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Premiere September 16, 1970
Finale March 15, 1973
Creator Gerry Anderson,
Sylvia Anderson
Network/Provider ITV
Style 45-minute sci-fi adventure
Company Century 21 Television,
Incorporated Television Company
Episodes 26
Origin UK

UFO is a sci-fi adventure program that was produced by Gerry Anderson's Century 21 production company. The year is 1980 and sightings of UFOs are becoming more and more commonplace, when people are disappearing and their bodies are turning up with organs removed, it is assumed that the aliens are abducting humans for transplanting purposes. An organization is set up to intercept UFOs and prevent them from reaching Earth. The organization - SHADO - Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation, is the brainchild of Commander Ed Straker, who would take overall command of all operations with a high tech arsenal of machines and weaponry at his disposal.



Actor Character
Main Cast
Ed Bishop Cmdr. Ed Straker
George Sewell Col. Alec Freeman
Michael Billington Col. Paul Foster
Peter Gordeno Capt. Peter Carlin
Gabrielle Drake Lt. Gay Ellis
Grant Taylor Gen. James Henderson
Delorez Mantez Lt. Nina Barry
Antonia Ellis Lt. Joan Harrington
Vladek Sheybal Dr. Doug Jackson
Wanda Ventham Col. Virginia Lake
Gary Myers Capt. Lew Waterman
Keith Alexander Lt. Keith Ford
Harry Baird Lt. Mark Bradley
Mel Oxley S.I.D.


Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One September 16, 1970 March 15, 1973 26


  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Technology: Information about technology from the series.

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Complete Series  (Region 1)
The Complete UFO Megaset October 28, 2003 purchase 8

External Sites