It was 1976, I was 15, and on Sunday afternoons the whole family, wherever they were, ran home to see the episode of “Space 1999”. At that time there was no Raiplay, there was no TV on demand and there were still no VCRs. What was transmitted was ephemeral like the “stories” of Instagram, if you lost it it was forever and, perhaps, to be able to see it again you had to wait years.

“Space 1999” was a British science fiction television series created in 1973 by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. It told the story of a group of people in a lunar space base. Following the explosion of a nuclear waste deposit, which…