UFO (1970–1973)

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Series cast summary:
 Cmdr. Ed Straker (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Dolores Mantez ...
 Nina Barry (23 episodes, 1970-1973)
Michael Billington ...
 Col. Paul Foster (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ayshea Brough ...
 SHADO Operative (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
George Sewell ...
 Col. Alec Freeman (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Keith Alexander ...
 Lt. Keith Ford (15 episodes, 1970-1973)
 Joan Harrington (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
 Lt. Gay Ellis / ... (11 episodes, 1970-1973)


In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending the Earth from this alien threat. This organization is named SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization) and operates from a secret location beneath a film studio. They also operate a fleet of submarines and have a base on the moon as well as an early warning satellite that detects inbound UFOs. UFOs can be destroyed in space by Interceptors which are launched from Moonbase. If one gets through it can be attacked in the Earth's atmosphere by a high altitude aircraft launched from one of the submarines. If a UFO also avoids this and manages to land it can be tracked and destroyed by a number of Mobiles (armored vehicles) which are deployed throughout the world. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Release Date:

16 September 1970 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Alerte dans l'espace  »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Gerry Anderson intended the second season of the series to focus on alien attempts to destroy the Moon. When "UFO" was cancelled, Anderson developed this idea into Space: 1999 (1975). See more »


The exterior shots of the moonbase interceptors clearly show the cockpit canopies extend for another foot or so behind the pilot, yet in the interior shots of the ships, there are switches and dials overhead. See more »


Dr. Doug Jackson: [playing catch with a lighter] Did you see it stop?
Col. Paul Foster: Stop?
Dr. Doug Jackson: Look, I throw it up, then it falls back into my hand. But for a split second just at the top of trajectory, it stops. Did you see it?
[Foster shrugs]
Dr. Doug Jackson: But it did stop!
Col. Paul Foster: If you say so.
Dr. Doug Jackson: No, Foster, it didn't. It's moving forward at five hundred knots like everything else in this plane. And yet again, this whole aircraft is moving in rotation with the earth. Confusing, but fact. But then facts can be confusing in an aircraft at night at two ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits of every episode include "Century 21 fashions by Sylvia Anderson". It is uncommon for such a credit to appear at the start of a TV episode (usually such credits appear at the end). See more »


Edited into UFO: Contatto radar - Stanno atterrando (1974) See more »

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Some unfair comments
27 May 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I remember this show when I was a kid in the late 70's. Every so often it was on during Saturday afternoons. Always a fan of spaceships and such, I was hooked. I couldn't remember much other than the various vehicles and Ed Straker's hair.

I recently got the entire thing on DVD and yes it's kind of campy but it's so fun to watch. I love retro stuff. I love British programming. I love SciFi. For me this was a hit.

I can echo the comments of another poster who said that he must be the only American to have seen and remembered it. I felt the same way. All through the years I when the topic came up I would describe it and the series name and NO ONE would remember it to the point of questioning if there was such a series ever on American TV. There was. U.F.O.

As far as the criticism goes... Yes some of them are a bit true but that is part of what makes this a SciFi cult classic.

I love the series with all of it's campiness and am so happy to own it on DVD. I received it as a Christmas present and still haven't watched the entire thing. I take it in small doses in order to savor every last drop.

My favorite female is Joan Harrington (Antonia Ellis - what a beautiful lady) and although Ed Straker (Ed Bishop) is an awesome character I really enjoyed the "James Bond" like smoothness and eye for the ladies of Alex Freeman. (George Sewell)

My favorite prop was the liquor dispenser in Straker's office and how they are all smoking cigarettes. I don't smoke cigarettes but it's so 60's/70's.


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