Friday Flashback: Farscape
20 years ago, Nine didn't quite know what to do with Farscape.
It was some 20 years ago that Aussie-made Farscape first screened on Australian television as a Friday night sci-fi curiosity.
Scenes were filmed in the car park behind the Olympic stadium, the Archery Park, sites around Homebush, Sylvania Waters, Middle Head National Park, and the Auburn Japanese Gardens.
Produced by The Jim Henson Company, Nine Films and Television & Hallmark Entertainment, it hit screens after changes in Nine management, leaving this rather odd show at the mercy of scheduling.
It only last 4 weeks before it was replaced by the Wimbledon tennis coverage.
It later reappeared against the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Olympics and late at night over the next two weeks, with the final episodes in December.
A second season was shown in December 2001 and shown for kids at 5pm, although some episodes with more adult themes screened later at night.
A third season landed in summer after one day cricket matches while a final season was never broadcast at all….
Having screened on the SciFi channel in the US, Farscape remains a cult favourite.
This scene features the first appearance of Tammy McIntosh as “Jool.”