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Despite the incredible success of Supermarionation shows like Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray – Gerry Anderson was obsessed with the idea of moving into live action. Eventually, at the end of the 1960s he moved into live action with the darker series UFO. UFOs were becoming a more and more popular topic in the 1960s, and in the mid-19060s the first heart transplants were taking place. The timing was perfect to design and produce a brand new series concerned with Earth defending itself from aliens intent on harvesting human organs. UFO was born.

The operatives of the secret S.H.A.D.O. organisation defend the Earth from Aliens who are abducting humans to obtain organs which can be transplanted into their own bodies.

UFO – Century 21 Television/ITC – 1969/70
26 episodes x 50 mins

Executive Producer: Gerry Anderson
Producer: Reg Hill
Production Supervisor: Norman Foster
Directors: Gerry AndersonDavid LaneKen TurnerAlan PerryRon Appleton,
David TomblinJeremy Summers & Cyril Frankel
Century 21 Fashions by Sylvia Anderson
Director of Photography: Brendan J. Stafford BSC
Art Director: Bob Bell
Script Editor: Tony Barwick
Special Effects Supervisor: Derek Meddings
Senior Special Effects Director: Jim Elliott
Special Effects Directors: Bill CampShaun Whittacker-Cook & Derek Meddings
Music Composed and Directed by Barry Gray


Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Norma Ronald, Maxwell Shaw, George Sewell, Antonia Ellis, Harry Baird, Basil Moss, Michael Billington, Keith Alexander, Jon Kelley, Steven Berkoff, Wanda Ventham, Gary Myers, Jeremy Wilkin, Anouska Hempel, Peter Gordeno, Grant Taylor, Ayshea Brough, David Warbeck, Gabrielle Drake, Vladek Sheybal, Georgina Moon, Mel Oxley

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