Katherine plays her first lifeline and, in what could probably be described as the best possible result, the duo sit down to watch the first episode of The Secret Service. It’s a world of espionage, dodgy diplomats, and gobbledygook – so will Katherine enjoy this Supemarionation/live-action hybrid?
Father Stanley Unwin is a country vicar and a secret agent. Matthew Harding is his gardener and also a secret agent. Together they carry out spy missions for BISHOP: British Intelligence Service Headquarters Operation Priest. Using the mysterious minimiser device, Father Unwin can reduce Matthew to one-third human size and carry him around in a briefcase in order to infiltrate enemy territory and stop their evil schemes. The Secret Service, first broadcast to a limited audience in 1969, infamously combined Supermarionation with live action photography using the real Stanley Unwin, a performer famous for his Unwinese gobbledygook language. This strange double talk was utilized by the character on his missions in order to bewilder authorities getting in his way. Unfortunately, financer Lew Grade completely misunderstood this feature of the series and cancelled the show after just 13 episodes, and making this short series the final Supermarionation endeavour undertaken by Century 21. Jack and Katherine are now ready to deliver their thoughts on The Secret Service.
Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.