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Entry updated 13 January 2020. Tagged: TV.

UK tv series (1961-1962). AP Films/ATV/ITC. From an idea by Gerry Anderson and Reg Hill, produced by Anderson. Directors included David Elliott, Alan Pattillo, Desmond Saunders, Bill Harris. Writers were either Gerry and Sylvia Anderson or Hugh Woodhouse and his brother Martin Woodhouse. Two seasons, 39 25-minute episodes in all. Black and white.

This was the first of Anderson's SuperMarionation sf series for children. Supercar, a marvel of Transportation which can also travel Under the Sea and through the air, was invented by Professor Popkiss and is driven by Mike Mercury (or sometimes the talking monkey Mitch). Constant efforts to steal Supercar are made by Masterspy. Some of the storylines are sf (Mad Scientists, supermagnets); some are merely crime-fighting. The series was a big success, and sold in the USA. More SuperMarionation series followed (see Gerry and Sylvia Anderson for details). [PN]


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