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Encyclopedia > Hyperdrive (TV series)
Hyperdrive

Series title card
Format Sci-Fi
Sitcom
Created by Kevin Cecil
Andy Riley
Starring Nick Frost
Kevin Eldon
Miranda Hart
Stephen Evans
Dan Antopolski
Petra Massey
No. of episodes 6 (series 1)
6 (series 2)
12 (total)
Production
Running time 30 min.
Broadcast
Original channel BBC Two
Original run 11 January 200616 August 2007
External links
TV.com summary

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The series is written by Kevin Cecil and Andy Riley and directed by John Henderson and produced by Alex Walsh-Taylor. The first episode was broadcast on BBC Two on 11 January 2006. A second series began on July 12, 2007 on BBC Two. The series premièred on Australian television on June 27, 2007, playing on a 9:30 p.m. Wednesday timeslot on ABC. Kevin Cecil is a British scriptwriter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The name John Henderson may refer to: John Henderson (Member of the influential rock band Single and Available) John Henderson (AFL football) John Henderson (clergyman), early settler in Yalobusha County, Mississippi John Henderson (director), British film and television director John Henderson (Mississippi politician), U.S. Senator John Henderson (music), head... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... is the 11th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 193rd day of the year (194th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For the BBC radio station, see BBC Radio 2. ... is the 178th day of the year (179th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Australian Broadcasting Corporation or ABC is Australias national non-profit public broadcaster. ...


According to star Nick Frost and writer Kevin Cecil, there are no plans for a third series.

Contents

Cast and characters

  • Nick Frost as Space Commander Michael "Mike/Lucky Jack/Hendo" Henderson: Henderson's "Space Force File" on the official website claims that "Henderson rose through the ranks in exactly the way we say people can in the recruitment ads, yet endeavour to prevent in practice. Henderson shows initiative; always a dangerous sign." His education was received at Dagenham Secondary Modern and New Portsmouth Cadet Camp. His favoured Monopoly token is the hat. Henderson is an idealistic explorer, eager to meet new races, and feels he is undervalued given his low-priority assignments. He regularly sends video messages to his nephew, telling of his exploits.His favoured show is 'Captain Helix'.
  • Kevin Eldon as First Officer Eduardo Pauline York: York is a brilliant scientist and tactician, second in command of the Camden Lock. He is also a borderline psychopath, obsessed with and taking immense joy in violence, needing only the slightest provocation to attack someone. He believes in a hardline doctrine and feels Commander Henderson is too lenient regarding the crew and application of regulations. He does not trust Technical Officer Jeffers, and has the ability to hold his breath for seven and a half hours to avoid the effects of sedative gas. He also shows great affection towards Sandstrom, appearing to be in love with her at certain points in the show, even becoming Jealous when Vine is kissing Sandstrom in his "Pub-conscious".Like his friend Henderson York also watches 'Captain Helix'.
  • Miranda Hart as Diplomatic Officer Chloe Alice Teal: Teal has a large and obvious crush on Commander Henderson, who has not responded to her advances. Teal's skills as a diplomat could be questioned, as during the episode Hello, Queppu, her drunken outburst results in the Queppu imprisoning the three senior officers of the Camden Lock.
HMS Camden Lock.
HMS Camden Lock.
  • Stephen Evans as Navigator Dave Vine: Vine's greatest apparent achievement to date is purchasing a planet in an auction. The planet was quickly renamed Vineworld with such locations as Vine City 1 and Vine Ridge. Vine is a quiet member of the crew, uncomfortable with standing up to the outgoing personality of Jeffers or the authoritarianism of York. He is a collector of 1990's "antiques", believing it to be a simpler time; this is reflected by his "pub-conscious", which is the only dream he has, a pub in 1995, where it is revealed that he, like York, is attracted to Sandstrom.
  • Dan Antopolski as Technical Officer Karl Jeffers: Jeffers is an easy going and lax member of the bridge crew who has been placed in command of the Camden Lock on at least two occasions by Commander Henderson. He dislikes York and makes written notes on all the senior officer's mistakes. Jeffers has a liking for alien music; in particular, he enjoyed listening to the Lallakiss war anthem, "Kill the Humans" whilst on duty.
  • Petra Massey as Sandstrom: Sandstrom is an enhanced human, a cyborg interface needed to ensure the Camden Lock keeps functioning. She agreed to have her body and mind modified in exchange for the Space Force paying off her student loan, assuming the offer would not be made if the procedure was not safe. Her personality was then overwritten and she functions much like an android, although chocolate seems to have an adverse emotional effect on her. She seems to have a lot of affection for York, and is much more obvious about her feelings for him than he is about his for her. She gets very jealous whenever another Enhanced comes on board.
  • Maggie Service as a variety of Computer Voices: These serve primarily as throwaway lines and interstitials, and include user interfaces (To access the toilet, enter the second, fourth and eighty-third numbers in your security code) and shipwide announcements (Attention all crew: Today is Take Your Clone to Work Day. If you don't have a clone, go and see the Clone Officer on Level 7). In Season Two, some Computer Voices are played by Ewan Bailey.

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HMS Camden Lock

The shape of the HMS Camden Lock is based on the BT Tower
The shape of the HMS Camden Lock is based on the BT Tower

The design for the HMS Camden Lock was based loosely upon the BT Tower in London. It is a 'Wendover' class ship and measures 376m long by 90m wide. The ship's registration is XH558 - the same serial number as the RAF's last flying Avro Vulcan bomber. Shuttlebay doors on the Camden are shown with the Union Jack embossed on them, which is part of the proudly British theme of the series. Download high resolution version (716x1724, 233 KB)The BT Tower. ... Download high resolution version (716x1724, 233 KB)The BT Tower. ... The BT Tower is a tall cylindrical building in London, England. ... Wendover is a picturesque market town that sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England. ... RAF redirects here. ... The Avro Vulcan was a British delta wing subsonic bomber, operated by the Royal Air Force from 1953 until 1984. ... Flag Ratio: 1:2 Union Jack is the commonly used name for the Union Flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ...


Camden Lock is powered by P-Rods, with the P standing for Perfectly safe, although it is rumoured to stand for Plutonium. Her maximum speed is 170 Vs -- any higher and the Reactors overheat. Her maximum crush depth is 197 atmospheres.


She is armed with missiles and pulse weapons of some form.


The Green Javelins also use 'Wendover' class ships. Wendover is a picturesque market town that sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England. ...


Camden Lock is a real lock on a canal in London. Before it lost its franchise, TV-AM was broadcast from studios at Camden Lock, which are now owned by MTV Networks Europe. Camden Lock is a double manually-operated lock on the Regents Canal in Camden Town, London, England. ... The word lock came from Anglo-Saxon loca = a secure enclosure. Currently lock has several meanings: A lock (device) is a mechanical fastening device which may be used on a door, vehicle, safe, or other container. ... For other uses, see Canal (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... TV-am was a breakfast television station that broadcast in the United Kingdom from 1983 to 1992. ... Broadcasting is the distribution of audio and/or video signals which transmit programs to an audience. ... Adriaen van Ostade. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


Series and episodes list

Pilot

Series One

  1. A Gift from the Glish
  2. Hello, Queppu
  3. Weekend Off
  4. Asteroid
  5. Clare
  6. Assessment

Series Two

  1. Green Javelins
  2. Artifact
  3. Admiral's Daughter
  4. Harvest
  5. Dreamgate
  6. Convoy

Notes

  • Nick Frost's character shares his first name with the character, Mike Watt, whom Frost played in the surreal comedy, Spaced.
  • Nick Frost and Miranda Hart first performed together in 2004 on the Radio 4 panel game 'The 99p Challenge' which can be downloaded here
  • Equipment amongst the central rotating communication area of the Camden Lock bears the name CVC - Vorderman Communications, a nod to Carol Vorderman.
  • The laser guns wielded by the crew of the Camden Lock bear a striking resemblance to crutches. There is some debate amongst fans as to whether this is because they are dual purpose to save weight on ship and to aid injured soldiers, or if it is intentional so as to refer to low-budget sci-fi shows which would often use mundane objects as props for futuristic weapons.
  • Actor Geoffrey McGivern who plays the Supreme Ruler in 'Hello Queppu' and 'Artefact' also played Ford Prefect in the original BBC radio 4 series of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy ( 1978-80 ) by Douglas Adams.
  • Waen Shepherd (who plays Captain Helix) and Andy Riley (one of the writers) were both stage dancers for The Pod, a comedy techno act fronted by Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh and animator and video director Tim Hope.
  • The set of binoculars used by York when the crew first arrived on the planet in "Hello, Queppu" is clearly a set of Wild Planet "Spy Night Scope" binoculars.

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External links

  • Official BBC Website
  • Hyperdrive - Radio times
  • Hyperdrive at the Internet Movie Database
  • Qurios Entertainment, responsible for Hyperdrive's animation and visual effects
  • Hybrid Enterprises Ltd, responsible for all Prosthetic & Creature Makeup Effects

 
 

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