Prisoners of Gravity: One of Jack Kirby's Last Interviews

Prisoners of Gravity: One of Jack Kirby's Last Interviews

Prisoners of Gravity was a Canadian public broadcasting television news magazine program that explored speculative fiction — science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books — and its relation to various thematic and social issues. Produced by TVOntario, the show was the brainchild of former comic retail manager Mark Askwith, writer Daniel Richler, and was hosted by Rick Green (of The Frantics comedy troupe fame). The series aired 139 episodes over 5 seasons from 1989 to 1994.

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The show was canceled in 1994 for unspecified reasons(possibly relating to TVOntario's intended programming diversification despite its growing success. According to Rick, the signature chair from the space station sat in his garage until "raccoons pooed all over it..." and it was discarded.

In the 1990s, reruns of select episodes from Season 2 onward were broadcast in America on PBS, and in Canada on the sci-fi specialty channel Space (which producer Mark Askwith had gone on to develop and continues to helm) and on Discovery Channel Canada.

Due to contractual restrictions made with interviewees at the time of the show's production, there is presently no commercial release on video or DVD. Many episodes (bar the first series) are, however, available for viewing by appointment at The Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Speculation and Fantasy public library located in downtown Toronto, Canada. The Merril Collection's tapes are reputed to be Askwith's own, donated to the collection for preservation. Interview clips from the show are also included with the CD-ROM in newer editions of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction by John Clute.

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