Orbiter X

Episodes

EpisodeTitleRepeatedComments
01The First Step To The Stars20160411 (BBC7)
20160412 (BBC7)
20180212 (BBC7)

A space station's construction is halted by UFOs.

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.

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

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)
20180213 (BBC7)

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

The crew of Orbiter 2 discover why their sister ship has been disabled - and who is responsible.

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, : Arthur Lawrence as the UFO Commander, John Matthews as the Radio Operator: and Francis Hall as Control Officer Camm.

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

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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)
20180214 (BBC7)

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

Why have aliens abducted the crew of Orbiter 2 - and where have they been imprisoned?

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Arthur Lawrence as Gelbin, Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer, Irene Prador as Greta Ravel and John Witty as Captain Jack Bradley.

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

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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)
20180215 (BBC7)

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

The space station project is under threat from the shadowy Unity organization, as their leader tricks the crew of Orbiter 2.

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Gerik Schelderup as Max Kramer, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, Leslie Perrins as Sir Charles Day and Peter Noel Cook as Control Officer Brown.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

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

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)
20180216 (BBC7)

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

Dr Max Kramer has tricked the crew of Orbiter 2, but what exactly is Unity up to on the Moon?

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

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 Schelderup as Max Kramer, and Leslie Perrins as Sir Charles Day. With Ian Sadler and John Cazabon.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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

06Breakaway20180219 (BBC7)

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

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.

06Inside The Moon Station20160418 (BBC7)
20160419 (BBC7)

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

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.

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.

07The Price Of Survival20180220 (BBC7)

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

Unity are plotting to commandeer the yet to be assembled Orbiter X space station for their own evil purposes.

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Max Kramer as Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer, Arthur Lawrence as Gelbin, Ian Sadle as Neasen, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent and Leslie Perrins as Sir Charles Day.

Producer: Charles Maxwell
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

08Marooned In Space20160420 (BBC7)
20160421 (BBC7)
20180221 (BBC7)

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

The evil Unity organization sets about planting an insider within the HQ of the Commonwealth Space Project.

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer, Arthur Lawrence as Gelbin, John Witty as Captain Jack Bradley, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent and Peter Noel Cook as Control Officer Brown.

Producer: Charles Maxwell
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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

09Operation Salvage20160421 (BBC7)
20160422 (BBC7)
20180222 (BBC7)

Captain Kent of the CSP embarks on a rescue mission.

Captain Kent of the Commonwealth Space Project embarks on a rescue mission. Will the crew of Orbiter 2 ever get back home?

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer, Arthur Lawrence as Gelbin, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, John Witty as Captain Jack Bradley and John Graham as Captain Knight.

Producer: Charles Maxwell
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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)
20180223 (BBC7)

A patched-up Orbiter 2 heads for Earth.

With their ship patched up, the crew of Orbiter 2 aim for Earth - but will the Commonwealth Space Project realise the incoming incommunicado ship is a friendly one?

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, John Witty as Captain Jack Bradley, Leslie Perrins as Sir Charles Day and Peter Noel Cook as Control Officer Brown.

Producer: Charles Maxwell
First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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)
20180226 (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.

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)
20180227 (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 evil plan to commandeer space station, Orbiter X.

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer, Arthur Lawrence as Gelbin, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, Leslie Perrins as Sir Charles Day and Peter Noel Cook as Control Officer Brown.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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)
20180228 (BBC7)

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

Can some quick thinking by Britton, McLelland and Hicks lead the Commonwealth Space Project to locate Unity's HQ on Earth?

BD Chapman's adventure in the conquest of space in 14 parts.

Stars John Carson as Captain Bob Britton, Andrew Crawford as Captain Douglas McClelland, Barrie Gosney as Flight Engineer Hicks, Gerik Schjelderup as Max Kramer, Arthur Lawrence as Gelbin, Donald Bisset as Colonel Kent, John Graham as Captain Knignt, Irene Prador as Greta Ravel and Peter Noel Cook as Control Officer Brown.

Producer: Charles Maxwell

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in 1959.

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.