phenomenon. This surprise success inspired other television producers to develop new science-fiction shows to win over this audience. One of the most notable attempts was Space: 1999, an expensive British program that supplied viewers with a weekly helping of science-fiction television at its most high-tech. Although it wasn’t the smash success its creators had hoped for, it has continued to live on through the years as a cult favorite.

Space: 1999 was the brainchild of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, the British producers who created the ‘Supermarionation’ puppeteering process with shows like Thunderbirds and Fireball XL-5 in the 1960’s. Unlike those kiddie-sci-fi favorites, Space: 1999 was a live-action program, a sort of follow-up to the Anderson’s early 70’s alien invasion drama UFO. Space: 1999 told the story of Moonbase Alpha, a lunar space station that was blown into outer space when radioactive wastes stored on the dark side of the moon triggered an explosion. The blast was so great that it knocked the moon out of its orbit, sending it hurtling through outer space with Moonbase Alpha attached.

Not only was Moonbase Alpha unable to return to earth, the explosion had triggered space warps that kept the moon moving through the galaxy. As a result, the crew was forced to deal with the fact their once-stable base had been transformed into an exploratory ship. The crew included the recently appointed Commander John Koenig, who had been sent there to investigate radiation-triggered deaths. There was also Dr. Helena Russell, the ship’s medical officer, and Professor Victor Bergman, the man who founded the Moonbase. In the second season, two new characters were added: wisecracking First Officer Tony Verdeschi and Maya, an alien who could transform into any other creature by ‘rearranging molecules.’

Space: 1999

Barbara Bain and Martin Landau.

Each week, this crew dealt with exciting new situations as they explored new planets and met other cultures. In true sci-fi tradition, these aliens were often hostile specimens, including a giant octopus, a large blob of ‘living foam,’ and a cyborg named Gwent. In a very 1970’s twist, they also had to deal with sexy robots from a ‘paradise world’ named Piri. To face this onslaught, the crew used a dazzling array of high-tech hardware that included ‘Commlock Locator Beams’ and ‘Queller Drive’ engines. These futuristic marvels were brought to life with state-of-the-art special effects that lifted the cost of each episode into the stratosphere, making Space: 1999 the most expensive television series of its time.

Space: 1999 ended in 1978 after 48 episodes. Like many sci-fi shows of the time, the hour-long TV adventures were often re-edited into two-hour television films. These reconstituted films often included extra scenes and had titles like Alien Attack or Journey Into The Black Sun. No attempts have been made to revive Space: 1999 to date, but the show remains popular through syndication and videotape and DVD reissues. There are also several international fan sites dedicated to the show, proving that the interstellar journeys of Space: 1999 can still fire the imaginations of sci-fi fanatics all over the world.

broadcast details
UK / ITV – ITC – RAI – GA / 48×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 September 1975 – 1 May 1978

Creators: Gerry & Sylvia Anderson / Producers: Sylvia Anderson (Season 1), Fred Freiberger (Season 2) / Special Effects: Brian Johnson / Costume: Rudi Gernreich / Music: Barry Gray (Season 1), Derek Wadsworth (Season 2)

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Martin Landau as Commander John Koenig
Barbara Bain as Dr. Helena Russell
Barry Morse as Professor Victor Bergman (1975)
Catherine Schell as Maya (1976-77)
Nick Tate as Captain Alan Carter
Zienia Merton as Sandra Benes
Tony Anholt as Tony Verdeschi (1976-77)
Prentis Hancock as Paul Morrow (1975)
Clifton Jones as David Kano (1975)
Anton Phillips as Dr. Bob Mathias (1975-76)
Sarah Bullen as Operative Kate
John Hug as Bill Fraser (1976)
Barbara Kelly as Moonbase Alpha Computer (1975-76)
Jeffery Kissoon as Dr Ben Vincent (1976)
Yasuko Nagazami as Yasko (1976)
Suzanne Roquette as Tanya Alexandria (1975)

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Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)

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In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.

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ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen

crew details
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

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Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

crew details
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

crew details
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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