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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
Series Guide
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For other uses of Supercar see Supercar (Disambiguation)

Supercar was a science-fiction television programme; it had a run of 39 episodes during 1961 and 1962. It was the first of Gerry Anderson's shows to be given the Supermarionation label. (However, it only acquired this label in the second season.) The programme centres around the Supercar, a vehicle versatile enough to travel to any environment. With Mike Mercury at the controls, the Supercar was used to carry out daring rescues. As with the later programme The Secret Service, Supercar was set in what was then the present day, specifically C.E. 1961.

InceptionEdit

After Granada failed to renew Gerry Anderson's previous programme, Four Feather Falls, for another season, Anderson 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, he set about laying the foundations for a series about a car that could go anywhere on earth and even above it. Thus Supercar was created.

ProductionEdit

The brothers Woodhouse wrote 24 scripts in total for the 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. All the subsequent Supermarionation shows were produced by ATV.

Crew organisationEdit

In producing Supercar, Gerry Anderson and the former Sylvia Thamm began to organise the behind-the-scenes crew of "Anderson-Provis Films," APF 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:

  • Anderson's earliest production partner, Arthur Provis himself, 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 CastEdit

Bill Gibson - David Graham

Zarin - David Graham

Felicity Farnsworth - Sylvia Anderson

Aunt Heidi - Sylvia Anderson

Zizi - Sylvia Anderson

Telephone Operator - Cyril Shaps

Newsreader - Graydon Gould

Narrator - Graydon Gould

Guest CastEdit

Main article: Supercar Characters

EpisodesEdit

 


Merchandise GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Gerry Anderson went on record saying that he wanted to include black characters in one episode of Supercar, but network executives in America shot down that idea. Not till Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons would he achieve his goal of including black characters; even then, that programme was situated in the middle to late C.E. 2060s.

External linksEdit

Supermarionation:
About Supermarionation: What is it? | Who makes it? | The marionettes | the legacy
The Series: Four Feather Falls | 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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Crossroads to CrimeFireball XL5
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