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

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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.


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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... See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 50)

Ed Bishop ... Cmdr. Ed Straker (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mel Oxley ... Space Intruder Detector SID (25 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)

Antonia Ellis ... Joan Harrington (13 episodes, 1970-1973)

Gabrielle Drake ... Lt. Gay Ellis (11 episodes, 1970-1973)

Series Directed by
David Lane (8 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Turner (6 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 (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Fennell (2 episodes, 1970)
Terence Feely (2 episodes, 1971)

Series Produced by
Gerry Anderson .... executive producer / producer (24 episodes, 1970-1973)
Reg Hill .... producer / executive producer (23 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Cinematography by
Brendan J. Stafford (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Film Editing by
Harry MacDonald (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Len Walter (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Killick (3 episodes, 1970-1971)

Lee Doig (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Art Direction by
Bob Bell (22 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Costume Design by
Sylvia Anderson (26 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Makeup Department
Henry Montsash .... hair dresser (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Basil Newall .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Alice Holmes .... hair dresser (7 episodes, 1970-1973)
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 (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Roger Connolly .... unit manager (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo Eaton .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ron Appleton .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Frank Hollands .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1970-1973)

Ken Baker .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Keith Wilson .... assistant art director (15 episodes, 1970-1973)
Fred Gunning .... construction manager (14 episodes, 1970-1973)
Don Fagan .... instrumentation (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
Harry Solomons .... buyer / production buyer (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
Bill MacIlraith .... buyer / production buyer (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Sound Department
John Peverill .... sound editor (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
J.B. Smith .... sound recordist / dubbing mixer / ... (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist (9 episodes, 1970-1971)
Sash Fisher .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
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 (7 episodes, 1970-1973)
Harry Oakes .... special effects lighting camera / lighting cameraman: special effects / ... (7 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mike Trim .... special effects designer (7 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jimmy Elliott .... special effects senior director (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mike Rainer .... special effects camera operator (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Frank Hollands .... special effects production manager (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Ken Holt .... special effects production manager (3 episodes, 1970-1973)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... special effects director (3 episodes, 1970-1973)
Alan Perry .... special effects camera operator / special effects cameraman (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
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 (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
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, 1970-1973)
Derek Black .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jack Lowin .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1970-1973)

Steve Birtles .... supervising electrician (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kim Martin .... wardrobe (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jean Fairlie .... wardrobe supervisor / costume supervisor (6 episodes, 1970-1973)
Iris Richens .... wardrobe (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Editorial Department
Desmond Saunders .... post-production executive (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Location Management
Ray Frift .... location manager (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Music Department
George Randall .... music editor (13 episodes, 1970-1973)
Barry Gray .... musical director / conductor (12 episodes, 1970-1973)

Mike Campbell .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Doreen Soan .... continuity (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Tony Barwick .... script editor (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
Desmond Saunders .... assistant to producer (11 episodes, 1970-1973)

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45 min (26 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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As the show was made just after Gerry Anderson's previous movie, "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Doppelgänger)" (1969), many of the props, set pieces and even actors were used. Both the cars - Straker's and Foster's - were from the movie, as were the six-wheeled trucks. Also recycled were the spacesuits. In fact, actors Ed Bishop (Straker), George Sewell (Freeman) and Keith Alexander (Ford) were all from Doppelgänger.See more »
Continuity: When the alien is being taken down the corridor to the operating room, his eyes are open. Then, while on the operating table, the doctor removes the white plastic protective shells covering them.See more »
Col. Paul Foster:But don't you see what it means? They planned a cold blooded murder. They had it all worked out. But unfortunately for them an alien came through that door instead of her husband.
Alec Freeman:It all fits. Morally, they're guilty.
Ed Straker:Oh. Well, the amnesia drug was administered a few minutes ago. They won't be able to remember a thing.
Col. Paul Foster:Well, we can't just let them go free.
Ed Straker:I suppose you think I should hand them over to the public prosecutor. We'd sure have a great case. Now what would he go for? The attempted murder of the husband or the killing of an alien? We can't produce that body. There's no concrete evidence against them and the two accused would both have genuine total amnesia.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in X-COM: UFO Defense (1994) (VG)See more »


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61 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
An overlooked Gem, 24 December 2001
Author: Teresa from Houston, Texas

This was definitely a show ahead of its time, which was never given a fair chance. Only one season was produced, and was poorly distributed in the US, where it had the most potential.

Aliens are coming to Earth and abducting humans (sound familiar?), ostensibly to provide transplant material for their dying, nearly sterile, humanoid race. A multi-national super-secret organization called SHADO (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation) is formed to combat this threat, with American USAF col. Ed Straker in charge. No one outside the organization is aware of it's existence, not even the immediate families of the operatives. Any civilians having alien contact are immediately given amnesia drugs by SHADO to force them to forget.

This was a real show with real characters. Portrayal of the effects of job secrecy and other stresses on the agents were realistic and very moving. The episodes portraying the effects of running SHADO on Straker's marriage (Confetti Check A-OK) and on the life of his son (A Question of Priorities) were two of the best written episodes of any TV series.

As always, there was the Super Cool hardware of Gerry Anderson everywhere. Interceptors launched from the moon engaged in dogfight style battles with the UFO's (6+ years before "Star wars"). "Skydiver" submarines launched fighter jets from underwater for atmospheric combat. Tanklike "Mobiles" closed in on UFO's on the ground

The sexy "Century 21" fashions of Sylvia Anderson were everywhere. From the Nehru Jackets with "priestly" collars for the men, to the purple wigs and silver bodysuits for the women who ran moonbase, no one so completely and fully depicted the future as she did then.

Combine this with the incomparable music of Barry Gray (including a theme that put Hawaii Five-o and Danger Man to shame) and you've got one unforgettable show. It's a shame that it only lasted one season. The Anderson's should have held out for a second season of UFO, instead of wasting all of their valuable resources on that mediocre Space:1999.

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