Satellite Seven

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Overview

Satellite Seven (1958) was a BBC series about two brothers, shipwrecked on a Scottish Island, and how they became involved with a scientist planning to launch a nuclear powered rocket carrying a satellite that will orbit the moon and return to the island. A spy plans to steal the professor's hand written plans. Can the two brothers stop the thief? All this, and Scottish country singing too!

Significance

Complete in eight episodes, this narrative is intended for a juvenile audience.
Told from the point of view of the 15-year-old boy narrator, Jake Thomson.

Background

On 4 October 1959, the Soviet Union sent a satellite into orbit around the moon, photographing, for the first time, its far side. Other countries, including Great Britain, had raced against the Soviet Union to be first to accomplish this feat. Satellite Seven tells of the British effort to be the first to photograph the far side of the moon, and a spy's efforts to sabotage the project.

Complete in eight fifteen-minute episodes, this 1958 series was called by its announcer part science fiction, part mystery, part spy tale, and part adventure. The series was produced by the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) in Scotland. Written by Angus McVicker.

Plot

Two brothers are shipwrecked on a Scottish island. They discover a scientist there planning to launch a satellite around the moon. A spy tries to steal the professor's work. The brothers help the scientist.

Cast

Tony Thomson (Arthur Boland)
Jake Thomson (Bryden Murdoch)

Resources

Satellite Seven radio logs at Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs website
Episodes at Old Time Radio Researchers Group Library website

Episodes

Totals

Total episodes: 8
Surviving episodes: 8

Timeline

30 April 1958-23 May 1958
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Episodes
  • Episode 1

    Mystery Island
    Episode 01; 30 April 1958

  • Episode 2

    Whispering Voices
    Episode 02; 2 May 1958

  • Episode 3

    Counter Spies
    Episode 03; 7 May 1958

  • Episode 4

    The Launching Bay
    Episode 04; 9 May 1958

  • Episode 5

    Late Night Rendezvous
    Episode 05; 14 May 1958

  • Episode 6

    Zero Hour
    Episode 06; 16 May 1958

  • Episode 7

    The Spy
    Episode 07; 21 May 1958

  • Episode 8

    Moon Messenger
    Episode 08; 23 May 1958