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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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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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 (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 (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson .... script supervisor (13 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Glanville .... puppetry supervisor (11 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mary Turner .... puppetry supervisor (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo .... script editor (7 episodes, 1965-1966)

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Additional Details

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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?

Issue 65 of "Thunderbirds - the Comic" revealed the Hood's real name as Belah Gaat.See more »
Continuity: The large digit "3" at the rear of Thunderbird 3 always reads left-to-right, regardless of whether the spaceship is flying towards the left or towards the right. It is assumed that 2 different models were used, since when the spaceship is rising vertically with 2 of the 3 sides visible, the "3" digit may appear in either orientation.See more »
Virgil Tracy:Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
[Thunderbird One does not answer]
John Tracy:He's got to have made it, he's GOT to.
Virgil Tracy:Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
Scott Tracy:Loud and clear.
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
What was it like to be a kid back in the 60's went this came on, 14 February 2003
Author: raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina



And what youngster who didn't recognized the start of the show's theme during the 1960's where the era of James Bond, mini-skirts, and just about every spy show there is to boot?

First off,I am a HUGE fan of this show. My parents didn't understand it. My brother didn't care about it. As for me and my cousin who would thumb through the TV section in the local newspaper to see what time it came on....DEFINITELY YES!!!! WE WOULD NEVER MISS IT!!!!

During my childhood in the late-1960's and early 1970's,this show would come on every weekday afternoon and mostly Saturday mornings and afternoons as well as me and my cousin would be hooked to the TV set to catch what the Thunderbirds would get into next cause with this show you can expect the unexpected. For some,they may say that this show consisted of models and puppets and geared toward children as it target audience.....and in my book.....THEY WERE WRONG! THIS SHOW ROCKS!!!!

For the 32 episodes that ran during its two seasons(which was showed first in Britain and then on American television on NBC-TV which after it went off the air in 1966,its repeats continue way into 1970 and from there into syndication until for the remainder of the decade until it disappear in oblivion during the 1980's and 1990's)this show was not just your typical kiddie fare material but it was so more much. Where else can you see gorgeous ladies in distress,spectacular machinary that was out of this world and was the best part of the show,amazing spy gadgets and outlandish sets of wonder and magical beyond belief,and not to even mention evil villains set out to take over the world and also spellbinding cliffhanging excitement that left you in total amazement.

All presented in brilliant color and Supermarionation!!!!

It was no wonder that when the show went off the air in 1966,the crew made their first ever feature length motion picture of the same title which was an international hit. However,the Thunderbird producers Garry and Sylvia Anderson went on to create not just other animated shows,but produced the live-action feature length film "Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun"(ITC/Universal,1969)and the series "Space:1999"(Syndication, 1975-1978)with former Mission:Impossible stars Barbara Bain and Martin Landau.

However after a lengthly absence,The Technology Channel or Tech-TV has brought back all those wonderful memories from the essence of my childhood which are showed Thursday nights. Great series. Don't miss one breathtaking episode!

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