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BACKGROUND RESEARCH:
Last updated:
31st of July 2019

VIDEO PHONE
UFO Episode Research #4

The following tables and video frames show ALL the appearances (including viewing timings) of the Video Phone in all 26 episodes of UFO shown in production order. The Video Phone had a few modifications made during production: these changes have been outlined in the tables and video frame text.

20 DESTRUCTION

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VIDEO PHONE comments and observations
04:26
04:30
The Video Phone connection cable is just visible dropping down over the left side of Cmdr. Straker's desk.
04:57
05:08
Again, the Video Phone comes into view from the right hand side with the cable just visible.
At 05:01, Cmdr. Straker is prompted to the Video Phone, he presses one of the Selection Switches to take a call which informs him that General Henderson has arrived to see him.
At 05:05, Cmdr. Straker releases the Selection Switch to terminate the call.
06:04
06:17
General Henderson comes into Cmdr. Straker's office.
At 06:04 the Video Phone is visible in its usual place on Cmdr. Straker's desk, then is obscured as Cmdr. Straker and General Henderson sit down for coffee.
12:56
13:15
A Video Phone becomes partially visible on Admiral Sheringham's desk: left hand side far corner.
At 13:14 to 13:15, the top of the Video Phone is just visible.
17:39
19:36
Once again in Admiral Sheringham's office, the top of the Video Phone is just visible - to the left - behind the model of a galleon in a glass display case.
Between 17:51-17:59, the front of the Video Phone is visible on Admiral Sheringham's desk.
At 19:32, the Video Phone becomes fully visible once again, and at 19:34 Admiral Sheringham uses one of the keys to call in his secretary, Miss Bosanquet.
29:18
30:53
In Cmdr. Straker's office, a reverse rear view of the Video Phone on Cmdr. Straker's desk. No cables are visible, but it is just possible to see the two connection slots at rear, and the ventilation slots on top of the Video Phone casing.
At 30:47, Cmdr. Straker walks back around his desk, and the top of the Video Phone is visible with a clear view of the two sets of ventilation slots.
32:47
32:53
In Cmdr. Straker's office, Cmdr. Straker is questioning Admiral Sheringham about the true nature of the ship's mission.
At 32:47, the Video Phone just comes in and out of view a few times. There are no connection cables, but the cable connection slots are visible as are the ventilation slots at the top of the Video Phone.
45:50
46:09
A few brief shots of the Video Phone on Cmdr. Straker's desk.
At 46:08, there is a clear rear right oblique view of the Video Phone, once again there are no cables visible, but the cable slots are visible as are the ventilation slots at the top of the Video Phone.

21 THE MAN WHO CAME BACK

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VIDEO PHONE comments and observations
07:00
07:43

07:00, Cmdr. Straker presses one of the centre Selection Switches to connect with SHADO HQ. There is a great view of the monitor, camera and loudspeaker case.
07:03, Cmdr. Straker releases the same Selection Switch to terminate the call with Lt. Ayshea Johnson.
07:11, the two sets of eleven ventilation slots are clearly visible. In this view, it can be seen that the ventilation slots are set slightly to the rear of centre in this shot.
18:48
19:23
18:49, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Video Phone Selection Switches to control picture frames on the wall monitor opposite Cmdr. Straker's desk. He can be heard pressing the switches to enable the next image in the sequence>
Again, at 18:49, the two rows of the ventilation slots are clearly visible at the top of the Video Phone.

22 THE PSYCHOBOMBS

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VIDEO PHONE comments and observations
12:03
12:57
The SHADO Video Phone is visible in its usual place at the far left of Cmdr. Straker's desk. Ayshea is placing documentation on Cmdr. Straker's desk as Cmdr. Straker, Col. Lake and Col. Foster arrive in the office.
At 12:07, it is possible to see that there are no connecting cables to the Video Phone.
At 12:55, Cmdr. uses one of the Video Phone Switches to open his office doors to leave.
18:14
18:56
The Video Phone once again comes into view on Cmdr. Straker's desk. The Video Phone is mostly obscured during this sequence.
23:11
23:30
A front right oblique shot of the Video Phone comes into view. It can be seen that the "G" is pressed whilst Cmdr. Straker is in communications with the SkyDiver Captain.
At 23:14, Cmdr. Straker terminates the call by pressing the "G" Switch to its Home position and the Video Phone screen clears once he has done this.
28:10
28:12
A rear right oblique shot of the Video Phone comes into view. As Cmdr. Straker stands to leave the office he presses a Selection Switch to open his office doors.
At 28:11, it is possible to see a cable connected to the left slot at the back of the Video Phone.
33:29
33:33
A very quick view of the Video Phone as Col. Foster and Col. Lake enter Cmdr. Straker's office. It can be seen that there is no connecting cable to the rear of the Video Phone.
41:12
41:32
As Col. Lake enters Cmdr. Straker's office the Video Phone comes into view. There is a RADAR sweep image rotating clockwise image on the screen. The shot pulls back until there is a very clear shot of the Video Phone just off right of centre. It can be seen that there are NO Selection Switches set of the Video Phone. The screen inset is placed in the display.

23 REFLECTIONS IN THE WATER

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VIDEO PHONE comments and observations
09:33
09:59
The Video Phone is seen on Cmdr. Straker's desk in its usual place. The Video Phone is shown a number of times in this sequence.
At 09:47, Cmdr. Straker is alerted to a communications call from SkyDiver.
At 09:59, after he has walked around the left of his desk, the ventilation slots at top of the Video Phone are clearly visible.
At 09:52, it is also possible to see that the rear panel of the Video Phone is slightly inset from the outer casing.
At 09:57, it is possible to hear the 'click' as Cmdr. Straker releases one of the Selection Switches to terminate communications with SkyDiver.
11:52
13:26
A rear right view of the Video Phone on Cmdr. Straker's desk, the top ventilation slots are visible, the inset of the rear panel and one of the rear panel securing screwheads are visible.
At 11:54, it is clear that Cmdr. Straker uses one of the centre Selection Switches to open the call with SkyDiver.
At 12:07, it is possible to hear the 'click' as Cmdr. Straker releases the Selection Switch to terminate communications with SkyDiver.
At 12:13, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the switches to connect with SHADO Control to call in Col. Foster with the report on the demise of the 'underwater cameraman'.
At 12:28, Col. Foster enters Cmdr. Straker's office, there is a front right oblique view of the Video Phone on Cmdr. Straker's desk.
At 12:30, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Video Phone Selection Switches to close the door to his office.
At 12:42, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Selection Switches to request a call to SkyDiver.
At 12:52, Cmdr. Straker presses one of the Video Phone Selection Switches to accept the call from SkyDiver.
At 13:03, it is possible to hear the 'click' as Cmdr. Straker releases one of the Selection Switches to terminate communications with SkyDiver.
At 13:15, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Selection Switches to communicate with Lt. Anderson. He is told by Lt. Ayshea Johnson that Lt. Anderson is on 24 hours leave.
At 13.26, it is possible to hear the 'click' as Cmdr. Straker releases one of the Selection Switches to terminate the communications with Lt. Ayshea Johnson.
15:10
15:19
A clear view of the Cmdr. Straker pressing one of the Video Phone Selection Switches whilst in a communications call with SkyDiver.
At 15:17, it is possible to see and hear Cmdr. Straker release the communications call with SkyDiver using one of the Centre Selection Switches.
23:54
26:07
The rear of the Video Phone comes into view. The two connection slots are visible and there is no connecting cable visible.
From 25:07, again the rear and then the side of the Video Phone is clearly visible, the two rows of ventilation slots are visible as are the two connection slots. There is no connecting cable visible.
46:13
46:21
The very top of the Video Phone is just in view, then gradually the display and camera also come into view.
At 46:19, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Selection Switches to open his office doors to leave.

24 TIMELASH

 VIDEO PHONE comments and observations
The SHADO Video Phone is not shown at all in this episode of UFO.

25 MINDBENDER

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VIDEO PHONE comments and observations
13:43
13:56
As 'Ed Straker' and Miss Ealand enter his 'Office lift', the SHADO Video Phone can just be seen entering into shot from the left hand side. The two connector slots are visible at the rear of the Video Phone, there are no connecting cables present, and the two sets of ventilation slots are visible at the top of the Video Phone.
At 13:55, 'Ed Straker' can be seen to press one of the Selection Switches in the left bank of switches of the Video Phone to close the office doors.
14:29
15:23
As Cmdr. Straker enters his office, the SHADO Video Phone is visible in its usual place at the far left corner of his desk. There are no cables visible.
At 14: 31, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the centre switches to close his office door.
At 15:16, Col. Lake presses one of the switches to open the office doors so Gen. Henderson can leave.
At 15:20, Col. Lake again presses one of the keys to close the office doors after Gen. Henderson has left Cmdr. Straker's office.
21:40
22:30
The SHADO Video Phone is just in shot on Cmdr. Straker's desk, but slightly obscured by Col. Foster.
At 21:51, as Col. Foster moves away from the back of the desk, the Video Phone comes into view.
At 22.29, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Video Phone Selection Switches to open his office doors just before he leaves.
23:08
25:32
For the first time in the series, Cmdr. Straker has the SHADO Video Phone placed and visible on the right hand side of the desk in his Upper Office (SHADO lift). The connection slots are visible as are the ventilation slots at top of the Video Phone.
At 23:35, The Video Phone once again comes into view with an almost straight on front view. It is interesting to note that the TV screen border insert is not in place in this shot.
At 23:36, 'Ed Straker' uses one of the righthand bank of Selection Switches to close the 'Office lift' doors.
At 25:18, 'Ed Straker' uses the #3 Selection Switch to open the 'Office lift' doors so Howard Byrne can leave.
At 25:28, 'Ed Straker' uses the #3 Selection Switch to close the 'Office lift' door after Howard Byrnes has left his office.
26:12
27:30
Cmdr. Straker is seated at his desk, the SHADO Video Phone is in its usual place on his desk. No cables are visible, also the ovoid TV screen insert is not visible.
At 26:13, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Video Phone Selection Switches to open his office doors for Col. Foster to enter.
At 27:17, Cmdr. straker presses one of the Right hand switch bank to close his office doors.
From 27:25, Cmdr. Straker's position in his office obscures the view of the SHADO Video Phone.
At 29:27, the Video Phone is briefly in view for a few seconds.
42:36
44:29
At 42.36, the rear right hand side of the Video Phone is in view, and ends at 43:54.
At 44:14, there is a rear right hand oblique view of the SHADO Video Phone on Cmdr. Straker's desk. The two connection slots become visible and there are no cables visible.
At 44:16, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the left bank of Selection Switches to open his office doors: two SHADO Security Guards are waiting outside at 44:18. There is a face on rear view of the Video Phone in this shot.
At 44:24, Cmdr. Straker is leaning over the SHADO Video Phone, his right hand is placed over the top as he leans on the Video Phone: 44:29.

26 THE LONG SLEEP

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VIDEO PHONE comments and observations
01:32
02:18
The Video Phone comes into view just as Cmdr. Straker is entering his office. He sees his workload piled high on his desk: I think we've all 'been there' at some point or other!
At 01:38, Cmdr. Straker uses one of the Video Phone Selection Switches to close his office door. Col. Lake enters Cmdr. Straker's office.
At 01:51, Col. Lake uses a Selection Switches from the left hand bank to close the office door.
23:25
24:04
A nice clear view of the Video Phone from a right front oblique angle. Some of the Selector Switches from ALL three banks are enabled.
28:41
28:59
A right side view of the Video Phone comes into shot as Col. Foster walks across Cmdr. Straker's office. Again, some of the Selector Switches from ALL three banks are enabled in exactly the same positions as before. This is the last appearance of the SHADO Video Phone in this: the last episode of UFO.

VIDEO PHONE: Episode Research