"I wish I was a spaceman, the fastest guy alive..."

With a growing interest in the Space Race around the world it seemed the best place to take the next Supermarionation series and the crew of Fireball XL5. The wide range of alien planets encountered throughout allowed the team to continuously improve its special effects and fast-paced, exciting scripts. It sent A.P. Films’ reputation into the stratosphere when the series was networked on American television, an achievement almost unrivalled (even by its successors) which gives it a truly unique place in British television history.

FORMAT

In the 2060’s space is explored by the World Space Patrol and its fleet of XL spacecraft, led by the heroic crew of Fireball XL5, who encounter new life-forms across the solar-system.

FIREBALL XL5

Part of the World Space Patrol fleet of XL craft. The 300 foot long space craft is manned by a crew of four: pilot Steve Zodiac, Doctor Venus, Professor Matic and Robert the Robot. Has a detachable nose-cone (Fireball Junior) for investigation of planets, enabling part of the crew to remain in orbit. Fully equipped with defences.

 

SPACE CITY

Futuristic hub of the World Space Patrol and its craft. The skyline is dominated by the huge revolving control tower. In front of the tower sits the pride of the World Space Patrol: Fireball XL5.

 

COLONEL STEVE ZODIAC

Voice: Paul Maxwell

Heroic pilot of Fireball XL5.

 

VENUS

Voice: Sylvia Anderson

French Doctor of Space Medicine and Steve Zodiac’s love interest.

 

PROFESSOR MATTHEW MATIC

Voice: David Graham

Bespectacled genius and Fireball XL5’s navigator.

 

ROBERT THE ROBOT

Voice: Gerry Anderson

Sophisticated robot and co-pilot of Fireball XL5. Built by Professor Matic. When confused it lets off steam – literally!

 

ZOONY THE LAZOON

Voice: David Graham

Mischievous telepathic lazoon from the planet Colevio. Adopted by Venus as a pet. Has limited speech capabilities – its favourite catchphrases include ‘Welcome home’ and ‘Howdy small’.

 

COMMANDER WILBUR ZERO

Voice: John Bluthal

Grumpy Commander of the World Space Patrol.

 

LIEUTENANT 90

Voice: David Graham

Enthusiastic subordinate to Commander Zero with aspirations to get his ‘wings’.

 

ELEANOR ZERO

Voice: Sylvia Anderson

Commander Zero’s wife, tolerant of his brusque, cheerless nature.

 

JONATHAN ZERO

Voice: Sylvia Anderson

Eleanor and Wilbur Zero’s adventurous son.

 

JOCK CAMPBELL

Voice: John Bluthal

Scots engineer with love of haggis and bagpipes.

 

GRISELDA AND BORIS SPACE SPY

Voices: David Graham and Sylvia Anderson

Domineering wife and her down-trodden husband, founders of the Universe Spy Organisation.

PRODUCED BY

Gerry Anderson

DIRECTED BY

Gerry Anderson

David Elliott

Bill Harris

Alan Pattillo

John Kelly

TELEPLAYS BY

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

Dennis Spooner

Alan Fennell

Anthony Marriott

 

ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

Reg Hill

 

PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR

David Elliott

 

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY

John Read

Ian Struthers

ART DIRECTOR

Bob Bell

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Derek Meddings

 

SCRIPT SUPERVISION

Gerry & Sylvia Anderson

 

PUPPETRY SUPERVISION

Christine Glanville

Mary Turner

 

PUPPET OPERATORS

Eddie Hunter

Judith Shutt

Yvonne Hunter

 

SCULPTORS

John Blundall

John Brown

 

MUSIC COMPOSED, ARRANGED AND CONDUCTED BY

Barry Gray

 

TITLE MUSIC ARRANGED BY

Charles Blackwell

TITLE MUSIC VOCAL

Don Spencer

 

CAMERA OPERATOR

Julien Lugrin

 

FOCUS PULLER

Alan Perry

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS LIGHTING

Ted Wooldridge

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS CAMERA OPERATOR

Paddy Seale

 

CHARACTER VOICES

David Graham

Sylvia Anderson

Paul Maxwell

John Bluthal

Gerry Anderson

 

EDITOR

Gordon Davie

David Lane

Eric Pask

 

SOUND EDITOR

John Peverill

 

SOUND RECORDING

Maurice Askew

John Taylor

 

SPECIAL EFFECTS ASSISTANT

 Brian Johncock

 

MODELS

Eric Backman

Bill James

 

PROPERTY MASTER

Arthur Cripps

 

CHIEF ELECTRICIAN

Albert Scott

 

Westrex Recording System

Processing by  Kays Laboratories Ltd

Made in association with ATV.  An ITC World Wide Distribution.  An APF Television Production.  Filmed in Supermarionation.

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