Orbiter X

Episodes

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01

0120160411 (BBC7)
20160412 (BBC7)

A space station's construction is halted by UFOs. Stars John Carson.

0120160411 (BBC7)

First broadcast in 1959, a bold plan to conquer space begins with prefabricated components of space station 'Orbiter X' being transported up from Earth, but the task proves perilous...

BD Chapman's adventure stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent and John Witty as Captain Jack Bradley.

Shaped like a giant wheel and code-named 'Orbiter X', the space station is designed to circle Earth, travelling in a rapid polar orbit - boasting synthetic gravity, produced by the rotation around the central hub.

Fact and fiction were curiously interwoven, as a fortnight before broadcast, the Soviet Luna 2 space probe crash landed on the Moon.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast in 14 parts on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

02Conflict In Space20160412 (BBC7)
20160413 (BBC7)

Orbiter 2's crew discover why their sister ship has been disabled - and who is responsible

Orbiter 2's crew discover why their sister ship has been disabled - and who is responsible. Stars Andrew Crawford. From October 1959.

03The Master Plan20160413 (BBC7)
20160414 (BBC7)

Orbiter 2's crew discover why the aliens have abducted them.

Orbiter 2's crew discover why the aliens have abducted them and where they have been imprisoned. Stars Andrew Crawford. From December 1959.

04Flight To The Moon20160414 (BBC7)
20160415 (BBC7)

The crew are captured, in space, by the sinister Unity organisation and taken to the Moon.

The crew are captured, in space, by the sinister Unity organisation and taken to the Moon. Stars Andrew Crawford. From October 1959.

05Inside The Moon Station20160415 (BBC7)
20160416 (BBC7)

Orbiter 2's crew have been taken to the Moon by the shadowy Unity organisation.

Orbiter 2's crew have been taken to the Moon by the shadowy Unity organisation. Stars John Carson and Barrie Gosney. From October 1959.

06
0620160418 (BBC7)

Captain McLelland and Flight Engineer Hicks plan to use an unmanned probe in their desperate bid to return to Earth.

First broadcast in 1959, a bold plan to conquer space begins with prefabricated components of space station 'Orbiter X' being transported up from Earth, but the task proves perilous...

BD Chapman's adventure stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer and Ian Sadler as Neasen.

Shaped like a giant wheel and code-named 'Orbiter X', the space station is designed to circle Earth, travelling in a rapid polar orbit - boasting synthetic gravity, produced by the rotation around the central hub.

Fact and fiction were curiously interwoven, as a fortnight before broadcast, the Soviet Luna 2 space probe crash landed on the Moon.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast in 14 parts on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

0620160418 (BBC7)
20160419 (BBC7)

McLelland and Hicks plan to use an unmanned probe in a desperate bid to return to Earth.

07Price Of Survival20160419 (BBC7)
20160420 (BBC7)

Unity progress their plans to commandeer the still unassembled Orbiter X.

Unity progress their plans to commandeer the still unassembled Orbiter X for their own evil purposes. Stars Gerik Schjelderup. From November 1959.

08Marooned In Space20160420 (BBC7)
20160421 (BBC7)

Unity sets about planting an insider within the Commonwealth Space Project headquarters.

The evil Unity organisation sets about planting an insider within the Commonwealth Space Project headquarters. From November 1959.

09Operation Salvage20160421 (BBC7)
20160422 (BBC7)

Captain Kent of the CSP embarks on a rescue mission.

Captain Kent of the CSP embarks on a rescue mission, whilst the crew of Orbiter 2 make plans to get home. From November 1959.

10Return To Woomera20160422 (BBC7)
20160423 (BBC7)

Patched up Orbiter 2 heads for Earth.

Patched up Orbiter 2 heads for Earth, but will CSP realise that the incoming incommunicado ship is friendly? Stars John Carson. From November 1959.

11A Flight Against Time20160425 (BBC7)
20160426 (BBC7)

With CSP now aware of Unity's plans, Britton, McLelland and Hicks return to Orbiter X.

With the Commonwealth Space Project now aware of Unity's plans, Britton, McLelland and Hicks return to Orbiter X.

First broadcast in 1959, a bold plan to conquer space begins with prefabricated components of space station 'Orbiter X' being transported up from Earth, but the task proves perilous...

BD Chapman's adventure stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer and Ian Sadler as Neasen.

Shaped like a giant wheel and code-named 'Orbiter X', the space station is designed to circle Earth, travelling in a rapid polar orbit - boasting synthetic gravity, produced by the rotation around the central hub.

Fact and fiction were curiously interwoven, as a fortnight before broadcast, the Soviet Luna 2 space probe crash landed on the Moon.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast in 14 parts on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

12Building The Space Station20160426 (BBC7)
20160427 (BBC7)

Britton, McLelland and Hicks play along with Unity's plans to commandeer the space station

Britton, McLelland and Hicks play along with Unity's plans to commandeer the space station. Stars John Carson. From December 1959.

13The Net Closes20160427 (BBC7)
20160428 (BBC7)

Can Britton, McLelland and Hicks quick thinking lead CSP to locate Unity's HQ on Earth?

Can Britton, McLelland and Hicks quick thinking lead CSP to locate Unity's HQ on Earth? Stars Gerik Schjelderup. From December 1959.

14The Final Round20160428 (BBC7)
20160429 (BBC7)

Britton, McLelland and Hicks are back on Earth. Can CSP foil Unity's plan for domination?

Britton, McLelland and Hicks are back on Earth. Can CSP foil Unity's plan for world domination? Stars John Carson. From December 1959.