The Catacombs Catacombs Press Guide
TV Clips
Compiled by Martin Willey

Video View

1992 12:30am Wed Feb 26th ITV
Interview with Gerry Anderson to tie in with release of ITC "Space: 1999" Videos ("we'll be talking to Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson about his predictions for the future in "Space: 1999"). However, the bulk of the interview (by presenter Mariella Frostrup) concerned Thunderbirds. Sleeve cover of volume 1 was shown, but no clips. "Do you see Space: 1999 as the forerunner for things like Star Wars and Close Encounters and all the latter day science fiction great big features?" "I'm sure that they were. In retrospect I think my problem was that my vision of the future was everybody was spotlessly clean, wearing deodorants and nicely pressed clothes, and stainless steel and everything sanitised, and the show has that kind of look. But it was a show which combined people with special effects, and then of course came Star Wars which was people of today put in tomorrow's setting, and they achieved a believability which triggered the whole thing. But I think that Space: 1999 and UFO and those sort of shows certainly paved the way."

Movies, Movies, Movies

1993 11:30am Sat Jan 16th ITV
Preview of Space 1999 volume 9, due out the following Monday. 50-second sequence was cut from "Missing Link" titles, starting with the Eagle fall. Steve Preistley's narration was: "More of the classic space saga from the team that made Thunderbirds... Space 1999. As usual, Commander Koenig's life is in danger, but this time he's unsafely tucked up in the Moonbase Alpha sickbay, having some serious dreams about spiderwebs and Victor." Then followed a short clip of Koenig calling to Victor ("Help me, Victor") from his chair in the nightmare sequence (the theme tune was played over). The breakaway clips from the titles then concluded the item.

The Little Picture Show

1993 2:40am Wed Feb 24th HTV (various times during night-time ITV)
Hour long programme covering film & video releases, hosted by Mariella Frostrup. A short silent clip of Zantor speaking in the ship ends part 2 of the programme: "In part 3, when I won't be talking to Christopher Lee about vampires; it's aliens this time." Part 3 opens with a long if vacuous interview with Christopher Lee in the studio, with generous clips from "Earthbound"; the segment lasts 4 minutes 35 seconds.
MF: "Well, you may think that Christopher Lee has only ever been a vampire, but I chanced across him only the other day in a very different guise."
Clip of Zantor, changing to the series title, the falling Eagle and the "this episode" montage. MF narrates over: "Yes, it's Thunderbird creator Gerry Anderson's Space 1999, and yes that was Christopher Lee. He was guest alien of the week way back in 1974."
Studio. MF: "And he's guest alien this week here in the studio with me. Christopher, I know that the reason you took the part in Space 1999 was because you got to wear a long white wig and a sort of frock-effect. But do you want to tell our viewers something else?"
CL (embarrassed smile): "Are you implying that I'm a repressed transvestite?"
MF: "You and J. Edgar Hoover"
CL: "So they say. No, it was an interesting thing to do because, I think I'm right in saying, it was almost the first British science fiction television series, British in so far as it was made in Pinewood." (clip of Zantor asleep as the bed pulsates, & the aliens wake and sit up) "And we, as I recall, this is something like 19 years ago, were aliens who were in a state of suspended animation, you know, lying inside these great big circular...well, I don't know what you'd call them, sarcoph.."
MF: "Sort of like glass coffins, weren't they?"
CL: "Yes, that's right. And the sort of thing they've used in films like Alien since. You might say that this sort of film, this kind of series, proceeded a great many of the science fiction films and television which came later." (studio:) "It's the first time that I've played an alien from outer space, and, uh.."
MF: "Is it the only time?"
CL: "I can't remember quite frankly...I think.. No, it isn't the only time. It's the first time on T.V. No, I played one before in a picture I did with Vincent Price called, oh yes, a very subtle witty title, 'Scream and Scream Again'. And I was the head of British Intelligence who came from outer space. Which might not be far from the truth of course."
(Clip of Helena & Zantor in Medical; Zantor's "Cryogenic deep freezing we found to be inadequate..." to "but the flavour fades." Clip continues as CL narrates over:) "The clothes were fascinating actually because we weren't like they are today or have been for the last 10 or 15 or 20 years, we weren't creatures who were unrecognisable."
MF: "Absolutely not."
CL: "We were to all intents and purposes more or less normal human beings." (studio:) "Of course, everyone was very very tall, including the girls."
MF: "The girls looked very striking."
CL: "They were. They were. And very charming too. And gives one a little bit of hope for the future, if you can explore space and find girls like that." (laughs)
(clip: Zantor distributing eggs. "Please accept these gifts" to "memorials of our fading life". Clip continues as CL narrates) "I don't believe that we're the only people. I believe that there are forms of thinking beings. There have been so many authenticated, confirmed sightings by professional experienced people over the years of U.F.Os." (studio:) "It's not possible in my opinion to say that such things... I mean, airline pilots, with witnesses, astronomers, military people, people in ordinary homes in ordinary parts of the world have all seen these things. And I can't believe that the whole thing is just something that they thought they saw, it was an hallucination, something they made up. So if there are space machines of some sort, there is thought behind the creation of those machines, therefore there is as I said earlier, no reason to believe there aren't thinking beings elsewhere."
(Clip of the breakaway explosion and rest of titles concludes segment).

The Little Picture Show

1993 2:20am Wed July 22st HTV (various times during night-time ITV)
Short feature on the earliest video recorders allowing taping from television, illustrated by title clips from "Earthbound".

The Comic Strip Presents...

1993 21:00-21:30 Thurs 29th April BBC2
Episode "Space Virgins From The Planet Sex". Parody of bad science fiction. Opening shots of space scenes from 1999 credits, including the blue moon.

Spitting Image

1993 22:45-23:15 Sun 13th June ITV
Satirical puppet show. Sketch featuring short action clips from Westerns and car chases to satirise home videos: "Just when you thought it was time for the film... it's time for the trailers". Includes several FX shots from UFO and 2 seconds from 1999 (first part in "fast forward"): scene shows lunar surface, with launch pad left as rocks roll down a steep lunar hill right.

Movies, Movies, Movies

1993 12:30-13:00 Sat Jul 3rd ITV
"Spies and Space Special", featuring 1960s & 1970s series from Polygram & ITC videos, plus short interviews with Gerry Anderson & fans at the Action 93 convention. Narration by Steve Preistley. Introduction to show included two seconds from The Exiles (without sound: Mirella screaming, Helena calling "You can't win, your protective membrane..."). Ten minutes into show, just before commercial break, and following a Sapphire & Steel clip, the 1999 segment appeared. The first 25 seconds comprised the Year 2 logo shot and the Missing Link title sequence, from the falling Eagle (with Year 1 theme). The 'This Episode' frames were replaced by shots of, first, Bergman (Barry Morse's credit, without text), and second a planet (Gerry Anderson's credit, without text). There followed a 55 second clip from The Exiles: Cantar fires a laser after a running Helena; she ducks and calls "You're getting old, Cantar". Scene continues until she explains "Every second you're ageing 10 years." He looks at his hand; she calls "Cantar" & he turns; scene fades out.
Narration: "By racing from zero to 1999, we find ourselves firmly in outer space, with Gerry Anderson's Space 1999. Sporting a natty line in acrylic suits, between 1975 and 1977 the crew of Moonbase Alpha travelled through space on the surface of the moon, which had been blown way off it's orbit by a nuclear explosion or two. Crossing the frontiers of human knowledge, the crew discovered strange new worlds, alien life forms and maximum adventure."
On screen text noted "Vols 1-14 out on video now"

The Little Picture Show

1994 02:20-03:30 Wed 27th July ITV
Comedian Stephen Frost reviews a number of videos marking the anniversary of the first moon landing. He holds ITC volume 19.
"The best guy for space special effects- Gerry Anderson."
Clip from titles of "Earthbound": logo, Eagle crashes, episode montage (14 secs)
"This is Space 1999, which is in 5 years time I might add. If we believe Gerry Anderson, we're all going to be living on the Moon and wearing clothes from C&A. Because in those days- or those days to come- they weren't very fashion conscious."
Clip from Dorzak in Command Centre. Yasko: "It's changed course", Tony: "Heading?" "Directly towards us." to Sahala: "Urgent. We require permission to land." (21 seconds)
"Space 1999. Great nostalgia. Gripping plots. Great fun. Make sure you make a space for this on your video shelf. That's an astronaut's joke."

The Aliens Are Coming

1997 21:00 Sat 21st June ITV
Jonathan Ross introduces a short collection of clips of the worst aliens ever to come out of Hollywood: including various Lost In Space aliens, the Daleks and a clip from Bringers Of Wonder when Tony and Sandra see the globs in Command Centre for the first time and scream.

Space Cadets

1997 18:00-18:30 Tue 26th August Channel 4
Humorous science fiction quiz. One question shows a clip and asks "What happens next?". The clip was "Bringers Of Wonder part 1", Tony talking to Diana watched by jealous Maya. The team suggested "she turns into a frog faced monster" (Craig Charles), "she turns Tony into John Inman and he starts chatting himself up" (Felix Dexter and Ed Bishop). They then showed her changing into the bug eyed monster.

Equinox: Black Holes

1997 21:00-22:00 Mon 8th September Channel 4
Science documentary series, feature on black holes with Professor Stephen Hawking and other scientists. To illustrate the principles of black holes, clips from "Into Infinity" and "Space:1999"'s "Black Sun" were shown (and "The Simpsons"!). The Black Sun sequences were of Bergman explaining to Koenig and the others about black holes, and Ryan's Eagle being stretched and exploding.

Space Cadets

1997 18:00-18:30 Tue 9th September Channel 4
"Humorous" science fiction quiz. One team must decide which of the three explanations of a prop given by the opposing team is correct. The prop is similar to a Main Mission lampshade, with a purple surface over the lamp canopy. The three explanations were a defence barrier, space bongos and a Space 1999 communicator. The last was described by actor Robert Llewellyn, who pointed out the show spent all the money on models and had none left over for props, and did an impression of Martin Landau calling for his agent over the lampshade. Bizarrely, the correct explanation was the 1999 communicator- illustrated by a clip of Alan calling Paul from Space Brain ("Main Mission." "Eagle Four here."), with Paul at his desk as if answering the lampshade.

Space Cadets

1997 18:00-18:30 Tue 16th September Channel 4
Humorous science fiction quiz. One team must decide which of the three explanations of a prop given by the opposing team is correct. The prop is two long rat tails. The three explanations were Maya's eyebrows, space fluff from Blake's Seven and ear worms from Star Trek Wraith of Khan. The first was described by actor Chloe Annett. Bizarrely, the correct explanation was Maya's eyebrows- illustrated by a clip of Maya from Bringers Of Wonder just about to transform into Diana's monster. As Annett pointed out, Maya's eyebrows were about a quarter of the length of the "props".

La Nuit Special Cosmos 1999

1999 13th September Série Club (France)
Série Club ("Club series") is themed French satellite/ cable channel, which has run since 1993. It shows television series in all genres from science fiction to police series. It had a special "Space 1999 Night" on 13 September 1999, showing several episodes. There was also a documentary presented by Sophie Simon (sitting in a Joe Colombo Elda armchair, with black cushions instead of white as seen in the series). The show featured many clips from the series (including scenes from War Games, Mission Of The Darians, The Metamorph and Matter Of Balance), as well as scenes from Thunderbirds and UFO plus short clips from Anderson's other shows. It included a new interview with Martin Landau.

Sophie Simon Sophie Simon Martin Landau


1999 23:35 EST Thur 30th December ABC (USA)
Documentary segment "The Future That Wasn't" discussed wrong predictions of the future, including some comments on the clothing of the future. During this they showed about 30 seconds from Space: 1999 (unknown episode) over which Martin Landau narrated how the Alphan costumes used colour sleeves for identification.

Mr Thunderbird

2000 20:00-21:00 Sun 27th August Channel 5 (UK)
Documentary about Gerry Anderson's career. Some of the interviews were from Kindred's UFO and Space 1999 documentaries.

Gerry Anderson: The first 17 episodes [of UFO] we led the ratings in New York and Los Angeles, which are the two key markets in America. So it was hugely successful. The American office phoned through and said Gerry, quick, we want a second series. We started to get ready for a second series. And then for some reason or other the ratings dipped a little, which they always do on shows. They panicked and told Lew to cancel the series.

I was very upset so I went to see Lew and I said, look, we've done a lot of work and I reckon I could twist this around and make it into another science fiction show.

[Eagle falls, titles and scenes from War Games, Guardian Of Piri, Dragon's Domain, The Metamorph, New Adam New Eve, Space Warp]

Abe Mandell, the president of Lew's company in New York, phoned and said 'I want you to do something to the show that will make it impossible for you to shoot a show on Earth.' So we blew the Moon out of orbit.

[breakaway sequence]

Dave Lane: There was no series shooting in England that carried the amount of effects that we did.

[behind the scenes shot of Brian fixing beak to Eagle, green lit from below]

Alan Hume, director of photography: Brain Johnson, he did some brilliant work on very modest budgets. Okay, take major American film productions, they'd spend a fortune on special effects and getting some marvelous special effects. But I think Brian Johnson was making it for about one twentieth of their budget and getting very, very good looking stuff.

[shot of Eagle launching and being shot by Hawk]

Brian Johnson, special effects designer and director: It was a big challenge to effectively do a feature film job on a television series, incorporating a lot of space fiction shots and things, which I wanted to do.

We gave it that real hard space edge sort of look, which for T.V. production was quite new.

[shot of War Games bomber passing overhead]
[Eagle is shot by Gwent]
[shot by Nick Allder testing light under Eagle firing vertical rockets, suspended over green planet]
[Eagle leaves Missing Link planet]

Gerry Anderson: We were always short of money when we were trying to make the very best pictures we could. And we had to get up to all sorts of tricks. These things are nothing special today, but when we wanted to film explosions in space, we used to have a black roof in the special effects studio, hang the charge from the roof, put the camera on the floor shooting upwards and then detonate the charge, and of course stuff used to fall into camera.

[space dock explodes]

[Koenig's speech in Breakaway: As you know our Moon has been blasted out of orbit. We have been completely cut off from planet Earth.]

Martin Landau: Very unlike Star Trek, we were not really equipped to go out into deep space like that. We were not able to if we wanted to. The fact that this enormous accident happened and thrust us into a condition that we were neither technologically nor emotionally ready for was fascinating to me, and that was the intention in the first year. It was a real condition. It was new, it didn't look like anything else, it didn't feel like anything else, it was it's own person.

[shot of Eagle in orbit around Arkadia, Satazius over Alpha, astronauts struck by Triton probe]

I will say that in the second year it did become more of a comic strip.

[Taybor reaches for Maya's leg. "The sign of friendship on my planet, Maya.." She places a claw on his leg.]

Gerry Anderson: At the time of the second series of Space 1999 my life with Sylvia was becoming totally untenable.


2001 00:35-01:05 Sun 8th April Channel 4 (UK)
This documentary series about British science fiction looked at Gerry Anderson, J G Ballard and Ridley Scott in the episode "Sex Machines", about the British obsession with machines. The programme featured clips from UFO and Space Warp (including the Eagle crash and Alan fighting the Maya animal on the lunar surface). Gerry Anderson was interviewed, but did not talk about Space 1999. The pristine, Utopian Moonbase was contrasted with the dirty, blue collar technology of Alien and Blade Runner.

Top Ten TV 2100-2240

2001 Sat 13th October Channel 4 (UK)
This segment of the series ranked the ten "top" science fiction series, placing Space 1999 at number ten. There were brief interviews with Gerry Anderson, Catherine Schell and Nick Tate. Full transcript.

Malcolm In The Middle episode 304- "Malcolm's Girlfriend"

2001 28 November, Fox (USA)
Comedy series. Not a clip, but a brief mention of the show. One of a group of geeky kids in the playground says they will be watching a Space 1999 marathon on the Sci Fi Channel. (thanks to Shane).

Futurama, episode "Where No Fan Has Gone Before"


2002 21st April (USA)
Comic animation series. In the future, all Star Trek fans have been banished to Omega 3. This spaceship has a familiar design...

Daily Show, Comedy Central

2002 29th April (USA)
One of the headlines was about Mark Shuttleworth and his $20 million trip to the Space Station this week. The headline title was Space: $19,999,999, done in the same style as the show titles. (Thanks to Patrick Zimmerman)

The Simpsons, episode DABF21 - "Helter Shelter"

2002 Sun 1st December, Fox (USA)
Series 14 of the comic animation series. When the Simpsons stay with Comic Book Guy, there is a toy Hawk on his shelves.

Simpsons Hawk Simpsons Hawk- close up Simpson Hawk

Before They Were Famous

2002 Thurs 26th December, 10.55 - 11.35, BBC1 (UK)
There was a short section on the early appearances of famous faces in sci fi programmes - Doomwatch, Blakes 7, Dr Who etc. A clip from Force of Life was taken to show a young Ian McShane, as he gives up trying to get in to the nuclear generating area, Carter comes forward and shoots him, and he explodes and falls to the floor. Once all the clips were shown, presenter Angus Deayton made a comment like 'Just goes to show that in the future, our guns will be shaped like stapleguns, and they won't kill anyone, merely cook them.' The clip then played again. Then, he seemed to 'remember' an earlier clip of a KFC promotional film starring Gaby Roslin. The clip played again, this time with a voice over from Roslin 'How do you get it so crispy and tasty?' (Thanks to Chris Dale)


2004 7th June BBC 3
(By Stephen Herbert) In Episode #5/Series 4 (entitled "The Naked Living Room" from 2004) of the British relationship comedy series of "Coupling" there is a scene whereby the erratic, disaster-prone character of "Oliver" (played by Richard Mylan) is being questioned by the scatty, yet gorgeous, "Jane" (played by Gina Bellman) over Oliver's bachelor-flat that consists of mostly sci-fi and pornographic materials.

Approximately 17 minutes into the cosmopolitan goings-on of this episode, Jane goes into Oliver's kitchen to apparently make some tea, but she comes out naked, standing in front of Oliver to show him what 'real' nakedness is! She quips.. "How's this for naked?", and you get the first glance of something very Space 1999 as the camera pans closer to Oliver.

You get shots of Oliver's shelves that are full of sci-fi/fantasy paraphernalia, but what is most noticeable on his shelf is a very well-looked-after Space 1999 Metal Lunchbox (made by the King-Seeley Thermos Co. USA in the 1970s) which is very prominent as you view the Captain John Koenig side for several shots during the interactive dialogue between the two.

Oliver is stumbling over his words and attempting to regain some composure of viewing Jane in the flesh, but considering the proliferation of bigger name-brand toys on the marketplace (from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc) it comes as a big surprise for '99 fans to actually stumble upon this!

All the seasons of "Coupling" are available in DVD box-set on BBC now.

Ultimate Sci-Fi Top 10: Aliens

2004 Mon 20th September, 8pm, Sky One (UK satellite)
Second in a series of three "top 10" programmes. A panel of "experts", including Gerry Anderson, selected a shortlist of 30 aliens, robots and sci-fi moments, from which the top ten were voted by viewers.
Maya was voted to number 5. Full transcript

Midnight Oil "Best of Both Worlds" music video

2004 music video for Australian rock band Midnight Oil
The music video is based on footage from a 1985 concert, with space themed imagery including real rocket launches and crude effects. At the 3:11 mark, a spinning Airfix/MPC Eagle is seen being blown up, apparently by fireworks.

The 40 Year Old Virgin

2005 film directed by Judd Apatow
The title character, played by Steve Carell, collects action figures. Among his collection are the Mattel Koenig and Bergman, which can be seen in the display cases when his friend drops off a large box of pornography. Thanks to Charles McEvoy.

24 series 4

Hit US TV series starring Kiefer Sutherland, in the 4th (2005) season.
In the 11th episode, first aired February 28, 2005, we see an office of a company called "IDS Systems". The logo seen in the background is a plan of Moonbase Alpha.


009-01 (ゼロゼロナイン・ワン)

Japan, Episode 12, 21 December 2006

A 12-episode Japanese anime series based on Shotaro Ishinomori's manga series about a female cyborg secret agent. Episode 12, "Daybreak", features a spaceship crashing into the Moon. The spaceship design is an Eagle. Later in the episode is Mac's car from Gerry Anderson's Joe 90 (complete with flying sequence), the Magnacopter and the Mysteron city from Captain Scarlet and Shado mobiles from UFO. Another episode contains Thunderbirds 5 from Thunderbirds. Thanks to Ekmar Brand.

Eagle Eagle Mac's car Mysteron city Shado mobiles

Parallel Worlds: A User's Guide

2006 Mon 28th November, 9pm, BBC4 (part of BBC4's "Timeshift" strand)
The programme uses clips from "Another Time, Another Place" (and the song "Another Girl, Another Planet"!). We see the Moon, Regina, Koenig and Bergman all being split into two, and Regina's visions of confronting her mirror self. Strangely enough, the narration makes no mention of the origin of these clips, which could lead some viewers wondering what it is they had been seeing. Thanks to Chris Moore.

Stand By For Action (part 2)

2007 Mon 3rd November, Film 24
Documentary on the career of Gerry Anderson. Based around an interview with Gerry, it includes a short interview with Catherine Schell. Full transcript

EDF Energy Commercial: Read, Reduce, Reward

2008 January, UK commercial channels
30 second UK advertisment for the electricity supplier EDF Energy. As the final caption reads "This commerical is made from recycled TV clips". Clips include Bugs Bunny, The Saint and Pingu. All are silent under the commercial narration and music ("There's a company that rewards customers for using less of it's product") with the one exception - a 1 second clip of Koenig and Helena from War Games in the Eagle cockpit as Koenig says "... keep us guessing...".

All About Thunderbirds

2008 2 January 21:10-22:10 BBC4 (a UK digital channel);
Sunday 28 December 2008 18:10-19:10 BBC2 (UK broadcast channel)
Broadcast as part of a "Thunderbirds Night" (first on the digital channel BBC4, then the mainstream channel BBC2 as part of the Christmas schedule). Directed by Jeff Simpson, and narrated by Jack Davenport, this documentary focused on the career of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, particularly on Thunderbirds. Interviews included both Gerry and Sylvia, Shane Rimmer, Keith Wilson and others (including a few not involved in the original productions, such as Nick Park, creator of Wallace and Gromit).
The documentary finished with Space: 1999, which was covered only briefly (just over a minute), with only Keith Wilson commenting (an Eagle shown behind him). Clips were from the Year 1 titles and Mission Of The Darians.
Narrator (Describing working with live action in UFO): "It was a group up world, and Gerry and his crew were over the Moon. Meanwhile, another dream had been realised."
Archive footage of Neil Armstrong: "It's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind"
Keith Wilson: "Before the moon landing, we really didn't know what it was like. This was the first time we'd ever seen, like everyone else, outer space. It was actually rather dull."
1999 titles: Space 1999 title- card, and Eagle falls.
Narrator: "So in the search for adventure, the only option was to send the moon itself into the outer reaches of the universe."
1999 titles: explosions on moon surface, breakaway shots.
Keith Wilson Keith Wilson: "It was wonderful to work with real actors, particularly on Space 1999 we had guest stars that you would die for. I remember having to design an outfit for Joan Collins. Unbelievable! When I look at the design, it was naff to say the least, but at the time it wasn't. She was incredible. I've never seen a woman so beautiful. Her legs were extraordinary. This was really exciting, this was film making."
Background footage: Kara explains to Koenig in the Darian recovery room.
Kara: "A million years of civilization gone. What future do we have now?"
Footage: end of titles as Moon leaves Earth. Narrator: "Space 1999 ended in 1977, by which time Gerry and Sylvia had split up and their crew had flown the nest, out making their mark in the big wide world.

The Universe- Deep Space Disasters


2008 November 11, The History Channel (US)
An hour long science-fact episode of the series showed various threats in space, including solar flares, meteorites, and more speculative potential disasters such as antimatter rockets exploding. To illustrate this last disaster, computer graphics showed a rocket taking off- the rocket's design is clearly a Hawk from the Space: 1999 episode War Games, seen from the underside. The Hawk rocket then blows up, over a city (why antimatter rockets have to be launched next to a city isn't discussed). Actually the scenario discussed is close to the episode Voyager's Return.

How TV Ruined Your Life Episode 5: Progress

2011 March 1 Tue 22:00, BBC 2
Comedy series presented and written by Charlie Brooker using archive clips to show the "gulf between real life and television". Episode 5 covered technology and science, including the historic context of the NASA moon landings. Clips of UFO (titles) and Space: 1999 (title card, Breakaway and series titles of the breakaway) were shown.

Brooker: "After mounting a lengthy campaign in it's honour, TV now started to wonder if progress was such a good thing after all."
Announcer: "The totally unforeseen accident on the lunar surface has caused very serious repercussions here on Earth."
Brooker: "Hence the likes of Space 1999, a depressing vision of a future not worth bothering with, in which the moon had become an industrial waste dump manned by accident prone space lackeys so incompetent they caused a massive nuclear accident which sent the entire meaningless chalky bauble spinning off into deep space with a bunch of angry looking middle aged people in unflattering lycra stuck to it."

Seat Leon car advert

2013, Q1 and Q2, North America and Europe

Not a direct series reference, but this 2013 car advert featured a toy that was clearly inspired by an Eagle. The advert shows a young boy playing with his spaceship, until he discards it in favour of a ride in the new third generation Seat Leon. The spaceship toy has a front command module, a module main body, large rear rockets, a top spine, and leg pods (at least in the front).

The Big Bang Theory

2014 October 20, CBS (USA): "The Expedition Approximation" and following episodes in season 8

The cult sitcom included an appearance of the Round 2 Eagle model, with the box cover clearly visible. The kit appears in the set of Howard and Bernadette's apartment, which includes various other model rockets. The kit is only partially built (without the command module), and the pod is oddly painted in red.

Brian Cox: Space, Time and Videotape

2014 November 9 Sunday 21:00-22:00 BBC4

Professor Brian Cox is joined by two of his heroes, the actor Brian Blessed and Professor Alice Roberts. On the agenda are his TV idols from both science fiction and science fact. Cox and Roberts are well-known academics and TV presenters. The program largely focuses on historic science presenters including Raymond Burke, Patrick Moore and Carl Sagan, and also shows clips of science fiction, including Brian Blessed in Dr Who, Blakes 7 and Space: 1999. Clips from both Metamorph (47 seconds in 4 clips), and Death's Other Dominion (42 seconds in 4 clips) are shown. Afterwards Cox states that Space: 1999 was his favourite show as a child.

Clip 1 (36 minutes into program, 20 seconds): Mentor on Big Screen: "I am Mentor, of the planet Psychon" to shot of Maya/lion "a familiar argument, Commander. One that has caused the death of millions of our people."

Clip 2 (follows immediately, 10 seconds), Mentor passes in front of Maya/lion, "What do you think of these Alphans, Maya?". Maya transforms.

Clip 3 (follows immediately, 5 seconds). Mentor: "I teach you the priceless art of molecular transformation and see how you use it - foolish games."

Clip 4 (follows immediately, 10 seconds). Maya goes to Mentor. "I'd help you in your work if you'd like." "Oh, no, no, no, there is a great deal about the work that I do that you do not understand as yet." "Oh, father- " "Ah, ah, ah, ah..not yet."

Fade out, and fade into Rowland leading others onto balcony: "There!", immediate cut to Phoenix. 5 seconds.

Clip 6 (follows immediately). Rowland has his arms around Bergman and Helena. "Unencumbered by death, we shall leap from planet to planet, from solar system to solar system, from galaxy to galaxy! We shall be as gods in the Universe! Gods." 12 seconds.

Clip 7 (follows immediately, 5 seconds). Rowland sits next to Helena in Eagle. "Alphans and Thulians will walk together into the future." He takes her hand. Rest of line cut.

Clip 8 (follows immediately). Koenig and Alan in Eagle cockpit. They hear Helena scream. They leave. They run into passenger module. Koenig runs to Helena. Close up of taking corpse hand from hers, camera pans up to Rowland's corpse. Alan looks away. Koenig holds Helena, Rowland's corpse in foreground.

Cox: "I love Space 1999. I've got a Space 1999 outfit."
Roberts: "Have you?"
Cox: "Yeah, I had one made. For my 10th wedding anniversary party, honestly. It was fancy dress and that was my favourite television show when I was growing up. It's good science fiction, Space 1999. Well written."
Blessed: "It is. Space 1999 is very well written, yes."

Thunderbirds Are Go episode "Relic"

2015 November 7 Sat 8:30, ITV

The 15th episode of the New Zealand children's series was based on a moonbase on the far side of the moon, which is destroyed by a meteorite shower. The base is named "Shadow Moonbase Alpha", and as the name suggests, the design includes elements of Gerry Anderson's UFO (a geodesic dome in the centre) and Space: 1999 (a wheel and spoke layout). The series is made with model sets and computer generated characters, so the moonbase was a real model. Unfortunately the model photography lacks depth of field, looking small and toy-like.

Endeavour episode "Apollo"

2019 February 17, ITV

The second episode of the sixth series of the police series set in the 1960s. This episode, directed by star Shaun Evans, features a production company making a puppet science fiction series, clearly based on Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's Thunderbirds. The puppet show in this episode is called "Moon Rangers" ("it's a sort of Bonanza in space"), and one scene shows an unseen puppet character called "Barbara" who is lost on the "dark side" of the Moon. One shot is a very specific Space: 1999 reference. We see a wall map of the Moon (actually the near side of the Moon, not the "dark side") with Mare Vaporum, Sinus Aestuum and the Montes Apenninus and Montes Carpatus marked. Below the Apennine mountains (in the unmarked Mare Insularum), is a large plan of Moonbase Alpha. The shot occurs about 20 minutes into the episode. We see a bit more of the map 10 minutes later, when we see a second Moonbase Alpha plan in the Mare Serenitatis.

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