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Creator: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson


Exciting, modern science.arrow icon

late 60's, early 70's. I was a teenager.
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When it was first shown in 1970. I was 8 at the time.
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I was about 7 or 8. It was shown on a Sunday morning. My brother and I hurried back from church to see it.
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Gerry Anderson pulls the strings with live actors for this cult 70s British TV series.

Off the back off the incredible success of his ‘supermarionation’ puppet series (Thunderbirds chief among them), Britain’s Gerry Anderson teamed up with his wife Sylvia to create this live action sci-fi series that ran for one season in 1970. Set ten years into the future (the far-flung 1980s), it finds Earth being menaced by extra terrestrials. Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation (SHADO) is soon set up to deal with these mysterious interlopers.

The show boasted Anderson's trademark vehicle design, with a selection of spaceships, aircraft and ground rovers to excite boys - along with the SHADO’s preponderance of nubile female operatives.
Several episodes were later fused together to create the TV film Invasion: UFO, which was ultimately repeated more than the the series itself. Anderson would return to live action sci-fi with the more successful Space: 1999 in 1975.

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Masterclass in missing the point...

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…whereas this guy doesn’t, and is passionate without losing it.

Jim Lynn on Watchmen
Neat and informative – and I love the phrase “…refracts the whole superhero genre…”

Danfare on Metropolis
Thoughtful musings with a personal touch.

Beebwolf on Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Exposes the shallowness of the lazy critical orthodoxy

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