Episode 05/02/02

Foster and his Co-pilot

Production Info
Director David Lane
Story by Tony Barwick
Teleplay by Tony Barwick
Production Code
IMDB Reference tt0735624
Transmission Info
Episode 2
Airdate 23 September 1970
Previous Identified
Next The Cat with Ten Lives


Colonel Paul Foster is a test pilot whose aircraft is accidentally caught up in a battle between an Unidentified Flying Object and a SHADO rocket. Foster's plane is shot down and his co-pilot is killed. When he comes round in hospital nobody will believe his fanciful story of what he saw, until he is made an offer that he cannot refuse, namely an invitation to join SHADO and donate his skills or, quite simply, death.[N 1]

Errors and Explanations

Nit Central

  1. ScottN on Thursday, March 09, 2006 - 11:44 pm - When the aircraft is damaged and in a dive, the altimeter is spinning, indicating the plane is *GAINING* altitude! Perhaps the altimeter is damaged.


Episode Crew

  • 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
    • Leo Eaton .... assistant director
  • Art Department
    • Don Fagan .... instrumentation
    • Fred Gunning .... construction manager
    • Harry Solomons .... buyer (as Harry Solomans)
    • Keith Wilson .... assistant art director
  • Sound Department
    • Peter Pennell .... sound editor
    • John Peverill .... sound editor
    • Ken Rawkins .... sound recordist
    • J.B. Smith .... sound recordist
  • Visual Effects by
    • Bill Camp .... visual effects director
    • Jimmy Elliott .... visual effects assistant to producer (as Jim Elliott)
    • Frank Hollands .... visual effects production manager
    • Derek Meddings .... visual effects supervisor
    • Harry Oakes .... visual effects lighting cameraman
    • Mike Rainer .... visual effects camera operator
    • Mike Trim .... visual effects designer
  • Stunts
    • Jack Silk .... stunt arranger
  • 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
    • Des Saunders .... assistant to producer
    • Doreen Soan .... continuity[1]


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The Episodes
(Listed in filming order)
Production Block 1:
Identified I Computer Affair I Flight Path I Survival I Exposed I Conflict I The Dalotek Affair I A Question of Priorities I Ordeal I The Responsibility Seat I The Square Triangle I Court Martial I Close Up I Confetti Check A-OK I E.S.P. I Kill Straker! I Sub-Smash
Production Block 2:
The Sound of Silence I The Cat with Ten Lives I Destruction I The Man Who Came Back I The Psychobombs I Reflections in the Water I Mindbender I Timelash I The Long Sleep