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UFO was the first live action series from Sylvia and Gerry Anderson with their frequent collaborator Reg Hill, the minds behind the popular "supermarionation" shows of the 1960s. Unlike their previous endeavors, UFO was a serious science fiction action show aimed squarely at an adult audience. Starring Ed Bishop as Commander Straker, head of S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defense Organization) an organization engaged in a secret war against alien invaders. The series boasts high production values and excellent miniatures and special effects, as well as surprisingly dark stories for the era.

Set in the then-future date of 1980, the sets have a sleep futuristic look reminiscent of spy movies from the same era. The stories take place primarily on Earth, but also on a futuristic Moonbase where the female staff wear never-explained purple wigs and silver jumpsuits, and within an advanced submarine fleet where the uniforms are slightly more conventional

ITV
1 Season, 27 Episodes
September 16, 1970
Classic TV, Science Fiction
8.0/10
Cast: Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington, Ayshea Brough
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UFO Full Episode Guide

  • Catherine Frazer awakes from a ten year coma with vital information about a close encounter in a derelict farmhouse.

  • John Croxley's talent for extra sensory perception is heightened after his wife is killed when a UFO crashes into their house. With his mind under the influence of the aliens, Croxley learns the secrets of SHADO and lures Straker and Freeman to the remains of his house to kill them.

  • When a lunar module is attacked by a UFO, Straker makes a split-second decision that endangers the astronauts, but ultimately saves them. Later, he is surprised to find his authority being questioned by his most loyal officer, Colonel Paul Foster, who spearheads a campaign against him.

  • Tired and hung-over after an all night party, Foster takes part in a mandatory fitness programme at the SHADO Research Centre.

  • Reporter Jo Fraser places a bug in Straker's office and records a potentially damaging communique.

  • While SHADO is tracking a UFO in heavy woodland, international show-jumper Russell Stone goes missing from his estate. Foster examines a lake where there is no sign of animal life and discovers a mutilated corpse.

  • A Naval vessel shoots down a UFO in the Atlantic, but the Admiralty rejects further investigation into the incident. Straker suspects a cover-up anD, to find out more, Foster strikes up a relationship with Admiral Sheringham's secretary, Sarah Bosanquet. What they discover could mean the end of all life on Earth.

  • The body of an alien, recovered after a UFO attack on Moonbase, reveals some startling new evidence which overturns all SHADO's previous theories about aliens.

  • A UFO destroys itself within three miles of Moonbase and astronaut Conroy returns from the crash site with a rare moon diamond. But the diamond has been planted by the aliens to exert a hallucinogenic influence over SHADO personnel.

  • Straker gets IAC backing to use a B142 space probe mounted with an electronic telescope to track and follow a UFO to its origin, take pictures of the alien homeland and transmit them back to Earth.

  • An astronaut is killed during a UFO alert and the UFO gets through SHADO's outer defences. Straker suspects human error and wonders if the relationship between Gay Ellis and Mark Bradley is to blame.

  • Foster proves that the sudden decompression of the Leisure Sphere, which killed astronaut Bill Grant, was caused by an alien bullet - fired by a lone alien at large on the lunar surface. Foster leads an investigation team to track down the alien's UFO but this becomes disastrous when he is cut off from Moonbase.

  • Straker and Colonel Lake return to the Harlington-Straker Studios to find the SHADO personnel inexplicably frozen in time. Realising that the timelock is the result of alien intervention and precedes an invasion, the pair find themselves racing against time to prevent a catastrophe.

  • Straker find out that technician Paul Roper is passing computer coordinates to the aliens. Under interrogation, Roper explains that his wife is being threatened but is unable to reveal the identity of his contact.

  • In the woods between Clare Cross and Lingbury, an injured alien stumbles into a lonely cottage and is shot down by Liz Newton and her lover Cass Fowler. Liz and Cass are taken to SHADO HQ for questioning, but when Liz's husband arrives at the cottage, Paul Foster realises that the alien's death was no accident.

  • Classified information about a Skydiver rendezvous with a supply ship has been leaked to the press and Paul Foster is apparently the only suspect. Under SHADO regulations he faces a military court martial and faces the death sentence if he is found guilty.

  • Three people are possessed by the aliens and given fantastic powers to enable them to carry out acts of sabotage against SHADO installations. After the destruction of the Fairfield Tracker Station and Skydiver 3, Paul Foster makes contact with Linda Simmonds, the last surviving member of the those possessed, only to find out that SHADO HQ is the next target on the aliens' list.

  • Suspecting a UFO to be responsible for the sinking of a freighter, Straker, Foster and Nina Barry investigate in Skydiver. Attacked by an undersea UFO, the submarine is forced down to a ledge on the sea bed and the crew are trapped.

  • After Lt. Grey becomes a father, Straker recalls the early days of SHADO, when in 1970 the United Nations granted Straker the finance to set up his defence organisation. The long hours and secrecy had a disastrous effect on his marriage.

  • John Croxley's talent for extra sensory perception is heightened after his wife is killed when a UFO crashes into their house.

  • When an Alien Limpet UFO causes the destruction of Lunar Module 32, Straker demands a clean-up program by the International Astrophysical Commission to remove hazardous space debris from earth's orbit.

  • When Moonbase experiences a radio and video blackout, Foster suspects that a geo-scanner, operated by a team of surveyors at the Dalotek installation, is to blame.

  • The freighter 'Kingston' is sunk in mid-Atlantic by "flying fish" missiles and an underwater cameraman dies in mysterious circumstances.

  • Straker faces the toughest decision of his career when his son is critically injured in an accident. The drug that can save his life can only be ferried from New York in time aboard a SHADO Transporter.

  • An XV-104 test plane wanders into a UFO target area and the pilot, Paul Foster, makes sightings of both the UFO and Sky One.

  • 1980: After ten years of setbacks and sabotage, SHADO - Supreme Headquarters Alien Defense Organization - is finally ready to defend the earth from alien invasion.

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