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 1980's by the South African Broadcasting Company (SABC). The series only ever existed in the Afrikaans language and has never been dubbed for any other country.

Genesis

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.[1] 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 April 26, 1986.

Premise

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.[2]

Availability

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

In 2009 the South African Broadcasting Company released two DVD Volumes of the series, consisting of Episodes 1-13. The series, however, consisted of 2 Seasons made of 37 episodes.

Given that it's been 5 years since the release of the DVDs, it's unlikely that the other 24 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. [3][4]

Missing Episodes

Though the airdates are known, the titles don't seem to be. [5]

Season No. Title Airdate Current Status
1 014 Unknown 10/19/1982 Lost
1 015 Unknown 11/2/1982 Lost
1 016 Unknown 11/9/1982 Lost
1 017 Unknown 11/16/1982 Lost
1 018 Unknown 11/16/1982 Lost
1 019 Unknown 11/19/1982 Lost
1 020 Unknown 12/7/1982 Lost
1 021 Unknown 12/14/1982 Lost
1 022 Unknown 12/21/1982 Lost
1 023 Unknown 12/28/1982 Lost
1 024 Unknown 1/4/1983 Lost
1 025 Unknown 1/11/1983 Lost
1 026 Unknown 1/18/1983 Lost
2 027 Unknown 2/15/1986 Lost
2 028 Unknown 2/22/1986 Lost
2 029 Unknown 3/1/1986 Lost
2 030 Unknown 3/8/1986 Lost
2 031 Unknown 3/15/1986 Lost
2 032 Unknown 3/22/1986 Lost
2 033 Unknown 3/29/1986 Lost
2 034 Unknown 4/5/1986 Lost
2 035 Unknown 4/12/1986 Lost
2 036 Unknown 4/19/1986 Lost
2 037 Unknown 4/26/1986 Lost

References