The Catacombs Year 1 Promotional Films

Martin Landau and Barbara Bain recorded one promotional film for the initial premiere of Space: 1999 in 1975. They wear 1970s suits and sit in front of a massive panorama of the waste disposal area 2 in Breakaway. This film was recorded for the US premiere on San Francisco Channel 4, but others were produced for other major US stations. It is available on the UK Network DVDs (it is a cleaned up version of an off-air recording, thanks to David Bobzien).

The first part, before the episode, is 44 seconds long; the second part, shown after the episode, is 1 minute long including the "This Episode" sequence from Dragon's Domain.

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Announcer: Ladies and Gentlemen, Martin Landau and Barbara Bain.

ML: Good evening, and welcome to the premiere of Space 1999.

BB: Our new series will be broadcast right here on Channel 4, on Saturday evenings at 7. Tonight we'll see the first episode, entitled Breakaway

ML: We've come a long way since the days of orbiting satellites. We've walked on the moon, and just recently completed the first international space project.

BB: In Space 1999, Moonbase Alpha has been established on the lunar surface. It's manned by 311 men and women, representing all the nations of the world.

ML: We'll be back to tell you more about Space 1999 at the close of tonight's programme, episode 1, Breakaway.

BB: Come with us, to Moonbase Alpha.

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ML: As you've just seen, the special effects in Space 1999 provide some of the most vivid and imaginative moments you'll ever see on television. Special effects designer Brian Johnson also created the spectacular effects for 2001 A Space Odyssey.

BB: In future episodes we'll see more of the effects, as Moonbase Alpha must deal with fantastic things, antimatter, time warps, immortality, black holes, interplanetary warfare. Let's not talk about it, let's look at some scenes from the next episode.


ML: Hope that you'll join us here on Channel 4, every Saturday at 7 for Space 1999.

BB: Space 1999. It's going to be a very good year.

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