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Supercar
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Production
Released by ATV
Producer Gerry Anderson
DirectorsBill Harris
David Elliott
Allan Pattillo
Desmond Saunders
CreatorsGerry Anderson
Martin Woodhouse
Hugh Woodhouse
Director of PhotographyArthur Provis
Art DirectorReginald E. Hill
Music DirectorBarry Gray
Special EffectsDerek Meddings
Details
MediumBlack and White
Episodes 39
Season 1 26
Season 2 13
Duration25 Minutes
Original Air Date28 January 1961
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For other uses of Supercar see Supercar (Disambiguation)

Supercar was a British science-fiction television programme, comprising 39 episodes (2 series/seasons), which first aired during 1961 and 1962.

The first of British producer Gerry Anderson's puppet shows to be labelled Filmed in Supermarionation (in the second season's closing credits), Supercar was also the first to be aired outside of Great Britain - notably, in the United States.

The series (as might be divined from its title) centred around Supercar itself - a unique, one-of-a-kind, experimental vehicle versatile enough to travel to any environment, be it land, sea, sky or even to the very edges of outer space!

With test pilot Mike Mercury at the controls, Supercar carried out daring rescue missions (the series itself begins with one); and, along with its decidedly-eclectic support team, encountered many other exciting adventures.

As with the later Anderson programme The Secret Service, Supercar was set in what was then the present day (specifically C.E. 1961).

Inception

After Granada TV failed to renew Anderson's previous programme, Four Feather Falls, for another season, he went back to the drawing board...

With the Space Age dawning, he thought a more futuristic theme to be the way to go. Teaming up with the writing duo of Martin and Hugh Woodhouse - who had previously written for Four Feather Falls - Anderson set about laying the foundations for a series about a car that could, quite literally, go anywhere (see above). From their collaboration, Supercar was created.

Production

The brothers Woodhouse wrote 24 scripts in total for the programme's first series, at a rate of 1 shooting script per week. Voice-acting for the series was recorded on the weekends, with around 4 episodes' worth of dialogue being recorded per week. Once series 1 concluded, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson took it upon themselves to write the entirety of series 2 by themselves.

Supercar - along with all of the Andersons' subsequent Supermarionation shows - was released by ATV, headed by businessman and impresario Lew Grade (later Sir Lew; later Lord Grade).

Crew organisation

In producing Supercar, Gerry Anderson and the former Sylvia Thamm began to organise the behind-the-scenes crew of "Anderson-Provis Films" - APF (or AP Films), for short - the production company that would be the forerunner of Century 21 Television And Cinema Productions, Mentorn Television And Cinema Productions, and the present-day Anderson Entertainment headed by Gerry's son, Jamie Anderson.

Among these were:

  • Arthur Provis (the P in APF), Anderson's earliest production partner, who was then the cinematographer of Supercar;
  • Reginald E. "Reg" Hill, then art director of Supercar, and later one of the staff producers of Anderson's companies;
  • Desmond Saunders, a frequent director of Anderson's productions;
  • Barry Gray, Anderson's favourite composer; and
  • Derek Meddings, the foremost special-effects expert of Anderson's companies.

Regular Cast

Felicity Farnsworth - Sylvia Anderson

Aunt Heidi - Sylvia Anderson

Zizi - Sylvia Anderson

Telephone Operator - Cyril Shaps

Newsreader - Graydon Gould

Narrator - Graydon Gould

Guest Cast

Main article: Supercar Characters

Episodes

 


Merchandise Gallery

Trivia

External links

Supermarionation:
About Supermarionation: What is it? | Who makes it? | The marionettes | the legacy
The Series: Supercar | Fireball XL5 | Stingray | Thunderbirds | Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons | Joe 90 | The Secret Service | The Investigator
The Films: Thunderbirds Are Go | Thunderbird 6
Other Uses: Calling Elvis
Imitators and tributes: Paul starr | Team America World Police | Interster | X-Bomber (Star Fleet) | Superthunderstingcar | Thunderbirds F.A.B. | Misc. Parodies and references



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