Space Patrol  single disc edition [DVD]
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DVD Special Features:
Two previously unseen 35mm transfers
Interviews with creator and producer Roberta Leigh, voice artist Dick Vosburgh, "Babylon 5" creator and producer Joe Michael Straczynski and XTC's Andy Partridge
From the Back Cover
This is Earth - the year 2100. These are the adventures of SPACE PATROL, unseen on British television since 1968, now resuced and restored to delight the many fans of this cult puppet classic.
Join Galasphere 347 and its intrepid crew on their voyages around the solar system - and renew acquaintance with all those characters you thought you'd never see again; heroic Captain Dart; elfin Slim; sausage mad Husky; Irish genius Professor Haggerty; mad Martian parrot Gabbler; and keeping them all on a tight rein (and an even tighter budget), Colonel Raeburn and his super-efficient secretary Marla. If you're already a fan, this is unmissable, it not prepare to be converted! SPACE PATROL is back!
Includes the episodes:
The Swamps of Jupiter
The Wandering Asteroid
The Robot Revolution
The Rings of Saturn
Husky Becomes Invisible
Mystery on the Moon
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It's a long time ago but I can still vividly remember being mesmerised by the weird, unearthly opening tune (eat you heart out Ron Grainger!). Then there was the opening shot of a boiling, blazing sun (complete with solar flares), quickly giving way to the whirling, mysterious Galasphere wending its way through the Solar system.
Though the show relied on relatively few sets, the ones they used were superb - especially for the time. The signature shot of the view downwards as a Galasphere takes off from United Galactic Organisation HQ, was still fresh in my mind when watching the videos nearly three decades later.
Roberta Leigh, who created, wrote and directed the show, was keen to be as scientifically accurate as possible. To that end she consulted with Colin Ronan, who was then Vice President of the British Astronomical Society. This made the shows seem wonderfully authoritative to me at the time. I was For example, rather than just taking off and arriving "moments" later, the space travellers went into suspended animation to make their journeys. As a dedicated reader of "Look and Learn", I was well impressed with this accuracy. Of course, they didn't get everything right, as episode titles such as "The Swamps of Jupiter" suggest. In fact most planets were rather Earth-like but, I think we can put this down to dramatic reasons, rather than laziness.
"Space Patrol" was populated by a rich cast of "real" (for a puppet show) characters. The main "star" was Captain Larry Dart, normally accompanied by his trusty sidekicks the Martian Rusty (probably the first person ever to have a gelled-up, spiky haircut), and the Venusian Slim. Perhaps my favourite character was the Martian parrot Gabbladictum who was taught to speak English by Professor Haggerty, who was a bit of a stereotype (begoraah!).
So how well has the series stood up after nearly 30 years? The answer is very well indeed. This is probably down to the strength of its stores. Despite being a 27 year old kid's puppet show (and in black and white), "Space Patrol" is still hugely entertaining viewing.
So, "Engage Yobba Rays!" and buy the videos.
The memories came flooding back with the central characters, had the producers had a bigger budget it would have been up there with the likes of Fireball XL5. My biggest gripe I guess and the main reason I havent awarded this fine piece of television 5 stars Is the rather high price to pay for the entire series,and I have spotted through other web sites quite a significent diffrence In prices,so Amazon please bring the price down,and I will most certainly buy this wonderful piece of television nostalgia.
the robots the music how stories can be so simple and acceptable
how even puppet shows need humous diversionary story lines!
the question is - can i afford the rest?
sells is the Best of Space Patrol.
I enjoyed the DVD although my memory of this program was not a clear as the later Thunderbirds series where complete plot lines were retained from my frist viewings as a child.
I think it is a great shame that more has not been made of the creative minds of people like Roberta Leigh and Gerry Anderson.
The only warning must be is double check the price of this DVD. Type space patrol DVD into Google and see the true steet price.
I was ripped off.
Roberta Leigh writes superior Science Fiction with some brilliant
ideas for plots and characters.
Star Trek must have been influenced by this as Roberta brought the idea of near instantanious transport by breaking down peoples molecular structure and reassembling them again miles away. The opening soundtrack has sounds that Star Trek must have been inspired to use as similar sounds are on the control deck of the Enterprise.
The original episode of Star Trek 'The Cage' is similar to the Plutonians in Space Patrol with their large baldheads and robes and not wanting to work and hypnotising people to come do their will. (And I realy love Star Trek by the way.)
Space Patrol never gets stuck in a rut story wise and has constant variety.
But there is a tounge in cheek element in all of the Sci Fi of the 1950's and 60's and this has loads of too.
The highlight of every episode for me was when the crew of the Galasphere 347 switch on 'Robot Control' which consists of two wobbily zig zag doors opening to reveal a Robot who takes over flying the ship by walking up and down the flight deck doing a John Cleese 'Minister Of Silly Walk's' type thing. You can't help but laugh at it!
This is great TV but then on top of that you get great extras including interviews but best of all are the other Roberta Leigh's pilots of programes she made which are very good and some of them in full colour too. 'Dithers' is very touching and the Cliff Richard look a like 'Paul Starr'
But best of all is the live action colour film 'The Solarnauts' this was one of the best things I ever saw. If this pilot had of been made a full TV series and had of been to the same high standard of this first episode it would have been the greatest Science Fiction series ever. It's fast and furious and has great music too.
Roberta If you ever read this I thank God for you and for your talent. You never got the breaks you deserved. You are a true genius you created brilliant Sci Fi and great kids programes. People are appreciating it all now. Thank you!
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