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 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)
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 Joan Harrington (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
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 Lt. Gay Ellis / ... (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
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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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Different ITV regions showed episodes in a random manner. This is the recommended viewing order as on the DVD releases and Fanderson website: 1 Identified 3 Computer Affair 3 Flight Path 4 Survival 5 Exposed 6 Conflict 7 The Dalotek Affair 8 A Question Of Priorities 9 Ordeal 10 The Responsibility Seat 11 The Square Triangle 12 Court Martial 13 Close Up 14 Confetti Check A-O.K. 15 E.S.P. 16 Kill Straker! 17 Sub-Smash 18 The Sound Of Silence 19 The Cat With Ten Lives 20 Destruction 21 The Man Who Came Back 22 The Psychobombs 23 Reflections In The Water 24 Timelash 25 Mindbender 26 The Long Sleep See more »

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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 »

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Col. Paul Foster: You know, death's never worried me before but right now I'm scared.
Ed Straker: You're getting older.
Col. Paul Foster: How do you mean?
Ed Straker: The older you get, the more precious life becomes. You become aware of what life is.
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22 March 2002 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Really, nobody did it better than the Andersons. But when that thing you do is so delieriously unique, that's understandable. In 1970, the "UFO" series was end of an era. It was the last production to carry the legend A GERRY ANDERSON CENTURY 21 PRODUCTION. With the passing of his studio operation, a little of the magic fell away from the Anderson production line. Certainly the loss of Derek Meddings was noticeable on "Space:1999" which has some wonderfil model work (courtesy of Martin Bower) but found the talents of Brian Johnson (SPX) lacking the elan and sophistication of Meddings. You only have to see a UFO exploding and compare that to an Eagle doing likewise to see that, when it came to the big pyrotechnic display, Meddings really was the master. "UFO" was the greatest work the Century 21 team ever produced. By the end of the 26 epsode run it had progressed from a slightly plodding live action take on "Captain Scarlet" to become one of the best science fiction series over produced in the UK, period. Check out the deranged final 9 episodes for proof of this. They are almost as good as "The Prisoner" in their way. If you haven't discovered the series yet, or haven't seen it for many years, now is most certainly the time. The new DVDs from Carlton show "UFO" in a shimmering new light. It was quite simply one of the best looking series ever made. So, welcome back "UFO" and thank you Gerry and Sylvia making our childhoods that little bit sweeter.


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