UFO (1970–1973)
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The Responsibility Seat 

Freelance journalist Jo Fraser comes to Straker's office, looking for a story but she plants a bug and absconds with the tape she has made of his conversations, having creamed him with a ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Sewell ...
Keith Alexander ...
Norma Ronald ...
Ayshea Brough ...
SHADO Operative (as Ayshea)
Josephine Fraser
Ralph Ball ...
Film Director
Royston Rowe ...
Stunt Man
Mark Hawkins ...
Lt. Gary North
Gary Myers ...
Skydiver Capt. Lew Waterman
Georgina Moon ...
Skydiver Operative Lt. Sylvia Howell
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Skydiver Navigator Lt. Gordon Maxwell
Jon Kelley ...
Skydiver Engineer


Freelance journalist Jo Fraser comes to Straker's office, looking for a story but she plants a bug and absconds with the tape she has made of his conversations, having creamed him with a vase. He pursues and catches up with her ,taking her on a date and leaving Freeman in 'the responsibility chair' to make all the decisions. When a Russian mining company's vehicle runs amok on the moon and threatens the SHADO Moonbase it is down to Foster to save the day for Freeman. Written by don @ minifie-1

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8 March 1973 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


"There are several scenes showing cars driving on the right hand side, yet this series is set mainly in Great Britain, where cars drive on the left hand side." Although this was the case in 1969 when the series was shot (and still is today) it's clear from other episodes where cars are seen driving on the right that this was one of the many predictions the show was making about the 1980 of the future. See more »


Symphony No. 6 - Finale
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky)
Played during the scene in Straker's home
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Straker falls for a wily female spy
19 July 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

When 'U.F.O' was repeated on Saturday mornings in the H.T.V. area ( Wales and the West country ) in 1986/87, Tony Barwick's 'The Responsibility Seat' was allocated a later time-slot, along with 'Mindbender' and 'The Long Sleep'. The reason for this was probably two-fold; there is a bloody scene where a man who looks like Straker is walking around the lot when he gets a machine-gun blast in the face ( it turns out to be a sequence for a movie ), along with one where 'Jo Fraser' ( the delectable Jane Merrow ) strips down to her underwear to seduce the Commander. Fraser is a spy who poses as a freelance reporter to interview Straker. She leaves her handbag in his office, and goes back to retrieve it. Inside a bugging device has recorded 'Lt.Keith Ford' ( Keith Alexander ) referring to Straker as 'Commander'. It is hardly the beginnings of another Watergate, but Straker - fearing a security leak - is sufficiently worried to hand over command to Freeman while he goes after the girl. Another reviewer has commented on his amazing self-control; the sight of Fraser in her undies would be too much for most men to cope with.

Merrow is great as a Mata Hari type. The British actress later went to the States where she notched up roles in, among other things, 'The Six Million Dollar Man' and 'Mission: Impossible'. It is good to see Straker relaxed and having fun for once. The Alien threat barely registers, apart from a sequence in which three U.F.O's try to reach Earth, only to be fired upon by Interceptors.

There is a lengthy scene near the end where Moonbase is threatened by a runaway Russian mining rig which has gotten out of control. It looks to have been put in as an afterthought.

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