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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, 1970-1973
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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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

n 2015, the works of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson continued to be recognised by the Cult TV Awards, with Steve Zodiac from Fireball XL5 added to the Hall of Fame for 'Animated Character', actress Wanda Ventham, one of the female leads in UFO, added to the Actress Hall of Fame, and the documentary "Filmed in Supermarionation" was hailed as the 'Blu-ray/DVD Presentation of the Year'. See more »

Goofs

Gravity on the lunar surface is actually 1/6 of Earth normal. The actor's movements and inertia are all wrong. See more »

Quotes

Col. Paul Foster: But don't you see what it means? They planned a cold blooded murder. They had it all worked out. But unfortunately for them an alien came through that door instead of her husband.
Alec Freeman: It all fits. Morally, they're guilty.
Ed Straker: Oh. Well, the amnesia drug was administered a few minutes ago. They won't be able to remember a thing.
Col. Paul Foster: Well, we can't just let them go free.
Ed Straker: I suppose you think I should hand them over to the public prosecutor. We'd sure have a great case. Now what would he go for? The attempted ...
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits of every episode include "Century 21 fashions by Sylvia Anderson". It is uncommon for such a credit to appear at the start of a TV episode (usually such credits appear at the end). See more »

Alternate Versions

Footage from five episodes was edited together to create the made-for-syndication TV movie 'Invasion: UFO'. 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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