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Old 17th Feb 2019, 10:18 am   #41
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Don't forget poor old Torchy. (Torchy, Torchy, the battery boy ...)
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 10:51 am   #42
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Meanwhile Anderson's former partners were having a go themselves, this is probably the only place you will see it..enjoy 'logic' and Martina Breswick

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVe-rT4TpJI
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 12:45 pm   #43
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In the Railway Pub in Rammy during the eighties, a group of fairly grizzled regulars, unexpectedly, all knew the answer to a quiz question, What was the Indian Chief's shout in Four Feather Falls? "Kallamacoolia" [I can't guarantee the spelling]. It was considered hysterically funny that these roughnecks remembered an obscure Childrens TV program. It then became a major aspect of social life as whenever something outlandish happened [that was often] a tray dropped, a drink spilled or there was a confrontation, the whole pub would erupt into this Red Indian War Cry led by Terry the landlord [a Thwaite's Brewery version of Basil Fawlty.] It really created a good atmosphere and generally defused any potential aggression. Sort of what we would now call a "Flash Mob" perhaps. Fondly remembered! When I was at school we often used Dr Beaker's response to each other as when he made a bit of a mess of things ie "Now Who's A Fool" and a role of the eyes. Wire rimmed spectacles helped as well.

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Old 17th Feb 2019, 12:46 pm   #44
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Ha, excellent find. great to find new material after all these years. Thank you cheerful.
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 1:39 pm   #45
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I watched a few episodes after being prompted by the thread, and was surprised to see Lois Maxwell as Straker’s secretary. Perhaps she wanted to avoid being typecast as the secretary to the head of a secret agency and took the role of .... oops.
There was also another Bond character, Kronsteen, but on the side of the good guys this time, and Windsor Davis.
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 2:02 pm   #46
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Meanwhile Anderson's former partners were having a go themselves, this is probably the only place you will see it..enjoy 'logic' and Martina Breswick
Good Grief... its Mr Derek! (whoops slipped into basil brush
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 2:30 pm   #47
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The first record I ever owned was the theme from 'Fireball XL5' bought for me by my old Mum in 1962.

The flip side was my favourite, another Barry Gray corker Zero G !

I disposed of it as an embarrassed teenager after a chum was looking through my record collection and found it, and mercilessly mocked me
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 3:08 pm   #48
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Not as embarrassing had it been this thankfully unused version though.

http://ufoseries.com/barry/thunderbirdsUnusedTheme.mp3

Also Barry Gray, and the vocalist was Gary Miller who sung Aqua Mari(n)a as well as the theme for Robin Hood.
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 3:11 pm   #49
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Barry Gray wrote a lot of very nice music for most of Gerry Anderson's shows, I have a CD of most of the themes along with some tracks of background music.

Also included is the mini audio episode Parker, Well Done.
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I'm always saying that I study coincidence. Decided to watch Endeavour tonight as it's set around the time of the moon "landing". Turns out to feature a Gerry Anderson type production company with associated puppetry The deceased female Scientist went to Oxbridge at the age of 12. [That was a real news story they got the idea from I expect though-I won't mention her name]. On from the beginning at 9pm [ITV+1].

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Old 17th Feb 2019, 10:52 pm   #51
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Meanwhile Anderson's former partners were having a go themselves, this is probably the only place you will see it..enjoy 'logic' and Martina Breswick
Did anyone else spot Jan Leeming at 6:50?
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 11:06 pm   #52
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I have the boxed DVD sets fo all Gerry Anderson series from Supercar through to UFO. The latter was the first series to feature live actors; however, I must confess that I much prefer Thunderbirds.
Yes, I thought Thunderbirds was brilliant when I was a kid. When UFO came along I found it a bit dull and disappointing. I was way too young to be in the target audience for UFO but I do remember 'trying' to watch it. My memory of UFO is the really exciting and dynamic intro with its equally exciting soundtrack... but then each episode turned into 'Crossroads in Space' with hardly any of the excitement promised by the dynamic intro each week.
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Old 17th Feb 2019, 11:43 pm   #53
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I agree with you Jeremy but you seem to have [unintentionally] "Cross" referenced Gabrielle Drake Re Cross Roads [post 25*] yet another coincidence Nobody saw Endeavour then? "Living In The Past" Jethro Tull.

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Old 18th Feb 2019, 10:43 am   #54
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Good Grief... its Mr Derek! (whoops slipped into basil brush
Ha yes..and did you spot Jan Leeming (later newsreader) at the desk?

great fun though eh?
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 10:52 am   #55
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Ha, excellent find. great to find new material after all these years. Thank you cheerful.

Another failed show for your entertainment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_QBaZVMxhQ
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Old 18th Feb 2019, 6:37 pm   #56
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Thank's for that, I had heard of the title, but don't remember the show.
The theme can only be Derek Hilton, and the three-note intro, plus the animated graphics evoke "Criss-Cross Quiz", what could be more "Granada"?

I can also tell you that the location of the clip was a stone's throw away from here in Heaton Park.

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I'm very bored with the earlier puppet shows nowadays, nothing wrong with them but like The Beatles' Sgt Pepper LP I've seen/heard them far too often to wish to see them again.

UFO is an exception, some terrific episodes, notably the last few many ITV regions relegated to late night viewing as they were considered to be too adult for an earlier audience.

Witness the other stories such as, 'Confetti Check A-OK' about Straker's marriage and its subsequent breakdown and its follow up, 'A Question of Priorities. Heavy going stuff.

One thing I've not seen since 1974 is the break bumpers which I recall being the UFO zooming in with the words UFO forming with music first heard on the Thunderbirds Sun Probe episode. The other break bumper had the UFO zooming away. Sadly the DVDs don't include them.

The end theme was first heard in the Fireball XL5 episode Mystery of the TA2.

Also worth looking out for the film, Journey to the Far side of the Sun (Doppelganger) which features much of the UFO cast.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 6:06 am   #58
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I managed to find this on you tube a year or so ago...
yes it did bring back memories. ( but I did watch it originally in black and white not colour ).
Other television series from the early 1970's I have found have been Time Slip ( I think ? ) and Catweazle.
Time Slip is correct, the entire series is on DVD. Sadly though they were all made in Colour only one episode is still in colour.
On the DVD collection is an update showing how the cast looks all grown up. The place it was done is now a housing estate!
Not quite as four out of six episodes of the last story were made during the colour strike and commenced with the rare B&W version of the zoom ident on their original 2" transmission tapes.

Just to be confusing the Burn Up story was colour throughout but shown during the colour strike. They had their full colour debut in 1974 which looked wonderful.

You're right about one episode surviving in colour though. The others survive as export b&w film telerecordings under the ITC banner.
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Old 21st Feb 2019, 7:30 am   #59
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I'm very bored with the earlier puppet shows nowadays, nothing wrong with them but like The Beatles' Sgt Pepper LP I've seen/heard them far too often to wish to see them again.

UFO is an exception, some terrific episodes, notably the last few many ITV regions relegated to late night viewing as they were considered to be too adult for an earlier audience.

Witness the other stories such as, 'Confetti Check A-OK' about Straker's marriage and its subsequent breakdown and its follow up, 'A Question of Priorities. Heavy going stuff.

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Coincidentally I watched this episode (Priorities) last night. It's clunky as usual (though good) but a pretty heavy story. Makes me wonder now, all these years later, just who UFO was aimed at. It certainly isn't a kids programme at all...

If I was a studio looking for an 'on trend' new series I might do a double take at this UFO stuff. But I wouldn't touch the UFO models...they are perfect.

Amusingly in this episode George Sewell claims the alien, using a colourful plastic assembly kit and a perspex antenna a foot high, is transmitting a signal of "fifteen hundred megawatts". Health implications aside, as a radio amateur i want that technology. Dear old George of course, luvvy that he was, hadn't a clue, so kept a straight face.

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Old 21st Feb 2019, 8:28 am   #60
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Because of the video nasties storm-in-a-teacup in the '80's, quite a few horror films passed me by and i'm only seeing them now (on the horror channel.)

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Keep an eye on Talking Pictures freeview channel 81 too.
Old B films aplenty.
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