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The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.
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In the 20th century the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and even animals and use them for their body parts. In the year 1980 S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters... See full summary »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ed Bishop ...  Cmdr. Ed Straker / ... 26 episodes, 1970-1973
Dolores Mantez ...  Nina Barry 23 episodes, 1970-1971
Michael Billington ...  Col. Paul Foster / ... 21 episodes, 1970-1973
Ayshea Brough Ayshea Brough ...  SHADO Operative / ... 19 episodes, 1970-1971
George Sewell ...  Col. Freeman / ... 17 episodes, 1970-1971
Keith Alexander Keith Alexander ...  Shado Radio Operator / ... 15 episodes, 1970-1971
Antonia Ellis ...  Joan Harrington 13 episodes, 1970-1971
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In 1980, the Earth is threatened by an alien race who kidnap and kill humans and use them for body parts. A highly secret military organization is set up in the hope of defending the Earth from this alien threat. This organization is named SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization) and operates from a secret location beneath a film studio. They also operate a fleet of submarines and have a base on the moon as well as an early warning satellite that detects inbound UFOs. UFOs can be destroyed in space by Interceptors which are launched from Moonbase. If one gets through it can be attacked in the Earth's atmosphere by a high altitude aircraft launched from one of the submarines. If a UFO also avoids this and manages to land it can be tracked and destroyed by a number of Mobiles (armored vehicles) which are deployed throughout the world. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1970 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alerte dans l'espace See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The two SHADO cars scene in the series were made from Oldsmobile Toronados. See more »

Goofs

When the alien is being taken down the corridor to the operating room, his eyes are open. Then, while on the operating table, the doctor removes the white plastic protective shells covering them. See more »

Quotes

[ep: The Square Triangle]
Ed Straker: It's just lucky for her that an alien came through that door instead of her husband.
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Crazy Credits

Lead actor credits are not shown during the opening theme music; instead, these credits appear just prior to the guest star credits at the beginning of episodes. Only lead actors appearing in a particular episode are credited. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the German dubbed version many episodes were altered to remove references to death (i.e. the death of Straker's son; the funeral of Bill; Straker seeing a dead alien). Additionaly, all captions showing the year the events take place (1980) were deleted. See more »

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Brilliant, just brilliant
10 December 2004 | by Crazy IanSee all my reviews

I recently had a chance to review ALL of the UFO episodes in the order that they were numbered. Now I realize that this is not the order that they were originally presented, however they were great. Just great. I saw Star Wars in the theater. I have been weaned on science-fiction, so I think that I can say when I see good stuff and when I don't. Another reviewer said that the basic premise of this story could go for at least FIVE YEARS. I agree. 100%. Even the LAST episode (which was obviously not meant to be THE last episode) was very high quality and an appropriate ending, where it referenced the original pilot.

My friend highly recommended this show to me, and I cannot say that I'm disappointed. I've seen people complain about the acting? Unreal. The acting is top-notch, and many of the principals have been (or were) involved in high-end British acting gigs at the time. To me, the characters and the story were the driving forces. At the time they were very original. In fact, I am not surprised that many of the 'key elements' have been recycled in other places.

If Hollywood were to make a movie of this series they had best hold true to the original notion(s). As I said before, one review said that this idea could go for 5 years. It could. They could have COUNTLESS plots with the Moon Base, SkyDiver, the Mobiles, people from the past, people about to expose SHADO, budget funding, and so forth. Frankly, I think that they quit while they were FAR AHEAD. I'm sure that the fans would salivate for more, but only if the quality was as good. More often than not any sort of revival is often met with disdain. It would be unfortunate if UFO was met with that sort of inane fandom. It was far classier than that.

To me, probably one of classiest sci-fi show I've ever seen. Awesome. Truly awesome. Don't ruin it. Please! Cheers! PAYROLL


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