Fifty years ago the Starship Enterprise set off on a five-year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before. It ended up as a cult classic and a commercial flop.
The American science fiction programme Star Trek ventured into then-alien territory in 1966 with a racially diverse cast and the first interracial kiss on TV. The original TV series lasted just three years, but spawned a franchise of television and big-budget movies like no other.
Marcus Berkmann – journalist, author and ardent trekkie – explores the Star Trek universe and its place in pop culture in his new book Set Phasers to Stun: 50 years of Star Trek.
He talks with Jesse Mulligan: