UK tv series (1987). BBC TV. Devised Chris Boucher, produced by Evgeny Gridneff, script edited by Joanna Willett. Directors Christopher Baker, Graeme Harper. Writers Boucher (5 episodes), Philip Martin, John Collee. Leading players David Calder as Nathan Spring, Erick Ray Evans, Linda Newton, Jonathan Adams as Krivenko, the Russian commander of Moonbase. 9 55-minute episodes. Colour.
2027 CE. Nathan Spring is the new head detective of the International Space Police Force, an undisciplined force with poor morale whose headquarters are on Moonbase, and whose policing area includes manned orbital Space Stations. Spring whips them into shape, and they solve crimes (see Crime and Punishment). The low-key realism of the series was efficient enough, but in the end it seemed little more than just another cop show, failing to imagine the future with any real vividness or depth. [PN]
see also: BSFA Award.
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