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UK, BBC, Children's sitcom, Colour, 1992
Starring: Linden Kirk, Mark Arden, Bernard Wright

An above-average entry in the children's sitcom genre, with a witty script and interesting characters and situations. Like a cross between All Creatures Great And Small and Red Dwarf Spacevets had a classy look and a neat set that belied its relatively small budget.

The series charted the adventures of an Intergalactic Animal Health Service team, travelling the cosmos aboard the craft Dispensable in order to tend sick alien animals. The vets are headed by 13-year-old Captain Keith Pubble (played by Linden Kirk - not the first Kirk to boldly go into space), a bright boy, thanks to the computer chip embedded in his forehead. (In the third series Pubble was replaced by Captain Skip Chip, played by Mark Arden, half of the comedy duo Arden and Frost.) The captain's crew, alas, are not so together, and are prone to bickering. Pubble's second officer - Number Two - hails from a planet where numbers are given instead of names (thus his full 'name' is 246390); he is hundreds of years old but, underlining his ineptitude, still hasn't managed to work his way up to captain. The ship's communications officer, Mona, is constantly at loggerheads with Number Two but never happier than when indulging her passion for chocolate. Completing the crew is Dogsbody, the security officer and mechanic first class, a puppet dog voiced by occasional writer Robin Kingsland. (Many of the alien creatures the crew encountered in their adventures were puppets, operated by Richard Robinson.)

Researched and written by Mark Lewisohn.

Linden Kirk - Captain K (Keith) Pubble (series 1 & 2)
Mark Arden - Captain Skip Chip (series 3)
Bernard Wright - Number Two
Ann Bryson - Mona
Robin Kingsland - Dogsbody (voice)

Stephen Edmondson - Creator
Jerome Vincent - Creator
Christopher Middleton - Writer
Robin Kingsland - Writer
Wayne Jackman - Writer
Steven Andrew - Director
Greg Childs - Producer
Transmission Details
Number of episodes: 39 Length: 15 mins
Series One (13) 29 Sep-22 Dec 1992 · BBC1 Tue 4.05pm
Series Two (13) 28 Sep-7 Dec 1993 · BBC1 Tue 4.20pm
Series Three (13) Spacevets III 27 Sep-20 Dec 1994 · BBC1 Tue 4.15pm

The information in the Guide to Comedy is complied from 'The Radio Times Guide to Television Comedy' by Mark Lewisohn, published by BBC Books. More information about the book is available from the BBC Shop.
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