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45 min (26 episodes)
Action | Sci-Fi
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Country: UK
Release Date: 1970-09-16
Filming Locations: MGM British Studios, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Ed Bishop
Cmdr. Ed Straker
Mel Oxley
Space Intruder Detector SID / ... (25 episodes, 1969-1973)
Dolores Mantez
Nina Barry (23 episodes, 1969-1971)
Michael Billington
Col. Paul Foster
Ayshea Brough
SHADO Operative
George Sewell
Col. Alec Freeman (17 episodes, 1969-1971)
Keith Alexander
Lt. Keith Ford (15 episodes, 1969-1971)
Antonia Ellis
Joan Harrington (13 episodes, 1969-1971)
Gabrielle Drake
Lt. Gay Ellis
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Gerry Anderson's first live-action TV series, after a number of shows produced in the "Supermarionation" process. Star Ed Bishop provided voices for one of these shows, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967).
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On December 31, 1994 the video game company Microprose released a game called "UFO: Enemy Unknown", known as "X-COM: UFO Defense" in the US. While not directly based on the TV series it has been confirmed that many elements were directly inspired by the UFO TV series.
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Initially Ed Bishop's hair was bleached for the series. As time wore on they decided to switch to a blonde wig instead to avoid damaging his hair with repeated bleaching. Bishop used to own this wig and would bring it with him to sci-fi conventions.
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Any time the Moon Base interceptors are ordered to return to base without having fired their missiles, a stock shot is used showing the missiles gone.
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Gravity on the lunar surface is actually 1/6 of Earth normal. The actor's movements and inertia are all wrong.
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Although set (and filmed) in England, all the futuristic cars are left-hand drive, and everyone drives on the right-hand side of the road. Several other series by the Andersons featured the same driving system, presumably because England was predicted to switch over sometime before the future events depicted. Flashback scenes showed the "normal" English driving arrangement.
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Dr. Doug Jackson: Now I can see here you reported a sighting three years ago.
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Alec Freeman: [fixing a drink] You never touch it, do you?
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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.
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Where can I find answers to my UFO series questions?
The following web page is an excellent on-line FAQ:http://www.ufoseries.com/faq.html
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Photos from cast
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