Interster (partially found puppet TV series; 1982-1986)

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Cover to the South African "Interster" Volume 1 DVD.

Status: Partially Found

Interster (English translation: Interstellar) was a South African science-fiction puppet television series shown in the early 1980s by the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC). The series only ever existed in the Afrikaans language and has never been dubbed for any other country.


Interster was created mostly as South Africa's answer to Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds, due to their inability to complete its dub at the time due to the restrictions brought from apartheid. The series was created by Dirk de Villiers and written by Dr. Johann Beukes. The show premiered on July 20, 1982, with the last episode shown on May 10, 1986.


Set in the year 2500 (other sources have stated 2013), the series involved an undercover planetary defense agency operating out of Cape Town under the guise of an interstellar shipping company. Earth is engrossed in a bitter intergalactic struggle against the inhabitants of the hostile planet Krokon whose evil ruler, Crown Prince Karnati, aided and financed by the treacherous Dr. Gorman, is intent on taking over the Earth.

Head of "Interster" is Professor Zed, a gruff old man who hides his affection for his personnel. His top spacecraft crew consists of Captain Buks de la Rey and Lieutenant Adam Buys, two brave young men assisted by a robot named Pikkie. Pikkie is extremely proud of his status as the most advanced robot yet developed. Lieutenant Lida de Villiers, runs the control-room from her desk at "Interster" headquarters.[1]


The TV series slid into obscurity once SABC stopped airing the series, becoming fairly forgotten.

In 2009, the South African Broadcasting Corporation released two DVD volumes of the series, consisting of episodes 1-13. The series, however, consisted of 2 seasons made of 39 episodes.

Given that it's been 10 years since the release of the DVDs, it's unlikely that the other 26 episodes will be given a release, and TV recordings do not seem to exist. Apparently, VHS tapes were released as well in the 80s, but if any further episodes were present on them is unknown.

In 2009, an English comedy redub of the series was planned. However, as of 2010, it was scrapped. It would have been "Interstar Airlines", with a preview being shown utilizing an episode not present on either DVD, meaning that masters probably still do exist.

Missing Episodes

Though the airdates are known, 3 titles don't seem to be. [2]

Season 1

# Episode Title Air Date Status
14 Ontnugtering Oct 19, 1982 Found
15 Gedwonge Bondgenoot Nov 2, 1982 Found
16 Aardbewing Nov 9, 1982 Found
17 Besetting Nov 16, 1982 Found
18 Tyd Nov 23, 1982 Found
19 Aggressie Nov 30, 1982 Found
20 Unknown Dec 7, 1982 Lost
21 Lig Dec 14, 1982 Found
22 Unknown Dec 21, 1982 Lost
23 Selfmoordsending Dec 28, 1982 Found
24 Ommekeer Jan 4, 1983 Found
25 Sonnekrag Jan 11, 1983 Found
26 Unknown Jan 18, 1983 Lost

Season 2

# Episode Title Air Date Status
27 Voorsetting Feb 15, 1986 Found
28 Goud Feb 22, 1986 Found
29 Diamante Mar 1, 1986 Found
30 See Mar 8, 1986 Found
31 Wild Mar 15, 1986 Found
32 Steenkool Mar 22, 1986 Found
33 Blare Mar 29, 1986 Found
34 Suur April 5, 1986 Found
35 Blommegeur April 12, 1986 Found
36 Strategie April 19, 1986 Found
37 Rekenaar April 26, 1986 Found
38 Propaganda May 3, 1986 Found
39 Oorwinning May 10, 1986 Found


Teaser for one of the lost episodes.

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