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UFO Close up

Straker - Foster confrontation	(courtesy Helen Weber) | Bild: ITV

Samstag, 01.12.2018
23:15 bis 00:05 Uhr

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Großbritannien 1970
Folge 11 von 26

There are two ways of looking through a telescope, as Commander Straker comes to realise when launching a new space probe project which will follow a UFO to its origin.

Hopes of reversing the UFO advantage of spying on Earth are raised with the perfection of an electron telescope, known as B. 142, with magnification enabling close-up pictures to be taken over vast distances. Put into a space probe orbit, it could track any UFO coming into the orbit and follow it back to its planet of origin and send high definition pictures back to Earth. This could be the first step towards taking the fight back to the aliens planets responsible for threats to Earth.

Commander Straker (Ed Bishop) receives the required allocation, but one man who displays resentment is Kelly (Neil Hallett), a member of the SHADO scientific staff. He wants money for a project of his own, but there’s no chance for that with the new allocation going to the other plan.

Everything progresses well. The new space probe is put into orbit and when a UFO appears interceptors force it into the orbit. As it heads for home, the B. 142 begins to track it. It is expected that it will take anything from four months upwards before pictures are radiated back to Earth from the planet millions of miles away, but to Straker`s surprise they come through far more rapidly. Kelly reports that there is a fault in the device: the range and magnification of each shot have not been transmitted.

Straker insists that some details could be identified, and when Kelly projects his pictures they reveal some fascinating shots which appear to display such items as a building, an agricultural area, rock formation and vegetation. Straker is impressed - but impressed in an entirely different way when Kelly tells him the truth. He has been looking at greatly magnified pictures of a bee’s eye and an girl’s leg.

Kelly has made his point. While others have been busily looking into outer space, Kelly has been developing his own project of looking into inner space, an almost completely unexplored area, which, he believes, could well provide the answers to some of the basic questions about the universe and even life itself. He gets the promise of money for his project!

Besetzung

Rolle: Darsteller:
Commander Ed Straker Ed Bishop
Colonel Paul Foster Michael Billington
Colonel Alec Freeman George Sewell
Lieutenant Gay Ellis Gabrielle Drake
Colonel Virginia Lake Wanda Ventham
Captain Peter Carlin Peter Gordeno
Dr. Doug Jackson Vladek Sheybal

Autor: Gerry Anderson, Sylvia Anderson
Redaktion: Gábor Toldy