Star Maidens

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Star Maidens
Star Maidens.jpg
Christiane Krüger (centre) and Lisa Harrow (right) in Star Maidens
Also known as

Die Mädchen aus dem Weltraum (Germany)

Les Filles Du Ciel (France and French Canada)
Genre Science fiction
Created by Jost Graf von Hardenberg
Developed by Eric Paice
Written by Eric Paice
John Lucarotti
Ian Stuart Black
Otto Strang
Directed by Freddie Francis
James Gatward
Wolfgang Storch
Hans Heinrich
Starring Judy Geeson
Lisa Harrow
Christiane Krüger
Pierre Brice
Christian Quadflieg
Gareth Thomas
Dawn Addams
Composer(s) Berry Lipman
Country of origin United Kingdom
West Germany
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) James Gatward
Editor(s) Alan Killick (supervising)
Robert C. Dearberg
Location(s) Bray Studios
On location: Windsor, Bracknell, Black Park
Cinematography Ken Hodges
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Portman Productions
Scottish Television Enterprises
Distributor Amalgated Global Television
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 4:3 (16 mm film)
Audio format Mono
Original run 1 September 1976 – 1 December 1976

Star Maidens is a British-German science-fiction television series made by Portman Productions for the ITV network. Produced in 1975, and first broadcast in 1976, it was filmed at Bray Studios and on location in Windsor and Bracknell, Berkshire, and Black Park, Buckinghamshire. The series was partly financed by a German company, Werbung im Rundfunk (Advertising On The Radio).

Overview[edit]

The series presents a "battle of the sexes" and role reversal scenario in which two male domestics escape from the female-ruled planet Medusa and, arriving on Earth, are pursued by the Medusan security forces. When the Medusans fail to re-capture the two men, they bring two human hostages—a man and a woman—back with them to their home planet. The series' 13 episodes concern the two groups' attempts to adapt to life on the different planets while brokering an exchange for the hostages.

Regarded as something of a camp novelty, Star Maidens tuned in to the sexual equality revolution of the time, and features some female dominance elements. The series has some similarities with the British science-fiction series Space:1999, whose second season was in pre production at Pinewood around the same time. Although Star Maidens was shot at Bray Studios by a different production company and did not benefit from as large a budget, both series featured the work of production designer Keith Wilson, whose prop and set designs from Space:1999 were adapted for Star Maidens, leading to a very similar look and feel. Lead actresses Judy Geeson and Lisa Harrow appeared in guest roles in the first season of Space:1999, Geeson in the episode "Another Time, Another Place" and Harrow "The Testament of Arkadia". For the series' German dub, German natives Christiane Krüger and Christian Quadflieg provided their own voices, while the voices of the British cast were dubbed by other German actors.

Cast[edit]

Pierre Brice as Adam
Gareth Thomas as Shem
Judy Geeson as Supreme Councillor Fulvia
Christiane Krüger as Supreme Councillor Octavia
Derek Farr as Professor Evans
Lisa Harrow as Dr Liz Becker
Christian Quadflieg as Dr Rudi Schmidt
Dawn Addams as Clara

DVD release[edit]

The complete series of Star Maidens is available on Region 2 DVD from Delta Entertainment. The two-disc set includes an interview with actor Gareth Thomas as a special feature.

Trivia[edit]

In the beginning of episode one, the male domestic Adam, played by Pierre Brice, mentions slaving over a Microwave oven.
Later in episode one, as the runaway men are landing on Earth, the people in the car use a car phone.

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