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Breakfast Wednesday, 11 December, 2002, 06:49 GMT
Your ticket to the galaxy
This morning on Breakfast, a double helping of Star Trek.

The USS Enterprise's first and most famous captain, James T Kirk - alias the actor William Shatner - was a live guest on our main programme at around 8.40am.

And he stayed on to answer your emails, in a special 15-minute interactive forum.

William Shatner is in Britain to publicise the "Star Trek Adventure" which takes place at Hyde Park" from 18th December to the 31st January 2003.

He's the star of the original Gene Roddenberry Star Trek series, which began in the late 1960s.

And - in the programme's title sequence, he utters one of the most famous split infinitives of all time - "to boldly go where no man has gone before."

Find out how well William took that little nugget of information, by watching our interview with him on Breakfast.

Facts about William Shatner

  • His most recent credits include the hit movie "Showtime" with Robert DeNiro and Eddie Murphy and "Miss Congeniality" with Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine

  • His recurring role on NBC's "Third Rock from the Sun" has earned him an Emmy nomination

  • His most enduring role was for the Television series: "Star Trek"

    William Shatner
    William Shatner played Captain Kirk in the original show

    His character Captain Kirk invariably solved intergalactic conflict between entire civilisations by slugging a lone bad guy across the jaw and kissing a *good/bad alien/human black/green (*delete as applicable) woman.

  • His other hit Television series include "TJ Hooker" and "Rescue 911".

  • He is the author of 27 books, a horse-breeder and an active philanthropist.

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  • The original series was cancelled after only a three-year run on NBC in 1969. It is now broadcast almost continuously on over 120 stations in the US and in over 100 countries worldwide.

  • A 1993 study found that kids in the US learn more about science from Star Trek than from any other source.

  • Such is the impact of the series on American culture that a model of the Starship Enterprise has been displayed at the Smithsonian Institution of American History.

  • The Romulan enemy race which first appeared in the Original Series remains the only 'adversary' to have been featured on all four Star Trek series.

  • The original review of Star Trek in Variety magazine (Sept 14 1966) was far from favourable:

    Star Trek obviously solicits all-out suspension of disbelief but it won't work. It was an incredible mess of dreary complexities and confusion at the kick-off.

    Just how wrong can a critic be?

  • Perhaps the last word on the Original Series should come from William Shatner in 'Star Trek Memories':

    Over time the original cancellation of Star Trek has transformed itself from the unhappy ending of a story into the opening chapter of a far bigger tale, an astounding tale that's unsurpassed in the history of entertainment...

  • William Shatner's latest book is called I'm Working on That. The ISBN is 0671 04737 - X
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