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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cmdr. Ed Straker (as Edward Bishop)
George Sewell ...
Peter Gordeno ...
Grant Taylor ...
Basil Dignam ...
Cabinet Minister
Lt. Bill Johnson
Gary Myers ...
Skydiver Capt. Lew Waterman
Michael Mundell ...
Lt. Ken Matthews
Harry Baird ...
Lt. Mark Bradley
Keith Alexander ...
Jon Kelley ...
Skydiver Engineer
Georgina Moon ...
Skydiver Operative Lt. Sylvia Howell
Dolores Mantez ...


SHADO - an acronym for Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization - is located beneath a supposed film studio in the English countryside and run by Commander Straker, who poses as a film producer. When an Unidentified Flying Object attacks a plane in which Straker's deputy Colonel Freeman is travelling it is shot down and investigated. The body of an alien is found and discovered to have transplanted human body parts, seemingly from a trio who disappeared in nearby woods a decade earlier. It is part of the alien plan to take over the Earth to study and imitate humans. Written by don @ minifie-1

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16 September 1970 (UK)  »

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According to the ribbons on Ed Straker's tunic he has been awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Purple Heart (This should be between The Bronze Star and Air Medal), Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defence Service Medal, United States Korean War Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Medal with Bronze Oak Leaf and the United Nations Korean War Service Medal. See more »


The faster-than-light detection equipment had not been installed at Moonbase yet, but they were still able to detect the UFOs tens of millions of miles from Earth, coming to destroy said equipment before it was installed. See more »


Edited into Invasion: UFO (1974) See more »

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A promising start to the series
18 June 2007 | by (England) – See all my reviews

"UFO", like other Gerry Anderson productions, manages to tie the viewer up in a web of excitement by the end of the opening credits. With fast edited shots of incredible aircraft, spaceships and vehicles, beautiful women and aliens and a brilliant theme, it's nearly impossible to forget what it feels like to watch an episode of this show.

The first episode begins in a violent manner with a bloody attack on three individuals in a forest by an alien equipped with a machine-gun. This is then followed by an attack on senior air force dignitaries by a UFO, leaving only one survivor. Anderson sets the tone for the show here. This is television for adults but with enough toys to keep the children happy.

In Anderson's first episode, there are attractive ladies accompanied by a sexy rendition of the UFO theme, chunks of "grown-up" dialogue and shots of the two main cast members smoking.

The late George Sewell is excellent as Alec Freeman, a character who's happy to drink whisky and smoke, chase women and generally act like a '70s hero would be expected to act.

Ed Bishop is the more detached Ed Straker. There's something almost unearthly about Straker, he's an enigmatic individual.

While Anderson himself admits the pace of this opening installment is a little uneven and plodding, it's not a bad episode.

8 out of 10.

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