Stingray

The adventures of the crew of the W.A.S.P. super-submarine Stingray, patrolling the oceans in the year 2064.

AP Films/ATV/ITC

Produced: 1963-64

First UK broadcast: 4th October 1964

39 episodes x 25 minutes

Producer: Gerry Anderson

Associate Producer: Reg Hill

Director of Photography: John Read

Lighting Cameraman: John Read, Julien Lugrinand Paddy Seale

Art Director: Bob Bell

Special Effects Director: Derek Meddings

Music Composed, Arranged and Conducted by Barry Gray

Episodes List
1 Stingray

The Stingray crew investigate the mysterious destruction of the submarine Sea Probe but come under attack from a strange Mechanical Fish. Stingray crashes onto the sea bed and Troy and Phones are taken captive by Titan, leader of the undersea city of Titanica. Troy protests that the WASP’s function is investigation, not aggression, but Titan subjects him to a strange trial in which he is judged by a huge fish, the sea god Teufel who looks only upon friends of the Titanican people. Teufel turns away from Troy and Titan declares that he and Phones are guilty, sentencing them both to death!

Teleplay by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • 2nd WSP Commander Ray Barrett
  • 3rd WSP Commander Don Mason
  • Aquaphibian 1 Robert Easton
  • Aquaphibian 2 David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 4th October 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

2 Plant Of Doom

Titan learns that Stingray is bound for the undersea city of Pacifica to meet Marina’s people. Dispatching a Mechanical Fish to delay Stingray’s journey, Titan sends X20 to Pacifica pretending to be an emissary from Kazu. There, he presents Marina’s father Aphony with a blue coral flower, a plant that consumes the atmosphere when removed from its glass container. Troy, Phones and Marina arrive at Pacifica where they meet Aphony and are treated to a huge banquet, but when the aquanauts return to Marineville, Marina brings the Blue Coral flower with her as a gift for Atlanta…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Aquaphibian David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 23rd May 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

3 Sea Of Oil

The Stingray crew investigate the mysterious destruction of three oil rigs, visiting a fourth rig in the same field to observe operations. During the night, undersea aliens kidnap Atlanta from her cabin, but Marina follows the aliens’ vessel to an airlock leading to a city under the sea bed. She returns to Stingray and alerts Troy and Phones. Meanwhile, Atlanta discovers that her captors, Bitumites Nefir and Gerit, believed that the drilling operation was an attack on their underwater world. She manages to persuade them otherwise but realises that Troy will take aggressive action to rescue her, so she joins Nefir and Gerit in their craft in an attempt to intercept Stingray before Troy destroys the airlock door that will flood the Bitumites’ city.  

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Engineer Preston David Graham
  • Nefir Don Mason
  • Gerit David Graham
  • Base Robert Easton
  • 1st Rigger David Graham
  • Rigger Jack Ray Barrett

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 16th May 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

4 Hostages Of The Deep

Marineville Tower receives a message from retired Admiral Carson on the island of Lull requesting Stingray’s aid. But part of the message is a coded warning of a trap, so when Troy and Phones arrive at the Admiral’s beach-house, they send a remote-controlled toy fish in first and a massive explosion destroys the building. Carson and his wife Millie have been abducted by Gadus and Maran, undersea aliens who intend to kill Troy and capture Stingray. The Stingray crew pursue the aliens’ underwater craft to a tunnel which is too narrow for the WASP submarine to enter. Marina goes on ahead but is captured and threatened with death unless she talks and reveals WASP secrets.

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Admiral Henry Carson David Graham
  • Millie Carson Lois Maxwell
  • Gadus Ray Barrett
  • Maran David Graham
  • Power Plant Ray Barratt
  • Toy Fish David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 13th June 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

5 Treasure Down Below

On leave in Casablanca, Phones purchases a treasure map from an old sea dog and when Marina programmes the automatic boatswain to head for the area shown on the map, Stingray is caught in a whirlpool and dragged down to an underwater cavern. There, Troy, Phones and Marina discover a grotto filled with gold and jewels. But a pair of undersea aliens, Ebrun and Trell, claim ownership of the treasure and lock the Stingray crew in a cell. They are freed by marooned pirate Captain Black, but when Troy refuses to help him steal the treasure, the pirate betrays them to the aliens…

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Captain Black Don Mason
  • Ebrun Ray Barrett
  • Trell David Graham
  • Sea Dog Ray Barratt
  • Search Vessel 2 David Graham
  • Rescue Launch 8 Don Mason

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 14th March 1965 5.30pm (ATV London)

6 The Big Gun

The Stingray crew investigate when San May becomes the third island to be completely obliterated within a week. Phones detects a fast-moving craft which is actually a Missile Ejector vehicle developed by the Solarstar undersea aliens to launch attacks on the terraineans. Troy opens fire and destroys the hostile craft but the pilot, Mauritimus, escapes unhurt and is dispatched by the Solarstar Mighty Leader in a second Missile Ejector to destroy Marineville…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Mauritimus Ray Barrett
  • Mighty Leader Don Mason
  • Korda Robert Easton
  • Tracking Station Lois Maxwell

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 24th January 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

7 The Golden Sea

WASP assists Professor Darren and his assistant Chuck with their project to extract minute particles of mineral compounds, specifically gold, from sea-water using a bathyscaphe lowered into the Kendrick Trench. Titan is furious when he learns of the plan, claiming the riches of the sea as his own. His chancellor Sculpin has developed a sounding device which attracts the Gargan, a giant swordfish with glowing eyes. He attaches this device to the roof of the bathyscaphe while Phones and Marina are aboard and soon the Gargan begins to attack the vessel!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Professor Darren Robert Easton
  • Chuck Ray Barrett
  • Sculpin Don Mason

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 6th June 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

8 The Ghost Ship

Commander Shore joins Troy, Phones and Marina aboard Stingray to investigate the sinking of the jet liner Arcadia which reported sighting an ancient galleon in heavy fog just before radio transmissions cut off. Arriving at the Arcadia’s last known position, Stingray enters a thick fog-bank and the crew see the galleon emerging from the mist. Shore and Phones board the ship but are captured inside by an undersea alien named Idotee who reveals that he has set a trap to destroy the Stingray crew for crimes against the advancement of the underwater peoples. Idotee orders Shore to instruct Troy to come aboard the ship, but instead he orders Troy to open fire on the galleon. Troy refuses to obey his orders and takes Stingray into a dive only to be pursued by the galleon, but then Idotee contacts Troy and threatens to kill Shore and Phones if he does not join them!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Idotee David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 18th October 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

9 Count Down

Under the guise of one Professor Sanders, X20 arranges to deliver a lecture at Marineville on teaching mute people to speak as part of a plan to destroy the WASP base. Troy and Phones approach ‘Sanders’ to help Marina and he agrees to book her into his clinic, telling them that for the treatment to be effective, he requires a recording of the aquanauts speaking simple phrases that Marina has heard many times. They unwittingly provide X20 with recordings of their dialogue with Marineville Tower on approach to the ocean door in Stingray, which he then uses to gain access to the Stingray pen,..

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Officer-Check Point 1 David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 9th May 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

10 The Ghost Of The Sea

The construction of a new cobalt mining stage in the Pacific reminds Commander Shore of the incident five years before that left him disabled. Pursuing a strange underwater craft which had destroyed the previous mining stage, Shore used his submarine to ram the craft after it opened fire on him. After the collision, Shore was rescued by a mysterious alien man who rowed him back to shore in a life raft. Believing that the new mining stage could be in danger, Shore joins the Stingray crew to protect the platform and, detecting an alien craft, they pursue it to an underwater cave. Troy and Marina enter the cave, boarding the craft only to find it deserted, but Troy suddenly realises that it has been set as a booby trap…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Cronson David Graham
  • Lorado Robert Easton

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 3rd January 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

11 Emergency Marineville

The Stingray crew investigate an island that is the source of missiles targeting Marineville. Entering an undersea tunnel, Troy and Phones are captured by a pair of Galvanoids named Nucella and Chidora, who threaten Marina with electrocution unless Troy reveals the frequencies that Marineville’s Interceptors operate on. Troy realises that this information will enable the Galvanoids to jam the Interceptors and allow their missiles to obliterate Marineville, but he cannot let Marina be killed. After revealing the vital frequencies, Troy is locked in a cell with Phones and Marina as the Galvanoids prepare to launch their next rocket…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Nucella David Graham
  • Chidora Ray Barrett
  • Squadron Leader David Graham
  • Tracking Station David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 11th October 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

12 Subterranean Sea

After their vacation is cancelled at the last minute, the Stingray crew report to the Undersea Mantle Boring Base to investigate a subterranean ocean that has been discovered by scientists penetrating the Earth’s crust. Stingray is ferried two miles below the crust on a specially constructed elevator and launched into the new ocean, but the submarine is caught in strong currents, goes out of control and crashes. When Troy, Phones and Marina recover consciousness, they discover that the water has vanished and Stingray is beached on the sea-bed.

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Prescott David Graham
  • Andrews Ray Barrett

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 25th October 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

13 Loch Ness Monster

Commander Shore is sceptical when Admiral Denver reports that he has been attacked by the Loch Ness Monster while on holiday in Scotland, so the Admiral dispatches Stingray to explore the Loch. Atlanta joins Troy and Phones on the mission, having arranged for them all to stay at an old castle on the banks of the Loch. They meet their hosts Andy and Jamie McGregor who tell of seeing the “fearful beastie” many times. In the night, the aquanauts are woken by a strange mechanical noise but Andy tells them it is only the ghost of his great, great grandfather Sandy McGregor. The next morning, the Stingray crew begin to search the Loch and are astounded when the monster appears!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Admiral Jack Denver David Graham
  • Andy McGregor David Graham
  • Jamie McGregor Ray Barrett

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 1st November 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

14 The Invaders

Troy, Phones and Marina fall into a trap when they answer a distress call from Weather Station 4. The station has been taken over by a pair of Atlanteans, Epayus and Ilium, and adapted to ferry the aquanauts to their subterranean city. There, Troy is questioned about Marineville’s security procedures and, although he refuses to answer, his thoughts are translated into pictures via a brain-reading chair. Unaware of this, Troy is puzzled when he and his colleagues are released and returned to Stingray. Commander Shore anticipates trouble and withdraws Marineville into the underground emplacement, but this enables the Atlanteans to penetrate the base using a subterranean travel cylinder and take control of Marineville Tower!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Carter David Graham
  • Epayus David Graham
  • Ilium Ray Barrett

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 18th April 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

15 Secret Of The Giant Oyster

In an undersea cave network, amateur divers Mike Bromley and Chick Kingsland discover a giant oyster 20 feet across surrounded by hundreds of little oysters, but they need more up-to-date breathing equipment in order to wait long enough for the oyster to open so that they can collect the pearl inside. Detained by Troy for diving in protected waters, Bromley and Kingsland are taken back to Marineville where Commander Shore agrees to help them as WASP uses crushed pearls to insulate radioactive isotopes. Despite Marina’s misgivings, Stingray returns to the cave network and Troy enters the tunnel with Bromley, but they are delayed by a rock fall. By the time they reach the oyster, their air is starting to run out…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Mike Bromley David Graham
  • Chick Kingsland Robert Easton

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 11th April 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

16 Raptures Of The Deep

A pair of beatnik explorers searching for a legendary undersea gem forest defy Commander Shore’s authority and get into trouble when their two-man submarine Hepcat fails under pressure and crashes onto the sea-bed. Responding to their SOS, Troy and Phones effect a rescue, pumping air into Hepcat’s tanks so that it rises to the surface. On his way back to Stingray, Troy spots something shining on the sea-bed but when he goes to investigate, he falls down a crevasse, injuring his leg. As Phones sets out to rescue him, Troy’s air runs dry and he passes out. He regains consciousness in a state of euphoria and finds that he can breathe underwater. Then he discovers a gem forest filled with precious stones and becomes the richest man in the world!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Marina Sylvia Anderson
  • Joe Ray Barrett
  • Frank David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 29th November 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

17 Stand By For Action

Goggleheimer Productions has arranged to make a movie about the WASPs on location at Marineville, with all of the personnel playing themselves except for Troy who fails the screen test. He is replaced by heart-throb actor Johnny Swoonara whose name alone is enough to make Atlanta and Marina faint. Then an attempt is made on Troy’s life by film producer Goggleheimer, actually a disguised X20 who has set up the movie in an elaborate plan to kill Troy. Troy and Phones pursue X20 as he escapes in a hovercar, but lose him when he disappears into an underground hangar on Lemoy. Filming continues the next day aboard Stingray with Swoonara joining Phones at the helm. Suddenly X20 attacks from his underwater craft and Stingray sinks out of control to the sea-bed!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Johnny Swoonara Ray Barrett
  • Marty David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 21st March 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

18 The Disappearing Ships

Three old freighter ships due for demolition at sea with explosives set on timed detonators mysteriously disappear and the Stingray crew are dispatched to investigate. They discover a cluster of shipwrecked galleons on the sea-bed and the missing freighters nearby. Troy and Phones are ambushed by Parasitica, leader of a race of hermit nomads who inhabit the derelict ships. He ushers them through an airlock into one of the freighters, where Troy explains that the three ships the nomads have chosen for their new homes are due to explode at any moment. Parasitica refuses to believe him until the first

freighter blows up, but the blast jams the airlock door, leaving the trio trapped inside!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Parasitica David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 4th April 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

19 The Man From The Navy

During tests of a new World Navy marine missile, a feud develops between Troy and the arrogant World Navy Captain Jacques Jordan, who insists that the Navy is the superior service. Their argument ruins Marina’s dinner party as Jordan is unable to resist slighting the WASPs every time he opens his mouth and Troy eventually storms out. The next morning, the tests continue with Stingray as the target for the unarmed prototype missiles, but Jordan’s submarine is boarded by two Aquaphibians under instructions from Titan to sabotage the operation. Held at gunpoint, Jordan is forced to arm the first missile but, fortunately, Troy manages to evade it, and when it explodes he realises that it has not been charged by accident. Warning Jordan that his craft has been classified as a hostile vessel, Troy closes in to attack…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Captain Jacques Jordan David Graham
  • Aquaphibian 1 David Graham
  • Aquaphibian 2 David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 15th November 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

20 Marineville Traitor

The new air/sea hydroprobe, a vital piece of the long-range warning system, is stolen from Marineville Tower and an incriminating recording points to Commander Shore as the prime suspect. Then top secret plans are stolen from the Tower safe and Shore is found unconscious on the control desk, although security reports that he was the only person to enter the Tower. Shore claims he was struck down from behind, but when Troy overhears him making contact with the mysterious ‘Zero Red’ using a hidden transmitter, he becomes convinced that the Commander has turned traitor…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Lt Misen David Graham
  • Zero Red David Graham
  • Radio Voice David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 20th June 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

21 Tom Thumb Tempest

While waiting on stand-by for a dangerous mission, Troy falls asleep and wakes with a start as Commander Shore sounds launch stations. He sets off with Phones and Marina in Stingray following the Commander’s instructions, but the submarine suddenly collides with an invisible obstacle which turns out to be the glass of an aquarium in a giant room. Leaving Stingray, the miniaturised aquanauts find a giant table set for dinner with names on the placemats and top secret plans which reveal that Titan is preparing for an assault on Marineville in league with WASP’s deadliest undersea enemies!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Newsreader David Graham
  • Aquaphibian David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 28th February 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

22 Pink Ice

When the northwest Pacific is frozen over by a strange pink ice that has also covered the other oceans around the globe, the Stingray crew are dispatched to investigate. Surfacing through a hole in the ice, Troy and Phones examine the strange pink landscape and when he tastes it, Troy discovers that the ice has been produced chemically. Commander Shore recognises a pattern to the freezing which suggests an undersea craft touring the world’s oceans and he predicts that the northeast Pacific will be hit next. Stingray arrives in the area but becomes trapped by ice when the undersea craft releases its ice generator. Hydromic missiles are launched from Marineville to break up the ice field, but if the

missile targeting is off by only a few degrees, the Stingray crew could be killed!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • 2nd WSP Commander Robert Easton
  • 3rd WSP Commander Ray Barrett
  • Tracking Station David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 28th March 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

23 The Master Plan

In order to recover his standing amongst the undersea races, Titan develops a master plan to recapture Marina and make her his slave again. He sends a Mechanical Fish to damage Stingray during a patrol and when Troy leaves the ship to make repairs, an Aquaphibian uses a jet gun to spray him with a purple liquid and then swims away. Returning to Marineville, Troy collapses and the Doc diagnoses that he has been poisoned with an unknown substance for which there is no known antidote – he will die within hours. Then Titan contacts Commander Shore, offering the antidote in exchange for Marina. Shore refuses but Marina swims to Titanica to give herself up and a delighted Titan forwards the antidote inside an unarmed missile. Titan expects to capture both Troy and Stingray when the aquanaut attempts to rescue Marina, but Troy has a master plan of his own…  

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Doc David Graham
  • Tracking Station David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 30th May 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

24 Star Of The East

As visiting dignitary El Hudat, President of the island state of Hudatvia, signs agreement papers to join the WSP news arrives that there has been a revolt in his country and the new government, led by El Hudat’s brother, does not wish to join World Security. El Hudat accuses the WSP of sponsoring the revolt and then insults Atlanta, so Shore demands that he leave Marineville first thing in the morning. El Hudat swears vengeance and kidnaps Marina, holding her prisoner aboard his gunboat, the Wadi, as he sets sail for Monte Carlo. When he learns that Marina is missing, Troy realises what has happened and sets out in Stingray to rescue her…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • El Hudat David Graham
  • Abu Robert Easton

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 14th February 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

25 An Echo Of Danger

Stingray is escorting a tug vessel towing a vast quantity of crude oil sealed inside a tube when Phones picks up a sounding on his hydrophones. The aquanauts submerge Stingray to investigate but find nothing as the sounding is generated by an echo transmitter planted by X20 to decoy Stingray while he destroys the oil tube. An enquiry into the incident calls Phones’s judgment into question. He is relieved of duty and ordered to submit to a full medical check-up, but the psychiatrist that Phones visits is a disguised X20 who uses his concealed control room on Lemoy to convince Phones that he really is ill!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Tow Vessel David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 22nd November 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

26 Invisible Enemy

Responding to an SOS signal, Troy and Phones rescue a man named Thompson whom they find lying in the bottom of a fishing boat, apparently in a coma. At the Marineville Hospital, Doc is baffled by the man’s condition: he appears to be suffering from a form of paralysis, but he can find no cause for it. Then a nurse is found in the same condition and, suspecting a contagion, Shore places the ward under quarantine. But the real culprit is Thompson who periodically comes out of his coma to activate a hypno-wave wrist-watch device that induces a trance-like condition in his victims. Soon all of Marineville is effected, but Marina is immune to the hypno-waves and she contacts Troy and Phones on patrol in Stingray. Returning to find the base like a ghost town, the aquanauts discover that Thompson is the cause and set a trap for him with Phones as the bait!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Thompson David Graham
  • Doc David Graham
  • Tracking Station David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 21st February 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

27 Deep Heat

When the Sea Probe remote survey probe is drawn into an extinct undersea volcano, the Stingray crew are sent to investigate, but Stingray is also pulled down into the crater, coming to rest on a paved floor 2½ miles down. Menaced by missile launchers in the crater wall, the aquanauts are forced to enter an airlock with an elevator which takes them to a control room deep beneath the sea. There they meet Torata and Fragil, the sole survivors of Centralius, whose people constructed the city of Voldana in the shaft of the volcano. Voldana was destroyed when the volcano erupted and only the control room remains, sealed off from the lava by a protective door. Desperate to escape in Stingray, the Centralians take the aquanauts’ breathing gear, leaving Troy and Phones behind…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Torata David Graham
  • Fragil Ray Barrett
  • Tracking Station David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 7th February 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

28 In Search Of The Tajmanon

The legendary Tajmanon Palace has inexplicably disappeared since it was submerged beneath the surface of a dam 35 years ago, so Troy, Phones and Atlanta join archaeologist Professor Graham to find out what has happened to it. Searching the dam, Graham finds several distinctive tribal spears, but he and Troy narrowly escape injury when dynamite is detonated in the dam by Sheikh Hassan El-Hamrah whose family lay claim to the Tajmanon. The team take Stingray into Central Africa to find the tribe who made the spears but Troy, Phones and Atlanta are captured and taken to the Tajmanon, now relocated in the jungle. Bound and gagged in a sarcophagus with a spiked lid suspended overhead, the aquanauts meet Sheikh Hassan, who believes they have come to destroy the Palace. Sentencing them to death he activates the descent of the sarcophagus lid…

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Professor Graham David Graham
  • Hassan El-Hamrah David Graham
  • Supply Lieutenant David Graham
  • Africa 28 David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 13th December 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

29 Titan Goes Pop

X20 is intrigued by the extent of the security arrangements in place at Marineville for a visit by pop star Duke Dexter and informs Titan that he must be the most important person ever to visit the base. Titan decides he wants Dexter brought to Titanica so X20 poses as Special Security agent ‘X’ in order to make contact with Dexter’s agent Sandy Gibson. Troy is set up as a decoy for the hundreds of screaming fans surrounding the base as Dexter arrives by helicopter. Gibson is delighted when ‘X’ arranges for Dexter to stay on Lemoy during his visit, but after Gibson leaves the island to return to Marineville with Troy and Phones in Stingray, X20 drugs Dexter’s food. Later, Gibson becomes concerned for his client when he tries to call ‘X’ and gets no reply. Demanding immediate action, he joins Troy and Phones as they return to Lemoy, but there is no sign of Dexter or ‘X’!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Duke Dexter Ray Barrett
  • Sandy Gibson David Graham
  • 2nd WSP Commander Ray Barrett
  • 3rd WSP Commander David Graham
  • Announcer/Main Gate Don Mason
  • Security Point 1 Sergeant Don Mason

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 6th December 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

30 Set Sail For Adventure

To settle an argument with Commander Shore, Admiral Denver arranges to borrow an old galleon from the Maritime Museum, planning to sail across the Pacific and back with a crew of WASP officers to prove whether today’s sailors are as tough as those in the past. Dressed in authentic period costume, Denver, Phones and Lieutenant Fisher set off in the galleon but during a bad storm, lightning strikes a mast and Denver is struck on the head by falling debris. When he regains consciousness, Denver finds he has amnesia but he convinces himself that he is genuinely a galleon captain in the 18th century. Phones realises something is wrong when Denver appears on deck brandishing a pistol and shouting orders in the style of Captain Bligh. Fisher tries to disarm him but Denver charges the aquanauts with mutiny and casts them adrift in an open boat!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Admiral Jack Denver David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 8th November 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

31 Tune Of Danger

The Wasps jazz trio and their manager Lieutenant Lawrence Gray meet Marina at a party hosted by Atlanta and decide to arrange a special concert at Pacifica for Aphony. Leaving the party early, Troy detects a radio signal coming from the guest quarters and overhears Gray making a report to X20 in which he reveals that he is secretly an agent of Titanica. He has sabotaged the radio in the band’s submarine, the Downbeat, and planted a bomb inside bass player Vic Steigo’s instrument. Troy confronts Gray but is overcome by knockout gas and taken to a forest shack 100 miles from Marineville. The next morning, Phones, Marina and Atlanta are unaware of the danger as they join the Wasps aboard the Downbeat, and Troy is left tied up inside the shack while Gray starts a fire in the forest!  

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Lt Lawrence Gray David Graham
  • Vic Steigo Don Mason
  • Wasps Pianist Robert Easton
  • Wasps Drummer Ray Barrett
  • Gate Sergeant David Graham
  • Tracking Station David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 27th December 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

32 Rescue From The Skies

After Lieutenant Fisher passes a test in the simulator at the WASP Training Unit, he is ready to captain the real Stingray for the last stage of his aquanaut training. Commander Shore discusses Fisher’s training exercise with Troy, but their conversation is overheard by X20 concealed inside a packing case. Planning to sabotage the training exercise and destroy Stingray, X20 places explosives on one of the targets at the WASP Missile Range, so when Fisher strikes the target with a sting missile, Stingray is caught in the blast and crashes to the sea-bed, leaving Phones and Fisher trapped inside!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Simulator Sergeant David Graham
  • Gate Sergeant David Graham
  • Truck Driver Joe David Graham
  • Security Guard David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 10th January 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

33 The Cool Cave Man

Commander Shore places Troy and Phones on stand-by in case anything should go wrong with the Shenandoah, a freighter carrying radioactive isotopes. Hoping that he will not have to miss Atlanta’s fancy dress party, Troy looks through a pictorial history book for costume ideas and falls asleep looking at a picture of some cavemen. He is woken by the alarm signal and joins Phones aboard Stingray to recover an isotope canister that has fallen into the sea after the Shenandoah hit some rocks and broke apart. Just as they locate the canister, it is found by three underwater cavemen. The aquanauts follow the men as they take it into a subterranean cave network, but fall into a deep pit set as a trap. The oldest of the cavemen falls sick after opening the canister and Troy tries to persuade the other two that he can save the old man’s life with anti-radiation pills. The cavemen agree to allow Troy to help, with the proviso that if he fails, both aquanauts will die!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Old Caveman David Graham
  • Caveman 1 David Graham
  • Caveman 2 David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 31st January 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

34 A Nut For Marineville

After a pair of undersea aliens, Grupa and Noctus, approach Marineville in an underwater craft made of a metal able to withstand all WASP armaments, leading scientist Professor Burgoyne is assigned to Marineville to develop a missile nose-cone that can penetrate the alien craft’s hull. Burgoyne insists on being isolated in a laboratory as far from the Tower as possible, so when the laboratory building explodes and is completely destroyed, the Professor is assumed to have been killed. However, he turns up alive and well to announce that he has been successful. The new nose-cone is fitted to a missile which is loaded aboard Stingray and Burgoyne joins Troy and Phones as they race to intercept the aliens’ craft…

Teleplay by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Professor Burgoyne David Graham
  • Grupa Ray Barrett
  • Noctus David Graham
  • Tracking Station David Graham
  • Missile Unit Don Mason
  • Philippine Station 178 Robert Easton

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 25th April 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

35 Trapped In The Depths

While studying operations at the Nuclear Fish Farm, Atlanta stumbles on a plan by her tutor, Professor Cordo, to kill Troy and steal Stingray using a full-size model of the WASP submarine. Cordo reveals he has sworn to help an undersea race that his father discovered, restoring them to their former glory by destroying Marineville. When the Stingray crew visit the farm and join Atlanta and the Professor for a meal, Atlanta is prevented from warning her friends of Condo’s plans as he targets Troy with a gun hidden under the table. Meanwhile, Grupa and Noctus, the undersea aliens working with Cordo, tow Stingray away and replace it with the model. When Troy, Phones and Marina leave the farm and swim back to Stingray, they discover the mock-up. With nowhere else to go, they return to the farm but are trapped outside when Cordo closes the airlock!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by John Kelly

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Professor Alexander Cordo David Graham
  • Grupa Ray Barrett
  • Noctus David Graham
  • Weather Tower 7 David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 2nd May 1965 5.20pm (ATV London)

36 Eastern Eclipse

Ali Khali, twin brother of El Hudat, arrives at Marineville aboard an old bi-plane which crashes into Marineville Tower after the pilot, a disguised X20, bails out. X20 has arranged a counter-revolution in Hudatvia which has overthrown Ali Khali’s presidency, leaving the way clear for El Hudat to return to power and help Titan overthrow the land masses in gratitude – once X20 has rescued El Hudat from Marineville jail. Posing as a legal advisor, X20 gains access to El Hudat’s cell and plans his escape. When Ali Khali arrives to visit his brother, X20 knocks him out and El Hudat walks free, masquerading as his twin…

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by Desmond Saunders

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Ali Khali David Graham
  • El Hudat David Graham
  • Abu Robert Easton
  • Aquaphibians David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 7th March 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

37 A Christmas To Remember

Visiting young Barry Byme at the WASP Orphanage, Troy relates a slightly exaggerated version of his latest mission, in which he apparently boarded a hostile underwater craft by being fired from Stingray using the sting missile launcher. The craft was apparently deserted, so it has been towed back to Marineville for examination. Troy arranges for Barry to visit Marineville over Christmas and the boy joins him aboard Stingray when the aquanauts re-enact their battle with the alien vessel, hoping to learn what became of the crew. Phones takes the helm of the alien vessel but the vehicle’s pilot emerges from a secret compartment and overpowers him. Opening the vessel’s entry hatch, the alien plans to lure Troy into the open and shoot him down as he swims across from Stingray!

Teleplay by Dennis Spooner

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Barry Byrne Sylvia Anderson
  • Alien David Graham
  • Shore’s Drinking Buddy David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 20th December 1964 5.35pm (ATV London)

38 The Lighthouse Dwellers

After 175 years, the lighthouse at Arago Rock is closed down as the beacon would confuse aircraft on approach to the new Arago Point Air Base, Keeper Frank Lincoln shuts down the beam and leaves his beloved lighthouse for the last time, but the beacon suddenly comes back on, causing Sky Eagle 127 to fly too low and crash. When the Stingray crew investigate, Troy and Phones are captured by an undersea alien, Lorif, and taken in an elevator to the undersea city of Prisma. There, another alien, Cromer, explains that their power source relies on the opening and closing of thousands of sea anemones as they react to the revolving lighthouse beam. Troy assures Cromer that he will ensure the light stays on until they can provide an alternative energy source, but at that very moment, Commander Shore cuts the power to the lighthouse and the beacon goes out!

Teleplay by Alan Fennell

Directed by David Elliott

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Frank Lincoln David Graham
  • Admiral Frendor David Graham
  • Cromer David Graham
  • Lorif David Graham
  • Sky Eagle Pilot Don Mason
  • Arago Point Lois Maxwell
  • Rescue Launch 8 Ray Barrett

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 17th January 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

39 Aquanaut Of The Year

After a party celebrating his presentation with a medallion as ‘Aquanaut of the Year’, Troy is surprised to find a TV camera crew on his doorstep at 7.00 in the morning. Troy is the subject of a This Is Your Life programme being broadcast live from his apartment and he is joined by his colleagues as the presenter invites them to recall some of Troy’s most daring exploits.

Teleplay by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

Directed by Alan Pattillo

Additional Voice Cast:

  • Presenter David Graham
  • Nucella David Graham

UK Broadcast Premiere: Sunday, 27th June 1965 5.35pm (ATV London)

40 STINGRAY (Feature Presentation)

Admiral Denver joins Commander Shore in his apartment to review taped records of Stingray’s most hazardous missions. Troy and Phones arrive to escort Atlanta and Marina to a reunion dinner, but join the viewing session while they wait for the girls to finish putting on their make-up. They recall the attempt to discredit Phones with phoney radio signals and Troy’s strange experience during the rescue of the Hellcat crew. Atlanta and Marina appear as Shore and Denver are arguing over whether the records could be falsified and Atlanta runs the tape of the Galvanoids’ missile attack on Marineville. Troy decides that it is time they were leaving, but Atlanta reminds him that he has forgotten something – the song.

Teleplay by Alan Pattillo

Directed by Alan Pattillo

This feature-length episode of Stingray was prepared by the AP Films team as a presentation for Japanese television executives who visited the studios in 1963. Rather than simply screen four complete episodes of Stingray for the executives, Lew Grade and Gerry Anderson decided to tum the selected episodes into a feature film by shooting 4½ minutes of additional footage to link the four stories together. The film begins with the standard opening title sequence and the whole of the first episode, Stingray, but then cuts to the first section of linking footage (revealing Commander Shore and Admiral Denver, who have just finished watching the events of that episode projected on a screen

in Shore’s apartment) instead of the end titles. The three subsequent episodes – An Echo Of Danger, Raptures Of The Deepand Emergency Marineville – are then shown without title sequences as if presented as part of the characters’ review of taped records of Stingray missions. The film concludes with a final section of linking material in which Atlanta provides the cue for ‘Aqua Marina’ before the standard closing title sequence. Forgotten for nearly 40 years, the framing sequences for the film were rediscovered in 2001 and released as a special feature on Carlton Visual Entertainment’s Stingray Volume 3 DVD the same year.

The reassembled feature would run for 99 minutes approximately and, to date, has never been broadcast.

In 2008, BBC Wales and Granada International assembled a condensed feature presentation to create a new Stingray clip show episode. Titled The Reunion Party, this included material from three episodes and was broadcast on BBC Four as part of Gerry Anderson Night.

Cast List
Captain Troy Tempest Don Mason
Lt. George 'Phones' Sheridan Robert Easton
Lt. Atlanta Shore Lois Maxwell
Commander Sam Shore Ray Barrett
Lt. Fisher Ray Barrett
Titan Ray Barrett
X20 Robert Easton