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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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Although set (and filmed) in England, all the futuristic cars are left-hand drive, and everyone drives on the right-hand side of the road. Several other series by the Andersons featured the same driving system, presumably because England was predicted to switch over sometime before the future events depicted. Flashback scenes showed the "normal" English driving arrangement. See more »

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[ep: The Square Triangle]
Ed Straker: It's just lucky for her that an alien came through that door instead of her husband.
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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 »

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Ambitious sci-fi series
15 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I watched this show as a child in Canada, and I remember it fondly. It was very ambitious in its reach - the anti-alien organization had at its disposal a moon base, space craft, special land mobiles and a submarine that could also launch a manned aircraft! This involved lots of models and special effects, and was very exciting at the time. I also enjoyed the personal life conflicts of the characters in the series; the show was not just an endless series of explosions and chases, it tried for a more serious, complex approach. It's funny now to look at the odd clothes worn and bizarre hairdos (including purple wigs as part of the uniform of the female personnel on the moon base!) but the show was meant to be taking place 10 years in the future, so it is possible that the unusual costuming was meant to add an exotic, futuristic atmosphere.


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