Star Trek is returning to our TV screens - but Trekkies may have to pay to see it

Dr Spock and Captain Kirk were two of the original heroes of Star Trek.
Dr Spock and Captain Kirk were two of the original heroes of Star Trek.
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There's great news for ‘Trekkies’ after it was confirmed that iconic sci-fi series Star Trek is returning to our TV screens in 2017.

It will be the first new episodes of the cult series in 12 years, since Enterprise finished its run.

Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced both recent movie instalments of the much-loved franchise, will act as executive producer.

The show’s announcement said: “The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”

Interestingly, the new show will be available exclusively on CBS All Access in the US, which is CBS’s digital subscription VOD and live streaming service.

It will however also be distributed at the same time on “multiple platforms” around the world, though there’s no word yet on where it will be first screened in the UK.

Next year is the 50th anniversary of the show’s original run. Will there be a William Shatner cameo? Only time will tell.

Get hype – and get yourself in the mood – with the original TV theme:

https://youtu.be/nHhePr0TKfc