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Release Date:
29 September 1967 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
Captain Scarlet is indestructible. You are not! Remember this. Do not try to imitate him!
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Cast

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Ed Bishop ... Captain Blue (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Donald Gray ... The Mysterons / ... (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Francis Matthews ... Captain Scarlet (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Cy Grant ... Lieutenant Green (31 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jeremy Wilkin ... Captain Ochre / ... (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
Elizabeth Morgan ... Destiny Angel / ... (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paul Maxwell ... Captain Grey / ... (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
Janna Hill ... Symphony Angel / ... (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
Martin King ... Guard / ... (25 episodes, 1967-1968)
Gary Files ... Captain Magenta / ... (24 episodes, 1967-1968)
Sylvia Anderson ... Melody Angel / ... (23 episodes, 1967-1968)
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Captain Brown / ... (23 episodes, 1967-1968)
David Healy ... Commodore Goddard / ... (18 episodes, 1967-1968)
Lian-Shin ... Harmony Angel (13 episodes, 1968)
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Series Directed by
Alan Perry (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ken Turner (8 episodes, 1967-1968)
Robert Lynn (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Brian Burgess (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
Leo Eaton (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Writing credits
Gerry Anderson (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Sylvia Anderson (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Tony Barwick (18 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Curran (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
David Williams (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Shane Rimmer (3 episodes, 1967-1968)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... executive producer (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Read .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Reg Hill .... producer (29 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (30 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Cinematography by
Julien Lugrin (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
Paddy Seale (12 episodes, 1967-1968)
Teddy Catford (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert C. Dearberg (11 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Beaton (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harry MacDonald (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Production Design by
Keith Wilson (31 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Lageu (16 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Art Direction by
Grenville Nott (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bob Bell (8 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Production Management
Frank Hollands .... production manager (27 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Keith Lund .... assistant director (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Leo Eaton .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Anderson .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ian Spurrier .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1968)
Ian Griffiths .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1968)
 
Series Art Department
Arthur Cripps .... property master (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Tim Cooksey .... sculptor (27 episodes, 1967-1968)
Terry Curtis .... sculptor (27 episodes, 1967-1968)
Plugg Shutt .... sculptor (27 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bob Bell .... supervising art director (23 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Brown .... sculpting supervisor (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Sound Department
Don Brill .... dialogue editor (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Peverill .... supervising sound editor (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jack Kemsley .... visual effects second unit electronic developer (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Wragg .... visual effects second unit director (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Derek Meddings .... supervising visual effects director / visual effects supervisor (28 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ted Wooldridge .... visual effects lighting cameraman: second unit / visual effects second unit lighting camera (23 episodes, 1967-1968)
Les Paul .... visual effects lighting cameraman: second unit / visual effects lighting cameraman / ... (20 episodes, 1967-1968)
Brian Burgess .... visual effects production manager (18 episodes, 1967-1968)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... visual effects director (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jimmy Elliott .... visual effects director (15 episodes, 1967-1968)
Bert Mason .... visual effects lighting cameraman / visual effects lighting camera (15 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harry Ledger .... visual effects production manager (14 episodes, 1967-1968)
Noel Rowland .... visual effects camera operator: second unit (12 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ted Cutlack .... visual effects camera operator: second unit (9 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Shann .... visual effects camera operator: second unit (6 episodes, 1967-1968)
Harry Oakes .... visual effects lighting cameraman (5 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Derek Black .... camera operator (15 episodes, 1967-1968)
Alan McDonald .... camera operator (15 episodes, 1967-1968)
Nick Procopides .... camera operator (15 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ted Cutlack .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1968)
Ron Gallifant .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1967-1968)
Noel Rowland .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1967)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Iris Richens .... wardrobe (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Editorial Department
Len Walter .... supervising editor (31 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Music Department
George Randall .... music editor (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Barry Gray .... musical director / music director (31 episodes, 1967-1968)
 
Series Other crew
Tony Barwick .... script editor (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Mary Turner .... puppetry coordinator / puppet coordinator (32 episodes, 1967-1968)
Christine Glanville .... puppetry supervisor (28 episodes, 1967-1968)
Desmond Saunders .... supervising director (23 episodes, 1967-1968)
Mel Cross .... puppeteer (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
Peter Johns .... puppeteer (17 episodes, 1967-1968)
James Cowan .... dialogue synchronization (15 episodes, 1967-1968)
Tony Bell .... dialogue synchronization (13 episodes, 1967-1968)
Jan King .... puppeteer (11 episodes, 1967-1968)
Judith Morgan .... puppeteer (10 episodes, 1967-1968)
Wanda Webb .... puppeteer / puppetry supervisor / ... (9 episodes, 1967-1968)
John Lane .... puppeteer (4 episodes, 1967-1968)
Ian Spurrier .... dialogue synchronization (2 episodes, 1967)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Captain Scarlet" - USA (DVD title)
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Runtime:
25 min (32 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:G | UK:U | USA:TV-PG | USA:TV-G | USA:TV-PG (some episodes)

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Trivia:
According to Gerry Anderson on the DVD commentary for the Pilot episode The Mysterons were written as an invisible enemy because Gerry didn't want to offend any aliens if life were ever found on Mars.See more »
Quotes:
The Mysterons:[Their last line, from series finale] This is the voice of the Mysterons. We know you can hear us, Earthmen. The powers of the Mysterons are infinite. We can distort space and time. We have shown you the consequences of your primitive and aggressive behavior. It has been decided by our Imperial Council that a peaceful settlement with the planet Earth might someday be possible...See more »
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Featured in The 100 Greatest Kids TV Shows (2001) (TV)See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
They don't make them like this any more, 13 September 2001
Author: mikerichards from Milton Keynes, Bucks, UK

Perhaps an entire generation was scarred by the voices of the Mysterons - between them and the Daleks I spent a good part of my childhood hiding behind the sofa. It was certainly a golden age for children with the prodigious talents of Gerry Anderson ensuring a constant stream of spectacular programmes for after school entertainment.

'Captain Scarlet' was a follow-on to the immensely successful 'Thunderbirds', and whilst technically superior it never achieved the same level of popularity. Why? I think the answer lies in 'Captain Scarlet' being a darker production, sometime after 'Thunderbirds' Gerry Anderson seems to have lost a lot of his faith in humanity. The Mysteron conflict is started by human stupidity. Technology goes horribly wrong - and this time people die as a consequence.

Or maybe it's just unpopular because the theme music isn't anywhere as catchy.

Storywise, well there is a common plot. The Mysterons kindly inform Earth of their latest plan by means of a cryptic clue, (obviously they are a race of frustrated Martian crossword compilers). Shortly afterwards they use their patented replication technology to make a copy of a person who then goes about fulfilling the Mysteron plans; think 'Invasion of the Bodysnatchers' remade for kids. The Mysteron chief agent on Earth was the creepy Captain Black who desperately needed a shave and somehow managed to escape every week. It's all up to Captain Scarlet and his colour-coordinated sidekicks to save the day in a nuclear-powered, high-rise, high-speed world.

It is clear that Gerry Anderson was just itching to move into live-action television (something he would achieve with the later 'UFO'), and was running into the limitations of puppets. Whilst technical advances between 'Thunderbirds' and 'Captain Scarlet' meant that it was possible to produce anatomically correctly proportioned puppets; string puppets could not be made to walk convincingly. So 'Captain Scarlet' is filled with shots of sitting people, moving walkways or head and shoulder shots. The use of much thinner strings on the puppets and insert shots for hands helps sell the illusion.

In the end the weaknesses don't matter. The Century 21 team had established the formula with 'Thunderbirds'. Mix some high speed chases, a perilous situation for the heroes and end it all with a satisfying explosion or two and you can ensure that 25 minutes whip past before anyone can nit-pick.

Like any Anderson production, the story used a lavish number of models and sets (almost all of which ended up in ruins by the end of the programme). Many of them are now classics - the SPV tank and the futuristic Spectrum Patrol Car were lovingly moulded into die-cast toys and were repeatedly crashed in living rooms around the country. If anyone has mine, please let me know! As always the special effects were of the very highest standard (many of the people involved went on to work with Kubrick on '2001') and still look good today.

Re-watching the programme, one thing I found particularly striking were the strong roles given to women characters people who weren't British or American. Spectrum agents are a mix of all nationalities and ethnicities, apparently Anderson wanted children of all races to have heroes and learn to play together - not a bad aim for the 1960s and something that more programmes could remember.

Looking at it today, 'Captain Scarlet' has survived much better than most programming of the era. Produced on a lavish budget and shot on film, it has been digitally remastered for re-broadcast and DVD and positively glows. Somehow the colours look richer than modern productions and the storytelling doesn't appear to be designed for the very stupid. Even down to the classic retro-futuristic fonts and the wonderful Century 21 logo it still looks modern.

In short, I still love it.

As they used to say at the end of each show; Captain Scarlet is indestructible. You are not. Remember this, do not try to imitate him.

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