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Space 1999 In New Zealand

New Zealand

Among the New Zealand cast for Space: 1999 were Pamela Stephenson, Anouska Hempel, James Laurenson, Robert Reeves and Lisa Harrow.

New Zealand television, TV1, began in 1960; it was state owned, but showed commercials. A second TV channel, TV2, was launched in 1975. Both TV1 and TV2 switched to colour later that year.

Year One

New Zealand Listener 28 Feb 1976

Space: 1999 started on TV1 at the end of February 1976. The slot was on Saturday evenings, at 7pm after the news. On the same day, TV2 had been showing Thunderbirds at 4:40pm.

The following listings come from the New Zealand Listener weekly magazine (thanks to Patrick Te Pou, source). There are some oddities, notably that the series starts by showing Breakaway twice. Possibly the first showing on 28 February 1976 was pre-empted, perhaps by the Nelson by-election that day. All other year 1 episodes seem to have been shown without pre-emptions.

Year 1 finished in August 1976 (from 21 August, the slot went to Morecombe and Wise, and later Donny and Marie).

Year Two

The second series launched in February 1977, this time on Wednesday evenings. After 11 episodes, in mid-April 1977, it stopped, replaced by BBC hospital soap Angels. It restarted in a later Tuesday slot on 27 December, but stopped again after 7 episodes. It was replaced by It Ain't Half Hot Mum and When the Boat Comes In.

While the show was on hiatus, TV1 showed UFO (on Fridays from 21st July 1978)

The final 6 episodes of Space: 1999 began on Fridays from 29 December 1978, running after Coronation Street (and against Dr Who on TV2). When the series finished in February, it was replaced by CHiPs.

From the New Zealand Listener listings, there were 24 year 2 episodes shown, but two are listed twice, suggesting they were swapped for other episodes; 3 others were not titled. The 5 unknown episodes are Brian The Brain, New Adam New Eve, Catacombs of The Moon, The AB Chrysalis and The Beta Cloud.

Production Order Episode Original broadcast Comments

1

Breakaway

Sat, 28 Feb 1976 7:00PM

Possibly pre-empted by the Nelson by-election.

1

Breakaway

Sat, 06 Mar 1976 7:00PM

2

Matter Of Life And Death

Sat, 13 Mar 1976 7:00PM New Zealand Listener

21

The Infernal Machine

Sat, 20 Mar 1976 7:00PM

23

Dragon's Domain

Sat, 27 Mar 1976 7:00PM New Zealand Listener

24

The Testament Of Arkadia

Sat, 03 Apr 1976 7:00PM

18

The Last Enemy

Sat, 10 Apr 1976 7:00PM

22

Mission Of The Darians

Sat, 17 Apr 1976 7:00PM New Zealand Listener

19

The Troubled Spirit

Sat, 24 Apr 1976 7:00PM

20

Space Brain

Sat, 01 May 1976 7:00PM

17

War Games

Sat, 08 May 1976 7:00PM

16

End Of Eternity

Sat, 15 May 1976 7:00PM

15

The Full Circle

Sat, 22 May 1976 7:00PM

14

Death's Other Dominion

Sat, 29 May 1976 7:00PM

13

Collision Course

Sat, 05 Jun 1976 7:00PM

12

Voyager's Return

Sat, 12 Jun 1976 7:00PM

10

Alpha Child

Sat, 19 Jun 1976 7:00PM

11

The Last Sunset

Sat, 26 Jun 1976 7:00PM

9

Force Of Life

Sat, 03 Jul 1976 7:00PM

8

Guardian Of Piri

Sat, 10 Jul 1976 7:00PM

7

Missing Link

Sat, 17 Jul 1976 7:00PM

6

Another Time, Another Place

Sat, 24 Jul 1976 7:00PM

5

Earthbound

Sat, 31 Jul 1976 7:00PM New Zealand Listener

4

Ring Around The Moon

Sat, 07 Aug 1976 7:00PM

3

Black Sun

Sat, 14 Aug 1976 7:00PM

Final episode of Year 1

25

The Metamorph

Wed, 02 Feb 1977 7:00PM

Year 2 starts, new Wednesday slot

26

The Exiles

Wed, 09 Feb 1977 7:00PM

27

One Moment Of Humanity

Wed, 16 Feb 1977 7:00PM

28

All That Glisters

Wed, 23 Feb 1977 7:00PM

29

Journey To Where

Wed, 02 Mar 1977 7:00PM

Possibly swapped for another episode (see 27 December).

30

The Taybor

Wed, 09 Mar 1977 7:00PM

Possibly swapped for another episode (see 3 January 1978).

31

The Rules Of Luton

Wed, 16 Mar 1977 7:00PM

32

The Mark Of Archanon

Wed, 23 Mar 1977 7:00PM

?

Wed, 30 Mar 1977 7:00PM

?

Wed, 06 Apr 1977 7:00PM

?

Wed, 13 Apr 1977 7:00PM

Last episode for 9 months.

29

Journey To Where

Tue, 27 Dec 1977 7:30PM

Series returns with Tuesday slot

30

The Taybor

Tue, 03 Jan 1978 7:30PM

37

Seed Of Destruction

Tue, 10 Jan 1978 7:30PM

39

A Matter Of Balance

Tue, 17 Jan 1978 7:30PM

40

Space Warp

Tue, 24 Jan 1978 7:30PM

43

The Lambda Factor

Tue, 31 Jan 1978 7:30PM

44

The Seance Spectre

Tue, 07 Feb 1978 7:30PM

Last episode for 10 months.

41

The Bringers Of Wonder part 1

Fri, 29 Dec 1978 7:30PM

Series returns with Friday slot.

42

The Bringers Of Wonder part 2

Fri, 05 Jan 1979 7:30PM

45

Dorzak

Fri, 12 Jan 1979 7:30PM

46

Devil's Planet

Fri, 19 Jan 1979 7:30PM

47

The Immunity Syndrome

Fri, 26 Jan 1979 7:30PM

48

The Dorcons

Fri, 02 Feb 1979 7:30PM

Final episode.

New Zealand Listener

Copyright Martin Willey