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 Anderson's Century 21 production company for distribution by ITC and first broadcast from 1967 to 1968 on the ATV network.

Main Series (1967–68)[edit]

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons ran for 32 episodes, all of 25 minutes' duration. Episodes are listed in the order as originally transmitted in the ATV Midlands region; this is identical to the order of home video release with the sole exception of "Traitor", which was broadcast as episode 29 but released as episode 16.[1][2]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original Air Date[3][4] Production No.[2] Recommended Broadcast No.[3][5]
1 "The Mysterons" Desmond Saunders Gerry & Sylvia Anderson 29 September 1967 (1967-09-29) 1 1
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 Lane Tony Barwick 6 October 1967 (1967-10-06) 2 2
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 Burgess Tony Barwick 13 October 1967 (1967-10-13) 3 3
The Mysterons target London with a stolen nuclear reactor.
4 "Manhunt" Alan Perry Tony Barwick 20 October 1967 (1967-10-20) 5 4
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 "Avalanche" Brian Burgess Shane Rimmer 27 October 1967 (1967-10-27) 11 11
The Mysterons launch a series of crippling attacks on the Frost Line Outer Space Defence System in Canada.
6 "White as Snow" Robert Lynn Peter Curran & David Williams 3 November 1967 (1967-11-03) 8 8
The Mysterons threaten to assassinate the commander-in-chief of Spectrum, Colonel White.
7 "The Trap" Alan Perry Alan Pattillo 10 November 1967 (1967-11-10) 17 13
The Mysterons threaten to assassinate the commanders of Earth's armed forces.
8 "Operation Time" Ken Turner Richard Conway & Stephen J. Mattick 17 November 1967 (1967-11-17) 6 6
The Mysterons cryptically threaten to "kill time" – which, as Spectrum discovers, is a reference to a prominent army general.
9 "Spectrum Strikes Back" Ken Turner Tony Barwick 24 November 1967 (1967-11-24) 10 10
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.
10 "Special Assignment" Robert Lynn Tony Barwick 1 December 1967 (1967-12-01) 20 14
The Mysterons vow to destroy the entire North American continent.
11 "The Heart of New York" Alan Perry Tony Barwick 8 December 1967 (1967-12-08) 13 16
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the "heart" of New York City.
12 "Lunarville 7" Robert Lynn Tony Barwick 15 December 1967 (1967-12-15) 16 15
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.
13 "Point 783" Robert Lynn Peter Curran & David Williams 22 December 1967 (1967-12-22) 4 5
The Mysterons threaten to assassinate the Supreme Commander of Earth Forces.
14 "Model Spy" Ken Turner Bill Hedley 29 December 1967 (1967-12-29) 18 18
A French intelligence chief, known publicly as a leading fashion designer, is targeted by Mysteron reconstructions of two of his models.
15 "Seek and Destroy" Alan Perry Peter Curran & David Williams 5 January 1968 (1968-01-05) 9 9
The Mysterons threaten to kill one of Spectrum's Angel pilots.
16 "Renegade Rocket" Brian Burgess Ralph Hart 19 January 1968 (1968-01-19) 7 7
The Mysterons engineer the launch of an experimental variable geometry rocket.
17 "Crater 101" Ken Turner Tony Barwick 26 January 1968 (1968-01-26) 22 21
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.
18 "Shadow of Fear" Robert Lynn Tony Barwick 2 February 1968 (1968-02-02) 12 12
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.
19 "Dangerous Rendezvous" Brian Burgess Tony Barwick 9 February 1968 (1968-02-09) 19 22
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.
20 "Fire at Rig 15" Ken Turner Bryan Cooper 16 February 1968 (1968-02-16) 14 19
The Mysterons target the oil refinery that supplies fuel for all of Spectrum's vehicles.
21 "Treble Cross" Alan Perry Tony Barwick 23 February 1968 (1968-02-23) 28 24
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the world capital, Futura City.
22 "Flight 104" Robert Lynn Tony Barwick 1 March 1968 (1968-03-01) 24 26
The Mysterons vow to sabotage a Spectrum conference in Switzerland that will determine the manner of Earth's return to Mars.
23 "Place of Angels" Leo Eaton Leo Eaton 8 March 1968 (1968-03-08) 23 27
Threatening to destroy the "Place of the Angels", the Mysterons engineer the theft of a lethal virus from a research centre.
24 "Noose of Ice" Ken Turner Tony Barwick 12 March 1968 (1968-03-12) 27 23
The Mysterons target an Arctic mine that is extracting a metal to be used to construct a new Earth space fleet.
25 "Expo 2068" Leo Eaton Shane Rimmer 26 March 1968 (1968-03-26) 29 28
The Mysterons threaten to obliterate the entire Atlantic Seaboard of North America.
26 "The Launching" Brian Burgess Peter Curran & David Williams 2 April 1968 (1968-04-02) 15 29
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.
27 "Codename Europa" Alan Perry David Lee 9 April 1968 (1968-04-09) 25 30
A reconstructed electronics professor targets Europe's three most powerful statesmen.
28 "Inferno" Alan Perry Tony Barwick & Shane Rimmer 16 April 1968 (1968-04-16) 31 25
The Mysterons threaten to destroy an irrigation complex in South America.
29 "Traitor" Alan Perry Tony Barwick 23 April 1968 (1968-04-23) 21 17
Scarlet and Blue investigate a series of Spectrum hovercraft crashes in the Australian Outback to expose a traitor in the organisation.
30 "Flight to Atlantica" Leo Eaton Tony Barwick 30 April 1968 (1968-04-30) 26 20
After drinking drugged champagne, Captains Blue and Ochre launch a bombing campaign of the world's most important naval complex, Atlantica.
31 "Attack on Cloudbase" Ken Turner Tony Barwick 7 May 1968 (1968-05-07) 30 31
The Mysterons themselves arrive on Earth to destroy Cloudbase.
32 "The Inquisition" Ken Turner Tony Barwick 14 May 1968 (1968-05-14) 32 32
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 vinyl record EPs, with the original voice cast reprising their roles from the TV series.[6]

Code[2] Title Written by[2] Produced by[2] Released[7] Length[6]
MA 131 "Introducing Captain Scarlet" Angus P. Allan Denis Skelton September 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).[8]
MA 132 "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons" Angus P. Allan Denis Skelton September 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.
MA 133 "Captain Scarlet is Indestructible" Richard O'Neill Denis Skelton November 1967 (1967-11) 21 mins approx.
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the World Cultural Council.
MA 134 "Captain Scarlet of Spectrum" Angus P. Allan Denis Skelton November 1967 (1967-11) 21 mins approx.
The Mysterons threaten to destroy the Moon.
MA 135 "Captain Scarlet versus Captain Black" Richard O'Neill Denis Skelton November 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, comprising re-edited versions of a number of the original TV episodes, were released in 1980 and 1981.[2]

No. Title Compilation of:[2] Released[2] Length[2]
1 Captain Scarlet vs. the Mysterons "The Mysterons", "Winged Assassin", "Seek and Destroy", "Attack on Cloudbase" 1980 96 mins approx.
2 Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars "Shadow of Fear", "Lunarville 7", "Crater 101", "Dangerous Rendezvous" 1981 91 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 was screened privately twice (in 2000 and 2001).[3]

Title Directed by[2] Written by[2] Original Broadcast Date[2] Length[2]
"Captain Scarlet and the Return of the Mysterons" Gerry Anderson & John Needham Gerry Anderson & John Needham Unaired (Unaired) 4 mins approx.
The Mysterons renew their vow 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 soon up to Captain Scarlet to prevent Black and the hypnotised Blue from destroying Drontenon Power Station with a Spectrum Patrol Car loaded with explosives.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons – The Complete Series (Media notes). ITV Studios Home Entertainment. 17 September 2001. ASIN B00005IBK9. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Bentley, Chris (2008) [2001]. The Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide (4th ed.). London: Reynolds & Hearn. ISBN 978-1-905287-74-1. 
  3. ^ a b c Bentley, Chris (2001). The Complete Book of Captain Scarlet. London: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-842224-05-2. 
  4. ^ In the ATV Midlands broadcast region.
  5. ^ As published by the distributor, ITC.
  6. ^ a b Bentley 2001, p. 93.
  7. ^ Bentley 2008, p. 349.
  8. ^ Bentley 2001, p. 94.

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