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The BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) was one of the UK broadcasters of Star Trek and is the parent company of BBC Worldwide, which in turn operates BBC America. The corporation had the rights to show Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. They also have the terrestrial rights to show Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek Generations and Star Trek: First Contact – the rights to broadcast Star Trek: Insurrection were obtained by Channel 5 and the remaining film rights are held by Channel 4).

The BBC broadcast two special evenings of Star Trek programming, each known as Star Trek Night, one in 1996 and another in 2001.

Star Trek

Initially, the BBC was the first-run broadcaster of Star Trek (12 July 1969-15 December 1971). The series was not shown in airdate or production order and some episodes were edited for violent content. The series was shown in four seasons, the first was shown on Saturday evenings at 5:15 in the timeslot usually taken by Doctor Who, and the second was shown on Monday evenings at 7:00, ironically in a similar timeslot as the third season was originally going to be shown on NBC. The final two seasons were shown on Wednesday evenings at 7:10. Star Trek was one of BBC's biggest ratings winners and was repeated throughout the 1970s and early 80s.

During their original run of The Original Series, the BBC had chosen not to show "The Empath", "Whom Gods Destroy" and "Plato's Stepchildren" due to concerns over "sadistic" elements within the episodes making them unsuitable for the series time slot. These episodes were eventually shown during the 1992 repeat run. "Miri" was not repeated by the BBC until 1993 for similar reasons, following audience complaints after its original transmission. (citation needededit)

At the time of first airing, BBC was still broadcasting in black and white. The first episode transmitted in color was "Arena".

Following the huge success of the series in the UK, BBC subsequently repeated the series throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, but in order which followed the original NBC schedule.

Broadcast order

Season 1

Saturdays 5:15pm

  1. 12 July 1969: "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (Pilot episode)
  2. 19 July 1969: "The Naked Time"
  3. 26 July 1969: "The City on the Edge of Forever"
  4. 2 August 1969: "A Taste of Armageddon"
  5. 9 August 1969: "Mudd's Women"
  6. 16 August 1969: "Tomorrow is Yesterday"
  7. 23 August 1969: "The Menagerie, Part I"
  8. 30 August 1969: "The Menagerie, Part II"
  9. 6 September 1969: "The Devil in the Dark"
  10. 13 September 1969: "Charlie X"
  11. 20 September 1969: "Shore Leave"
  12. 27 September 1969: "Space Seed"
  13. 4 October 1969: "The Man Trap"
  14. 11 October 1969: "Dagger of the Mind"
  15. 25 October 1969: "Balance of Terror"
  16. 1 November 1969: "The Squire of Gothos"
  17. 8 November 1969: "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"
  18. 15 November 1969: "Arena"
  19. 22 November 1969: "The Return of the Archons"
  20. 29 November 1969: "This Side of Paradise"
  21. 6 December 1969: "The Alternative Factor"
  22. 13 December 1969: "Errand of Mercy"
  23. 20 December 1969: "The Conscience of the King"
  24. 27 December 1969: "The Galileo Seven"

Season 2

Mondays 7:10pm

  1. 6 April 1970: "Court Martial"
  2. 13 April 1970: "The Enemy Within"
  3. 20 April 1970: "Catspaw"
  4. 27 April 1970: "Who Mourns for Adonais?"
  5. 4 May 1970: "The Apple"
  6. 11 May 1970: "Metamorphosis"
  7. 18 May 1970: "Wolf in the Fold"
  8. 25 May 1970: "The Changeling"
  9. 1 June 1970: "The Trouble with Tribbles"
  10. 8 June 1970: "Bread and Circuses"
  11. 15 June 1970: "Mirror, Mirror"
  12. 22 June 1970: "Journey to Babel"
  13. 29 June 1970: "The Deadly Years"
  14. 6 July 1970: "A Private Little War"
  15. 13 July 1970: "Obsession"
  16. 20 July 1970: "By Any Other Name"
  17. 27 July 1970: "I, Mudd"
  18. 3 August 1970: "Patterns of Force"
  19. 10 August 1970: "The Immunity Syndrome"
  20. 17 August 1970: "Return to Tomorrow"
  21. 24 August 1970: "The Omega Glory"
  22. 7 September 1970: "A Piece of the Action"

Season 3

Wednesdays 7:10pm

  1. 7 October 1970: "The Ultimate Computer"
  2. 14 October 1970: "Friday's Child"
  3. 4 November 1970: "Assignment: Earth"
  4. 11 November 1970: "The Doomsday Machine"
  5. 18 November 1970: "The Gamesters of Triskelion"
  6. 25 November 1970: "Amok Time"
  7. 2 December 1970: "Miri"
  8. 9 December 1970: "Operation -- Annihilate!"
  9. 16 December 1970: "The Corbomite Maneuver"
  10. 30 December 1970: "Requiem for Methuselah"
  11. 6 January 1971: "The Paradise Syndrome"
  12. 13 January 1971: "Day of the Dove"
  13. 20 January 1971: "The Way to Eden"
  14. 27 January 1971: "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"
  15. 3 February 1971: "Wink of an Eye"
  16. 10 February 1971: "The Cloud Minders"

Season 4

Wednesdays 7:10pm

  1. 15 September 1971: "Spectre of the Gun"
  2. 22 September 1971: "Elaan of Troyius"
  3. 29 September 1971: "The Enterprise Incident"
  4. 6 October 1971: "And the Children Shall Lead"
  5. 13 October 1971: "Spock's Brain"
  6. 20 October 1971: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?"
  7. 27 October 1971: "For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky"
  8. 3 November 1971: "That Which Survives"
  9. 10 November 1971: "The Mark of Gideon"
  10. 17 November 1971: "The Lights of Zetar"
  11. 24 November 1971: "The Savage Curtain"
  12. 1 December 1971: "The Tholian Web"
  13. 8 December 1971: "All Our Yesterdays"
  14. 15 December 1971: "Turnabout Intruder"

Withdrawn episodes

  1. 19 August 1992: "The Cage" (First broadcast in the US in 1988)
  2. 22 December 1993: "Plato's Stepchildren"
  3. 5 January 1994: "The Empath"
  4. 19 January 1994: "Whom Gods Destroy"

Spin offs

Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered 26 September 1990 and ran until 6 May 1992, up to "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II". Many of the first season episodes were shown out of original airdate order, leading to some inconsistencies in plotlines across the first few episodes. After 1992, the first-run rights of TNG – and later DS9 and Voyager – went to Sky One, with the BBC showing the episodes several months later.

From 26 August 1992, the BBC instead repeated The Original Series, ending on 6 April 1994. This screening mirrored the original US airdate order, and restored all of the edited content. The run of The Next Generation started again on 13 April 1994, and once the run ended in 1996 the entire series repeated in its now regular Wednesday 6pm timeslot.

All of the Trek spin-offs were shown in an early-evening 6pm slot - TNG on Wednesdays, DS9 on Thursdays, VOY on Sundays - and as a result, several episodes had to be cut for violence and disturbing imagery, most notably the TNG episodes "Conspiracy" and "The Icarus Factor". The BBC also refused to show the episode "The High Ground" due to political sensitivity over its content (stating that terrorism had succeeded in re-unifying Ireland), broadcasting the episode for the first time on 29 September 2007, nine years after the Good Friday Agreement brought the conflict in question to a largely peaceful end.

The BBC lost out in the bidding to broadcast Star Trek: Enterprise on terrestrial re-run to Channel 4 in 2001, and did not renew its repeat rights for the other series until 2006, when in July, Star Trek and Star Trek: The Next Generation returned to the screen – Star Trek in a late-night Friday slot, with TNG in a mid-afternoon Saturday slot (later following on from TOS in the Friday slot). Voyager repeat rights were taken by Five in 2005.

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