RADIO TIMES: As a result of Blake's abortive attack on the Federation's main control centre, a court martial is convened in Space Command Headquarters. On the Liberator Blake prepares to desert his crew...
Broadcast: Tuesday 13th February, 1979: 7.15pm - 8.10pm, BBC 1
Writer: Chris Boucher
Director: Derek Martinus
"I was an instrument of the service. So if I'm guilty of murder, of mass murder, then so are all of you!" Travis
Samor - John Savident
Bercol - John Bryans
Rontane - Peter Miles
Thania - Victoria Fairbrother
Zil - Claire Lewis
Par - Kevin Lloyd
Lye - Graham Sinclair
Guard Commander - Colin Dunn
Production Assistant - Jackie Willows, Pauline Smithson
Production Unit Manager - Sheelagh Rees
Film Cameraman - Max Samett
Film Recordist - John Gatland
Film Editor - Sheila S. Tomlinson
Series Videotape Editors - Sam Upton (Uncredited), Malcolm Banthorpe (Uncredited)
Visual Effects Designer - Mat Irvine, Peter Pegrum, Andrew Lazell
Electronic Effects - A.J. Mitchell
Studio Lighting - Brian Clemett
Studio Sound - Malcolm Johnson
Special Sound - Richard Yeoman-Clark
Costume Designer - Barbara Kidd
Make Up Artist - Ann Ailes
Music By - Dudley Simpson
Series Created By - Terry Nation
Trial was written by Chris Boucher and directed by Derek Martinus (who had directed any episodes of Doctor Who).
The working title for Trial was ‘Travis’. The script was commissioned in early 1978. The first draft took 3 weeks to complete, was written in long-hand by Boucher & typed up by his wife
The episode was originally Episode 7 but was moved back to Episode 6 after Pip & Jane Baker's 'Death-Squad' was abandoned.
Peter Miles (Rontane) and John Bryans (Bercol) returned from Seek-Locate-Destroy in Series A.
John Savident played Samor & would return in Series D. Savident later became a regular in Coronation Street as Fred Elliott.
Kevin Lloyd played Trooper Par and went on to find fame in the Bill.
Filming for the scenes on the alien planet took place at the Royal Alexandra and Albert School at Merstham in Surrey. Gareth Thomas & Claire Lewis (Zil) were required for location filming from Monday 13 November to Tuesday 14 November 1978.
New model filming was required for the sequence of the Liberator’s attack on Space Command HQ.
Studio recording took place in TC6 from Thurs 28 to Friday 29 December, 1978. Not all footage was recorded and a remount was needed in the next recording block on Wed 10 Jan 1979.
Dudley Simpson’s incidental music was recorded on Monday 15 January, 1979.