Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967-1968)

UK, 29 September -12 May 1968
1 series, 32 episodes, average 25m
35mm film, 16mm film, , colour, 4:3
mono, English

A British science fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Thirty-two episodes were broadcast over a single series on ITV between 29 September 1967 and 12 May 1968.

Premise

A misunderstanding provokes a vicious war between the Martian Mysterons and the forces of Earth, led by secret organisation Spectrum. The Mysterons can revive the recently dead to use as agents in their war of attrition against Mankind, but Spectrum has its own secret weapon – Captain Scarlet, who has already been duplicated by the Mysterons, but who was still alive at the time. Now able to resist Mysteron control, Scarlet is indestructible and a vital weapon in the fight against the alien menace.

Credits

Regular Crew
Century 21 Television, ITC
Executive Producer: Gerry Anderson
Produced by: Reg Hill
Lighting Cameramen: Julien Lugrin, Paddy Seale, Ted Catford
Supervising Editor: Len Walter
Editor: John Beaton
Music/Musical Director: Barry Gray
Song Performed by: The Spectrum
Wardrobe: Iris Richens
Visual Effects Supervisor: Derek Meddings
Production Designer: Keith Wilson

Regular Cast
Francis Matthews (Captain Scarlet)
Ed Bishop (Captain Blue)
Donald Gray (Colonel White/Captain Black/The Mysterons)
Cy Grant (Lieutenant Green)
Jeremy Wilkin (Captain Ochre)
Paul Maxwell (Captain Grey)
Gary Files (Captain Magenta)
Charles Tingwell (Dr Fawn)
Sylvia Anderson (Melody Angel)
Liz Morgan (Destiny/Rhapsody Angels)
Janna Hill (Symphony Angel)
Lian-Shin (Harmony Angel)
David Healy, Martin King, Shane Rimmer (supporting voices)

Episodes

As was frequently the case with Anderson's production, several running orders have been suggested over the years. This is the order in which they were shown in the ATV Midlands region of ITV.

The Mysterons (29 September 1967)
Directed by: Desmond Saunders
Written by: Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
In 2068 a human mission to Mars ends in tragedy as a misunderstanding leads to Spectrum agents attacking a Mysteron city. Captains Black, Scarlet and Brown are killed during the attack but revived as agents of the Martians who declare war on Earth and try to assassinate the World President.

Winged Assassin (6 October 1967)
Directed by: David Lane
Written by: Tony Barwick
Captain Scarlet, now free of Mysteron control but more or less indestructible thanks to their “retro-metabolism”, tries to protect the Director General of the United Asian Republic from alien attack.

Big Ben Strikes Again (13 October 1967)
Directed by: Brian Burgess
Written by: Tony Barwick
The Mysterons next target is London which they try to attack with a stolen nuclear reactor.

Manhunt (20 October 1967)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: Tony Barwick
Captain Black is exposed to radiation which makes him vulnerable to long-range Geiger counters. Spectrum use this to try to track him down.

Avalanche (27 October 1967)
Directed by: Brian Burgess
Written by: Shane Rimmer
The Frost Line Outer Space Defence System in Canada is the next target of the Mysterons and Scarlet and Captain Blue are sent to investigate.

White as Snow (3 November 1967)
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Written by: Peter Curran and David Williams
The Mysterons make a direct threat on the life of Spectrum's Colonel White.

The Trap (10 November 1967)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: Alan Pattillo
The Mysterons' latest threat is to the lives of the commanders of Earth's armed forces.

Operation Time (17 November 1967)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Richard Conway and Stephen J. Mattick
Spectrum is baffled by The Mysterons latest threat – to “kill time”. THey soon discover that their target is really General Tiempo, the Commander of Western Region World Defence.

Spectrum Strikes Back (24 November 1967)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Tony Barwick
Spectrum creates two anti-Mysteron devices which they unveil at a secret Spectrum base beneath the hunting lodge of a private African game reserve.

Special Assignment (1 December 1967)
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Written by: Tony Barwick
The Mysteron threat escalates when they vow to destroy the whole of North America. Spectrum must face the challenge without Captain Scarlet who has been dismissed for gambling…

The Heart of New York (8 December 1967)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: Tony Barwick
Could the theft of security documents from a Spectrum vault be related t the latest Mysteron threat, to destroy the “heart” of New York City?

Lunarville 7 (15 December 1967)
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Written by: Tony Barwick
As the war of nerves between Earth and Mars escalates, the Lunar Controller declares the Moon neutral. When Scarlet, Blue and Green inestigate they make a surprising discovery.

Point 783 (22 December 1967)
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Written by: Peter Curran and David Williams
When the Mysterons threaten the life of the Supreme Commander of Earth Forces, Scarlet and Blue are assigned to protect him at SHEF HQ where he is to chair a meeting on a revolutionary new tank, Unitron.

Model Spy (29 December 1967)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Bill Hedley
A French intelligence chief, who maintains a public cover as a fashion designer, is threatened when the Mysteron kill and revive two of his models.

Seek and Destroy (5 January 1968)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: Peter Curran and David Williams
The Mysteron threatgets closer to home when they threaten to kill one of the Angel pilots.

Renegade Rocket (19 January 1968)
Directed by: Brian Burgess
Written by: Ralph Hart
The Mysterons seize control of an experimental variable geometry rocket.

Crater 101 (26 January 1968)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Tony Barwick
Scarlet, Blue and Lieutenant Green return to the Moon to destroy the Mysteron base in the Humboldt Sea.

Shadow of Fear (2 February 1968)
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Written by: Tony Barwick
Spectrum lands a probe on the Martian moon of Phobos hoping to obtain vital orbital intelligence on what the Mysterons are up to. But the mission is compromised when one of the astronauts becomes a Mysteron agent.

Dangerous Rendezvous (9 February 1968)
Directed by: Brian Burgess
Written by: Tony Barwick
In retaliation for the attack on the base on the Moon, the Mysterons threaten to destroy Cloudbase. Spectrum uses a crytal pulsator recovered from the base to try to contact the Martians and make peace.

Fire at Rig 15 (16 February 1968)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Bryan Cooper
The Mysterons attack the oil refinery that supplies all the fuel for Spectrum's vehicles.

Treble Cross (23 February 1968)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: Tony Barwick
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the world capital, Futura City.

Flight 104 (1 March 1968)
Directed by: Robert Lynn
Written by: Tony Barwick
As Earth plans to return to Mars, the Mysterons try to sabotage a Spectrum conference in Switzerland.

Place of Angels (8 March 1968)
Directed by: Leo Eaton
Written by: Leo Eaton
The Mysterons steal a highly virulent virus from a research centre and threaten to destroy the “Place of the Angels”.

Noose of Ice (12 March 1968)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Tony Barwick
An Arctic mine where a metal is being extracted vital to the construction of a new Earth space fleet comes under Mysteron attack..

Expo 2068 (26 March 1968)
Directed by: Leo Eaton
Written by: Shane Rimmer
The Mysterons again turn their attentions to North America, threatening to threaten to wipe out the entire Atlantic Seaboard.

The Launching (2 April 1968)
Directed by: Brian Burgess
Written by: Peter Curran and David Williams
The Mysterons threaten to assassinate the President of the United States but Scarlet cones to suspect that Spectrum is protecting the wrong target.

Codename Europa (9 April 1968)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: David Lee
An electronics engineered, revived as a Mysteron agent, targets three of Europe's most powerful statesmen.

Inferno (16 April 1968)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: Tony Barwick and Shane Rimmer
The Mysterons turn their attentions to a de-salination complex in the Andes.

Traitor (23 April 1968)
Directed by: Alan Perry
Written by: Tony Barwick
A series of Spectrum hovercraft crashes in the Australian Outback leads Scarlet and Blue to suspect that there's a traitor in their midsts.

Flight to Atlantica (30 April 1968)
Directed by: Leo Eaton
Written by: Tony Barwick
Captains Blue and Ochre are drugged by the Mysteropns and forced to launch a bombing campaign on the naval complex Atlantica.

Attack on Cloudbase (7 May 1968)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Tony Barwick
The Mysterons finally launch an all out assault on Cloudbase.

The Inquisition (14 May 1968)
Directed by: Ken Turner
Written by: Tony Barwick
Blue is drugged and wakes three months later to face interrogation froma mysterious man claiming to be from Spectrum Intelligence.

Alternative Titles

Captain Scarlet und die Rache der Mysterons – West Germany

As was common with the Andersons' 60s and 70s series, two compilation films, Captain Scarlet vs the Mysterons and Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars were released on video in the early 1980s. The first film was made up of extracts from the episodes The Mysterons, Winged Assassin, Seek and Destroy and Attack on Cloudbase while the second featured Shadow of Fear, Lunarville 7, Crater 101 and Dangerous Rendezvous. In 1999, Gerry Anderson created a short CGI film, Captain Scarlet and the Return of the Mysterons to test the possibility of updating some of his older shows. It eventually lead to the series Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet (2005).

References

Periodicals

  • Classic Television no.1 (September 1997) p.37 – illustrated article
  • Starlog no.307 (February 2003) pp.82-89 – illustrated interview with Gerry Anderson (Puppetual Motion! by Tom Weaver)

Books

  • Supermarionation Classics by Dave Rogers, John Marriot, Chris Drake, Graeme Bassett pp.194-287 – illustrated credits, article, episode guide