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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 - 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 (24 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Original Music by
Barry Gray (20 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Cinematography by
Brendan J. Stafford (18 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Film Editing by
Harry MacDonald (8 episodes, 1970-1973)
Len Walter (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Killick (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Lee Doig (1 episode, 1970)
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 (14 episodes, 1970-1973)
Henry Montsash .... hair dresser (10 episodes, 1970-1973)
Alice Holmes .... hair dresser / chief hair dresser (9 episodes, 1970-1973)
Alex Garfath .... chief make-up artist / makeup artist / ... (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Stephanie Kaye .... hair dresser (3 episodes, 1970)
Cliff Sharpe .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Production Management
Norman Foster .... production supervisor (20 episodes, 1970-1973)
Roger Connolly .... unit manager (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leo Eaton .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1970-1971)
Frank Hollands .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ron Appleton .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ken Baker .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1970)
Series Art Department
Keith Wilson .... assistant art director (22 episodes, 1970-1973)
Fred Gunning .... construction manager (21 episodes, 1970-1973)
Don Fagan .... instrumentation (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
Harry Solomons .... production buyer / buyer (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Bill MacIlraith .... buyer / production buyer (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Sound Department
John Peverill .... sound editor (20 episodes, 1970-1973)
Peter Pennell .... sound editor (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer / sound recordist (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist (15 episodes, 1970-1971)
Sash Fisher .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ted Karnon .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1970)
Ken Barker .... sound recordist (1 episode, 1971)
John Streeter .... sound recordist (1 episode, 1971)

Brian Hickin .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Derek Meddings .... special effects / special effects director (15 episodes, 1970-1973)
Harry Oakes .... special effects lighting cameraman (15 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mike Trim .... special effects designer (15 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jimmy Elliott .... special effects senior director (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Mike Rainer .... special effects camera operator (12 episodes, 1970-1973)
Ken Holt .... special effects production manager (11 episodes, 1970-1973)
Shaun Whittacker-Cook .... special effects director (5 episodes, 1970-1973)
Bill Camp .... special effects director (5 episodes, 1970-1971)
Frank Hollands .... special effects production manager (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Alan Perry .... special effects camera operator / special effects cameraman (3 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 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 (17 episodes, 1970-1973)
Jack Lowin .... camera operator (5 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 (6 episodes, 1970-1973)
Iris Richens .... wardrobe (4 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Editorial Department
Desmond Saunders .... post-production executive (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Location Management
Ray Frift .... location manager (6 episodes, 1970-1971)
Series Music Department
Barry Gray .... musical director / conductor (20 episodes, 1970-1973)
George Randall .... music editor (20 episodes, 1970-1973)

Mike Campbell .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Doreen Soan .... continuity (23 episodes, 1970-1973)
Tony Barwick .... script editor (19 episodes, 1970-1973)
Desmond Saunders .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 1970-1973)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
45 min (26 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

As the two SHADO cars were originally built for "Journey to the Far Side of the Sun (Doppelgänger)" (1969), this explains their left-hand-drive. The movie takes place primarily in Portugal, where cars are left-hand-drive, unlike England which have right-hand-drive cars. Gerry Anderson explained this as in the future (1980) England had converted over to driving on the right side of the road, aka, left-hand-drive.See more »
Factual errors: Gravity on the lunar surface is actually 1/6 of Earth normal. The actor's movements and inertia are all wrong.See more »
Ed Straker:A funeral. Without a body. A symbol of human compassion. The long finger of tragic coincidence, stretching across a billion miles of space. Is this the end or the beginning? Where does the universe end? Where does it begin?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Speak Like a Child (1998)See more »


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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Some unfair comments, 27 May 2004
Author: The Worlok from New Jersey, USA

I remember this show when I was a kid in the late 70's. Every so often it was on during Saturday afternoons. Always a fan of spaceships and such, I was hooked. I couldn't remember much other than the various vehicles and Ed Straker's hair.

I recently got the entire thing on DVD and yes it's kind of campy but it's so fun to watch. I love retro stuff. I love British programming. I love SciFi. For me this was a hit.

I can echo the comments of another poster who said that he must be the only American to have seen and remembered it. I felt the same way. All through the years I when the topic came up I would describe it and the series name and NO ONE would remember it to the point of questioning if there was such a series ever on American TV. There was. U.F.O.

As far as the criticism goes... Yes some of them are a bit true but that is part of what makes this a SciFi cult classic.

I love the series with all of it's campiness and am so happy to own it on DVD. I received it as a Christmas present and still haven't watched the entire thing. I take it in small doses in order to savor every last drop.

My favorite female is Joan Harrington (Antonia Ellis - what a beautiful lady) and although Ed Straker (Ed Bishop) is an awesome character I really enjoyed the "James Bond" like smoothness and eye for the ladies of Alex Freeman. (George Sewell)

My favorite prop was the liquor dispenser in Straker's office and how they are all smoking cigarettes. I don't smoke cigarettes but it's so 60's/70's.


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