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Around The World

South Africa

by Steven van der Merwe; episode list by Shaqui

Space: 1999 (Y1) was shown in the late seventies by the South African Broadcasting Corporation - at the time the only TV broadcaster in the country and operated by the state, and broadcasting countrywide.

The Afrikaans-dubbed version we saw here was called "Alpha 1999" - with just a space in-between Alpha and 1999.

Hover your mouse over the asterisks below for notes *Further comments will appear in a pop up

Nr Date (Fridays) Afrikaans Title Translation Original Title

1

15 April 1977

Wentelbaan

Winding Course *(literal translation - possibly a variation
on 'Turning Point', the episode's working title?
Colloquial translation is 'Finishing Stretch' of a race)

Breakaway

2

22 April 1977

Alpha Kind

Alpha Child

Alpha Child

3

29 April 1977

Die Dood Se Ander Ryk

Death Will Reach Others *(literal translation)

Death's Other Dominion

4

6 May 1977

'n Kwissie Van Lewe Of Dood

A Matter of Life and Death

Matter of Life and Death

5

13 May 1977

Ruimtebrein

Space Brain

Space Brain

6

20 May 1977

No title given *(episode identified by listing description)

?

War Games

7

27 May 1977

Bewaker Van Piri

Awakening of Piri

Guardian of Piri

8

3 June 1977

No title given *(episode identified by listing description)

?

End of Eternity

9

10 June 1977

Die Laaste Sonsondergang

The Last Sunset

The Last Sunset

10

17 June 1977

Die Draak Se Gebied

The Dragon's Region

Dragon's Domain

11

24 June 1977

Voyager Se Terugkeer

Voyager is Coming Back

Voyager's Return

12

25 November 1977

Die Gevaarlike Masjien

The Dangerous Machine

The Infernal Machine

13

2 December 1977

Testament Van Arkadia

Testament of Arcadia

The Testament of Arcadia

14

9 December 1977

No title or description given

?

16 December 1977

Not listed

15

23 December 1977

Die Volle Kringloop

The Full Circle *(kring is 'circle' but 'kringloop' is a circular walkway)

Full Circle

16

30 December 1977

Botsingkoers

Crash Course

Collision Course

17

6 January 1978

'n Vreemde Lewenskrag

A Strange Being

Force of Life

18

13 January 1978

Die Vermiste Skakel

The Lost Connection

Missing Link

19

20 January 1978

Ander Tyd, Ander Plek

Other Time, Other Place

Another Time, Another Place

20

27 January 1978

Bestemming, Die Arde

Destination Earth

Earthbound

21

3 February 1978

Kring Om Die Moon

Circle Round The Moon

Ring Around The Moon

22

10 February 1978

Die Swart Son

The Black Sun

Black Sun

Steven van der Merwe writes Y2 followed several years later (also dubbed into Afrikaans), but at the time I was unpleasantly surprised by the change of direction in the show, and only watched it on the odd occasion. So I can't remember much of Y2's broadcast.

Shaqui has uncovered the followed short run for Alpha 1999 Year 2 in 1984. This list may not be complete, but no further listings were found into 1985. The first episode was listed as Alpha '99 with the following episodes Alpha 1999, although the 2 June 1984 episode was under the title Alfa 1999. Scheduling information is unknown for 14 July 1984, and the 21 July slot was taken by the pilot of T J Hooker. Just 11 or 12 episodes were shown. Rules of Luton was shown (or at least scheduled) twice (just a month apart).

Number Date (Saturdays) Afrikaans Title Translation Original Title

1

21 April 1984 7:09pm

Unknown but probably The Metamorph

2

28 April 1984 7:09pm

Die Beta-Wolk

The Beta Cloud

The Beta Cloud

3

5 May 1984 7:08pm

'n Oomblik van Menslikheid

A Moment Of Humanity

One Moment Of Humanity

4

12 May 1984 7:09pm

Die Melkewegeklips

The Milky Way Eclipse

Journey To Where

5

19 May 1984 7:09pm

Skyn Bedreig

Mock Threat

All That Glisters

6

26 May 1984 7:07pm

Die Kainsmerk

The Mark of Cain

The Mark of Archanon

7

2 June 1984 7:07pm

Die Wette van Lutton

The Laws of Luton *The planet name is spelt Luton in the synopsis

The Rules of Luton

8

9 June 1984 7:08pm

Unknown episode

9

16 June 1984 7:08pm

Banie die Brein

Banie the Brain

Brian The Brain

10

23 June 1984 7:07pm

Unknown episode

11

30 June 1984 7:10pm

Unknown episode

12

7 July 1984 7:08pm

Die Wette van Lutton

The Laws of Luton

The Rules of Luton

13 ?

14 July 1984

To be scheduled

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Steven van der Merwe writes As far as I can recall, there was never much merchandising over here, but I do recall a S1999 cartoon strip published for a short period in the SABC's own weekly magazine called "Family Radio & TV", as well as in its Afrikaans language counterpart "Radio & TV Dagboek". (Dagboek = Diary). Neither magazine exists any more. The cartoon strip was almost certainly purchased on a syndication basis from overseas. One cartoon scene rings a bell - the Alphans encounter a planet which they think might be Earth, but the planet has been taken over by giant ants. (Perhaps this will assist you in establishing which cartoon series was published here.) [Ed: This was the John Burns Look-In strip, not the Farinas-Cardona Zack comic story).



Copyright Martin Willey