Space Precinct

Space Precinct

infobox television
show_name = Space Precinct

caption =
format = Science Fiction
runtime = 45 minutes
creator = Gerry Anderson
starring = Ted Shackelford
Rob Youngblood
Simone Bendix
Jerome Willis
country = UK
network = Sky One
first_aired = October 3, 1994
last_aired = July 24, 1995
num_episodes = 24 (List of episodes)
imdb_id = 0108938
tv_com_id = 5862

"Space Precinct" is a British television series that aired during the 1994-1995 season on Sky One then BBC Two in Britain, and in syndication in North America.

The series was created by Gerry Anderson and was a mix of science fiction and police procedural that combined elements of many of Anderson's previous series such as "", "UFO" and "Thunderbirds", but with an added dash of "Law & Order" and "Dragnet". Gerry Anderson was Executive Producer along with Tom Gutteridge.

The series is set in the year 2040 and starred American actor Ted Shackelford as former NYPD detective Patrick Brogan, now a lieutenant with the Demeter City police force on the planet Altor. Brogan and his partner Jack Haldane (played by Rob Youngblood) must adjust to living in another solar system, and investigating crimes being committed by aliens as well as humans. Also co-starring was Danish actress Simone Bendix as Officer Jane Castle, Haldane's love interest (Brogan being happily married with a wife, daughter and son who made the move to Demeter City with him). All other major characters were played by actors wearing complex make-up that also included elements of puppetry in order to depict the different alien races.

The series was one of the highest-budgeted shows Anderson ever produced, and was relatively popular in Europe. However, in a repeat of the situation that "UFO" encountered 25 years earlier, American broadcasters were uncertain what to make of this series that looked on the surface to be aimed at children, yet actually featured adult-oriented storylines and was usually played straight despite the bizarre storylines and make-up. As a result, "Space Precinct" was often scheduled in late-night/early morning time slots. It failed to generate sufficient American ratings for a second season to be authorized.

The idea for "Space Precinct" predated the series by nearly a decade. In 1986 Anderson produced "Space Police", a pilot film that featured Anderson regular Shane Rimmer as Brogan. The series failed to sell at that time and the pilot was never aired.

"Space Precinct" was released on DVD in Britain but, as of mid-2008, is out of print. It is the last major Anderson production that has yet to be so released in North America.


External links

*imdb title|id=0108938|title=Space Precinct
* [ Space Precinct: Episode Guide]

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