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I'm looking for an 80's 'space opera'-type series that was shown on UK TV. It was more adult than a children's series. It was the same sort of show as Space 1999, but I think several years before.

What I can remember of it was a spaceship taking off from a base and traveling to another planet. It was predominantly driven by women. The spaceship was big, with a cylindrical hole in the middle. There were loads of women fighting, traveling to different places.

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  • Was the show British, or just shown on British TV? Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 2:07

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Sounds like Star Maidens to me. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Maidens Some overlap with Space : 1999 in terms of design of sets and costumes I believe.

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  • Some videos are available here. It certainly has a Space:1999 "feel". Rather than a space ship, the asker may be remembering an underground city (which appears to have an airy layout) of the planet Medusa. The planet was torn from its stellar system by a comet and came to the Solar System (similar to Space:1999).
    – user11683
    Commented Aug 19, 2013 at 11:25
  • No, that not it. Good effort though. I think it's been forgotten about. The ships were doughnut shaped, that was flattened at one side, at the rear. I remember seeing a couple of episodes. I remember the ship rising out of a base, and traveling into space. The shot was used quite often. Early 80's. Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 18:11
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Space 1999 was a Gerry Anderson classic, aired between 1975 and 1977.

Before that was the 1970 series UFO, my guess is that this series matches your criteria:

  • Space 1999 style: yes, also by Gerry Anderson.
  • before Space 1999: yes, by 5 - 7 years.
  • spaceship with women: yes, if grey suits and purple wigs look familiar
  • spaceships with holes: this one I'm not sure about.

Do these links ring a bell?

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  • Good try, but everybody and their granny knows about UFO and Space:1999. Both of these were children's programs, this was on late at night on STV/ITV in the UK. Commented Sep 5, 2013 at 18:11
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    @scope_creep No need to be snide in your responses.
    – JohnP
    Commented Sep 6, 2013 at 14:32

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