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(1975–1977)

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The Moon is blasted from Earth's orbit on Monday September 13 1999.
Robert Culp and Katharine Ross were Sylvia Anderson's choices for the leads.
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Moonbase Alpha's final fate was revealed in a short fan-made film shown at the 1999 convention, where original cast member Zienia Merton reprised her role as Sandra Benes and described the final abandonment of Moonbase Alpha for their new home on an unnamed planet.
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Originally conceived as a new season of UFO (1969). The plot would have had the aliens from that series trying to destroy SHADO's moonbase by knocking the moon out of orbit.
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In Britain, the second season was broadcast over the course of two years, with part shown in the autumn/winter of 1976-77, then a season break until August 1977, with new episodes running into the autumn. The first ITV region to finish the series was LWT (London) which broadcast the final episode ("The Dorcons") in November 1977. Some ITV regions did not conclude the series until 1978, and one region (HTV Wales) did not show the final episodes until 1984.
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A third season of 13 episodes was planned, with production set to start in the autumn of 1977, however low sales of the series in America forced a last-minute cancellation.
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Many of the male guest stars in the series went on to play villains in the Star Wars films. These include Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, David Prowse, Richard LeParmentier, Michael Culver', Julian Glover', and Michael Sheard. Shane Rimmer, who appeared in several episodes of Space: 1999 went on to play an uncredited role in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), and Brian Blessed, who played two different roles on Space: 1999, went on to perform in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) as the CGI character Boss Nass.
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At the time, this was the most expensive series ever produced for British TV or for syndication.
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Barry Morse decided to leave the series after Season 1 had ended. An explanation of his absence was written into the first episode of Season 2, "The Metamorph", but never made it to the finished episode. Dialog was to indicate he had been in a faulty spacesuit.
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According to the documentary "Kubrick's Boxes", Stanley Kubrick threatened legal action against the producers saying Space: 1999 borrowed the look of "2001: A Space Odyssey".
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Season 2 of the series differs noticeably from the first, due to a large number of cast changes as well as set redecoration, redesigned uniforms, and a move towards more action-oriented stories.
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Though only seen briefly in a flashback in the episode "Devil's Planet", Dr. Helena Russell (Barbara Bain) is the only character to appear in all 48 episodes of the show.
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Teresa Graves was Fred Freiberger's first choice for the role of Maya. Gerry Anderson said his first choice was Catherine Schell who had already made a guest appearance in the first season episode "Guardian of Piri" as an alien android.
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Production of the series began in 1973, but the first episode wasn't broadcast until 1975.
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Maya's makeup undergoes a subtle change as Season 2 goes on. Initially, she has brown ears as large "sideburns." In later episodes, her ears are normal colored, and her sideburns are thinned out.
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All of the Italian male guest stars of the first season were dubbed by Robert Rietty.
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Several special effects sequences from the series were used by the pop band A Flock Of Seagulls in 1982 for their video of Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You).
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The date that the Moon blasts away from the Earth (13 September) is the birth date of lead actress Barbara Bain (the only cast member to appear in all 48 episodes)
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