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

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UFO -- Catherine Frazer awakes from a ten year coma with vital information about a close encounter in a derelict farmhouse.
UFO -- Catherine Frazer awakes from a ten year coma with vital information about a close encounter in a derelict farmhouse.
UFO -- The freighter 'Kingston' is sunk in mid-Atlantic by "flying fish" missiles and an underwater cameraman dies in mysterious circumstances.
UFO -- 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.

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Release Date:
16 September 1970 (UK) See more »
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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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It does exactly what it says on the tin See more (56 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 50)

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 (13 episodes, 1969-1971)

Gabrielle Drake ... Lt. Gay Ellis / ... (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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Trivia:
On December 31, 1994 the video game company Microprose released a game called "UFO: Enemy Unknown", known as "X-COM: UFO Defense" in the US. While not directly based on the TV series it has been confirmed that many elements were directly inspired by the UFO TV series.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Any time the Moon Base interceptors are ordered to return to base without having fired their missiles, a stock shot is used showing the missiles gone.See more »
Quotes:
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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39 out of 40 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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