However, this one ain’t half bad either. UFO was Anderson’s first live-action show and ran for just a single season of 26 episodes in 1970/71.
Set in a futuristic, silver-jumpsuited 1980, it told the story of Earth’s attempt to thwart a covert alien invasion. In particular, it told the adventures of the agents of a secret organisation set up to fight them, called SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation) and led by commander Ed Straker (played by Ed Bishop).
A proposed second season was cancelled after pre-production work was carried out, some of which was later used as the basis for Space: 1999, though no link between the two shows is ever explicitly mentioned on screen.
The funny thing for me as I watch these opening titles is that I remember so many of the striking images they contain, even though I have very little memory of actually watching any episodes of the show. I guess I probably did see repeats of some episodes in the mid-to-late 70s, though I very pretty young at the time – but these opening titles sure made an impression!
Here is that original opening sequence:
And here is a nicely-edited, excellent quality, extended version of the theme tune and titles: