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'UFO' was a British science fiction TV series broadcast in the early 1970s, in both the UK and the United States, and was Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's first TV series using actors on screen, and not just as voices for animated characters.
Not a series helped by programme scheduling, due to its often controversial subject matter, 'UFO' remains impressive. Consisting of 26 one hour episodes, 'UFO' had the theme of a military organisation called SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation) protecting Earth from UFO attack.
Filming of 'UFO' began in 1969, and it was first screened in 1970. This ITV series was bravely set only ten years later in 1980, and most of the predicted technological advances turned out to be wildly optimistic, and also off target was the prediction that both sexes would be wearing wigs in 1980. Though cell phones, spy satellites, space junk, toxic waste, commonplace use of computers, and women having more authority in the military were all predicted, and in terms of time were not too wide of the mark.
Pleasing on the eye, including a striking looking cast (with female crew members often sporting purple hair) and plenty of futuristic vehicles, 'UFO' had a strong line-up including Ed Bishop, Michael Billington, George Sewell, Gabrielle Drake, Anoushka Hempel, and Wanda Ventham. It is a show which doesn't look that dated, and looks slicker than that mighty British sci-fi institution, 'Doctor Who', did at the same time.
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|UFO Episode List|
|Episode No.||Original UK Air Date||Episode Title|
|1||16th September, 1970||Identified|
|2||23rd September, 1970||Exposed|
|3 & 4||30th September, 1970||Kill Straker!
The Cat with Ten Lives
|5, 6 & 7||7th October, 1970||Conflict
The Sound of Silence
|8||14th October, 1970||A Question of Priorities|
|9 & 10||11th November, 1970||The Square Triangle
|11||2nd December, 1970||Destruction|
|12||9th December, 1970||Computer Affair|
|13||16th December, 1970||Close Up|
|14||30th December, 1970||The Psychobombs|
|15||6th January, 1971||Survival|
|16||13th January, 1971||Mindbender|
|17 & 18||20th January, 1971||Flight Path
|19||3rd February, 1971||The Man Who Came Back|
|20||10th February, 1971||The Dalotek Affair|
|21||17th February, 1971||Timelash|
|22||3rd March, 1971||The Responsibility Seat|
|23||1st April, 1971||The Long Sleep|
|24||1st May, 1971||Court Martial|
|25||10th July, 1971||Confetti Check A-OK|
|26||24th July, 1971||Reflections in the Water|
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