Ep 20 – Joe 90

Katherine and Jack take their final outing into Supermarionation this week with Joe 90. What will Katherine make of Professor McClaine’s attempts to brainwash his young son, Joe, and sending him off on missions to single-handedly take down the most powerful criminals in the world?

Ep 12 – Fireball XL5

Jack and Katherine journey to Sector 25 of outer space with the Fireball XL5 crew for this week’s episode. What will Katherine make of the devious aliens from Planet 46 threatening to destroy the Earth? And how about that coffee, Venus?

Ep 8 – Supercar

This week, Jack and Katherine get straight down to business and watch one of Jack’s childhood favourites – Supercar. Will its early puppetry and special effects charm Katherine, or perhaps put her off Gerry Anderson’s first ever science fiction series? 

Ep 4 – The Secret Service

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? 

Captain Scarlet – Lunarville 7

Directed by Robert Lynn Teleplay by Tony Barwick First Broadcast – 15th December 1967 We’ve previously established that most Captain Scarlet episodes fall into one of two categories – either someone is going to be assassinated, or something is going to be destroyed. Well it’s time for me to eat those words because Lunarville 7 doesn’t conform toContinue reading “Captain Scarlet – Lunarville 7”

How Not To Do Supermarionation: Roberta Leigh’s ‘Paul Starr’

Many of you will know the name Roberta Leigh for her role in giving Gerry Anderson and AP Films their first television series – The Adventures of Twizzle. This followed into a series of Torchy The Battery Boy. By the end of 26 episodes of Torchy, AP Films had just about enough money saved up to produce a pilot episode for their own series, Four Feather Falls. The formula of a charming idea and great writing along more sophisticated puppetry proved to be a tremendous success for the team who went on to find success with Lew Grade and the creation of Supermarionation.