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Star Cops (BBC Two 1987, David Calder, Jonathan Adams)

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Scifi drama series Star Cops was set in the year 2027, where Nathan Spring, working for the International Space Police Force, tries to keep law and order on the moon.

It’s 2027, and manned space explorations are finally underway. The world’s powers are developing space for industrial research, trade, mining military purposes and political prestige. There are now five major space stations, a base on the Moon, a small colony on Mars, and numerous satellites, all linked by space shuttles. So far, there has been little crime to speak of, and a few engineers, traffic controllers and scientists on each outpost have simply been paid a little extra to maintain law and order as and when necessary.

Unfortunately, the bungling inefficiency of these amateur detectives has turned the International Space Police Force into a worldwide laughing-stock, and earned them the nickname ‘Star Cops’. But space settlement is expanding, and it is felt that the force now needs a superhero, a professional who can give it some credibility and control the increasing crime rate.

production details
UK | BBC Two / 9×50 minutes / Broadcast 6 July – 31 August 1987

Creator: Chris Boucher
Script Editor: Joanna Willit
Theme Music: Justin Hayward
Video Effects: Robin Lobb
Design: Dick Coles, Malcolm Thornton
Producer: Evgeny Gridneff

cast
David Calder as Nathan Spring
Jonathan Adams as Alexander
Trevor Cooper as Colin Devis
Erick Ray Evans as David Theroux
Sayo Inabo as Anna
Linda Newton as Pal Kenzy