Vintage 1960s British science fiction TV shows that never were


23 Responses to “Vintage 1960s British science fiction TV shows that never were”

  1. Boba Fett Diop says:

    It’s very helpful that the entrance to the under-sea base in Paul Starr is actually labeled “under-sea base.” You know, in case you were confused about where you were.

    • Nadreck says:

      They probably just forgot to take the stickers from the Secret Base Door Factory off when they took delivery.

  2. Palomino says:

    The “egg-crate” mattresses (used in hospitals today to reduce bed sores) wrapped around the chairs is hilarious.

  3. Palomino says:

    They all have nice teeth; I haven’t seen a crooked one yet.

    I love the color-coded timer, Black for hours, blue for minutes, red for seconds.

  4. Stochasticus says:

    Wow, that Paul Starr thing is tremendously shoddy, nothing like as good as Gerry Anderson’s work. Solarnauts looks quite groovy though, more like something Irwin Allen might have done.

    • Nadreck says:

      Well, the vehicle exteriors and movement don’t hold a patch on Supermarionation, true, but those puppets are pretty groovy. Their walking and mouth movements are better than most of the Supermarionauts.

      Gotta love “Dr. Man”!

  5. Anonymous says:

    those clouds are not to be trusted.

  6. Chang says:

    The SOLARNAUTS theme song is gear!

  7. toffer99 says:

    Damn control panels, always blowing up.
    “I can’t hold her…”

  8. Palomino says:

    USS Eridani (NCC-2511)

    Also, looking for the triple backward zZz used in the transitions.

  9. Michael_GR says:

    Are you sure these pilots weren’t pitched by Andy Samberg and Bill Hader to Lorne Michaels? They look awfully similar to Laser Cats in quality (and character names… I mean, “Power”? “Tempo”? what were they thinking?).

  10. Anonymous says:

    And Solarnauts has Derek Fowlds (Bernard from Yes Minister) as “Tempo”. Nice find.

  11. Narmitaj says:

    Derek Fowlds on Solarnauts got a lot more famous as Mr Derek alongside the wisecracking posh fox puppet Basil Brush and as being the rather literal-minded junior civil servant in Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister.

  12. Drinking the well says:

    Proto Daleks, awesome!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Interesting! The model work is very reminicent of the visual effects from the 1960s Italian sci-fi movies like WILD, WILD, PLANET and PLANET ON THE PROWL (you’ve gotta love that name!). These are the alternative English titles – all these were POORLY dubbed, but they are sooooooo fun!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Is it just me or does Paul Starr look exactly like Harry Connick Jr.???

  15. Kosmoid says:

    Can’t have sci-fi without explosions. I think Solaris is the only sci-fi film without them.

  16. That Evening Sun says:

    Very groovy Lalo Shifrin-esque theme song for Solarnauts. I might have to put that into the superhero music rotation.

  17. Nadreck says:

    She has a very stylish Space Bonnet!

  18. Haro! says:

    I’m no sci-fi buff by any stretch but I thought Solarnauts was pretty cool.

  19. WizarDru says:

    Wait…how does those ships in Solarnauts actually dock? There’s no sign of a hatch on the front. Why even dock that way? God, I’m SUCH a nerd.

    Paul Starr amuses me. I didn’t know anyone even tried to do puppet stuff but Gerry Anderson.

  20. gerta says:

    Was anyone else waiting for the disembodied head of Logik to say “Now is the time on Schprockets when we dance?”

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