Trawling YouTube in search of interesting material on UFO, I came across this intriguing pilot from 1967. Leigh had, of course, worked with Gerry Anderson previously, so it’s possibly no surprise that The Solarnauts bears some similarities to Anderson’s shows (although it becomes obvious very quickly that nobody working on the pilot had anything like the skill of Derek Meddings).
Still, it did predate UFO by several years, so it’s interesting to wonder if Anderson picked up any ideas from this. No surprise that it didn’t make it to a series, but it’s good cheesy fun and it’s a chance to see some good actors (Derek Fowlds, John Ringham) adrift in space. Plus Martine Beswick looks very nice.