Thunderbirds (1965–1966)
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Give or Take a Million 

On Christmas Eve, two crooks break into the Second National Bank in New York. When the alarm is raised, they flee the crime scene and stow away inside a rocket which is delivering presents to a local children's hospital. One of those presents is an invitation to be a guest at Tracy Island for Christmas.

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Sylvia Anderson ...
Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / Nicky / Nurse Nimmo (voice)
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John Tracy / Scobie / Harman / Security Chief Joe (voice)
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Jeff Tracy / Preston (voice)
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Tin-Tin Kyrano / Grandma Tracy (voice)
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Gordon Tracy / Brains / Kyrano / Straker / 2nd Santa (Leo) (voice)
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Scott Tracy (voice)
Jeremy Wilkin ...
Virgil Tracy / Dr. Pringle / Saunders / TV Reporter / 1st Santa (voice)
Matt Zimmerman ...
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On Christmas Eve, two crooks break into the Second National Bank in New York. When the alarm is raised, they flee the crime scene and stow away inside a rocket which is delivering presents to a local children's hospital. One of those presents is an invitation to be a guest at Tracy Island for Christmas.

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25 December 1966 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The models of the Thunderbird vehicles seen on the table in front of Jeff in the opening scene were commercially available at the time of this episode's initial broadcast (25 December, 1966). They are the "Thunderbirds" model toys produced by J. Rosenthal (Toys) Ltd. Unfortunately, Rosenthal's Thunderbird 5 didn't look very much like the genuine article, so it does not appear in this scene. See more »

Goofs

It is supposed to be the middle of the night when Virgil sets off in Thunderbird 2 for Coralville Hospital, but the Thunderbird 2 launch takes place in full daylight (the regular Thunderbird 2 launch sequence being used in this case). See more »

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Referenced in The 100 Greatest Christmas Moments (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Good King Wenceslas
Written by John M. Neale (as John Mason Neale) and Thomas Helmore
[Based on "Tempus adest floridum" from "Piae Cantones"]
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Goes out with a whimper instead of a bang
8 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Give Or Take A Million ends the original series of Thunderbirds with a whimper instead of a bang. The episode has none of the redeeming qualities that made the show so great; once again, the Tracy's allow a young boy on to the island, the story has no excitement, it's all told in flashback (which I'm not a fan of personally), and, the biggest sin of all, there is no rescue mission. The final scenes where Brains makes Tracy Island snow are charming enough, however, the episode would have been so much better if it contained the series' usual elements, and that would have made it more enjoyable.

A real shame.


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