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Space: 1999

Specials 1999 - 1976

  • 1999-09-12T23:00:00Z on ITV
  • 50 mins
  • 12 hours, 30 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Drama

It's 1999 and Moonbase Alpha has been built on the Moon to safeguard the nuclear waste shipped from Earth. On September 13, 1999, disaster strikes and the nuclear waste explodes causing a chain reaction that hurls the Moon out of Earth's orbit and into deep space. The adventures of Space: 1999 begin.

35 episodes

Special 1 Message from Moonbase Alpha

  • 1999-09-12T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

The seven minute clip features only Zienia Merton reprising her role as Sandra Benes delivering a final message to Earth as the only crew member left while a massive exodus to a habitable planet takes place with the rest of the crew. This basically gave the series the finality it never had in its initial run.

Special 2 The Return of Victor Bergman

  • 2010-07-15T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Victor Bergman records a Moonbase Alpha status report from the Medical Center, seen in Command Center on his commlock. Helena had put him into stasis when his mechanical heart failed; he has now awoken and is cured. "To everything that might have been... to everything that might yet be." Filmed in 2002 before the death of actor Barry Morse, this short film was completed and first shown at the Journey To Where convention in Texas, USA, on Friday, 16 July 2010.

Special 3 Clapperboard - Space: 1999

  • 1975-10-12T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Presented by Chris Kelly, this documentary interviews Gerry Anderson and Brian Johnson on the set of Space: 1999. A large number of the models from the series are highlighted in the interview with Johnson

Special 4 Horizon - Space: 1999 SFX

  • 1974-12-23T00:00:00Z — 50 mins

BBC's science programme Horizon broadcast an edition called "How On Earth Do They Do That?", looking at film special effects from the series Space: 1999. The narration is read by BBC newsreader Richard Baker, with comments by SFX director Brian Johnson.

This interview with Brian Johnson was shot during the filming of the episode The A B Chrysalis, around June 1976. In 1999, Brian Johnson recorded a commentary for the DVD releases.

This interview with Brian Johnson was shot during the filming of Seed Of Destruction, around July 1976.

Special 7 Face of Eden

  • no air date — 50 mins

A FAN EDITED Video - Episode never happened. Scenes were edited together from several episodes

Special 8 Return to Moonbase Alpha

  • 2011-08-14T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Appears to be a fan-created video, featuring 48 minutes of video clips from the series and newly generated parts. --- Fan Film The Return to Moonbase Alpha is an attempt to bring closure to a wonderful show that ended before it should have. It is an episode made using various clips from the show, a few enhanced shots using elements from one shot and adding them to another, and a few totally new sequences.

Special 9 Destination Moonbase-Alpha

  • 1978-03-26T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

After an atomic explosion blasts the Moon out of Earth orbit, Moonbase Alpha drifts in space, with 300 people on board. When a rescue team from Earth arrives in a faster-than-light space ship, everyone is overjoyed that they can now return to Earth. But Moonbase Commander John Koenig, having undergone an experimental brain soothing process after receiving a concussion in a crash on the Lunar surface, sees not friends from Earth but gruesome monsters which have telepathically caused all others on Alpha to see an illusion of an Earth party. The aliens are desperate for radiation and plan to manipulate the Alphans into detonating nuclear waste on the Lunar surface, reducing the Moon and everyone on it to dust. Koenig must expose this conspiracy to save his people. [This is a film edit of the second season double episode "The Bringers of Wonder."]

Special 10 The Space: 1999 Documentary

  • 1996-07-31T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

In 1996, Fanderson released The Space: 1999 Documentary, a new 100 minute documentary in two parts. Some material was reused from the earlier Alphacon video (the Anderson, Bower and Kellett interviews), but the fan interviews, convention footage, and Hancock and Parsons interviews were dropped. The bulk of the material was new. In addition to the new interviews, there were clips from the series, clips from 1976 on-set interviews with Anderson, Freiberger, Landau, Bain, Schell and Wilson, and 1976 film of the SFX studio (the last also seen in the Alphacon video).

Special 11 Alien Attack

  • 1980-09-03T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

Compiled From Breakaway War Games

Special 12 Journey Through the Black Sun

  • 1982-09-12T23:00:00Z — 50 mins

made by ITC New York Compiled From Collision Course Black Sun

Special 13 Cosmic Princess

  • 1982-12-01T00:00:00Z — 50 mins

Compiled From The Metamorph Space Warp

Special 14 Space: Eternal

  • no air date — 50 mins

Fan Film Space: Eternal was meant to be for the fan to show the non-fan the best and essence of Space: 1999 in less than 10 minutes, without having to subject them to an entire episode (unless they really like you!). It was a way to spread the word, raise awareness, and ultimately revive interest.

Special 15 Orbiter: 1999

  • no air date — 50 mins

Fan Film 'Orbiter' is a free space flight simulator. Many people have created add-ons from NASA craft to Sci-fi models including several from Space:1999. This short video demonstrates its appeal.

Special 16 AlphaCon

  • 1991-01-01T00:00:00Z — 50 mins

In 1991, Tim Mallett and Glenn Pearce produced and directed Space: 1999 Alphacon the Video for the fan club Fanderson. With interviews shot at the Alphacon convention in Leeds, in November 1990, the one hour documentary described the making of the series. In addition to interviews and footage from the convention, there are clips from the series and from 1976 film of the SFX studio.

In 2015, Network Distributing in the UK created a special re-version of the episode into Season 1 format, which was premiered at the Andercon 2015 convention on June 13. This one-off experiment had a newly edited Barry Gray score (in place of Derek Wadsworth's music) and season 1 style opening credits complete with a "This Episode" montage of shots. It was later featured on Network's Season 2 blu-ray release with reaction varying from extremely positive (with some reviewers citing an improvement over the original) to underwhelming.

BBC Horizon Footage about 'Space:1999' for their show 'How on Earth Do They Do That?'..

In the late 1970s, an exhibition of costumes, models and props from Space: 1999 was mounted at Blackpool's Golden Mile Centre. Part of the display included a specially made short film that appeared on a television monitor.

As with several previous Gerry Anderson TV series, Lyons Maid produced a tie-in ice lolly. The Space: 1999 lolly continued a tradition which had begun way back with 'Fireball XL5' (Zoom) and had continued through the 1960s series including 'Stingray' (Sea-Jet), 'Thunderbirds' (Fab and Zoom), 'Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons' (Orbit) and 'Joe 90' (Zoom).

Released in 1979, 'Alien Attack' comprised two first season episodes, 'Breakaway' and 'War Games' edited together with newly-shot framing scenes.

Released in 1979, 'Alien Attack' comprised two first season episodes, 'Breakaway' and 'War Games' edited together with newly-shot framing scenes.

Released in 1979, 'Alien Attack' comprised two first season episodes, 'Breakaway' and 'War Games' edited together with newly-shot framing scenes.

Special 26 These Episodes

  • no air date — 50 mins

In addition to the two re-edited featurettes from the Documentary, the Network DVD boxset contained a new documentary featurette, These Episodes, with new interviews. The interviewees are shown composited over backgrounds from the series. An expanded version appears on the Network Blu-ray boxset released in 2010.

Special 27 Memories Of Space

  • no air date — 50 mins

This documentary has the same interviewees and style as the These Episodes feature. It first appeared on the Network Blu-ray boxset released in 2010.

In 2005, the Network DVD boxset was released. The "extras" disc contained two featurettes edited from the 1996 documentary. Concept and Creation is taken from the opening of the documentary.

Special 29 SFX and Design

  • no air date — 50 mins

In 2005, the Network DVD boxset was released. The "extras" disc contained two featurettes edited from the 1996 documentary. SFX and Design extracts the Keith Wilson, Brian Johnson and Martin Bower interviews. The same features appear on the Network Blu-ray boxset released in 2010.

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain recorded one promo, in 1970s suits, the backdrop a massive panorama of the waste disposal area 2 in Breakaway. This promo was recorded for the US premiere on San Francisco Channel 4, but others were produced for other major US stations.

Special 32 Alien Attack (1976)

  • no air date — 50 mins

This TV movie consists of several episodes of the British TV series Space: 1999. The plot revolves around the members of an experimental lunar station and what happens when the moon is suddenly blasted out of Earth's orbit and hurtles through space. It was edited from scenes of two episodes ("Breakaway" and "War Games").

In this British made-for-television sci-fi thriller, the moon seems to be headed for disaster after a nuclear explosion sends it out of orbit and heading for a black sun. Some stranded moon-base personnel may be doomed -- unless someone comes to their rescue. This TV movie was edited from scenes of the two episodes "Collision Course" and "The Black Sun" of the TV series.

As a one-off experiment, utilising the same original separate audio elements that were available to the editors at the time, a series 2 episode has been re-versioned into a series 1 format incorporating a newly edited Barry Gray score.