Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day: UFO

I’ve already featured Space: 1999, which I consider to be the best theme tune/opening titles sequence from a Gerry Anderson show, in my classic theme tunes feature.

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:



Filed under Classic TV, Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day

5 responses to “Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day: UFO

  1. bridtownfan

    Hi Choob,

    Another cool week of stuff, well done. If you fancy satisfying your lust for Space 1999 or UFO (or 1970’s women in spandex !) then they are being re-run on the ITV player.

    You can see UFO here http://www.itv.com/ITVPlayer/Programmes/default.html?ViewType=1&Filter=2848

    and Space 1999 here http://www.itv.com/ITVPlayer/Programmes/default.html?ViewType=1&Filter=532

    Hope you enjoy.


  2. TBFTL

    “Set in a futuristic, silver-jumpsuited 1980”

    That was a fairly accurate prediction of your 1980 wardrobe!!!

  3. As you well know, it’s a fairly accurate description of the Choob’s 2009 wardrobe! But, then, silver never goes out of style!

  4. Hey, Bridtownfan, good to know. I’ll be checking them out – I especially want to see again the episode of Space 1999 where Moonbase Alpha is almost destroyed by soap suds (I’m not making that up…)

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