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Live action series from Australia seemed to be pretty thick on the ground in the early 1990s. This particular offering was a high-tech affair centred on the moons of the Jupiter system. It contained glossy, faultless special effects, and space scenes that, because they were manufactured on computer, were smooth, colourful, and ambitious, marred only by cheap-sounding synthesizer music that threatened to swamp the action.

Escape From Jupiter concerned a small colony of humans on the moon of Io. Michael has never been to Earth - he was born in space, and has spent most of his time on Io, where his father works for a mining company. Kumiko is a computer genius, is the same age as Michael, and her goal in life is to become a scientist. After one of Io's frequent and destructive volcanoes erupts, destroying the mining colony, a group of five children and their parents, including Michael and Kumiko, decide that their only hope of survival is to head back to Earth in the only method of transport available to them - derelict space station KL5. They convert it into a makeshift spacecraft and start off on their desperate attempt at escape, an attempt which is fraught with danger and seems unlikely to succeed. But it's the only chance they have.

The thirteen-part series, made in 1994, received its world premiere on the satellite station The Family Channel in 1994, not even being shown in its country of origin until the following October, before coming to the BBC's children's schedules in mid-1995.



Duffy Steve Bisley   Professor Ingessol Arthur Dignam
Gerard Justin Rosniak   Michael Daniel Taylor
Kumiko Anna Choy   Kingston Abraham Forsyth
Anna Robyn MacKenzie   Sam Ken Radley
Beth Linden Wilkenson


Written by: David Ogilvy and
  John Patterson
Executive Producers: Kagari Tajima
  and Ron Saunders
Producer: Terry Jennings
Director: Kate Woods
Music: Ian Davidson


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