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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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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
15 September 1965 (Netherlands) See more »
Plot:
In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service. Full summary »
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Cast

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Peter Dyneley ... Jeff Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)

Shane Rimmer ... Scott Tracy / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Graham ... Brains / ... (32 episodes, 1965-1966)

Ray Barrett ... John Tracy / ... (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Finn ... Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... (30 episodes, 1965-1966)
Matt Zimmerman ... Alan Tracy / ... (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
David Holliday ... Virgil Tracy / ... (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson ... Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... (24 episodes, 1965-1966)
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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
Gerry Anderson (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson (32 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Fennell (10 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo (7 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
Paddy Seale (4 episodes, 1965)

John Read (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Harry MacDonald (15 episodes, 1965-1966)
Harry Ledger (10 episodes, 1965-1966)
Peter Elliott (6 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (26 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Costume Design by
Sylvia Anderson (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Maurice Askew .... sound (4 episodes, 1965)
Roy Lafbery .... dialogue editor (3 episodes, 1965)

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)

Joy Cuff .... model maker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Geoff Meldrum .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Other crew
Gerry Anderson .... script supervisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Sylvia Anderson .... script supervisor (31 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alan Pattillo .... script editor (25 episodes, 1965-1966)
Mary Turner .... puppetry supervisor (20 episodes, 1965-1966)
Christine Glanville .... puppetry supervisor (19 episodes, 1965-1966)
 

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

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Trivia:
Some of the guest characters were named after real people. For example: Lt. Bob Meddings (seen in the episodes "Trapped In The Sky") was named after Art Director Bob Bell and visual effects supervisor Derek Meddings. Dr. Korda (seen in the episode "Day Of Disaster") was named after Hungarian-born film producer/director Sir Alexander Korda; Lady Penelope's alter ego Wanda Lamour (from the episode "The Cham-Cham") was named after puppeteer Wanda Brown (née Wanda Webb).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In five episodes, there are newspapers with the date Friday, 24 December 1964 on the front cover, and was clearly not intended to be seen by viewers. (Oddly enough, 24 December 1964 was a Thursday).See more »
Quotes:
[Opening narration]
Jeff Tracy:5, 4, 3, 2, 1! Thunderbirds are go!
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Soundtrack:
Dangerous GameSee more »

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What does FAB stand for ?
Is it true John Tracy was "relegated" to Thunderbird 5?
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Immortal Sci-Fi Marionette Series, 19 November 2002
Author: Michael Daly (fanstp43@aol.com) from United States

Thunderbirds is justly remembered as Gerry Anderson's best series, and its mixture of memorable characters, superb production values, strong scripts, and tense action remains enticing. The concept of a "free-lance" rescue organization using highly advanced machinery for rescues in exceptionally dangerous situations hits home immediately, and the characterization (enhanced by the show's one-hour format) adds enormously to the tension and sympathy within the show's 32 episodes.

Anderson recruited a superior voice cast in Peter Dyneley, Shane Rimmer, David Holliday (who regrettably left the show after its first season), Matt Zimmerman, veteran AP Film voices David Graham and Ray Barrett, Christine Finn, Gerry's then-wife Sylvia, and John Tate. Though some of the dialogue can be a bit cheesy, it still works, imbuing each character with sympathy and draw. It all enhances the enjoyably lavish sets, props, and special effects that create the intriuguing mixture of future with circa-1964 present. Adding a sweep and majesty to the procedings is the score of Barry Gray, using a large orchestra and displaying an often clever grasp of its strength, from the opening teaser and main march openings to each episode through the many incidental cues used, employing multiple instruments down to a solo by banjo or guitar to create the proper atmosphere.

When it all comes to conclusion, the show wins on almost every level, making for an immortal series.

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