Planet of the Apes is a Science Fiction Series programme that first aired in 1974 and has been classified a PG certificate.
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Planet of the Apes (1974)
Following the runaway success of the cinematic classic of the same name, this highly successful TV series continued to tell the story of the three twentieth century astronauts who travel through a time warp and crash on Earth in 3085 A.D.
One of the astronauts is killed in the impact, and the two survivors, Alan Virdon and Pete Burke, find that they have returned to an Earth where their loved ones are long dead, where technological civilization has fallen, and where humankind is ruled by intelligent, talking simians who live in cities and preside over pastoral hinterlands.
The two astronauts are captured by horse-riding gorillas (the ape army) and taken before an orangutan tribunal. They are deemed a threat to ape security and sentenced to death. The two condemned men are visited in their cell by a curious chimpanzee named Galen, who is fascinated by their accounts of an advanced human civilization centuries past.
After Galen accidentally kills a gorilla and is charged with murder, Virdon, Burke, and Galen all escape the ape city and are fugitives hunted by a determined gorilla named Urko. Virdon manages to salvage a computer disk from the downed spaceship before it is destroyed by the gorillas, and the trio's travels take them to the earthquake-prone remains of a human city, where they are cornered by Urko's troops.
Genre: Science Fiction Series
Running Time: 60 minutes (approx)
Production Year: 1974
Classification: PG Certificate
Database last updated: 17 January - 19:10