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"UFO" (1969) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1969-1973

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UFO: Season 1: Episode 26 -- Catherine Frazer awakes from a ten year coma with vital information about a close encounter in a derelict farmhouse.
UFO: Season 1: Episode 24 -- The freighter 'Kingston' is sunk in mid-Atlantic by "flying fish" missiles and an underwater cameraman dies in mysterious circumstances.
UFO: Season 1: Episode 23 -- While SHADO is tracking a UFO in heavy woodland, international show-jumper Russell Stone goes missing from his estate. Foster examines a lake where there is no sign of animal life and discovers a mutilated corpse.
UFO: Season 1: Episode 22 -- After Lt. Grey becomes a father, Straker recalls the early days of SHADO, when in 1970 the United Nations granted Straker the finance to set up his defense organization. The long hours and secrecy had a disastrous effect on his marriage.
UFO: Season 1: Episode 21 -- An astronaut is killed during a UFO alert and the UFO gets through SHADO's outer defenses. Straker  suspects human error and wonders if the relationship between Gay Ellis and Mark Bradley is to blame.


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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 - 10 of 54)

Ed Bishop ... Cmdr. Ed Straker (26 episodes, 1969-1973)
Mel Oxley ... Space Intruder Detector SID / ... (25 episodes, 1969-1973)
Dolores Mantez ... Nina Barry (23 episodes, 1969-1971)

Michael Billington ... Col. Paul Foster (21 episodes, 1969-1973)
Ayshea Brough ... SHADO Operative (19 episodes, 1969-1971)
George Sewell ... Col. Alec Freeman (17 episodes, 1969-1971)
Keith Alexander ... Lt. Keith Ford (15 episodes, 1969-1971)

Antonia Ellis ... Joan Harrington (14 episodes, 1969-1971)

Gabrielle Drake ... Lt. Gay Ellis / ... (11 episodes, 1969-1971)
Norma Ronald ... Miss Ealand / ... (11 episodes, 1969-1971)
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Series Directed by
David Lane (8 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Turner (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Perry (5 episodes, 1969-1971)
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, 1969-1973)
Sylvia Anderson (26 episodes, 1969-1973)
Reg Hill (26 episodes, 1969-1973)
Tony Barwick (12 episodes, 1969-1971)
David Tomblin (3 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ruric Powell (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Fennell (2 episodes, 1970)
Terence Feely (2 episodes, 1971)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... executive producer / producer (24 episodes, 1969-1973)
Reg Hill .... producer / executive producer (23 episodes, 1969-1973)
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Cinematography by
Brendan J. Stafford (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Film Editing by
Harry MacDonald (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Len Walter (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Killick (3 episodes, 1970-1971)

Lee Doig (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw (9 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Costume Design by
Sylvia Anderson (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Makeup Department
Alice Holmes .... hair stylist / chief haidresser / ... (7 episodes, 1970-1973)
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alex Garfath .... makeup artist / chief make-up artist / ... (4 episodes, 1970-1973)
Cliff Sharpe .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1970-1971)

Stephanie Kaye .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Norman Foster .... production supervisor (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Roger Connolly .... unit manager (9 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo Eaton .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ron Appleton .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Frank Hollands .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1970-1973)

Ken Baker .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Keith Wilson .... assistant art director (13 episodes, 1970-1971)
Fred Gunning .... construction manager (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Don Fagan .... instrumentation (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
Harry Solomons .... buyer / production buyer (9 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bill MacIlwraith .... buyer / production buyer (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Sound Department
John Peverill .... sound editor (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist / dubbing mixer / ... (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ted Karnon .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1970)

Ken Barker .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Brian Hickin .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
John Streeter .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... special effects / special effects director (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Harry Oakes .... special effects lighting camera / lighting cameraman: special effects / ... (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mike Trim .... special effects designer (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Jimmy Elliott .... special effects senior director (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Frank Hollands .... special effects production manager (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mike Rainer .... special effects camera operator (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Holt .... special effects production manager (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Perry .... special effects camera operator / special effects cameraman (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... special effects director (2 episodes, 1970)
Bill Camp .... special effects director (2 episodes, 1971)
Series Visual Effects by
Jimmy Elliott .... visual effects assistant to producer / visual effects assistant to supervisor / ... (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Derek Meddings .... visual effects supervisor / visual effect supervisor (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Harry Oakes .... visual effects lighting cameraman / visual effects lighting camera (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mike Rainer .... visual effects camera operator (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Mike Trim .... visual effects designer (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Frank Hollands .... visual effects production manager (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Bill Camp .... visual effects director (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... visual effects director (3 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Stunts
Jack Silk .... stunt arranger / stunt coordinator (8 episodes, 1970-1971)
Roy Vincente .... fight arranger / stunt coordinator (3 episodes, 1970-1971)

Gerry Crampton .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John May .... gaffer (25 episodes, 1969-1973)
Derek Black .... camera operator (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
Jack Lowin .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1970-1973)

Steve Birtles .... supervising electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Martin .... wardrobe (11 episodes, 1970-1971)
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (6 episodes, 1970-1973)
Sylvia Anderson .... fashions (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Iris Richens .... wardrobe (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Editorial Department
Desmond Saunders .... post-production executive (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Music Department
George Randall .... music editor (12 episodes, 1970-1971)
Barry Gray .... musical director / conductor (11 episodes, 1970-1971)

Mike Campbell .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Doreen Soan .... continuity (16 episodes, 1970-1973)
Tony Barwick .... script editor (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
Desmond Saunders .... assistant to producer (10 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ray Frift .... location manager (6 episodes, 1970-1971)

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45 min (26 episodes)
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The series was filmed at two separate studios due to the untimely closure of MGM's Borehamwood Studios. Pinewood Studios became the final studio after a six month wait for availability. Because of this, many of the non-contractually obligated actors left to pursue other projects, making recasting a necessity for some roles.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Spin off X-COM: UFO Defense (1994) (VG)See more »


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32 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully entertaining Brit retro-futurism!, 16 May 2003
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

Gerry Anderson was the creator of 'The Thunderbirds' and several other hugely successful children's SF/adventure puppet shows that enthralled generations of British and Australian kids and kept them glued to their TV sets. Anderson eventually grew tired of the format and wanted to branch out into live action drama. He made the hugely underrated movie 'Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun' in 1969, and used several members of the supporting cast in his next project 'UFO', most notably the super cool Ed Bishop. Bishop had a small role in Anderson's movie, and had previously had a bit part in '2001', but he became the central character of 'UFO', playing Com. Ed Straker leader of SHADO a secret organisation fighting a group of mysterious and hostile aliens. Anderson believed the series would lead on to bigger and better things for Bishop and make a major star, but sadly this was not to be. Watching 'UFO' now is a very strange experience because it combines lots of hilarious kitschy moments with some quite serious dramatic touches e.g. characters actually die, even children, and many episodes have very downbeat endings, something not all that common in say, the usually optimistic (original) 'Star Trek'. Despite being continually told we are watching events set in 1980, there are many bits of 1960s fashions, hair style and attitudes on display. This is particularly amusing in one episode where Col. Foster (Paul Billington) is on leave and goes to a party where everybody is frugging and grooving to The Beatles 'Get Back', or another great episode where two hippies take acid and meet a couple of spacemen. The whole series mixes and matches styles from the time it was made with ideas of what it was going to be like ten years in the future , which of course, is now over twenty years ago... This means that 'UFO's 1980 is very unlike OUR 1980! So the show has a unique retro-futuristic feel, quite unlike anything else before or since. Another odd thing about the show was that the supporting cast changed back and forth without a word of explanation. Early on the extremely foxy Gabrielle Drake (sister of doomed cult singer Nick Drake!) is in charge of the moonbase, then it's Foster, then someone else. And Straker (Bishop)'s second in command changes from the craggy faced George Sewell (Col. Freeman) to the more aesthetically pleasing Wanda Ventham (Col. Lake), and nothing is mentioned about it. Fans of British TV and movies from the 1960s will see several familiar faces as semi-regulars or guest stars, including David Warbeck, Steven Berkoff, Anoushka Hempel, Lois Maxwell, Shane Rimmer, and others. Also keep an eye out for 60s cult babe Ayshea, who is in just about every episode but hardly says half a page of dialogue throughout the whole series. She mainly wanders around holding a clip board and looking beautiful. The real sex symbol of the show however was the utterly gorgeous Gabrielle Drake, complete with silver jumpsuit and purple wig. Hundreds of middle aged men around the world are still in love with her I'm sure. I know I am! The early episodes of the series are sometimes a bit uneven, but the quality improved as the series went on. Unfortunately the series didn't continue, but Anderson went on to make 'Space 1999', a more commercially successful series, but not necessarily a better program. 'UFO' is highly recommended to all SF fans, especially those that dig the 1960s. It is by no means as mind-blowing and innovative as 'The Prisoner', or as consistently enjoyable as 'The Avengers', but personally I still prefer it to original Trek.

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