23 May 2016

Set Phasers to Stun: Marcus Berkmann on 50 years of Star Trek

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:10 pm on 23 May 2016

Fifty years ago the Starship Enterprise set off on a five-year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before. It ended up as a cult classic and a commercial flop.

Mr Spock

Photo: YouTube screenshot

The American science fiction programme Star Trek ventured into then-alien territory in 1966 with a racially diverse cast and the first interracial kiss on TV. The original TV series lasted just three years, but spawned a franchise of television and big-budget movies like no other.

Marcus Berkmann – journalist, author and ardent trekkie – explores the Star Trek universe and its place in pop culture in his new book Set Phasers to Stun: 50 years of Star Trek.

He talks with Jesse Mulligan: