The adventures of an elderly vicar and his gardener, secret agents for B.I.S.H.O.P, who combat criminals and terrorists from overseas.
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Stanley Unwin ...
 Father Stanley Unwin / ... (13 episodes, 1969)
Gary Files ...
 Matthew Harding / ... (13 episodes, 1969)
Jeremy Wilkin ...
 The Bishop / ... (13 episodes, 1969)
Keith Alexander ...
 Agent Blake / ... (13 episodes, 1969)
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 Mrs. Appleby / ... (11 episodes, 1969)
David Healy ...
 1st Technician (Burgossa) / ... (5 episodes, 1969)
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The adventures of an elderly vicar and his gardener, secret agents for B.I.S.H.O.P, who combat criminals and terrorists from overseas.

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Gerry Anderson sold his shows to the then controller of ITC, the infamous, cigar smoking, Lew Grade who syndicated them worldwide including the very large market of America. When Grade saw the pilot show he told Anderson to cancel any further development, a number of episodes already having been shot. He was horrified at the inclusion of Stanley Unwin and recognised that the American audience would never take to it. Unwin had developed a gobbly-gook language he called "Unwinese" which was a mixture of real words set out of context spoken quickly to confuse the listener. Anderson thought this was hilarious but unfortunately thought everyone else would too. Great visionary though he was, he got this tragically wrong and this was the last of his Supermarionation shows until Terrahawks. See more »

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Follows Fireball XL5 (1962) See more »

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Dull as a sermon
20 August 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

After Thunderbirds and that mysteron series, I looked forward to this Anderson offering. Tried to like it, but it was too slow and the concept of a priest working for the British Secret service (British Intelligence Secret Headquarters Operation Priest or BISHOP) didn't really take off. I guess if I wanna watch a show with marionettes as the cast, I need more toy rockets and explosions.


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