A Question of Priorities
Episode A-05
A question of priorities

A terrible choice for Straker[1]

Production Info
Director David Lane
Screenplay by Tony Barwick
Producer Reg Hill
Music Barry Gray
Cinematography Brendan J. Stafford (as Brendan Stafford)
Editor Harry MacDonald
Production Code
IMDB Ref tt0735617
Transmission Info
Episode UFO A-05
Airdate 14 October 1970
Previous Conflict
Next E.S.P.


Straker's son John lives with Straker's ex-wife Mary, who has re-married. Straker is having a day out with the boy, but it ends in an argument with Mary and John is run over and seriously hurt. Drugs can be obtained to save him in America and a SHADO craft is sent to fetch them. However, Straker gets an alert call to say that an alien defector which could do untold damage to Earth is in the range of the SHADO craft. SHADO can destroy the alien but it means diverting the means to save John.[2]


Episode CrewEdit

  • Casting by Rose Tobias Shaw
  • Art Direction by Bob Bell
  • Makeup Department
    • Henry Montsash - hair stylist
    • Basil Newall - makeup artist
  • Production Management
    • Roger Connolly - unit manager
    • Norman Foster - production supervisor
  • Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
    • Ron Appleton - assistant director
  • Art Department
    • Don Fagan - instrumentation
    • Fred Gunning - construction manager
    • Harry Solomons - production buyer
    • Keith Wilson - assistant art director
  • Sound Department
    • Peter Pennell - Sound editor
    • John Peverill - Sound editor (as John Peveril)
    • Ken Rawkins - Sound recordist
    • J.B. Smith - dubbing mixer
  • Special Effects
    • Jimmy Elliott - Special effects senior director (as Jim Elliott)
    • Frank Hollands - Special effects production manager
    • Derek Meddings - Special effects
    • Harry Oakes - Special effects lighting camera
    • Mike Rainer - Special effects camera operator
    • Mike Trim - Special effects designer
    • Shaun Whittacker-Cook - Special effects director
  • Camera and Electrical Department
    • Derek Black - Camera operator
  • Costume and Wardrobe Department
    • Sylvia Anderson - Fashions
    • Kim Martin - Wardrobe
  • Music Department
    • Barry Gray - Musical director
    • George Randall - Music editor
  • Other crew
    • Tony Barwick - Script editor
    • Desmond Saunders - Assistant to producer (as Des Saunders)
    • Doreen Soan - Continuity


  1. Shadowlocked Website
  2. IMDB Entry

Season 1
Identified I Exposed I The Cat with Ten Lives I Conflict I A Question of Priorities I E.S.P. I Kill Straker! I Sub-Smash I Destruction I The Square Triangle I Close Up I The Psychobombs I Survival I Mindbender I Flight Path I The Man Who Came Back I The Dalotek Affair I Timelash I Ordeal I Court Martial I Computer Affair I Confetti Check A-OK I The Sound of Silence I Reflections in the Water I The Responsibility Seat I The Long Sleep