August 23, 2017

In the timeline of the television show Space 1999, September 13th marks the day when a massive explosion caused by stored nuclear waste knocked the M out of orbit and sent the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha hurtling away from the Earth. Space 1999 was a British show created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson of Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterions fame. Unlike those other classic Anderson series, Space 1999 was a live action production and the most expensive show ever produced for British television at the time.

Like many British television shows that became cult classics, the show was produced by an independent television studio and not the BBC. In this case, that company was ITC (the Incorporated Television Company) and their long list of hits include The Saint, Danger Man, The Prisoner, Department S, Jason King (of Department S), and The Protectors. Many ITC productions were picked up by American television stations for broadcast stateside, but their cult status extends around the globe.

An example of this cult status can be found in Crooked Dice’s recent skirmish miniatures game 7TV: The Game of Cult Sci-Spy Action and a host of other pop culture games, movies, and comic books.

Give Space 1999 a try over at Hulu and take a look at some of the other ITC offerings of the era. There’s a good deal of inspiration to be had and some great ideas for gaming goodness too.



Roleplaying Games , Science Fiction , Television

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