UFO Episode outlines & details

UFO is a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth. It was created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade's Century 21 Productions for Grade's ITC Entertainment company. UFO was first broadcast in the UK and Canada in 1970, and in US syndication over the next two years. A single season of 26 episodes (including the pilot) was filmed over the course of more than a year; a five-month production break was caused by the closure of the MGM-British Studios in Borehamwood, where the show was initially made. Production commenced at Pinewood Studios at Iver Health, Buckinghamshire, UK - approximately 17 miles (27 km) west of central London.

Information from UFOSeries.com. With thanks to Marc Martin.

No.UFO EPISODE TITLE & SYNOPSISProd.
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Broadcast
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01IDENTIFIED: Ten years after the first confirmed UFO incident, S.H.A.D.O (an acronym for Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organization) its headquarters are located beneath the Harlington-Straker film studio in the English countryside and run by Commander Ed Straker, who poses as the studio head and film producer. Following a suspicious fire at Westbrook Electronics, Colonel Freeman is assigned to safeguard the important Utronic equipment on an S.S.T. (Supersonic Transport) flight from Los Angeles to the UK. A UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) attempts to attack the S.S.T., but the UFO is shot down by Sky One and the incident investigated. The body of an alien is captured and brought back to S.H.A.D.O. HQ, but what secrets will the body reveal?

Written by
Gerry & Sylvia Anderson and Tony Barwick.
Directed by Gerry Anderson.

Colonel Freeman quote: "These clouds give about as much cover as a G-string on a belly dancer."

Original UK airdate: Wednesday, September 16th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).

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11Monday, 28th
April
1969
Monday, 12th
May
1969
02COMPUTER AFFAIR: After a UFO collides with an Moonbase Interceptor, its astronaut is killed and the UFO gets through S.H.A.D.O.'s outer defences. Computer tests indicate that Lt. Ellis' judgment was affected by an emotional attachment with one of the Interceptor pilots. Is the relationship between Gay Ellis and Mark Bradley to blame? Colonel Freeman doesn't buy this, and makes them both part of a team to take on the landed UFO in Northern Canada. However, will Lt. Ellis' judgment be affected again?

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by David Lane.

Commander Straker quote: "You people were selected because of your outstanding character as well as intellect. What went wrong?"

Original UK Airdate: Saturday, May 15th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
Original Title: "The Computer Affair".
2221Tuesday, 13th
May
1969
Friday,
23rd
May
1969
03FLIGHT PATH: S.H.A.D.O. operative Paul Roper is being blackmailed by the Aliens for flight plan data which will allow them to attack Moonbase undetected. Under interrogation, Roper explains that his wife is being threatened, but is unable to reveal the identity of his contact. The significance of the coordinates remains a mystery until Straker realises that the Aliens are planning to attack Moonbase!

Written by Ian Scott Stewart.
Directed by Ken Turner.

Commander Straker quote: "He's an out and out risk, Alec, and we can't afford to take chances."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, January 20th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
Original Title: "The Sun Always Rises".
3315Monday, 26th
May
1969
Thursday, 5th
June
1969
04EXPOSED: During a UFO interception by Sky One, an experimental test plane (XV-104) is accidentaly caught up in the battle, and  is shot down. The test pilot (Paul Foster) survives, but his co-pilot is killed. When Paul Foster comes round in hospital he is convinced he saw a UFO, but when he tries to prove it he is discredited and harassed. His persistence eventually leads him to S.H.A.D.O.'s commander, Ed Straker. But, will he now be killed for knowing too much? He is offered that he cannot refuse, namely an invitation to join S.H.A.D.O. and use his skills or, quite simply, death...

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by David Lane.

Commander Straker quote: "You look surprised. I think we've got a few more surprises for you."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, September 23rd, 1970 (ATV Midlands).

NB: "Exposed" introduces the character of Paul Foster and was intended to be screened as Episode 2.
552Thursday, 19th
June 1969
+ Thurs 3rd July
Tuesday, 1st July
1969
2nd Unit filming
05CONFLICT: When an Alien Limpet UFO causes the destruction of Lunar Module 32, Commander Straker demands a clean-up programme by the International Astrophysical Commission to remove hazardous space debris from Earth orbit. But Commander Straker finds himself butting heads with I.A.C. chairman James Henderson, who wants a complete shut-down of S.H.A.D.O. operations... However, while the Earth is left undefended, a UFO is sighted and its target is S.H.A.D.O. headquarters!

Written by Ruric Powell.
Directed by Ken Turner.

General Henderson quote: "I don't buy it, Straker. I just hope you've guessed wrong. Because if you're right, we're about to be killed!"

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, October 7th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
Original Title: "Ambush"
664Wed,
2nd
July
1969
Monday,
14th
July
1969
06SURVIVAL: An Alien bullet blows out a window in the Moonbase leisure sphere, and astronaut Bill Grant is killed. Leading a team to track down the Alien's UFO, Colonel Paul Foster's investigations lead to disaster when he is cut off from Moonbase, presumed dead! However, Paul Foster is still alive, as is an Alien. After initial mistrust, the two join together to try and survive the walk back to Moonbase. But will they?

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by Alan Perry.

Commander Straker quote: "Look, I'm not offering you some easy number, and I don't care if you're polka dot with red stripes. You're the best man for the job - now do you want it?"

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, January 6th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
4413Friday,
6th
June
1969
Wed,
18th
June
1969
07THE DALOTEK AFFAIR: A series of unexplained communication blackouts eventually lead to a lunar module being destroyed during a landing attempt. Colonel Foster suspects that the interference is coming from a geo-scanner at the nearby Dalotek base. However, after removing the suspected source, another blackout occurs - just as a UFO is coming in for an attack! But are the Dalotek team to blame?

Written by Ruric Powell.
Directed by Alan Perry.

Dalotek boss quote: "My team will be on the Moon for a period of ten days. What can happen in that time?"

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, February 10th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
Original Title: "Crater 236".
7717Tuesday, 15th
July
1969
Friday,
25th
July
1969
08A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES: Commander Straker's son is hit by a car, and Straker orders a S.H.A.D.O. transport jet to deliver desperately needed medication. However, the jet is diverted to investigate what might be a defecting Alien trying to contact S.H.A.D.O.  Will S.H.A.D.O. reach the defecting Alien before its own kind does, and will Commander Straker's son die because the Alien takes priority?

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by David Lane.

Mary Straker quote: "Important? What can be more important than your own son's life?"
 
Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, October 14th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
885Monday, 28th
July
1969
Thursday, 7th
August
1969
09ORDEAL: Colonel Paul Foster is tired and hung-over after an all night party, and the next moring reports in to take part in a mandatory fitness programme at the S.H.A.D.O. Research Centre. While in the sauna, Aliens attack the building, kidnap Foster, and adapt him to liquid breathing inside an Alien spacesuit. The UFO escapes the Earth's atmosphere, as Sky One's pilot is unable to shoot down his friend. How will Colonel Foster's nightmarish ordeal end?

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by Ken Turner.

Colonel Freeman quote: "You just better hope I'm never in a position to press the button on you."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, April 14th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
9919Friday,
8th
August
1969
Wed,
20th
August
1969
10THE RESPONSIBILITY SEAT: S.H.A.D.O. may have a security leak due to an interview Straker gave to a female reporter. To maintain security, Commander Straker sets out to recover the tape, leaving Colonel Freeman in charge, Commander Straker tracks down the reporter, only to start becoming emotionally involved. Meanwhile, Colonel Freeman is having his own problems at S.H.A.D.O., the latest being a Russian Moon vehicle on a collision course with Moonbase!

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by Alan Perry.

Reporter Jo Frazer quote: "It's a dirty world. Sometimes you have to cut a few corners."

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, March 8th, 1973 (ATV Midlands).
101025Thursday, 21st
August
1969
Tuesday, 2nd
September
1969
11THE SQUARE TRIANGLE: In the woods between Clare Cross and Lingbury, an injured Alien stumbles into a lonely cottage and is shot down by Liz Newton and her lover Cass Fowler. Liz and Cass are taken to S.H.A.D.O. HQ for questioning, but when Liz's husband arrives at the cottage, Paul Foster realises that the Alien's death was no accident!

Written by Alan Pattillo.
Directed by David Lane.

Colonel Paul Foster quote: "Unfortunately for them, an Alien came through that door instead of her husband."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, December 9th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
111110Wed,
3rd
September
1969
Monday,
15th
September
1969
12COURT MARTIAL: Classified information about a Skydiver rendezvous with a supply ship has been leaked to the press and Paul Foster is the only suspect. Colonel Foster is tried and sentenced to death after a security leak points to him as being a traitor. Commander Straker and Colonel Freeman are not convinced however, and start their own investigation. They finally prove Colonel Foster's innocence, but it may be too late, as Colonel Foster has escaped and security has orders to shoot on sight!

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by Ron Appleton.

Commander Straker quote: "Believe it - unless you sign a confession, somebody's going to die."

Original UK Airdate: Saturday, May 1st, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
Original Title: "Shoot To Kill" 
121220Tuesday,
16th
September
1969
Friday,
26th
Sepember
1969
13CLOSE UP: Commander Straker gets IAC backing to use a B142 space probe mounted with an electronic telescope to track and follow a UFO to its origin, there to take pictures of the Alien homeworld and transmit them back to Earth. The probe is launched and readied, a UFO is successfully diverted back home, and after many months, S.H.A.D.O. finally receives photos of the Alien world. What does S.H.A.D.O. learn from these photos?

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by Alan Perry.

General Henderson quote: "I'm sorry to disillusion you, Straker, but I can get you some great shots of Earth with a two dollar camera from a balloon."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, December 16th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
131311Monday,
29th
September
1969
Thursday, 9th
October
1969
14CONFETTI CHECK A-O.K. After Lt. Grey becomes a father, Commander Straker recalls the early days of S.H.A.D.O. and his own marriage of ten years back.  It is 1970 and a special commitee of the United Nations grants permission for the start of S.H.A.D.O. with the then Colonel Straker promoted as Commander-in-chief. But, the long hours and secrecy have a disastrous effect on his marriage... 

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by David Lane.

Mary Straker quote: "I hope you still have a choice, Ed. Perhaps you should decide before it's too late." 

Original UK Airdate: Saturday, July 10th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
141422Friday,
10th
October
1969
Wed,
22nd
October
1969
15E.S.P. John Croxley's talent for extra sensory perception is heightened after his wife is killed when a UFO crashes into their house. With his mind under the influence of the Aliens, Croxley learns the secrets of S.H.A.D.O. and lures Commander Straker and Colonel Freeman to the remains of his house - to kill them!

Written by Alan Fennell.
Directed by Ken Turner.

John Croxley quote: "Our planet is dying. Our natural resources are exhausted. We must come to Earth - we must come to Earth to survive!"

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, October 21st, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
15156Thursday, 23rd
October
1969
Tuesday, 4th
November
1969
16KILL STRAKER! When a Lunar Module is attacked by a UFO, Commander Straker makes a split-second decision that endangers the astronauts, but ultimately saves them. Later, he is surprised to find his authority being questioned by his most loyal officer, Colonel Paul Foster, who spearheads a campaign against him. Then an attempt is made on Commander Straker's life. Colonel Foster's medical exam reveals that an Alien-implanted urge to "Kill Straker" may reappear at any moment. Will Colonel Foster have to be eliminated?

Written by Donald James.
Directed by Alan Perry.

Colonel Paul Foster quote: "I think you're obsessed with SHADO and Ed Straker. I think you're making decisions without any real thought of the consequences."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, November 4th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
Original Title: "The Inside Man"
16167Wed,
5th November
1969
Monday, 17th
November
1969
17SUB-SMASH: A UFO destroys a ship in the Atlantic, so Commander Straker and Colonel Foster investigate in Skydiver. The UFO attacks SkyDiver, leaving it heavily damaged and stranded on an undersea ledge. A rescue plane is on the way, but the escape hatches are all blocked or damaged and the air is running out. While Commander Straker fights against his claustrophobia, Nina faces a living nightmare...

Written by Alan Fennell.
Directed by David Lane.

Lt. Nina Barry quote: "If it had to be anyone, I'm glad you're here. I mean... I'm glad it's you."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, November 11th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
17178Tuesday,
18th November
1969
Friday, 28th
November
1969
18THE SOUND OF SILENCE: While searching for a landed UFO, Colonel Foster investigates a missing persons report at a nearby horse ranch. After discovering the bodies of a local hippie and his dog, Colonel Foster thinks the UFO is hiding at the bottom of a nearby lake. The UFO is destroyed in a battle with the Mobiles, but an object remains intact - is it a bomb that will detonate when taken back to S.H.A.D.O. HQ?

Written by David Lane and Bob Bell.
Directed by David Lane.

Anne Stone quote: "When I came out of the house, I felt... well... kind of strange. It was weird. Like someone watching me all the time."

Original UK Airdate: Saturday, July 17th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
181823Monday, 11th
May
1970
Thursday, 21st
May
1970
19THE CAT WITH TEN LIVES: The body of an Alien, recovered after a UFO attack on Moonbase, reveals some startling new evidence which overturns all S.H.A.D.O.'s previous theories about the Aliens. While driving home, Interceptor pilot James Regan and his wife stop for a cat in the road and are abducted by the Aliens. Regan is left behind, and is now being controlled by an Alien mind in the cat. In his Interceptor, Regan is controlled to let a UFO escape and finally places his vehicle on a collision course with Moonbase!

Written by David Tomblin.
Directed by David Tomblin.

Doctor Jackson quote: "They may have no physical being at all and therefore need a vehicle, a container - our bodies!"

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, September 30th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
19193Friday,
22nd
May
1970
Wed,
3rd
June
1970
20DESTRUCTION: A Naval vessel shoots down a UFO in the Atlantic, but the Admiralty rejects further investigation into the incident. Commander Straker suspects a cover-up and wants to know why, so Foster courts Admiral Sheringham's secretary, Sarah Bosanquet. He discovers that the ship is planning to dump a highly toxic nerve gas into a deep trench in the Atlantic. However, the Aliens are being fed information about the ship's schedule, and if they succeed in destroying the ship, all life on Earth will be destroyed!

Written by Dennis Spooner.
Directed by Ken Turner.

Commander Straker quote: "Whatever you're doing, the Aliens know about it - make no mistake. And if they're interested, so am I."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, December 2nd, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
20209Thursday, 4th
June
1970
Tuesday, 16th
June
1970
21THE MAN WHO CAME BACK: Reported missing, presumed dead, after a UFO incident which has left SID disabled, astronaut Craig Collins turns up alive and well. But as an operation to complete repair work on SID is planned, Colonel Lake and Colonel Grey discover that Collins is not the man he used to be. Collins injures co-pilot Foster at the last minute, forcing Straker to replace him. However, once in space, Commander Straker realizes that the Aliens have programmed Collins to kill him!

Written by Terence Feely.
Directed by David Lane.

Sir Esmond quote: "It was just one of those inexplicable moments. Like walking over a grave."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, February 3rd, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
212116Wed,
17th
June
1970
Monday, 29th
June
1970
22THE PSYCHOBOMBS: Commander Straker receives an ultimatum for S.H.A.D.O.'s surrender, and three people who have been transformed by the Aliens into human bombs carry out the ultimatum's threats. First a S.H.A.D.O. tracking station is destroyed and then a Skydiver. The third person is found and brought to S.H.A.D.O. HQ - the next target for destruction!

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by Jeremy Summers.

Commander Straker quote: "Mr. Average threw me across the car like a rubber doll."

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, December 30th, 1970 (ATV Midlands).
222212Tuesday, 30th
June
1970
Friday,
10th
July
1970
23REFLECTIONS IN THE WATER: The freighter 'Kingston' is sunk in mid-Atlantic by "flying fish" missiles and an underwater cameraman dies in mysterious circumstances. Then Deep Space Probe 87 reports a build-up of UFO's in Area NML12. Skydiver's crew discovers an underwater Alien dome in the Atlantic. Commander Straker and Colonel Foster get inside the dome and find an exact duplication of S.H.A.D.O. HQ and its personnel. Commander Straker realizes it's a plan to fool the other S.H.A.D.O. bases into letting through a massive UFO attack, but does he have enough time to stop it?

Written by David Tomblin.
Directed by David Tomblin.

Commander Straker quote: "In an unknown country, I think it's better to travel light."

Original UK Airdate: Saturday, July 24th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
232324Monday, 13th
July
1970
Thursday, 23rd
July
1970
24TIMELASH: Commander Straker and Colonel Lake return to the Harlington-Straker Studios to find the S.H.A.D.O. personnel inexplicably frozen in time. Realising that the timelock is the result of Alien intervention and heralds an invasion attempt, the pair find themselves racing against time in a duel to the death! Can Commander Straker find a way to unfreeze time and stop the Aliens from taking over?

Written by Terence Feely.
Directed by Cyril Frankel.

Turner quote: "Hiders, seekers, finders, keepers. Where are you going to find me? Where are you going to find me?"

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, February 17th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
242518Friday, 24th
July
1970
Thursday, 6th
August
1970
25MINDBENDER: A UFO destroys itself within three miles of Moonbase and astronaut Conroy returns from the crash site with a rare moon diamond. But the diamond has been planted by the Aliens to exert a hallucinogenic influence over the S.H.A.D.O. personnel - soon there are Mexican bandits in Moonbase Control and Aliens at S.H.A.D.O. HQ! Commander Straker is mystified about what's happening. But then Commander Straker starts hallucinating -- and he's now an actor in a TV series about S.H.A.D.O.!

Written by Tony Barwick.
Directed by Ken Turner.

General Henderson quote: "You're sending me up there with nothing. What do you expect me to do - stand up and give them a couple of choruses of "Lover Come Back"?"

Original UK Airdate: Wednesday, January 13th, 1971 (ATV Midlands).
252414Friday,
7th
August
1970
Thursday 20th
August
1970
26THE LONG SLEEP: Catherine Frazer awakes from a ten year coma with vital information about a close encounter in a derelict farmhouse. Her companion, previously thought to be dead but revived by the Aliens, appears and forces her to reveal the location of the missing piece. Now Commander Straker and Colonel Foster must find the farmhouse and deactivate the bomb, or all of London will be destroyed!

Written by David Tomblin.
Directed by Cyril Frankel.

Doctor Jackson quote: "It's really up to you. You are her only link with the past."

Original UK Airdate: Thursday, March 15th, 1973 (ATV Midlands).
262626Friday,
21st August
1970
Thursday, 3rd
September
1970

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