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"Thunderbirds" (1965) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1965-1966

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Thunderbirds: Season 2: Episode 6 -- While Christmas preparations are underway at both Tracy Island and a local children's hospital, which is expanding to incorporate a new radiotherapy wing, a pair of criminals attempt to burgle a high-tech vault storing gold bullion.


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Release Date:
15 September 1965 (Netherlands) See more »
In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service. Full summary »
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Wild action drama fantasy for TV. See more (35 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 11)
Sylvia Anderson ... Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Peter Dyneley ... Jeff Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Graham ... Brains / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)

Shane Rimmer ... Scott Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Matt Zimmerman ... Alan Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)

Ray Barrett ... John Tracy / ... (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Finn ... Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Holliday ... Virgil Tracy / ... (26 episodes, 1965-1966)

Series Directed by
Desmond Saunders (11 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Lane (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Elliott (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Brian Burgess (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Writing credits
Alan Fennell (10 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gerry Anderson (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Dennis Spooner (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
Donald Robertson (4 episodes, 1965-1966)
Martin Crump (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Tony Barwick (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... producer / executive producer (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Reg Hill .... associate producer / producer (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Read .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1966)
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Cinematography by
John Read (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Film Editing by
Len Walter (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry MacDonald (14 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Ledger (10 episodes, 1965-1966)
Peter Elliott (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Grenville Nott (6 episodes, 1966)
Series Costume Design by
Sylvia Anderson (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Sylvia Anderson .... character visualisation / characters created by (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Brown .... sculptor / sculpting supervisor (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Arthur Cripps .... property master (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Blundall .... sculptor (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Grenville Nott .... assistant art director (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mary Turner .... puppetry supervisor (20 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Glanville .... puppetry supervisor (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Keith Wilson .... designer (6 episodes, 1966)
Series Sound Department
John Peverill .... supervising sound editor (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Roy Lafbery .... dialogue editor (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Maurice Askew .... sound (27 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Taylor .... sound (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Brian Hickin .... sound editor (10 episodes, 1965)
John Beaton .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Tony Lenny .... sound editor (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ken Scrivener .... sound (6 episodes, 1966)
Norman A. Cole .... sound editor (4 episodes, 1966)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1966)

Lionel Strutt .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... supervising special effects director / special effects director (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Michael Wilson .... special effects lighting cameraman / special effects lighting (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Oakes .... special effects lighting cameraman: second unit / special effects lighting cameraman (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Brian Johnson .... special effects director: second unit / special effects assistant (21 episodes, 1965-1966)
Gary Coxall .... camera operator: second unit (16 episodes, 1965-1966)
John Foley .... special effects camera operator: second unit / camera operator: second unit (9 episodes, 1965)
Jimmy Elliott .... special effects director (5 episodes, 1966)
Ian Scoones .... special effects director: second unit (3 episodes, 1966)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... special effects director: second unit / special effects director (3 episodes, 1966)

Joy Cuff .... model maker (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jimmy Elliott .... camera operator (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Julien Lugrin .... lighting cameraman (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Perry .... camera operator (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Paddy Seale .... lighting cameraman (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Geoff Meldrum .... camera operator (12 episodes, 1965-1966)
Noel Rowland .... camera operator (8 episodes, 1966)
Gary Coxall .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1966)
Series Animation Department
Judith Shutt .... puppet operator (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Wanda Webb .... puppet operator (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ernest Shutt .... puppet operator (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Carolyn Turner .... puppet operator (12 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elizabeth Coleman .... wardrobe (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Editorial Department
Gerry Anderson .... script supervisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson .... script supervisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo .... script editor (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Music Department
Barry Gray .... music directed by (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Other crew
Gerry Anderson .... script supervisor (14 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson .... script supervisor (12 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Glanville .... puppetry supervisor (11 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mary Turner .... puppetry supervisor (8 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo .... script editor (6 episodes, 1965-1966)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
50 min (32 episodes)
Color (Videcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | Stereo (re-mastered version)

Did You Know?

Fenella Fielding was Gerry Anderson's first choice for the voice of Lady Penelope.See more »
Plot holes: There are some episodes in which civilian personnel who are being assisted by International Rescue refer to the Tracy brothers by name. How would they know their names? IR is a secret organization and it's highly unlikely they would give out their names.See more »
[Opening narration]
Jeff Tracy:5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Thunderbirds are go!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)See more »
Thunderbirds (Main Titles)See more »


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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Wild action drama fantasy for TV., 22 February 2004
Author: roddmatsui from los angeles

This is perfect entertainment.

Everyone can appreciate a good puppet show, and everyone can appreciate a good model; but this show took puppet shows and models to a bold new level of detailing and production complexity. I imagine that on paper it might have looked crazy to some, but believe me, it works. It is indeed, as mentioned in another viewer's comment, like a world of toys come to vibrant life.

The making of this show necessitated a fabricated miniature universe. For the premise to work, that world had to be obsessively detailed, with every doorknob, switch, coat button and lock of hair. If the show went to the mountains, they created the mountains. When the ships were in flight, they created the sky. Whatever was needed to pull the story off was built; there was no limit. That these people created a world as believably as they did deserves real praise.

"Thunderbirds" represented a budgetary step up and a refinement of technique for Gerry Anderson, who for years had worked to perfect an all-puppet TV show that could be taken as serious drama. It was always targeted at kids, but the stories seldom featured child characters, and being a "rescue show," the characters were routinely placed in very threatening predicaments. The effects used to depict scenes of destruction (supervised by Derek Meddings) were often frighteningly realistic. When I saw it as a kid, actually, I had no interest in it, because it seemed dry and "too adult." Seeing it many years later, my reaction was "Wow! How adult!"

The show is the source of many amusing chuckles today, mainly because its seriousness is absolutely unflinching, despite the fact that the puppets obviously aren't real people. The action was played straight, with appropriate dramatic music cues, and conventional film camera angles and cutting. This all conspired to create a very convincing puppet universe--one that no one would dare attempt today.

The recent DVD releases (from A&E) have gone through a digital cleanup process, which has brightened the colors and sharpened the images considerably. The original monaural audio has also been incorporated into a new surround-stereo "remix" featuring additional sound effects tracks. The augmented explosions are deafeningly loud at times--which is perhaps as it should be!

In a word: Amazing.

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