Stingray (1963-1964) producers:
AP Films for ITC Worldwide
puppets: Supermarionation /
39 x 30mins
can happen in the next half hour!"
Captain Troy Tempest and George Lee Sheridan, aka
"Phones", are the pilots of
Stingray, a superior submarine ship employed by
The World Aquanaut
Security Patrol (WASP). The patrol has its headquarters
Commander Sam Shore his daughter Atlanta and Sub-Lieutenant
the oceans of the world, and direct Stingray
and its crew to deal with deadly
danger and submarinal subterfuge in all its forms...
Set in the year 2065ad, the premise assumes
that there are a number of aquatic
humanoid races lurking in the ocean depths.
Amongst them are Titan, ruler of
Titanica, and his silver-skinned agent X-2
Zero. Titan has made slaves of a race of
Aquaphibians and is hell-bent on using them
and anything and eveything else at
his disposal to wreak revenge on Troy Tempest and
Stingray after they dared to
steal away his mute slave Marina. In reality,
Troy and Phones saved this beautiful
tail-less Mermaid - daughter of Aphony, ruler
of Pacifica - from a miserable fate.
Marina now assists the crew when required
as Stingray traverses the oceans.
She also harbours a secret passion for Troy
Tempest; a passion shared by
Atlanta, who's waiting for him back on dry
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson do it again. This
is a gem of a series; sparkling with
action and adventure. There's more than enough
excitement, fantasy and drama
shoehorned in to each half-hour to keep even the
most attention-deficient viewer
riveted. Okay, maybe the undersea kingdoms
aspect has dated since those original
broadcast days, but fantasy fans can take
that in their stride without complaint.
Troy's love triangle adds some endearing
soap opera qualities to the action too.
Frankly, it's a perfect tv package.
"Stingray" was actually the first children's
tv series to be filmed in colour.
Impressario producer Lew Grade had previously
backed Gerry Andreson's
"Supercar" and "Fireball XL5".
He was so keen on Gerry's work he bought
his company from him. "Stingray"
was the first production made under the
new ownership. It was filmed in a new studio
on the trading estate in
Slough, Berks. Old factory units were coverted
in to sound stages by
the production team, with the £75,000 invested
by Mr. Grade.
"Stingray" has quite a progressive
attitude towards disability. Commander Sam
Shore has lost the use of his legs and he
negotiates his way around Marineville
on a motorised hoverchair. His disability
never hampens his work, and is rarely
referred to by his colleagues. Alas, though,
some of that positivity is countered
by the attitude towards Marina. She takes time
to communicate through expressive
hand gestures - akin to sign Language - but
her disability still frustrates Troy.
He even "sings" about his frustrations
over the end credits of the show!
chiselled good looks of Troy Tempest were fashioned after those of
Hollywood actor James Garner.
Agent X-2 Zero was based upon actor Claude Rains, whilst
Titan has a hint of Laurence Olivier
chiselled into his features.
the episode "Ghost
of the Sea" we learn how Sam Shore became disabled.
has a pet seal called Oink. During an Arctic mission, he saves the
crew and is adopted as the Stingray
Aquaphibians traverse the oceans in fish-shaped craft called Terror
bows to no one, except the fish god Teufel, who dwells in a tank in
his thone room. Just as Roman
Emperors would give prisoners and gladiators
a "thumbs up" to save
or deny them, so Teufel decides the fate of Titanica's
foes by turning his back on them.
Those rejected by him are carted away
to the undersea prison of Aquatraz!
- one heck of a ship
Mark III experimental craft time in service: 3 years top
speed: 600 knots / Mark 4 cruising speed: 400 knots armoury:
16 Sting Missiles power source: atomic generator
twin Drumman hydrojets
equipped with SVS - Surface Video Screen
+ 2 Aquasprites (underwater carriers)
1. Stingray 21.
Tom Thumb Tempest 2. Plant Of Doom 22.
Pink Ice 3. Sea Of Oil 23.
The Master Plan 4. Hostages Of The Deep 24.
Star Of The East 5. Treasure Down Below 25.
An Echo Of Danger 6. The Big Gun 26.
Invisible Enemy 7. The Golden Sea 27.
Deep Heat 8. The Ghost Ship 28.
In Search Of The Tajmanon 9. Countdown 29.
Titan Goes Pop 10.The Ghost Of The Sea 30.
Set Sail For Adventure 11. Emergency Marineville 31.
Tune Of Danger 12. Subterranean Sea 32.
Rescue From The Skies 13. The Loch Ness Monster
33. The Cool Cavemen 14. The Invaders 34.
A Nut For Marineville 15. Secret Of The Giant Oyster 35.
Trapped In The Depths 16. Raptures Of The Deep 36.
Eastern Eclipse 17.
Stand By For Action 37.
A Christmas To Remember 18. The Disappearing Ships 38.
The Lighthouse Dwellers 19. The Man From The Navy 39.
Aquanaut Of The Year 20. Marineville Traitor
Complete Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Episode Guide"
by Chris Bentley (Reynolds & Hearn
prod: Reg Hill writers: Gerry
Anderson, Sylvia Anderson,
Alan Fennell, Dennis Spooner directors: Alan
Pattillo, David Elliott,
Saunders, John Kelly d.o.p: John
Read spfx lighting: Ted
Wooldridge camera ops:
Jimmy Elliott, Julien Lugrin music: Barry
music vocal by Gary Miller spfx dir: Derek
Meddings art director: Bob
Bell sculptors: John
Blundall, John Brown, Wolfgang Manthey puppetry
Granville, Mary Turner puppet
Hunter, Carolyn Turner wardobe: Elizabeth
Coleman editor: David
lane sound editor: John
Peverill dialogue ed: Richard
Best Jnr music ed: Tony
Lenny dialogue &
character sup: Sylvia
Anderson sound: Maurice
Askew, JohnTaylor voices: Don
Mason (Troy Tempest)
Robert Easton (Phones)
Barrett (Sam Shore)
The Beeb's preserved cult site is most informative....
Paul Jasper's Stingray pages cut out
the detail and opt for a quick clean fix.
Pages are good, clean, efficient creations
with concise information, pics and
the odd sound file or two thrown
in for good measure....