List of Fireball XL5 episodes

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This is an episode guide for the Gerry Anderson television series Fireball XL5, made for the British production company ITC Entertainment and first broadcast between 1962 and 1963 on ATV London. Episodes are listed in the original ATV London broadcast order.

Main Series (1962-63)[edit]

Episode No. Title Directed by[1] Written by[1] Original air date Production No.[1]
1 "Planet 46" Gerry Anderson Gerry & Sylvia Anderson 28 October 1962 (1962-10-28) 1
Fireball XL5 intercepts a planetomic (sic) missile sent to destroy Earth. On Planet 46 Steve and Venus are captured by the Subterrains –who promptly launch a second missile, with Venus on board! 
2 "The Doomed Planet" Alan Pattillo Alan Fennell 4 November 1962 (1962-11-04) 5
The investigation of a flying saucer leads to Steve Zodiac attempting to save a planet which has broken out of its orbit and is on a collision course with another planet. 
3 "Space Immigrants" Alan Pattillo Anthony Marriott 11 November 1962 (1962-11-11) 8
The Mayflower III, piloted by Venus, is carrying pioneers to a new planet. But the indigenous Lillispatians have objections to their world being colonized! 
4 "Plant Man From Space" John Kelly Anthony Marriott 18 November 1962 (1962-11-18) 6
Prof. Matic's old friend, Dr. Rootes, attempts to conquer Earth using an invasive species of alien plant life –which promptly runs amok! 
5 "Spy In Space" Alan Pattillo Alan Fennell 25 November 1962 (1962-11-25) 11
Espionage at a fueling depot, courtesy of that notorious couple, Mr. and Mrs. Space Spy. Venus is held hostage yet again! 
6 "The Sun Temple" Bill Harris Alan Fennell 2 December 1962 (1962-12-02) 7
On Rejusca, Steve and Zoonie must rescue the much-captured Venus from sun worshippers who intend to make a sizzling sacrifice of her to their solar deity. 
7 "XL5 To H2O" John Kelly Alan Fennell 9 December 1962 (1962-12-09) 12
Fireball responds to an urgent distress call from the last two survivors of a planet menaced by a weird fish man armed with a poisonous smoke gun. 
8 "Space Pirates" Bill Harris Anthony Marriott 16 December 1962 (1962-12-16) 13
The Fireball crew gets entangled in a complicated game of bluff and double bluff in order to outwit a gang of space pirates plundering freighters from the mineral-rich planet Minera. The final plot twist is that the whole saga is a bedtime story told by Venus to Cmdr. Zero's son, Jonathan! 
9 "Flying Zodiac" Bill Harris Anthony Marriott 23 December 1962 (1962-12-23) 10
Steve nearly falls victim to sabotage at a Space City circus as part of a complicated scheme by Mr. and Mrs. Space Spy to help alien nomads take over Earth. And then Venus wakes up... It was only a dream! 
10 "Space Pen" John Kelly Dennis Spooner 30 December 1962 (1962-12-30) 15
Posing as criminals, the Fireball crew head for the prison planet Conva in pursuit of two Space City raiders, only to end up in Mr. and Mrs. Space Spy's lethal water chamber! 
11 "Space Monster" John Kelly Gerry & Sylvia Anderson 6 January 1963 (1963-01-06) 9
Zoonie's talent for mimicry gets the Fireball crew out of a tight spot when they investigate the disappearance of the XL2 and find themselves menaced by a space monster. 
12 "The Last of the Zanadus" Alan Pattillo Anthony Marriott 13 January 1963 (1963-01-13) 14
Zoonie falls sick –a victim of a plot by the evil Kudos, lone inhabitant of the planet Zanadu, to destroy all Lazoons with a deadly virus. Can Fireball XL5 obtain the antidote in time? 
13 "Planet Of Platonia" David Elliott Alan Fennell 20 January 1963 (1963-01-20) 3
While bringing the King of the Plantium Planet to Earth for trade talks, the Fireball crew foils a bomb plot by the king's aide, Volvo, to kill his ruler and plunge the two planets into war. 
14 "The Triads" Alan Pattillo Alan Fennell 27 January 1963 (1963-01-27) 18
Steve, Venus, and Mat encounter Graff and Snaff, a couple of friendly giants, on Triad –a planet three times the size of Earth– and help them in their efforts to explore space. 
15 "Wings of Danger" David Elliott Alan Fennell 3 February 1963 (1963-02-03) 17
While investigating strange signals coming from Planet 46, Steve Zodiac is unknowingly poisoned by a robot bird equipped with deadly radium capsules. Swift surgery by Venus saves his life, but the bird is waiting to "pounce" again... 
16 "Convict in Space" Bill Harris Alan Fennell 10 February 1963 (1963-02-10) 16
Mr. and Mrs. Space Spy issue a fake distress call. But this time a convict being transported, not the XL5, is their primary target... 
17 "Space Vacation" Alan Pattillo Dennis Spooner 17 February 1963 (1963-02-17) 22
A well-deserved vacation on the opulent planet of Olympus turns into a frenzied race against time when the crew becomes embroiled in a bizarre interplanetary feud. 
18 "Flight to Danger" David Elliott Alan Fennell 24 February 1963 (1963-02-24) 21
To win his astronaut's wings Lt. Ninety must complete a solo orbit of the moon. But disaster strikes when his rocket catches fire, and he is feared lost... or is he? 
19 "Prisoner on the Lost Planet" Bill Harris Anthony Marriott 3 March 1963 (1963-03-03) 20
Answering a distress call from uncharted space, Steve finds himself on a misty planet dominated by a giant smoldering volcano –where he meets a beautiful Amazonian exile who threatens to activate said volcano if she is not helped to escape! 
20 "The Forbidden Planet" David Elliott Anthony Marriott 10 March 1963 (1963-03-10) 25
Prof. Matic's newest invention, the Ultrascope, obtains the planet Nutopia –never before seen by eyes from Earth, and reputed to be the perfect planet. But Nutopians have an invention of their own... a matter transporter! 
21 "Robert to the Rescue" Bill Harris Dennis Spooner 17 March 1963 (1963-03-17) 24
Steve, Mat, and Venus are imprisoned on an unknown world by two Domeheads, Magar and Proton, who propose to wipe their Earth memories and keep them there forever. Before being brainwashed, Steve cleverly orders Robert the Robot to rescue them... with curious results! 
22 "Dangerous Cargo" John Kelly Dennis Spooner 24 March 1963 (1963-03-24) 27
On a mission to destroy an unstable ghost planet, Steve and Mat set explosives in a mineshaft –only to find themselves trapped by the Subterrains! 
23 "Mystery of the TA2" John Kelly Dennis Spooner 31 March 1963 (1963-03-31) 23
When the crew finds the wreck of a spaceship that disappeared decades before, their search for the lost pilot, Col. Denton, leads them to the planet Arctan –where they discover Denton living quite happily as king of the Ice People. 
24 "Drama at Space City" Alan Pattillo Anthony Marriott 7 April 1963 (1963-04-07) 30
Jonathan Zero's highly unauthorized midnight exploration of Fireball XL5 turns into a terrifying adventure when the ship launches and catches fire! 
25 "1875" Bill Harris Anthony Marriott 14 April 1963 (1963-04-14) 28
Mat Matic's new time machine whisks Steve, Venus and Cmdr. Zero back to the Wild West of 1875, where Steve becomes Sheriff and Venus and Zero are bank robbers! 
26 "The Granatoid Tanks" Alan Pattillo Alan Fennell 21 April 1963 (1963-04-21) 26
Scientists on a glass-surfaced planet radio for help when they are menaced by six Granatoid tanks. Fireball XL5 responds but is powerless to halt the assault. Fortunately, a stowaway proves to be of unexpected help! 
27 "The Robot Freighter Mystery" David Elliott Alan Fennell 28 April 1963 (1963-04-28) 29
Steve Zodiac resorts to subterfuge to prove that an unscrupulous pair of space salvage contractors, the Briggs Brothers, are sabotaging robot supply freighters so that they can pick up the pieces. 
28 "Whistle for Danger" John Kelly Dennis Spooner 5 May 1963 (1963-05-05) 31
A plant disease has wiped out all vegetation on the jungle planet of Floran. The Fireball XL5 explodes an Ellvium bomb to eradicate the disease and restore the plant life –but the inhabitants are suspicious of their motives and imprison Steve, Mat and Venus in a 100-foot-tall (30 m) tower. 
29 "Trial by Robot" Bill Harris Alan Fennell 12 May 1963 (1963-05-12) 36
Robots have vanished from four planets –and the disappearances are linked to visits by a famous robot scientist, Prof. Himber. When Robert also goes missing, Steve and Mat undertake the three-month journey to Planet 82, only to be put on trial by the mad professor –the ruler of his kidnapped robot race! 
30 "A Day in the Life of a Space General" David Elliott Alan Fennell 19 May 1963 (1963-05-19) 37
Lt. Ninety is promoted to general, but his erratic command wreaks havoc. A cascading series of disasters reaches its spectacular climax when Fireball XL5 itself crashes into Space City. What a nightmare... which is exactly what the hapless Lt. Ninety is having! 
31 "Invasion Earth" Alan Pattillo Dennis Spooner 26 May 1963 (1963-05-26) 34
A strange cloud hides an invading alien fleet. 
32 "Faster Than Light" Bill Harris Dennis Spooner 2 June 1963 (1963-06-02) 32
An out-of-control Fireball breaks the light barrier only to emerge in a sea of air. 
33 "The Day the Earth Froze" David Elliott Alan Fennell 9 June 1963 (1963-06-09) 33
Icemen from the planet Zavia deflect the sun's rays, sending the Earth into a deep freeze. 
34 "The Fire Fighters" John Kelly Alan Fennell 16 June 1963 (1963-06-16) 39
Fireballs are plunging to Earth from a mysterious gas cloud in space. Steve and his crew must contain the cloud before it reaches the atmosphere. Their plan goes smoothly until a technical fault forces Steve to complete the work by hand. 
35 "Space City Special" Alan Pattillo Dennis Spooner 23 June 1963 (1963-06-23) 38
Astronaut of the Year Steve Zodiac needs all his skill to talk Venus down after she takes over the controls of a supersonic airliner whose pilot has been sent into a trance by Subterrains. 
36 "Ghosts of Space" John Kelly Alan Fennell 6 October 1963 (1963-10-06) 35
Steve and a geologist attempt to solve the manifold mysteries of the seemingly deserted planet Electron, which is replete with electric rocks and weird, poltergeist-like happenings. 
37 "Hypnotic Sphere" Alan Pattillo Alan Fennell 13 October 1963 (1963-10-13) 2
Robert the Robot saves the day when the rest of the crew is thrown into a trance by a hypnotic sphere which has been spacejacking freighters. 
38 "Sabotage" John Kelly Anthony Marriott 20 October 1963 (1963-10-20) 19
A neutron bomb (sic) is planted on board the XL5 and the crew is kidnapped. 
39 "Space Magnet" Bill Harris Anthony Marriott 27 October 1963 (1963-10-27) 4
The Solars have their own use for our Moon. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bentley, Chris (2008) [2001]. The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide (4 ed.). Richmond, London: Reynolds and Hearn. ISBN 978-1-905287-74-1. 

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