(With many thanks to Mike, who provided the tape)

From Starlog, April 1981 regarding the "movies" (each containing two episodes of the TV show)—


"When the new package of Apes telefilms began to make its way around the country on local TV stations, an interesting scheme was hatched by the ABC owned and operated stations to make their presentations a little more special and original. Roddy McDowall was called upon to re-create his role of Galen to tape new footage for the presentation by the ABC stations entitled "The New Planet of the Apes." The footage created by Fox to open each feature was scrapped and replaced by McDowall as the now aged Galen recalling his exciting adventures. Each "chapter" of the five part presentation open and closed with a monologue by Galen. This special presentation was made for the ABC owned and operated stations and can only be seen on them (although it's possible that ABC affiliates may get this version, it is unlikely that any affiliates of CBS, NBC or the independents will.)"

These are the videos that accompanied Back to the Planet of the Apes, The Forgotten City of the Planet of the Apes, Treachery and Greed on the Planet of the Apes, Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes and finally Farewell to the Planet of the Apes——which by the way impart some very interesting information about the fate of the astronauts!

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Videos transcribed below, thanks to Darren Stockford.

1. Back to the Planet of the Apes



Fade in on Galen, sitting at a desk. A computer is visible in the background

 "Ooh… ha-ha. Hello. Excuse me; I didn’t expect you so soon. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Galen, and I’m so glad you could join me today. It is a marvelous story you’re going to see. I remember it as if it was yesterday——your spaceship shooting out of the heavens. Oh! What a shock it must have been to discover what the world had come to. What a shock it was for me, too——heavens knows. But I’m getting ahead of myself. So, let us go back and see what it was like… back to the planet of the apes."


"Such interesting creatures, your Burke and Virdon, and in such a fix. Not to mention the fact that I was up to here <gestures to neck> myself. With Burke trapped down there with that beast Urko - I never did like him, you know, not even one little bit. But then I suppose we all feel trapped in our world at some time or another. So much to do, so little time in which to do it. Let us see tomorrow, shall we, how much time Burke may have. It was nice of you to come and spend some of your time with me. Until tomorrow, then…"


2. The Forgotten City of the Planet of the Apes



Galen chuckles and raises a tray with a cup

"I was expecting you today. I’m fully prepared for the afternoon; now won’t you join me? Our story, yes, of course... now, if you remember, my astronaut friends Virdon and Burke are in quite a fix, you see. Yes, marooned a thousand years in the future——by their time, of course - hunted by my fellow apes, seeking some silly computer to repair their flying machine, and now trapped by that horrible creature Urko. Well, let’s see what happens, shall we, in the forgotten city of the planet of the apes."


Galen plays with a toy’s mechanism

"Oh, poor Burke and Virdon all those years of training in your world of technology, only to be thrust into one of savage barbarity. It’s quite inhuman, isn’t it? Hmm. Well, there I was doing my best to help. My youthful enthusiasm. I wonder what’s to become of them, don’t you? Of course, it’s all history to me now. But then, they say that history has a way of repeating itself. Shall I see you tomorrow, then? Good."


3. Treachery and Greed on the Planet of the Apes



Galen toys with a doll’s jumper and chuckles

"Oh, there you are. It’s getting easier for me to remember your arrival. Oh, I do so look forward to our visits——much more than I looked forward to helping our astronaut friends, I’m afraid; at the risk of my very own life, I might add. Burke and Virdon captured; their precious computer disk stolen; and Urko on our trail. Goodness, I don’t know! And then, when we least expected it… well, I have never seen such treachery and greed on the planet of the apes. Oh…"


Galen is sewing something

"I was quite an operator back then, wasn’t I? And all for a couple of humans. You know the odds were all against us? Oh yes, it was only a matter of time, I’m afraid. And poor dear Virdon - for him, a matter of life and death. " <Galen tuts.>  "What we all went through for the want of an electronic brain——much less fascinating than you might think, if you ask me. I do hope that you will be back tomorrow. There is so much more I want to show you. And you …"


4. Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes



Galen is playing with a tiny doll’s hand, waving it in front of what looks like a book of human anatomy

"Marvelous, isn’t it, the human body, how it’s evolved? Oh, personally, I never tire of its complexity. I suppose it all started with Virdon and Burke in that hospital. Oh, you remember——Virdon’s escape from that horrible castle and Urko, and then being shot by his gorillas. We had no choice but to go to my friend at that hospital. And then I HAD to steal Dr Zaius’s book on human anatomy. Why, it was a matter of life, liberty and pursuit on the planet of the apes."


"Oh, isn’t it a fine kettle of fish poor Virdon and Burke find themselves in now? And with nothing but their wits to depend on. And me, back in that musty cave, knowing the worst had happened, which of course it had. Well, what do you expect from such headstrong humans? Hmm, and their empty-headed chimpanzee friend, I suppose. But then what I had to go through to try and get them out… why, oh, that was quite an adventure. I’ll see you tomorrow, then, for the final chapter."


5. Farewell to the Planet of the Apes



Galen is painting a doll’s head

"Oh, wonderful, wonderful, marvelous, you’re here. Ah, little projects do help one pass the time, don’t they? I’m almost finished with mine. Alas, I’m afraid that our time is nearly at an end, too. And here we are, Burke and Virdon not any closer to home than they were before——nothing but fish-catchers in that horrible work camp, depending on the, er, inferior intelligence of their ape companion." <Chuckles> "Now, what would your Charles Darwin say to that in our farewell to the planet of the apes?"


Galen puts the finishing touches to the model he’s been making

"And there you have it. And there you have it. Virdon and Burke? Oh, well, they found their computer in another city and disappeared into space as suddenly as they’d arrived. What about me? I certainly could have gone with them——back to your time, your world, er, where apes are kept in zoos. Tell me now, would you have come to my world, willingly? Hmm?" <The shot changes to show Galen winding up a clockwork chimp>  "You will, eventually… of course. It’s only… a matter… of time. "

Fade on a shot of a clapping human doll.