Thunderbirds

Trivia: Jeff Tracy's five sons were named after Mercury astronauts - Scott Carpenter, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shephard, Gordon Cooper and John Glenn.

Trivia: Although he is the main villain, the Hood appears in only six episodes throughout the entire series.

Trivia: Fenella Fielding was Gerry Anderson's first choice for the voice of Lady Penelope.

Trivia: In the opening credits, you see a picture of Thunderbird 3 in the background, but Alan Tracy is not flying the craft. He in is fact flying Thunderbird 2 with the steering wheel upside down.

Trivia: The Hood's name was never used in the TV series. It was revealed in spin-off media and promotional materials.

Trivia: Each episode's opening credit scene would feature some highlights of the episode. Gerry Anderson would later use this gimmick in "Space: 1999" and "Space Precinct".

Trivia: International Rescue's headquarters was never actually referred to as "Tracy Island" throughout the whole series.

Trivia: Jeff, Scott and Virgil are the only characters to appear in all 32 episodes of the show.

Trivia: Gerry Anderson modeled members of the Tracy family on Hollywood actors: Jeff was modeled after Lorne Greene, Alan after Robert Reed, Scott after Sean Connery and John after Charlton Heston.

Trivia: At Tracy Island there are portraits on the wall of Jeff Tracy's five sons: John, Scott, Virgil, Alan and Gordon. Gordon's portrait never bleeped once during all thirty-two episodes of the show.

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In order to build up suspense, Virgil and Brains stand on the Crab Logger as its dangerous fuel is pumped out, despite the fact that it is hanging on the edge of a precipice. In fact they could have left as soon as they had plumbed in the pipes to empty the fuel tanks - the whole procedure is controlled by Scott in Thunderbird 1 and they make absolutely no contribution to the operation at all. They do not need to disconnect the pipes; they are left behind and dropped from Thunderbird 1 as planned. They just stand there chatting about how much danger they are in until jumping clear at the very last second. Silly buggers.

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