Lavender Castle

The adventures of Captain Thrice and the crew of the starship Paradox on their quest to find the legendary Lavender Castle – a floating city deep in space and the greatest source of power in the universe – before the evil Dr. Agon who intends to destroy it.

CPI/Gerry Anderson Productions/Cosgrove Hall

26 episodes x 10 minutes (alternative version: 13 episodes x 22 minutes)

Executive Producers: Craig Hemmings and Brian Cosgrove

Producer: Gerry Anderson

Line Producer: Chris Bowden

Director: Chris Taylor

Designed by Rodney Matthews

Lighting Cameramen: Joe Dembinski and Tim Harper

Art Director: Peter Hillier

Visual Effects: Stephen Weston

Production Supervisor: Christine Walker

Music by Crispin Merrell

Episodes List
1 In The Beginning

“Well, I seem to have found a crew – of sorts. Full steam ahead then, for Lavender Castle.”

Captain Thrice embarks upon a mission to find the legendary Lavender Castle, the greatest source of power in the universe, before the evil Dr. Agon can destroy it. In search of a crew for the starship Paradox, he sets out to rescue the prisoners of the wicked space pirate Short Fred Ledd, but finds the pirate in league with Dr. Agon…

Written by Gerry Anderson and Pauline Fisk

Story by Pauline Fisk

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 7th January 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Short Fred Ledd Jimmy Hibbert
  • Tin Lizzy David Holt
  • Nice Old Lady Kate Harbour
2 Flower Power

“You have a fine crew, Captain. Strong, brave and healthy. Yes, you will all make perfect slaves!”

The Paradox crew intercept an Intergalactic Distress Call and trace it to the Dragon’s Planet where they find a dying old lady in a dilapidated house inside a huge plant pod. She asks them to grant her dying wish, but Thrice discovers a plot laid by Dr. Agon to trap them all inside the pod!

Written by Gerry Anderson and Pauline Fisk

Story by Pauline Fisk

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 14th January 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Old Lady Kate Harbour
3 The Twilight Tower

“The Most Fabulous Object in the Universe in a dingy place like this? It doesn’t seem very likely.”

The Paradox is drawn to a dark tower perched on a cliff top and, believing it might prove to be a gateway to Lavender Castle, Thrice, Roger and Isambard investigate. Inside, they are welcomed by The Guardian who invites them to view the Most Fabulous Object in the Universe…

Written by Gerry Anderson and Pauline Fisk

Story by Pauline Fisk

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 21st January 1999 (ITV)

Notes:

The television programme watched by Roger and Isambard is Gerry Anderson’s 1986 stop-motion animation series Dick Spanner.

Additional Voice Cast:

  • The Guardian Rob Rackstraw
4 High Moon

“Yes, oblivion! You’ll like it there.”

Attempting to outrun Dr. Agon’s Mammoth Machine, Isambard pushes the Paradox’s engines beyond their capacity and they explode. Without power, the crew are sitting ducks for Dr. Agon who promises a poetic end for the travellers – vapourisation when the Moon of Draco reaches its zenith!

Written by Gerry Anderson and Pauline Fisk

Story by Pauline Fisk

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 28th January 1999 (ITV)

5 The Lost Starfighter

“It’s amazing what you can do with a rubber band and a piece of gum.”

By a trillion to one chance, the Paradox discovers Roger’s old Starfighter, the Firefly, adrift in space. Isambard goes aboard to affect repairs, but it is the inexperienced Sproggle who is in the cockpit of the Starfighter when Dr. Agon’s Mammoth Machine closes in on the Paradox!

Written by Chris Trengove and Gerry Anderson

Story by Chris Bowden

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 4th February 1999 (ITV)

6 A Stitch In Time

“Don’t you understand? The Captain isn’t with us any more!”

Dr. Agon traps the crew of the Paradox in an asteroid field and tragedy strikes when Captain Thrice is killed in Agon’s first attack. With the Paradox on the verge of destruction, Lyca takes a desperate gamble and activates an experimental time machine…

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Chris Bowden

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 25th February 1999 (ITV)

7 Double Cross

“Great! No supplies, no logs and now no engine!”

Captain Thrice is contacted by junkyard owner Twaddle Duff who tells of a customer who is willing to swap information about Lavender Castle for the Paradox’s rare MD646 engine. Isambard refuses to allow his engine to be taken away, but discovers that he hasn’t much choice in the matter – the engine has already gone!

Written by Pauline Fisk and Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 18th February 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Twaddle Duff Jimmy Hibbert
  • Twaddle Dim Rob Rackstraw
8 Bird Of Prey

“Ho – Sproggle don’t want to be chickbone!”

Tailing the Paradox, Dr. Agon’s Falcon, Trump, is sucked into a black hole and grows to gigantic size. The Giant Falcon attacks the Paradox, but accidentally swallows the half-timbered starship and Captain Thrice and his crew find themselves trapped in the giant bird’s throat!

Written by Chris Trengove

Story by Chris Trengove

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 4th March 1999 (ITV)

9 Collision Course

“Don’t touch that! It’s a new rocket fuel and it’s a thousand times more powerful than TNT!”

The Paradox receives a distress call revealing that a huge asteroid is on a collision course with Lyca’s home planet Flora – if it is not stopped within seven hours, the entire population will perish. The Paradox crew mount a daring rescue mission with the help of the junkyard twins Twaddle Duff and Twaddle Dim…

Written by Chris Trengove and Gerry Anderson

Story by Chris Trengove

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 11th March 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Twaddle Duff Jimmy Hibbert
  • Twaddle Dim Rob Rackstraw
10 The Black Swat

“If the Black Swat gets you, you’re stuck until you rot!”

While Lyca and Sproggle search for treasure on planet Scull, the Paradox comes under fire from Short Fred Ledd who destroys the ship and takes the crew prisoner aboard the Cutting Snark, guarded by the fearsome Black Swat. It is left to Lyca, Sproggle and Walking Stick to rescue their friends…

Written by Pauline Fisk

Story by Pauline Fisk

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 11th February 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Short Fred Ledd Jimmy Hibbert
  • Tin Lizzy David Holt
11 Raiders Of The Planet Zark

“For a Lavender Compass to lighten your dark, seek the Mountain of Morg on the planet of Zark.”

A message on Sproggle’s radio draws the Paradox crew to the Mountain of Morg on planet Zark to search for a Lavender Compass that will lead them to Lavender Castle. But the caves of Morg are laced with deadly traps and the travellers’ every move is being watched by a sinister figure who wants the Compass for himself…

Written by Chris Trengove

Story by Chris Bowden

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 25th March 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • The Guardian Rob Rackstraw
  • Voice of Morg Kate Harbour
12 Swamp Fever

“Don’t you go tryin’ to escape, ’cause ah’m the fastest tongue in the west!”

Captain Thrice contacts galactic fever and without treatment, he could die within five days. The cure is an extract from the leaves of the Wumbo plant, found only in the Great Swamp on the planet Quagmire. But the Wumbo plants are fiercly guarded by the Danks, who want them all for themselves…

Written by Chris Trengove

Story by Chris Trengove

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: 18th March 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • The Dank Jimmy Hibbert
13 The Galacternet

“It’s not a web site – it’s the site of a web! A spider’s web!”

Isambard discovers that Lavender Castle has it’s own web site on the Galacternet with co-ordinates that apparently reveal its position. Captain Thrice suspects a trap laid by Dr. Agon, but the crew vote to follow the co-ordinates to the twin peaks on the planet Trimbo where the Paradox is caught in a gigantic spider’s web!

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: April 1st 1999 (ITV)

14 Brightonia On Sea

“What shall we do with the crew of the Paradox?

What shall we do with the crew of the Paradox?

What shall we do with the crew of the Paradox?

They’ll all be dead by mornin’.”

Following a recommendation in a brochure, the Paradox crew decide to take a holiday on the planet Brightonia on Sea. But once there, they are captured by Short Fred Ledd who chains them up and steals the Paradox. Without water, their only hope of survival rests with Sir Sqeakalot and Isambard’s latest invention…

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate:April 8th 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Short Fred Ledd Jimmy Hibbert
15 Traitor

“We have a traitor in our midst. I fear we really are defeated.”

Sir Squeakalot undergoes a personality change when he is taken over by Short Fred Ledd’s parrot, Tin Lizzy. He ties up the Paradox crew and flies the ship to the Cutting Snark,where even the force of Lavender Castle seems powerless to prevent them from becoming the slaves of Dr. Agon!

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Rodney Matthews

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: April 15th 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Short Fred Ledd Jimmy Hibbert
  • Tin Lizzy David Holt
16 The Collector

“I was created to be a servant – but it didn’t quite work out like that! ”

Arriving at Doodlebug’s Supermarket to collect supplies, Roger, Lyca and Sir Squeakalot find that the place has been ransacked and Doodlebug placed in suspended animation. The culprit is the android Colonel Clump who wants to turn the Paradox crew into exhibits in his gallery of living space creatures!

Written by Chris Trengove

Story by Chris Trengove

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: April 22nd 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Colonel Clump David Holt
17 Lost In Space

“There’s nothing we can do to help you, Roger. Our prayers are with you.”

Dr. Agon tricks the Twaddle twins into delivering a Starfighter to Captain Thrice as an anonymous gift. When Roger test flies the Starfighter, it suddenly goes out of control, breaking through the light barrier. The Starfighter finally comes to a stop, but Roger finds himself on the other side of the galaxy with no way back!

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: April 29th 1999 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Twaddle Duff Jimmy Hibbert
  • Twaddle Dim Rob Rackstraw
18 Duelling Banjos

“Excuse me? Did ah hear right? You reckon you can play the banjo better’n me?”

Out of fuel, the Paradox crash lands in the swamp on planet Quagmire, close to the Dank’s shack. The suspicious Dank refuses to help the stranded crew until Captain Thrice challenges him to a banjo plucking contest. If Thrice wins, the Dank will help, but if he loses, the Paradox will belong to the Dank!

Written by Chris Trengove

Story by Chris Trengove

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: January 6th 2000 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • The Dank Jimmy Hibbert
19 The Legend

“This is how it is always going to be, Thrice – you grovelling at my feet!”

According to legend, when the two suns eclipse on planet Bharron, once every thousand years, Lavender Castle can be seen in the desert. Captain Thrice and Walking Stick mount an expedition into the desert, but on the third day, the Captain loses Walking Stick when he falls into a gully. Alone in an endless desert,Thrice finds himself at the mercy of Dr. Agon…

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: January 13th 2000 (ITV)

20 Cloud Of Chaos

“I wasn’t expecting visitors today, but you’re more than welcome to stay – forever!”

During a close encounter with Dr. Agon’s Mammoth Machine, Sproggle is accidentally thrown from the Paradox and falls into a strange blue cloud. He is ‘rescued’ but Dr. Agon, but once aboard the Mammoth Machine, both are oddly effected by the cloud and swap personalities: Dr. Agon becomes the frightened orphan child while Sproggle turns into Dr. Agon!

Written by Chris Trengove

Story by Chris Taylor

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: January 20th 2000 (ITV)

21 Diamonds Aren't Forever

“To think I’ll have the power of a sun! I’ve always wanted a sun.”

Tailing Short Fred Ledd to the planet Icesester, Sproggle is captured by the pirate who holds him hostage. Fred is after the Icesester Diamond, the largest diamond in the universe with the power to absorb the energy of a sun. If the Paradox crew don’t find the diamond for him within thirty minutes, Fred will cut off Sproggle’s bauble…

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: January 27th 2000 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Short Fred Ledd Jimmy Hibbert
22 Galactic Park

“Enjoying themselves are they? We’ll soon put a stop to that!”

Suffering from Space Fatigue and in need of a break, the Paradox crew visit a Galactic Theme Park on the planet Themea, apparently run by Twaddle Duff. The crew decide to take a ride on Twaddle Duff’s ghost train, unaware that the train is actually under the control of Dr. Agon, who plans to give them the ride of their lives!

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Craig Hemmings

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: February 3rd 2000 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Twaddle Duff Jimmy Hibbert
23 Wearizy

“Oh dear. He must have wanted that dog so much that he’s imagining things!”

Captain Thrice and Sproggle visit the Twaddle twins on planet Thestal to find Sproggle a birthday present. Sproggle wants a dog, but the Captain refuses to allow one on board the Paradox, so the Twaddle twins get Sproggle an invisible dog called Wearizy. Then, an unexpected guest gate-crashes Sproggle’s birthday party – Dr. Agon!

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: February 10th 2000 (ITV)

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Twaddle Duff Jimmy Hibbert
  • Twaddle Dim Rob Rackstraw
24 Supernova

“Imagine how wonderful it would be if the whole universe were to be without light!”

Dr. Agon finally finds Lavender Castle and sets a plan in motion to destroy it: when the Castle is in close range of a sun, Agon intends to create a chain reaction in the sun which will destroy itself, vaporising Lavender Castle. The Paradox crew race to stop Dr. Agon from carrying out his plan, but they may already be too late!

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Gerry Anderson

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: February 17th 2000 (ITV)

25 Interface

“Now what was it Captain Thrice once said to me? Oh, yes. ‘Discretion is the better part of valour.'”

Answering a distress call, the Paradox crew arrive on the planet Barrenette where the desert is littered with bodies. But the bodies are just painted cut-outs and the team have walked into another of Dr. Agon’s devious traps. With the rest of the crew knocked out by sleeping gas, Sir Squeakalot must face Dr. Agon’s giant robot spider alone!

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Craig Hemmings

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: March 2nd 2000 (ITV)

26 Birds Of A Feather...

“To our new alliance. And don’t forget: united we stand – divided we fall!”

Dr. Agon proposes an alliance of the Paradox crew’s greatest enemies and summons Short Fred Ledd, the Dank and Captain Clump to the Dark Station. Each has a story to tell of an encounter with the Paradox crew that has left them with a score to settle…

Written by Gerry Anderson

Story by Rodney Matthews

Directed by Chris Taylor

Original UK Airdate: March 9th 2000 (ITV)

Notes:

This episode features flashback footage from Brightonia On Sea, The Collector and Duelling Banjos.

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Short Fred Ledd Jimmy Hibbert
  • The Dank Jimmy Hibbert
  • Colonel Clump David Holt
Cast List
Captain Thrice David Holt
Sir Squeakalot Jimmy Hibbert
Walking Stick Kate Harbour
Sproggle David Holt
Roger Rob Rackstraw
Dr. Cedric Agon Jimmy Hibbert
Isambard Rob Rackstraw
Trump Jimmy Hibbert
Lyca Kate Harbour