UFO (1970–1973)
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The Sound of Silence 

An alien craft lands in woodland near the home of horseman Russell Stone. When Stone goes missing suspicion initially falls on Ben Culley, a tramp with whom Stone had recently argued over ... See full summary »

Director:

David Lane

Writers:

Gerry Anderson (format), Sylvia Anderson (format) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Burnell Tucker ... G.S.P. 4 Co-Pilot Scott
Craig Hunter ... G.S.P. 4 Pilot Hudson
Dolores Mantez ... Nina Barry
Andrea Allan ... Moonbase Operative Carol Miller
Ed Bishop ... Cmdr. Ed Straker
Michael Billington ... Col. Paul Foster
Ayshea Brough Ayshea Brough ... Radio Operative (as Ayshea)
Michael Jayston ... Russell Stone
Susan Jameson Susan Jameson ... Anne Stone
Nigel Gregory Nigel Gregory ... Ben Culley
Gito Santana Gito Santana ... Alien
Richard Vernon ... Pa Stone
Tom Oliver Tom Oliver ... 1st Technician
Malcolm Reynolds Malcolm Reynolds ... 2nd Technician
Basil Moss Basil Moss ... Dr. Frazer
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An alien craft lands in woodland near the home of horseman Russell Stone. When Stone goes missing suspicion initially falls on Ben Culley, a tramp with whom Stone had recently argued over trespassing on his property. However, Culley is found dead and it seems likely that the green alien who killed him has captured Stone.The trail leads to a nearby lake where it seems likely that the alien is hiding. . . Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 July 1971 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The red mini dress worn by Susan Jameson in one scene would later appear worn by Deborah Grant in The Psychobombs and again in Timelash worn by Kirsten Lindholm See more »

Goofs

The tank cutter used by the tech (Tom Oliver) to make a hole in the alien container only has a cutting depth of about 1 inch, but when it is removed to take out the cut core, the removed core is at least 4-5 inches in length. See more »

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If you go down to the woods today...
27 September 2017 | by canndymanSee all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite UFO episodes - since viewing it as a very young child on its very first release.

The story is quite a simple one - Straker allows a solitary UFO through Earth's defences, after it appears to 'piggy-back' behind a NASA craft for protection. True to form, it appears to land somewhere in the 'home counties' of southern England, and SHADO set about discovering its whereabouts... but it seems to have completely vanished! At the same time, a family who own a large farm homestead in the target area start to experience some strange goings on out in their woodland, and Foster goes to investigate... hoping to solve the mystery.

What I love about this episode is the creepiness of the family's relative isolation in the countryside - not to mention the oddness of their situation, unaware that an alien foe may be closing in on their cozy world.

The chemistry between Foster and the delightful Susan Jameson (as Anne) in this episode is wonderful - I especially like the irony of the ending (which I won't reveal here).

There's a cool, day-glo early-1970s atmosphere throughout, and the horse riding and outdoor scenes open out the action (as in other episodes that make good use of locations) - action which is sometimes (in other stories) more contained in studio sets.

This was of course one of the last batch of episodes made when production switched from Elstree to Pinewood, and the slightly more relaxed feel of these later episodes seems to allow for more experimental plot possibilities, despite the loss of some key cast members.

All in all, a very solid, understated and memorable episode of this classic series.


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