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"UFO" (1970) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1970-1973

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16 September 1970 (UK) See more »
In the year 1980 the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 60)

Ed Bishop ... Cmdr. Ed Straker (28 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mel Oxley ... Space Intruder Detector SID (26 episodes, 1970-1973)

Dolores Mantez ... Nina Barry (25 episodes, 1970-1973)

Michael Billington ... Col. Paul Foster (22 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ayshea Brough ... SHADO Operative / ... (20 episodes, 1970-1973)
George Sewell ... Col. Alec Freeman (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
Keith Alexander ... Lt. Keith Ford (17 episodes, 1970-1973)

Antonia Ellis ... Joan Harrington (15 episodes, 1970-1973)

Series Directed by
David Lane (8 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Turner (8 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Perry (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jeremy Summers (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
David Tomblin (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Cyril Frankel (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Series Writing credits
Gerry Anderson (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Sylvia Anderson (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Reg Hill (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Tony Barwick (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
David Tomblin (3 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ruric Powell (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Fennell (2 episodes, 1970)
Terence Feely (2 episodes, 1971)
Ian Scott Stewart (2 episodes, 1971)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... executive producer / producer (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Reg Hill .... producer (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Cinematography by
Brendan J. Stafford (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Film Editing by
Harry MacDonald (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Len Walter (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Killick (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mike Campbell (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Costume Design by
Sylvia Anderson (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Makeup Department
Basil Newall .... makeup artist / make up / ... (14 episodes, 1970-1973)
Alice Holmes .... chief hair dresser / hair dresser / ... (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Henry Montsash .... hair dresser / hairdressing (10 episodes, 1970-1973)
Alex Garfath .... chief makeup artist / chief make-up artist (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Stephanie Kaye .... hairdressing (3 episodes, 1970)
Cliff Sharpe .... make up / makeup artist (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Production Management
Norman Foster .... production supervisor (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Roger Connolly .... unit manager (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Hollands .... assistant director (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Leo Eaton .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ron Appleton .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Gino Marotta .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Baker .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Art Department
Don Fagan .... instrumentation (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Fred Gunning .... construction manager (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Keith Wilson .... assistant art director (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Harry Solomons .... production buyer / buyer (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Bill MacIlraith .... production buyer (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Sound Department
John Peverill .... sound editor (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor (25 episodes, 1970-1973)
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist / dubbing mixer (25 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist (15 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ted Karnon .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1970-1973)
Sash Fisher .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ken Barker .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1970-1971)

Brian Hickin .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... special effects / special effects director (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Harry Oakes .... special effects lighting cameraman (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mike Trim .... special effects designer (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ken Holt .... special effects production manager (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jimmy Elliott .... special effects senior director (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mike Rainer .... special effects camera operator (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Bill Camp .... special effects director (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Alan Perry .... special effects camera operator (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... special effects director (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Frank Hollands .... special effects production manager (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Visual Effects by
Jimmy Elliott .... visual effects assistant to supervisor (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Frank Hollands .... visual effects production manager (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Derek Meddings .... visual effects supervisor (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Harry Oakes .... visual effects lighting cameraman (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mike Rainer .... visual effects camera operator (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mike Trim .... visual effects designer (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bill Camp .... visual effects director (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... visual effects director (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Stunts
Jack Silk .... stunt arranger (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Roy Vincente .... fight arranger / stunt arranger (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Gerry Crampton .... fight arranger (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John May .... gaffer (25 episodes, 1970-1973)
Derek Black .... camera operator (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jack Lowin .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Brendan J. Stafford .... lighting cameraman (2 episodes, 1970)

Steve Birtles .... supervising electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Martin .... wardrobe (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Iris Richens .... wardrobe (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Editorial Department
Desmond Saunders .... post-production executive (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Lee Doig .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Location Management
Ray Frift .... location manager (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Music Department
Barry Gray .... musical director (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
George Randall .... music editor (22 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mike Campbell .... music editor (4 episodes, 1971-1973)
Series Other crew
Tony Barwick .... script editor (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Doreen Soan .... continuity (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Desmond Saunders .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 1970-1973)

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Additional Details

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45 min (26 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | UK:12 (Blu-ray rating) (2016)

Did You Know?

The name of the planet that the aliens hailed from is never mentioned.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Alec Freeman:[fixing a drink] You never touch it, do you?
Ed Straker:[shakes head] Uh-uh... self control.
Alec Freeman:Maybe drinking needs more... self-control.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in X-COM: UFO Defense (1994) (VG)See more »


Where can I find answers to my UFO series questions?
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44 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
It does exactly what it says on the tin, 12 October 2004
Author: ubercommando from London

Everything you need to know about the show is contained in the opening credits; and they're some of the most eye popping and in your face since "Hawaii 5-0". Lots of quick cuts, flash frames, printouts and action shots showing you that aliens are attacking and that SHADO, Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation are on the case. All this is set to a thumping and groovy Barry Gray theme tune.

As a child, we loved the models, the action and the gimmicks. Sometimes we'd go to anywhere where there was a tube (like a waterslide or even a building site) and imagine us going down the chutes to enter our interceptors like the SHADO pilots did. As an adult, I never realized that under the mod fashions and shiny sets, there were some grim and downbeat stories in that show. Ed Straker was probably the first truly mean bastard to be a TV series main character. There was nothing he wouldn't do to stop the aliens, sacrificing his troops and even his family for the cause. Gerry Anderson said that Ed Bishop was the most talented actor he's ever worked with, and Bishop certainly is powerful in the role of Straker. Michael Billington was the man who might have been James Bond; he tested for the role 4 times and certainly you can imagine him in the part when you see him as Paul Foster here. Poor old Foster, every other week he was being set up by one side or the other.

The show has it's faults, what show doesn't? But UFO was a darker series than it's contemporary, Star Trek, because it had major characters arguing with each other, episodes where the aliens beat SHADO, personal tragedy and downbeat endings; all of which caused problems. A second series was going to be made, and the new moonbase sets were designed, new craft called "Eagles" were made when the network said that sci-fi set on Earth was a thing of the past; from now on it had to be about space exploration and lots of different aliens. So series two of UFO was canned and we got "Space:1999" instead. Ever feel short changed? The end credits of UFO were genuinely chilling which left the viewer feeling even more down! In the end, shows like "Blake's 7", "Babylon 5" and the new version of "Battlestar Galactica" owe a lot to Ed Straker and SHADO, with its charismatic yet ruthless characters, its interpersonal conflicts and humanity. My favourite episode? "Court Martial". Favourite line? Straker: "I'll listen to any reasonable suggestion, then I'm going to tell you how it's going to be"

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