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UFO (TV Series 1970–1973) Poster

(1970–1973)

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Gerry Anderson intended the second season of the series to focus on alien attempts to destroy the Moon. When "UFO" was cancelled, Anderson developed this idea into Space: 1999 (1975).
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In the UK, people drive on the left side of the road and steering wheels are on the right side of the vehicle. However, in UFO's version of 1980s Britain, both of these have been reversed. The show's creators were simply going along with what was being predicted at the time, which was that the UK would switch its driving system sometime in the near future. That change never happened.
Different ITV regions showed episodes in a random manner. This is the recommended viewing order as on the DVD releases and Fanderson website: 1 Identified 3 Computer Affair 3 Flight Path 4 Survival 5 Exposed 6 Conflict 7 The Dalotek Affair 8 A Question Of Priorities 9 Ordeal 10 The Responsibility Seat 11 The Square Triangle 12 Court Martial 13 Close Up 14 Confetti Check A-O.K. 15 E.S.P. 16 Kill Straker! 17 Sub-Smash 18 The Sound Of Silence 19 The Cat With Ten Lives 20 Destruction 21 The Man Who Came Back 22 The Psychobombs 23 Reflections In The Water 24 Timelash 25 Mindbender 26 The Long Sleep
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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.
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Female moonbase personnel wore purple, pink and blue wigs because Gerry Anderson thought the color looked the best under the set's lights.
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Gerry Anderson's first live-action TV series, after a number of shows produced in the "Supermarionation" process. Star Ed Bishop provided voices for one of these shows, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967).
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Initially Ed Bishop's hair was bleached for the series. As time wore on they decided to switch to a blonde wig instead to avoid damaging his hair with repeated bleaching. Bishop used to own this wig and would bring it with him to sci-fi conventions.
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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.
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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.
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The name of the planet that the aliens hailed from is never mentioned.
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The running order listed here is not necessarily the right order,being a syndicated program on ITV,several regions did not show the series as was intended. In fact some regions did not show the entire run of 26 episodes until the late 1970's early 1980's. E.G. The official running order on the DVD releases and from the Fanderson website state that "Exposed" should be episode 2
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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.
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Ed Bishop (Straker) and Michael Billington (Foster) died within 5 days of each other, Billington on June 3, 2005 at age 63, and Bishop on June 8 at age 72.
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In this series, the term "U.F.O." is usually not "spelled out". Most often, it is pronounced as a word: "you-foh." Only automated systems like the voice of the computer on the interlink satellite pronounce it "you-eff-oh".
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The running order listed here is not necessarily the right order,being a syndicated program on ITV,several regions did not show the series as was intended. In fact some regions did not show the entire run of 26 episodes until the late 1970's early 1980's. E.G. The official running order on the DVD releases and from the Fanderson website state that "Exposed" should be episode 4 not 2
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Frequently refers to speed of UFO's as SOL and a numerical value. SOL is Speed of Light.
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n 2015, the works of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson continued to be recognised by the Cult TV Awards, with Steve Zodiac from Fireball XL5 added to the Hall of Fame for 'Animated Character', actress Wanda Ventham, one of the female leads in UFO, added to the Actress Hall of Fame, and the documentary "Filmed in Supermarionation" was hailed as the 'Blu-ray/DVD Presentation of the Year'.
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The two SHADO cars scene in the series were made from Oldsmobile Toronados.
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Unlike Gerry Anderson's previous series, "Thunderbirds", this series has a number of episodes which have rather dark, unhappy endings.
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Vladek Shebal, Grant Taylor, Shane Rimmer and Ed Bishop all appeared in James Bond Movies.
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