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UFO 

The missions of the Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization, which defends Earth from extra-terrestrial threats.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ed Bishop ...  Cmdr. Ed Straker / ... 26 episodes, 1970-1971
Dolores Mantez ...  Nina Barry 23 episodes, 1970-1971
Michael Billington ...  Col. Paul Foster / ... 21 episodes, 1970-1971
Ayshea Brough Ayshea Brough ...  SHADO Operative / ... 18 episodes, 1970-1971
George Sewell ...  Col. Freeman / ... 17 episodes, 1970-1971
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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Action | Sci-Fi

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The series' principal photography began in April 1969 at stages 6 and 7 at the MGM British Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. But towards that year's end, the untimely closure of MGM's Borehamwood Studios forced the show's production to be suspended after the filming of the 17th episode, "Sub-Smash", awaiting the availability of another studio. Production resumed at Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire in June 1970 and was completed that September. The temporary shutdown caused many of the non-contractually obligated actors to pursue other projects, making recasting a necessity for some roles. One unfortunate exception was actor George Sewell (Col. Alec Freeman); executives at Century 21 Productions forced the Andersons not to invite the actor back to the series after switching to Pinewood, due to the executives deeming him too unattractive for the show. He was replaced by Wanda Ventham (Col. Virginia Lake), who had previously appeared on the pilot "Identified". See more »

Goofs

On the episode "Identified", 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

Alec Freeman: I certainly have to hand it you. That Miss Fraser. She didn't have you fooled for a moment. That'd been me then I probably would have got myself emotionally involved or something.
Ed Straker: Yes. I could see how it could happen.
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Crazy Credits

During the opening theme, the show's title "UFO" is flashed on the screen for only a fraction of a second. It appears "officially" on screen at the end of the teaser sequence. See more »

Alternate Versions

Many episodes were cut, re-dubbed and/or re-edited and compiled in the compilation movies Invasion: UFO, UFO: Distruggete Base Luna, UFO: Prendeteli vivi. and UFO... annientare S.H.A.D.O. stop. Uccidete Straker.... See more »

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Edited into Invasion: UFO (1974) See more »

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one of the most ambitious sci fi series ever made
2 November 2004 | by powersrocSee all my reviews

UFO was one of the most ambitious science fiction series ever produced for television. The array of hardware ran from a base on the moon with interceptor space ships to submarines with a jet aircraft that could detatch itself from the bow & rocket through the ocean depts & into the sky. In between the S.H.A.D.O. organization had S.I.D., the satellite in space to detect enemy/alien saucers, to mobiles that were futuristic tank-like vehicles,and much, much more.These were all employed by the secret Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Org. which was a collection of earth governments whose mission was to defend the planet from an unknown & hostile alien race invading us.Gerry Anderson created an epic series for TV that I doubt could be done these days for television due to what would be an enormous cost. If this premise is ever revived, it would be better served as a multi-million dollar feature film.I can't think of many U.S. series that had so much hardware, models, & fx all going on in them. To be sure it had its flaws.The Shado h.q. hidden beneath an operating movie studio hardly seemed the best choice for covert ops.The Interceptors, the first line of defense against the alien saucers, only had one missile to fire with no other weaponry on board,& the design for the alien saucers made it look more like a kid's toy.But you certainly got your money's worth & then some every week with this show.


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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1970 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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