UFO: Season 1, Episode 19

Ordeal (14 Apr. 1971)

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Following a wild night out with a girl called Sylvia, Foster is receiving a refreshing sauna bath at the SHADO health farm. Drifting into semi-consciousness, he comes to to find he has been... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Myers ...
Skydiver Capt. Lew Waterman
Georgina Moon ...
Skydiver Operative Lt. Sylvia Howell
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Skydiver Navigator Lt. Gordon Maxwell
Michael Billington ...
Quinn O'Hara ...
Sylvia Graham
Keith Alexander ...
Lt. Keith Ford
Joan Harrington
David Healy ...
Joe Franklin
Dolores Mantez ...
Nina Barry
Mark Hawkins ...
Lt. Gary North
Basil Moss ...
George Sewell ...
Col. Alec Freeman
Jon Kelley ...
Skydiver Engineer


Following a wild night out with a girl called Sylvia, Foster is receiving a refreshing sauna bath at the SHADO health farm. Drifting into semi-consciousness, he comes to to find he has been abducted by an alien and is on a UFO, which is shot down onto the Moon's surface. He survives but has to be extremely careful how he removes the helmet he is wearing. Clumsy removal would kill him because of the breathing liquid it contains. However, as he drifts in and out of consciousness, it appears that he never left the sauna. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Foster in the Dream Box!
8 July 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Following a posting aboard Skydiver, Colonel Paul Foster ( Michael Billington ) is looking forward to time off. After a wild party at 'Sylvia Graham's' ( Quinn O'Hara ) apartment, he sets off for a health farm used to keep S.H.A.D.O. operatives in trim. It is while taking a sauna that fatigue gets the better of him and he experiences a horrific nightmare about alien abduction...

Tony Barwick's 'Ordeal' is memorable chiefly for two reasons; firstly, giving us a brief glimpse at the inside of a U.F.O. - it mainly consists of multi-coloured panels similar to those to be found in Straker's office - and the harrowing scene where Foster's helmet is removed by Moonbase staff, causing him to spew green liquid! The script originally had Peter Gordeno's 'Captain Peter Carlin' as the main character.

It is good on the whole, though the party looks more like it is taking place in 1969 and not 1980. The sight of a bare-chested Billington in the sauna must have set female hearts fluttering back in 1970. David Healy, who plays 'Franklin', was the voice of W.I.N. boss 'Shane Weston' in Gerry Anderson's 'Joe 90'.

A comic-strip in 'Countdown' entitled 'The Snatch' - drawn by Gerry Haylock and Jon Davis - also had Foster kidnapped by Aliens, but this time it was for real and he was taken to the Aliens' home planet for interrogation.

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