List of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the British science-fiction television series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, filmed by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's production company Century 21 for distribution by ITC Entertainment. The series ran for 32 episodes and was first broadcast between 1967 and 1968 on the Associated Television network.

Main series (1967–68)[edit]

All episodes are of 25 minutes' duration. Episodes are listed in the official order published by ITC.[1] Air dates are the original broadcast dates in the ATV Midlands area unless otherwise stated.[2]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [2]Prod.
code [2]
Prod.
no.[3]
1"The Mysterons"Desmond SaundersGerry and Sylvia Anderson29 April 1967 (1967-04-29) (test transmission, ATV London)
29 September 1967 (1967-09-29) (official premiere, ATV Midlands)
SCA 11
When their city on Mars is attacked by human astronauts under the command of Spectrum's Captain Black, the Mysterons vow to destroy all life on Earth. The aliens' first objective is the assassination of the World President.
2"Winged Assassin"David LaneTony Barwick6 October 1967 (1967-10-06)SCA 22
No longer under the Mysterons' control, but retaining their power of "retro-metabolism", Captain Scarlet joins Spectrum's operation to protect the aliens' next target – the Director General of the United Asian Republic.
3"Big Ben Strikes Again"Brian BurgessTony Barwick13 October 1967 (1967-10-13)SCA 33
The Mysterons target London with a stolen nuclear reactor.
4"Manhunt"Alan PerryTony Barwick20 October 1967 (1967-10-20)SCA 45
After Captain Black inadvertently exposes himself to radiation, thus making himself detectable on long-range Geiger counters, Spectrum mobilises its forces to apprehend the Mysterons' primary agent.
5"Point 783"Robert LynnPeter Curran and David Williams22 December 1967 (1967-12-22)SCA 54
The Mysterons threaten to assassinate the Supreme Commander of the Earth Forces.
6"Operation Time"Ken TurnerRichard Conway and Stephen J. Mattick17 November 1967 (1967-11-17)SCA 66
The Mysterons cryptically threaten to "kill time" – which, as Spectrum discovers, is a reference to a prominent army general.
7"Renegade Rocket"Brian BurgessRalph Hart19 January 1968 (1968-01-19)SCA 77
The Mysterons engineer the launch of an experimental variable geometry rocket.
8"White as Snow"Robert LynnPeter Curran and David Williams3 November 1967 (1967-11-03)SCA 88
The Mysterons threaten to assassinate the commander-in-chief of Spectrum, Colonel White.
9"Seek and Destroy"Alan PerryPeter Curran and David Williams5 January 1968 (1968-01-05)SCA 119
The Mysterons threaten to kill one of Spectrum's Angel pilots.
10"Spectrum Strikes Back"Ken TurnerTony Barwick24 November 1967 (1967-11-24)SCA 910
Following the events of "Operation Time", Spectrum has created two anti-Mysteron devices, both of which are given an early field test when the secret conference hosting the unveiling is sabotaged.
11"Avalanche"Brian BurgessShane Rimmer27 October 1967 (1967-10-27)SCA 1011
The Mysterons launch a series of crippling attacks on the Frost Line Outer Space Defence System in Canada.
12"Shadow of Fear"Robert LynnTony Barwick2 February 1968 (1968-02-02)SCA 1312
With the help of an observatory in the Himalayas, Spectrum lands a probe on the Martian moon Phobos to perform detailed orbital reconnaissance of the Red Planet.
13"The Trap"Alan PerryAlan Pattillo10 November 1967 (1967-11-10)SCA 1717
The Mysterons threaten to assassinate the commanders of Earth's armed forces.
14"Special Assignment"Robert LynnTony Barwick1 December 1967 (1967-12-01)SCA 2220
The Mysterons vow to destroy the entire North American continent.
15"Lunarville 7"Robert LynnTony Barwick15 December 1967 (1967-12-15)SCA 1516
The Lunar Controller declares the Moon neutral in the "war of nerves" between Earth and Mars. Dispatched to investigate suspicious activity on the satellite's far side, Scarlet, Captain Blue and Lieutenant Green make a shocking discovery.
16"The Heart of New York"Alan PerryTony Barwick8 December 1967 (1967-12-08)SCA 1213
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the "heart" of New York City.
17"Traitor"Alan PerryTony Barwick14 January 1968 (1968-01-14)SCA 2121
Scarlet and Blue investigate a series of Spectrum hovercraft crashes in the Australian Outback to expose a traitor in the organisation.
18"Model Spy"Ken TurnerBill Hedley29 December 1967 (1967-12-29)SCA 1818
A French intelligence chief, known publicly as a leading fashion designer, is targeted by Mysteron reconstructions of two of his models.
19"Fire at Rig 15"Ken TurnerBryan Cooper16 February 1968 (1968-02-16)SCA 1414
The Mysterons target the oil refinery that supplies fuel for all of Spectrum's vehicles.
20"Flight to Atlantica"Leo EatonTony Barwick24 March 1968 (1968-03-24) (ATV London)SCA 2826
After drinking drugged champagne, Captains Blue and Ochre launch a bombing campaign of the world's most important naval complex, Atlantica.
21"Crater 101"Ken TurnerTony Barwick26 January 1968 (1968-01-26)SCA 1922
Following the events of "Lunarville 7", Scarlet, Blue and Green return to the Moon to destroy the Mysteron's newly completed base in the Humboldt Sea.
22"Dangerous Rendezvous"Brian BurgessTony Barwick9 February 1968 (1968-02-09)SCA 2019
Following the events of "Crater 101", the Mysterons threaten to destroy Cloudbase. Exploiting the unique properties of the crytal pulsator recovered from the Mysterons' lunar complex, Spectrum contacts the aliens directly in an attempt to make peace.
23"Noose of Ice"Ken TurnerTony Barwick12 March 1968 (1968-03-12)SCA 2627
The Mysterons target an Arctic mine that is extracting a metal to be used to construct a new Earth space fleet.
24"Treble Cross"Alan PerryTony Barwick23 February 1968 (1968-02-23)SCA 2728
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the world capital, Futura City.
25"Inferno"Alan PerryTony Barwick and Shane Rimmer16 April 1968 (1968-04-16)SCA 3131
The Mysterons threaten to destroy an irrigation complex in South America.
26"Flight 104"Robert LynnTony Barwick1 March 1968 (1968-03-01)SCA 2424
The Mysterons vow to sabotage a Spectrum conference in Switzerland that will determine the manner of Earth's return to Mars.
27"Place of Angels"Leo EatonLeo Eaton8 March 1968 (1968-03-08)SCA 2323
Threatening to destroy the "Place of the Angels", the Mysterons engineer the theft of a lethal virus from a research centre.
28"Expo 2068"Leo EatonShane Rimmer26 March 1968 (1968-03-26)SCA 2929
The Mysterons threaten to obliterate the entire Atlantic Seaboard of North America.
29"The Launching"Brian BurgessPeter Curran and David Williams2 April 1968 (1968-04-02)SCA 1615
When the Mysterons seemingly threaten the President of the United States with assassination, Spectrum implements maximum security measures around his residence. But as the Mysterons' self-imposed deadline approaches, Scarlet realises that the organisation is protecting the wrong target.
30"Codename Europa"Alan PerryDavid Lee21 March 1968 (1968-03-21) (Granada Television)SCA 2525
A reconstructed electronics professor targets Europe's three most powerful statesmen.
31"Attack on Cloudbase"Ken TurnerTony Barwick5 May 1968 (1968-05-05) (ATV London)SCA 3030
The Mysterons themselves arrive on Earth to destroy Cloudbase...or do they?
32"The Inquisition"Ken TurnerTony Barwick12 May 1968 (1968-05-12) (ATV London)SCA 3232
Clip show episode: Blue is drugged and wakes up three months later facing questioning from a man claiming to be from Spectrum Intelligence.

Audio episodes[edit]

In 1967, Century 21 released an additional five Captain Scarlet adventures as 7-inch vinyl EP records (promoted as "mini-albums").[4]

No.TitleAlbum Code [5]Written by [5]Produced by [5]Original release date [6]Length [4]
1"Introducing Captain Scarlet"MA 131Angus P. AllanDenis SkeltonSeptember 1967 (1967-09)21 mins approx.
An adaptation of the first episode of the TV series, "The Mysterons", featuring audio flashbacks with some newly recorded dialogue. The plot concerns Colonel White reporting to a security council on the events surrounding Spectrum's first encounter with the Mysterons and its mission to protect the World President. The story ends with the news that the Mysteron double of Captain Scarlet has returned to life and that the officer's loyalty to Spectrum can be restored with the aid of an advanced computer (a feature of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's original TV script).[7]
2"Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons"MA 132Angus P. AllanDenis SkeltonSeptember 1967 (1967-09)21 mins approx.
The World Air Force plane Goliath has been taken over by the Mysterons and is now on a collision course with Atlantic Airport. Scarlet must board the aircraft and destroy it before it reaches its target.
3"Captain Scarlet is Indestructible"MA 133Richard O'NeillDenis SkeltonNovember 1967 (1967-11)21 mins approx.
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the World Cultural Council.
4"Captain Scarlet of Spectrum"MA 134Angus P. AllanDenis SkeltonNovember 1967 (1967-11)21 mins approx.
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the Moon.
5"Captain Scarlet versus Captain Black"MA 135Richard O'NeillDenis SkeltonNovember 1967 (1967-11)21 mins approx.
Captain Black steals a Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle equipped with one of the organisation's new electro-ray rifles. Pursued by Scarlet and Blue, he takes two children hostage.

Compilation films[edit]

Two compilation films, each comprising re-edited versions of four of the TV episodes, were released in the early 1980s.

No.TitleCompilation of [8]Original release date [9]Length [9]
1Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars"Shadow of Fear", "Lunarville 7", "Crater 101", "Dangerous Rendezvous"1981 (1981) or January 198291 mins approx.
2Captain Scarlet vs. the Mysterons"The Mysterons", "Winged Assassin", "Seek and Destroy", "Attack on Cloudbase"1982 (1982)96 mins approx.

CGI test film[edit]

The 2005 CGI reboot series, Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet, was preceded by a short test film titled Captain Scarlet and the Return of the Mysterons, which had two private screenings (in 2000 and 2001).[10][11]

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateLength
"Captain Scarlet and the Return of the Mysterons"Gerry Anderson and John Needham[10]Gerry Anderson and John Needham[10]Unaired (Unaired)[10]4 mins approx.[10]
The Mysterons renew their threat to destroy all life on Earth. Pretending to be free of the aliens' control, Captain Black infiltrates the newly refitted Cloudbase and abducts Captain Blue. It is up to Captain Scarlet to stop Black and the hypnotised Blue destroying Drontenon Power Station with a Spectrum Patrol Car filled with explosives.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bentley 2001, p. 57.
  2. ^ a b c Bentley, Chris (2017). Hearn, Marcus (ed.). Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: The Vault. Cambridge, UK: Signum Books. ISBN 978-0-995519-12-1.
  3. ^ Bentley 2008, p. 120.
  4. ^ a b Bentley 2001, p. 93.
  5. ^ a b c Bentley 2008, pp. 357-358.
  6. ^ Bentley 2008, p. 349.
  7. ^ Bentley 2001, p. 94.
  8. ^ Bentley 2008, pp. 361-362.
  9. ^ a b Bentley 2017, pp. 190-191.
  10. ^ a b c d e Bentley 2008, pp. 321-322.
  11. ^ Bentley 2001, p. 125.

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