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Star Trek: looking back at the BBC's ban and censorship

Alastair Stewart Dec 6, 2016

With a new Star Trek TV series incoming, we revisit the show's long history of censorship at the BBC...

Star Trek is not a franchise you’d normally associate with controversy. Nevertheless, between 1969 and 1994, four episodes of the original series - Empath, Whom Gods Destroy, Plato’s Stepchildren and Miri - were not aired on the BBC, and other episodes were heavily redacted.

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It’s difficult nowadays to appreciate just how sacrosanct terrestrial television was until the 1990s. Even though Star Trek was first broadcast in the UK on BBC One on July 12 1969, with the episode Where No Man Has Gone Before, repeats were rare and VHS tapes were expensive, and difficult to get

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