Thunderbirds

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

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

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

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Lord Parker's 'Oliday - S2-E4

Trivia: The shot of Thunderbird 2 flying in the dark is actually reused footage from a previous episode, "The Man from MI5."

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Season 2 generally

Trivia: There were a lot of changes to the show throughout the second season. Not only was Virgil "re-cast" with both a new head and voice actor (Jeremy Wilkin), but smaller, more lifelike puppet hands were crafted on the marionettes, and the inside of Tracy Island and the Thunderbird crafts were completely redone.

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Terror in New York City - S1-E13

Trivia: In the 1980s, this episode and "Atlantic Inferno" were edited together to form the compilation film entitled "Countdown to Disaster".

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Atlantic Inferno - S2-E1

Trivia: This is the only episode in which we see anyone other than Scott piloting Thunderbird 1, namely Alan.

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Edge of Impact - S1-E16

Trivia: When General Bron speaks to the Hood by radio after he crashes his van into the river, his voice sounds like an Aquaphibian from "Stingray".

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Terror in New York City - S1-E13

Trivia: When Thunderbird 1 touches down to land in New York City, look at the centre of the screen and you can see a brown building with a giant Swastika on it.

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Ricochet - S2-E5

Trivia: At the end of this episode, we hear the song 'Flying High', which was one of the songs considered as the show's theme tune before the famous march. The song was performed by Gary Miller, who sang 'Aqua Marina' during the closing credits of 'Stingray'.

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

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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.

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

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Pit of Peril - S1-E2

Trivia: This is the only episode where none of the series' female characters appear.

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The Perils Of Penelope - S1-E12

Trivia: When the violinist is playing next to the table that Alan, Lady Penelope and Sir Jeremy Hodge are sitting at the cafe in Paris towards the end of the episode, look behind Lady Penelope and you can see Camp from the episode "Sun Probe."

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Give or Take a Million - S2-E6

Trivia: This is the only episode in which International Rescue does not save anyone from life-threatening danger, and the only episode where Lady Penelope is featured without her chauffeur Parker.

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The Perils Of Penelope - S1-E12

Trivia: The launch of the Sun Probe at the start of the episode is the same event that was seen in the flashback at the start of "Sun Probe". The events of that episode take place one week after the launch, so this episode takes place immediately before. Indeed, this episode and "Sun Probe" can be viewed as the series' only two-part story, although they have never been broadcast as consecutive episodes.

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Ricochet - S2-E5

Trivia: This is the only second-season episode in which Lady Penelope does not appear, and the only episode in the whole series in which we see Virgil piloting Thunderbird 3.

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Lord Parker's 'Oliday - S2-E4

Trivia: The "Stingray" tune "Blues Pacifica" is heard playing on the radio in FAB 1.

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The Duchess Assignment - S1-E23

Trivia: Wilbur Dandridge III was previously Warren Grafton in the episode "Brink of Disaster".

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Attack of the Alligators - S1-E24

Trivia: The stock footage of the thunderstorm was later used for the title sequence of "The Prisoner".

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30 Minutes After Noon - S1-E18

Trivia: There is the use of a hand in the same frame of a puppet in this episode, as in the castle a human hand (Southern's) can be seen playing with a pen while the puppets of Kenyon and Dempsey can be seen in the background.

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Move - And You're Dead - S1-E9

Trivia: When Alan is speaking to Kenny in the bar, Lambert (from the episode "Vault of Death") can be seen reading a newspaper next to the jukebox.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Trivia: In the 1980s, this episode and "Operation Crash-Dive" were edited together to form the compilation film entitled "Thunderbirds to the Rescue".

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Atlantic Inferno - S2-E1

Trivia: Thunderbird 3 is the only Thunderbird craft that doesn't appear in this episode, but it does get a mention during the discussion of who pilots which Thunderbird during Jeff's vacation.

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Sun Probe - S1-E4

Trivia: In the 1980s, this episode and "Ricochet" were edited together to form the compilation film entitled "Thunderbirds in Outer Space".

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Vault of Death - S1-E7

Trivia: When Parker says "I would agree I have a rare talent" after breaking into the vault, look in the background and you can see Colonel Tim Casey from "Edge of Impact".

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Alias Mr Hackenbacker - S2-E3

Trivia: One of the buildings in this episode is labelled "BAOC", which is an anagram of "BOAC" (British Overseas Airways Corporation). "BOAC" became British Airways in 1974.

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Lord Parker's 'Oliday - S2-E4

Trivia: The pianist at the hotel is actually a reused clip of "Cass Carnaby" from the previous episode "The Cham-Cham".

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Day of Disaster - S1-E15

Trivia: In Dr. Korda's office, you can see a statue that also appears in the Hood's temple.

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Martian Invasion - S1-E10

Trivia: The farmer from the episode "Operation Crash-Dive" can be seen among the film crew.

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Path of Destruction - S2-E2

Trivia: Jeremiah Tuttle (from the episode "The Imposters") can be seen as the guitarist in Manuel's restaurant.

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Pit of Peril - S1-E2

Trivia: Colonel Sweeney and his subordinate had previously appeared in "Trapped in the Sky" as Captain Hansen and his co-pilot.

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Give or Take a Million - S2-E6

Trivia: The launch of Thunderbird 3 in this episode was filmed for the feature film "Thunderbirds Are Go".

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Vault of Death - S1-E7

Trivia: The electric drills that Virgil and Alan use to plant the explosive are the WASP pistols from "Stingray".

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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".

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Desparate Intruder - S1-E17

Trivia: Apart from the first episode (which he had not been employed before voice recording commenced), this is the only other episode in which Matt Zimmerman does not part in.

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The Cham-Cham - S1-E25

Trivia: The Duchess (from the episode "The Duchess Assignment") makes two appearances in this episode. Not only is she in a photograph in Cass Carnaby's dressing room, she can be seen sitting among the audience during the performance of the Cass Carnaby Five.

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30 Minutes After Noon - S1-E18

Trivia: When Prescott is driving in his car on his way to the Hudson Building, look in the background and you can see a building with a large white Swastika on it.

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The Duchess Assignment - S1-E23

Trivia: When Jeff is with Lady Penelope at the London Air Display, look in the background and you can see The Hood in his "Martian Invasion" disguise.

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Path of Destruction - S2-E2

Trivia: When Maria is preparing the 'special', look on the table and you can see a live mouse crawling through the raw materials and plates.

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Brink of Disaster - S1-E11

Trivia: When Warren Grafton and his cohorts are imprisoned at the end of the episode, you can see that one of his fellow prisoners is "Scobie" from the second season episode "Give or Take a Million".

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The Duchess Assignment - S1-E23

Trivia: Lil, Lady Penelope's chef (seen in the episode "Vault of Death"), makes a cameo appearance in the gallery scene.

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The Imposters - S1-E19

Trivia: This is the only episode in which the real Thunderbird 2 does not appear.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Trivia: When Tin-Tin is in the lounge of the Fireflash, look in the background and you can see the woman driver who started the Thompson Tower fire in the episode "City of Fire".

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Danger at Ocean Deep - S1-E22

Trivia: This is the only episode in which we see John Tracy taking part in a rescue.

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The Duchess Assignment - S1-E23

Trivia: The blonde-haired croupier on the Duchess of Royston's table in the casino at the beginning of the episode would go on to be the crook "Scobie" in the second season episode "Give or Take a Million".

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Danger at Ocean Deep - S1-E22

Trivia: The Manor to Penelope's right at the Clydeside launching of "Ocean Pioneer II" is Professor Holden from "The Mighty Atom". Tony Williams (from "Cry Wolf"), MI5 agent Tidman (from "The Man from MI5") and Lovegrove (from "The Vault of Death") are also visible in the crowd, as well as the Commander of "Ocean Pioneer I".

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The Imposters - S1-E19

Trivia: In the opening scene, you can see two characters who have appeared in previous episodes. First, when the TV reporter comes through the crowd with the cameraman, you can see Blanche Carter (from "City of Fire") in the background, and the photographer who takes a picture of the impostor is Colonel Tim Casey from "Edge of Impact".

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Cry Wolf - S1-E21

Trivia: When the Hood is in the laboratory in the tracking station, the camera focuses on the tabletop and one of the items on the table is a photograph. This photo is of Eddie Houseman from the episode "End of the Road".

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The Duchess Assignment - S1-E23

Trivia: At the art exhibition, look very carefully and you can see that one of the paintings is Virgil's portrait of Alan seen at the end of the episode "Move - and You're Dead".

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Danger at Ocean Deep - S1-E22

Trivia: Lord Worden was originally seen as Sir Jeremy Hodge in the episode "The Perils of Penelope".

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Terror in New York City - S1-E13

Trivia: When Scott contacts the Empire State Site Control in Thunderbird 1, look very carefully and you can see a small insect climbing up his seat.

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The Mighty Atom - S1-E6

Trivia: When Professor Holden is demonstrating the Mighty Atom to the other professors (including the Hood), look on the table and you can see the communicator (with an eagle on top of it) that Jeff Tracy uses at Tracy Island.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Trivia: The character who tries to unsuccessfully defuse a bomb in this episode is "Bob Meddings". This is a reference to the art director Bob Bell and Derek Meddings, the programme's special effects director.

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The Uninvited - S1-E5

Trivia: Although the pyramid people are named as "Zombites" in the script and the symbol on their helmets is a stylised "Z", they are never actually referred to as "Zombites" in the episode.

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Desparate Intruder - S1-E17

Trivia: This episode has the smallest guest cast of all the Thunderbirds episodes, with only two characters other than the regular cast.

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Vault of Death - S1-E7

Trivia: This episode features the only appearance of a real human face in the series: when Lady Penelope peeps through a spyhole in the door of a bank during the opening scene. The face you see is that of puppet operator Judith Shutt, who was also Penelope's hand double throughout the series.

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Season 1 generally

Trivia: Apart from Virgil Tracy, David Holliday provided the voice of just three 'guest' characters during the first series.

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Security Hazard - S1-E26

Trivia: At the beginning of this episode, we see Chip Morrison being put to bed by his father. Chip was last seen as Bob Williams in 'Cry Wolf', whereas his father previously appeared as Dave Clayton in the episode 'Day of Disaster'.

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Alias Mr Hackenbacker - S2-E3

Trivia: This episode features the largest number of characters (in speaking roles) seen in any Thunderbirds episode or either of the feature films.

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Give or Take a Million - S2-E6

Trivia: At the beginning of the episode, when Jeff and Nicky are relaxing at Tracy Island, you can see models of Thunderbirds 1, 2, 3 and 4 on the table. These models were commercially available at the time of the episode's initial broadcast and were produced by J. Rosenthal (Toys) Ltd. Thunderbird 5 is not on the table as Rosenthal's model did not look like the genuine article.

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Lord Parker's 'Oliday - S2-E4

Trivia: This is the only Thunderbirds episode in which voice artist Ray Barrett does not take part.

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30 Minutes After Noon - S1-E18

Trivia: When Prescott is driving along in his car, he is humming the song "Marina" from "Stingray", another Gerry Anderson show.

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Season 2 generally

Trivia: Throughout the second series there were three 'guest' voice artists: John Tate, Paul Maxwell and Charles Tingwell. Tate had previously voiced Solarnaut Camp in the episode 'Sun Probe' in the first series, whilst Maxwell and Tingwell would appear in the next Gerry Anderson creation 'Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons' as the voices of Captain Grey and Dr Fawn, respectively. None of these artists were credited in the end titles.

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Pit of Peril - S1-E2

Trivia: When Thunderbird 1 leaves at the end of the episode, its booster rockets set fire to a small tree.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Trivia: In Thunderbird 5, a short piece of Barry Gray's "Formula Five" track can be heard. This was composed and recorded for another Gerry Anderson creation, "Fireball XL5".

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Security Hazard - S1-E26

Trivia: This was the last episode in which David Holliday voiced Virgil Tracy. He was replaced by Jeremy Wilkin for the second season. Some sources say that Holliday left because he had to return to America, while others say he demanded more money.

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Season 2 generally

Trivia: Although he was a regular character in the first series, the Hood does not appear in any of the six episodes in the second series.

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The Mighty Atom - S1-E6

Trivia: This is the only Thunderbirds episode to feature the entire regular cast and all five Thunderbird craft.

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Trapped in the Sky - S1-E1

Trivia: In this episode, Alan Tracy's voice is completely different from the one heard for the rest of the series. In his single, short line of dialogue, Alan is voiced by Ray Barrett, as Matt Zimmerman had not been employed when voice recording commenced (although he is credited in the end titles).

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

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The Duchess Assignment - S1-E23

Trivia: The Domo is a recycled version of the Excavator, which was used in the episode "Martian Invasion".

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The Uninvited - S1-E5

Trivia: The Zombites' jet fighters are adapted and re-sprayed WASP aircraft from "Stingray".

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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.

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Security Hazard - S1-E26

Trivia: This episode features extensive flashback footage from "End of the Road", "Sun Probe", "Trapped in the Sky" and "Day of Disaster", and only 17 minutes of new material. The reason for this is because the previous two episodes, "Attack of the Alligators" and "The Cham-Cham" had gone over budget and a flashback episode was required to finish the show's first season.

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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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