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List of Thunderbirds episodes

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This is an episode guide for Thunderbirds, a British Supermarionation television series produced by AP Films (later named Century 21 Productions) from 1964 and first broadcast on the ITV network in 1965 and 1966. It lists both the TV episodes and the 1960s audio plays by Century 21 Records, along with their adaptations.

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This article is about the episodes of the original Thunderbirds. For a list of Thunderbirds Are Go episodes, see List of Thunderbirds Are Go episodes.

Two feature film sequels to the TV series were released in 1966 and 1968, followed by three made-for-TV compilation films in the early 1980s. In 2015, a mini-series based on the three original audio stories was produced to mark the series’ 50th anniversary.

All TV episodes were released on Region 2 DVD by Carlton in 2000 and 2001.[1] A Region 1 box set by A&E Home Video followed in 2002.[2] The episodes were released on Blu-ray Disc in 2008.[3]

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Series One of Thunderbirds comprised 26 episodes, each approximately 50 minutes long. Episodes are listed in the official order published by distributor ITC Entertainment, which matches the order of production.[4][5]

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Title Directed by[4] Written by[4] Original air date (ATV Midlands)[4]
1 1 Trapped in the Sky Alan Pattillo Gerry and Sylvia Anderson 30 September 1965 (1965-09-30)
The Fireflash, on its maiden flight from London to Tokyo, is sabotaged by the Hood, an Asian criminal who has learned of the formation of International Rescue, and is unable to land. The Hood’s attack is intended to draw out International Rescue so he can record secrets of its machinery for sale to the highest bidder, an attempt thwarted by the intervention of the organization’s London Agent.
2 2 Pit of Peril Desmond Saunders Alan Fennell 7 October 1965 (1965-10-07)
A 500-ton U.S. Army walker, Sidewinder, falls into a pit during testing and International Rescue are called to save the crew trapped inside.
3 3 City of Fire David Elliott Alan Fennell 6 January 1966 (1966-01-06)
The world’s tallest tower catches fire following an explosion in the car park and International Rescue are called to rescue a family trapped in the basement, which they can accomplish only with an experimental cutting gas (“Oxyhydnite”) that previously rendered Scott and Virgil Tracy unconscious during testing.
4 4 Sun Probe David Lane Alan Fennell 9 December 1965 (1965-12-09)
The Sun Probe rocket and its crew are locked in a collision course with the Sun, prompting the launching of Thunderbird 3  but International Rescue itself requires saving when Thunderbird 3 is unable to escape the Sun’s gravitational pull.
5 5 The Uninvited Desmond Saunders Alan Fennell 2 December 1965 (1965-12-02)
While returning to base, Scott is attacked by mysterious fighter aircraft and shot down over the Sahara. He is discovered by two archaeologists, who send him on his way, only to find themselves entombed within the lost Pyramid of Khamandides.
6 6 The Mighty Atom David Lane Dennis Spooner 30 December 1965 (1965-12-30)
The Hood plans to corner the Thunderbirds vehicles by drawing them out to an emergency at an atomic irrigation plant in the Sahara, then photographing them with a miniature camera disguised as a mouse.
7 7 “Vault of Death” David Elliott Dennis Spooner 23 December 1965 (1965-12-23)
During the installation of a new, airtight security vault at the Bank of England, one of the employees is accidentally locked inside, and International Rescue must come to his rescue before the air is extracted.
8 8 “Operation Crash-Dive” Desmond Saunders Martin Crump 16 December 1965 (1965-12-16)
A series of unexplained Fireflash airliner disappearances sees Thunderbird 4 being called to rescue a crew stranded on the ocean floor. International Rescue then volunteer its services in helping to diagnose the cause of the mechanical fault.
9 9 Move  And You’re Dead Alan Pattillo Alan Pattillo 10 February 1966 (1966-02-10)
After Alan Tracy returns to motor-racing, his rivals decide to remove the competition by rigging a bridge with a movement-sensitive bomb, which will explode the moment that Alan and Grandma Tracy try to escape. (Some of this episode is narrated in flashback.)
10 10 Martian Invasion David Elliott Alan Fennell 17 March 1966 (1966-03-17)
The Hood arranges for a mishap with explosives during a film shoot, leaving two of the actors sealed inside a cave. When International Rescue arrive the ensuing rescue is surreptitiously recorded by the Hood, and when the Tracys realize they’ve been set up a tense chase through the nearby desert ensues.
11 11 “Brink of Disaster” David Lane Alan Fennell 24 February 1966 (1966-02-24)
An unscrupulous investor attempts to recruit Lady Penelope into funding his automated, cross-country monorail building project. Jeff volunteers to ride the prototype, but he, Brains, and Tin-Tin find themselves trapped onboard, and with no possibility of escape, when it is discovered that the monorail train is speeding towards a stricken bridge.
12 12 The Perils of Penelope Alan Pattillo and Desmond Saunders Alan Pattillo 14 October 1965 (1965-10-14)
Lady Penelope goes on the trail of a kidnapped scientist, only to find herself in mortal danger at the hands of a megalomaniac determined to exploit the expert’s work to his advantage.
13 13 Terror in New York City David Elliott and David Lane Alan Fennell 21 October 1965 (1965-10-21)
While returning from a mission, Thunderbird 2 is seriously damaged when it comes under attack from a new, high-speed U.S. Navy strike vessel, the U.S.N. Sentinel. After an operation to move the Empire State Building disastrously ends in the tower’s complete collapse, Jeff asks that Thunderbird 4 be transported onboard the same ship to the mouth of an underground river to reach a reporter and his cameraman who are trapped beneath the wreckage.
14 14 “End of the Road” David Lane Dennis Spooner 25 November 1965 (1965-11-25)
International Rescue’s security is jeopardised when Tin-Tin’s close friend Eddie Houseman, who recently visited Tracy Island, takes drastic action to save his road-construction company’s threatened contract by planting explosives to tear open a jungle mountainside, and the ensuing chaos leaves him trapped on a cliffside in a truck with another case of explosives on board.
15 15 “Day of Disaster” David Elliott Dennis Spooner 4 November 1965 (1965-11-04)
The Allington Bridge collapses while a space rocket is being transported over it, trapping the rocket on the riverbed and inadvertently initiating its automatic countdown. International Rescue is called upon to save the crew before the rocket launches.
16 16 “Edge of Impact” Desmond Saunders Donald Robertson 28 October 1965 (1965-10-28)
The Hood sabotages the Red Arrow aircraft programme. One of the planes crashes into the TV Tower in England during a brutal rain storm, and International Rescue is summoned to save the engineers inside the tower before it collapses; making their job trickier apart from the driving rain and winds at the site is that the Red Arrow’s director, a long time friend of Jeff, is fired from the project and stays at Tracy Island, forcing the Tracys to draw him away and thus remain oblivious to International Rescue’s existence.
17 17 “Desperate Intruder” David Lane Donald Robertson 18 November 1965 (1965-11-18)
Brains and Tin-Tin set off on an expedition to retrieve sunken treasure from Lake Anasta. The Hood has also set his sights on the riches and plans to put both Brains and Tin-Tin in grave peril.
18 18 30 Minutes After Noon David Elliott Alan Fennell 11 November 1965 (1965-11-11)
The Erdman Gang has developed an ingenious technique of having their work carried out – an explosive bracelet that can be removed only at the designated target. A secret agent’s attempt to infiltrate the organisation backfires as he is left trapped in a plutonium store. International Rescue face a race against time to prevent a massive nuclear explosion.
19 19 “The Impostors” Desmond Saunders Dennis Spooner 13 January 1966 (1966-01-13)
A gang of criminals masquerade as International Rescue to conceal their theft of top-secret military plans. The ensuing worldwide manhunt for International Rescue leaves the organisation powerless to operate in a rescue situation until its name is vindicated, just as a member of a manned reconnaissance satellite is suddenly trapped in space while trying to repair the station.
20 20 The Man from MI.5 David Lane Alan Fennell 20 January 1966 (1966-01-20)
A criminal organisation steals classified plans. Working in conjunction with a British Secret Service agent, Lady Penelope must recover the material to save the world from total destruction.
21 21 “Cry Wolf” David Elliott Dennis Spooner 27 January 1966 (1966-01-27)
Two Australian boys are playing their favourite game — “International Rescue” — when their “distress” call is picked up by John Tracy on Thunderbird 5. After a tour of Tracy Island, and a warning not to use their radio again, the brothers are returned home. The Hood then tricks the boys into an old mine shaft before stealing secret photographs from their government agent father. This time the brothers’ SOS is real, but International Rescue refuses to believe them.
22 22 “Danger at Ocean Deep” Desmond Saunders Donald Robertson 3 February 1966 (1966-02-03)
When the Ocean Pioneer tanker inexplicably explodes, Brains investigates the cause. With some help from Lady Penelope, he discovers it to be a chemical reaction between the cargo of liquid Alsterene and OD60, which is found in the sea. International Rescue set out to save the crew of the ill-fated Ocean Pioneer II.
23 23 The Duchess Assignment David Elliott Martin Crump 17 February 1966 (1966-02-17)
The Duchess of Royston has fallen on hard times, leading her friend Lady Penelope to enlist Jeff’s help. The Duchess and her one asset – the painting Portrait of a Gazelle, by Braquasso – fall into criminal hands and it is up to International Rescue to save both.
24 24 Attack of the Alligators! David Lane Alan Pattillo 10 March 1966 (1966-03-10)
When a new growth hormone is accidentally released into a South American river, a house is besieged by alligators – now many times their normal size. International Rescue must subdue the reptiles and save the house’s occupants.
25 25 The Cham-Cham Alan Pattillo Alan Pattillo 24 March 1966 (1966-03-24)
When aircraft are shot down during live broadcasts of a hit song, International Rescue suspects foul play. Tin-Tin and Lady Penelope (posing as the singer Wanda Lamour) investigate, but are left in mortal danger when a ski lift is sabotaged and speeds out of control down a mammoth mountain slide in the Alps.
26 26 “Security Hazard” Desmond Saunders Alan Pattillo 31 March 1966 (1966-03-31)
Clip show episode: the Tracy family cannot help but reminisce about their many successful missions after a young boy infiltrates the island. They are nevertheless burdened by the problem that the boy knows their identity and the location of their base – until Jeff realises that they can use the boy’s dreams to their own advantage. Includes clips from “End of the Road”, “Sun Probe”, “Trapped in the Sky” and “Day of Disaster”.

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