Land of the Giants, The Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea are all now being broadcast on US television after midnight on Sunday mornings on the MeTV network. Enjoy the MeTV trailer above.
Land of the Giants is back in the UK on the Horror Channel on weekdays at 12 pm and 8pm starting on 19th September 2016 (Freeview 70, Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138). Keep an eye on the UK Horror Channel as they are showing the trailer for Irwin Allen’s Land of the Giants during programme intervals.
Happy 50th Birthday to The Time Tunnel and to all who have travelled through time with us this past 50 years. On Friday 9th September 2016, The Time Tunnel celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its first broadcast in the US on Friday 9th September 1966. Above are the original US TV Guide clippings for the premiere. Time hasn’t weakened the popularity of this series as evidenced by the continued interest amongst fans, collectors, authors, and time travellers! The influence of The Time Tunnel is far reaching as many night clubs, events, movies and tv shows take inspiration from the theme and design of the Time Tunnel for their stories, logos and backdrops. In the UK, The Time Tunnel first aired on the BBC on 9th July 1968, and only had a partial run before being shown in a few ITV regions in the 1970s and then experienced a rebirth over 22 years later on late night television (ITV).
Available now is the first of two volumes by Marc Cushman recording the history of Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space. Reaching nearly 700 pages, this first volume covers the making of the first season of Lost in Space and features many notes from Lost in Space production papers, never seen before photos, and old and new interviews with those involved in the show. Reading through the chapters will give you a greater understanding on how television classics like this were produced.
This will be the ultimate reference source for anyone studying the series.
Marc Cushman has also written a three volume series of books researching Star Trek.
The book is available direct from the publishers Jacobs Brown Press or on Amazon.com.
Actress Olivia de Havilland (star of Irwin Allen’s The Swarm) celebrates her 100th birthday, today 1st July 2016.
12th June 2016 marks the 100th birthday of Irwin Allen, the “Master of Disaster”, and all round king of science fiction and movie making. It’s amazing to think that he was already in his fifties when busy making his quartet of science fiction shows in the mid to late sixties and this shows us all how much can be achieved even in our later years. He has inspired many movie makers who followed in the decades since, and his name and productions are often referred to and compared with when critiquing current day producers’ work. That influence shows no sign of abating as we commemorate Irwin Allen’s 100th birthday. We are working on a number of projects in the coming months and years to help keep his body of work in the public eye well into his second hundred years and beyond. Your input to these projects is a vital and a most welcome contribution to ensuring his legacy for the future. Please feel free to share your Irwin Allen creations, collections, and research any time via our contact page.
Several Irwin Allen related items including Lost in Space and Land of the Giants costumes are up for auction in the Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 74 (30 September and 1 October 2015).
Fantastic Blu-Ray box set of the complete Lost in Space series in high definition with bundles of extras, many never seen before including stunning photo galleries and special effects videos. Released on Tuesday 15th September 2015 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the premiere episode broadcast in 1965. Region Free and plays perfectly on US and UK players. Available with two different outer boxes, one with smooth surface and one limited edition version with molded embossed Robot graphic, at FoxConnect.com (currently cheapest price) and Amazon.com.
LOST IN SPACE BLU-RAY EXTRAS
Reprint of Robot Blueprint
8 Large Character Cards
Booklet reprint of Bill Mumy’s copy of script for the pilot episode The Reluctant Stowaway
No Place to Hide (long version)
No Place to Hide (short version)
Original Network Versions (including bumpers and commercials/tags) of:
The Reluctant Stowaway
The Magic Mirror
Follow the Leader
Blast Off Into Space
No Place to Hide – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Reluctant Stowaway – Mike Clark and Kevin Burns
My Friend, Mr. Nobody – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Attack of the Monster Plants – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Return from Outer Space – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Phantom Family – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Anti-Matter Man – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Promised Planet – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
The Great Vegetable Rebellion – Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright and Mike Clark
Guy Williams Screen Test
Lost in Space Segment from Seven Wonderful Nights (1965 Original Network TV Special hosted by Dick Van Dyke
The Ballad of William Robinson – Bill Mumy Music Video
Bob May’s Home Movies (Photographed by Judy May during production of The Sky Pirate)
Original Network Presentation for Advertisers and Affiliates (1965)
Original Network TV Spots for Season One
Original Network TV Spots for Season Two
Jonathan Harris: Never Fear, Smith is Here (A&E Network series Biography)
Sheila Mathews Allen Tribute
Jonathan Harris and Al Lewis on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse (1998)
Original Network Preemption Bumpers with Jonathan Harris and Robot B9
Alternate, Unused Season Two Main Title Theme by Warren Barker
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with June Lockhart and Guy Williams (1966)
Dick Strout Promotional Interview with Jonathan Harris (1966)
Lost in Space FX Outtakes including full scale Chariot in Trona Valley, Cyclops, miniature robots, flight videos of miniature Jupiter 2 and Space Pod, space ship and planet effects, Robot and John Robinson floating in space,
Studs Radio Promos featuring Mark DeCarlo with June Lockhart, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Jonathan Harris and Dick Tufeld
Syndication TV Spots (1970s and 1980s)
Segment from Lost in Space Forever (1998, featuring Bill Mumy, Jonathan Harris, Bob May and Dick Tufeld)
Lost in Space: The Epilogue (2015) – Table read through of script written by Bill Mumy featuring Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy, Angela Cartwright, Guy Williams Jr., Toni Williams, Veronica Cartwright, Kevin Burns
Condemned of Space (1967, presented in 1:78 aspect ratio with 5.1 stereo remix)
Lost in Space Animated TV Special (1973)
Lost in Space Animated TV Series Pitch (2005, by Scott O’Brien)
The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen (1995, full-length television documentary tribute to Irwin Allen featuring interviews with many stars of the Irwin Allen TV shows and movies)
Lost in Space Memories (1995, program interstitials produced for the Sci-Fi Channel)
On-Camera Original Cast Interviews (2015, with Mark Goddard, Marta Kristen, Bill Mumy and Angela Cartwright)
20th Anniversary Interview with Irwin Allen (1985, audio interview conducted by Mike Clark)
Dick Tufeld Tribute (2015)
Photo Galleries – Publicity Stills, Episode Stills, Behind the Scenes Stills, Blu-Ray Cast Reunion (2015), Vintage Merchandise, Props and Sets, Artwork, Lost in Space Saturday Superstar Movie
It is with deep sadness that we have learned from his family that our dear friend Terry Becker, Chief Francis Ethelbert Sharkey from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea passed away on Tuesday 30th December 2014.
We are so glad that Terry and his wife Linda were able to attend and enjoy the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea 50th Anniversary Reunion in October 2014, and that attending fans were able to enjoy Terry’s wonderful and mischievious sense of humour. We have much to remember Terry by, with his outstanding attendance at the 1998 VIP convention in Sheffield England, and so many fun appearances in Irwin Allen’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
We want to echo Allan Hunt’s words of warmth when remembering Terry, saying “The Chief lived a long and active life for all of us to admire and appreciate. It was an honor to know and work with him. On Voyage he was a friend and supportive co-worker, as was Del Monroe, rest him.”
After some private grieving time and a family service on 5th January, his family have created a very special online memorial where you can leave messages of condolence. Our love and heartfelt sympathies goes to everyone who knew and worked with Terry over his long and illustrious life.