Welcome to S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories

Welcome to
S.H.A.D.O. Research Labs

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories designs, manufactures and reproduces cutting edge technologies and original equipment based on the ideas, devices and systems shown in the original UFO television series from 1969.  We also produce unique technically accurate artwork that displays - as near as possible - technical equipment from UFO.

Notable achievements have included a GRID Linkup System which enables ultra secure communications with complete multi-node redundancy to all S.H.A.D.O. worldwide stations.  S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories is managed by Lieutenant G. W. Grant, and is based and has operated from the ZETA Tracking Station in the Channel Islands since the early 1980's.  S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories also acts as the primary linkage with our main outside contractor, Westbrook Electronics together with other worldwide partners.

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S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories designs, manufactures and reproduces cutting edge technologies and equipment based on the ideas, devices and systems shown in the original UFO television series.  We also produce unique technically accurate artwork that displays - as near as possible - technical equipment from UFO.

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories
is managed by Lieutenant G. W. Grant, and based at the ZETA Tracking Station in the Channel Islands.

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories was established as the Research Laboratories of the ZETA Tracking Station in the early 1980's. S.R.L. continue to be responsible for the development of key technologies and ongoing computer and communications systems for S.H.A.D.O. notable achievements have included a GRID Linkup System which enables ultra-secure communications with complete multi-node redundancy to all S.H.A.D.O. worldwide stations. S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories also designed and built the first system to route calls to a single number or multiple destinations depending on location (G.L.S.).

S.H.A.D.O. Research Laboratories
also act as a secure linkage to Westbrook Electronics and other worldwide partners.

UFO is a British science fiction television series (made in 1969-70) about a secret military organisation which defends the Earth from Alien invaders from deep space. The series was created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, who had previously created the "Supermarionation" puppet TV series in the 1960's (The Adventures of Twizzle, Torchy The Battery Boy, Four Feather Falls, Supercar, Fireball XL5, StingrayThunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, Doppelgänger, The Secret Service etc.) and would later create SPACE: 1999 and other TV shows.

UFO was filmed in 1969-70, and began broadcasting in September 1970 in England and September 1972 in America. The series ran for just a single season, for a total of 26 one-hour colour episodes. 

Producers: Gerry Anderson & Reg Hill
Format: Gerry & Sylvia Anderson, Reg Hill
Century 21 Fashions: Sylvia Anderson
Special Effects: Derek Meddings
Designer: Mike Trim
Century 21 Props and Instrumentation: Don Fagan
Art Director: Bob Bell
Production Supervisor: Norman Foster
Assistant to Producer: Des Saunders
Lighting Cameraman: Brendan Stafford B.S.C.
Music: Barry Gray
Script Editor: Tony Barwick
Continuity: Doreen Soan
Make Up: Basil Newall
Hairdressing: Henry Montsash
Wardrobe: Kim Martin
Casting Director: Rose Tobias Shaw
Assistant Art Director: Keith Wilson
Unit Manager: Roger Connolly
Construction Manager: Fred Gunning
Production Buyer: Harry Solomons

UFO © 1969-70 Century 21 Pictures Ltd. 
An ITC World Wide Distribution
British / 26 episodes / 50 minutes / Colour
Filmed at MGM Borehamwood & Pinewood Studios, England and Century 21 Studios, Slough, England - and on location.

UFO is set in what would have been ten years in the future: the early 1980's. It had been discovered that Aliens are coming to Earth and kidnapping people for unknown reasons. A secret military defence organization named S.H.A.D.O. (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation) is set up and is just becoming operational in the first episode.

S.H.A.D.O.'s main headquarters is secretly hidden beneath a film studio, and many S.H.A.D.O. personnel double as film studio employees as a cover. S.H.A.D.O. also has a base on the moon (Moonbase) and a fleet of submarines (SkyDiver). Incoming UFO's are detected by an Earth orbiting satellite, S.I.D. (Space Intruder Detector). An initial interception attempt is made in space with three Interceptors launched from Moonbase. A second attempt is made in the Earth's atmosphere with a fighter plane (Sky One) launched from Skydiver. Landed UFO's are tracked down with ground based S.H.A.D.O. Mobiles.

S.H.A.D.O. is run by the extremely dedicated Commander Ed Straker. His seconds in command are Colonel Alec Freeman, Colonel Paul Foster, and Colonel Virginia Lake. Moonbase is often commanded by Lieutenant Gay Ellis or Lieutenant Nina Barry.

The episodes are typically about S.H.A.D.O.'s attempts to thwart the Alien's plans, and the Alien's various ploys to disable S.H.A.D.O. or kill its commander. Recurring themes include maintaining S.H.A.D.O. security, keeping S.H.A.D.O. properly funded, and the effect that the secrecy has on the personal lives of S.H.A.D.O.'s operatives.

To be honest, only people who have a love for UFO will be interested in the contents and subject matters contained in this website.
If you do not know what UFO is or what it's all about, it is very unlikely that any of this will interest you: but, who knows...  
However, if you are curious, please read the introductory information on this site, or check out the following websites:-

UFOSeries.com
WIKIPEDIA UFO Pages