Terrahawks (1983-1984) producers: Anderson Burr Pictures,
Productions puppets: Supermacromation
hand & radio-controlled
puppets episodes: 39 x 25 mins
the near-future - 2020 in fact - NASA HQ on Mars is annihilated by
force. But this isn't Captain
Scarlet and these aren't the Mysterons. Instead,
we're witnessing the arrival of androids from
the planet Guk, somewhere in
Alpha Centauri. Now their commander, a haggard
old crone called Zelda, has set
up a staging post on the planet, from which
she intends to destroy the human
race on Earth.
But that won't happen if "Tiger"
Ninestein has anything to do with it. Dr. Ninestein
leads a protection force, the Terrahawks Earth
Defence Squadron. From their
base - the Hawknest - somewhere in South America,
Ninestein, Captain Mary
Falconer, Captain Kate Kestrel, Lieutenant Hawkeye,
Lieutenant Hiro, and
their team of robot Zeroids do their very best
to keep the aliens at bay.
Here's a familiar premise from Gerry Anderson,
but this time the show is pitched
squarely towards a younger audience. Zelda
and the Terrahawks are playing
that age old game of noughts and crosses,
on a galactic level. Zelda's alien
robots take the form of Cubes. Pitted against
them are those Zeroids,
shaped - you guessed it - like spheres. Just
in case we haven't realised this,
the opponents play out a noughts and crosses
game over the credits.
The Cubes have the ability to combine to create
powerful force fields,
and even a huge space gun. The Zeroids can
reply by altering their mass,
increasing their weight 100 fold, to use themselves
bowling balls. Unlike the Cubes, the Zeroids
have distinct personalities.
Their commander is the outspoken Sgt. Major
Zero, who likes nothing more
than to bark out orders to Space Sgt. 101
and zere French friend Dix-Huit.
As for the Terrahawk humans, well, Hawksnest
houses a Battlehawk transport
ship with a Battletank inside, and a Terrahawk
command vessel installed on its
back. The Hawkwing is a nippy little fighter
craft located beneath the Hawknest
lake. Then there's the shuttle craft known
as Treehawk, hidden within a false tree.
It's used to ferry folks and freight to the team's
orbiting space station, Spacehawk,
where clever Lieutenant Hiro languishes, most of
Zelda isn't the cleverest despot to have threatened
the galaxy, because she's
allowed several bumbling members of her "family"
to join her on her destructive
path. There's her airy "sister"
Cry-Star, and her "son" Birl-Goy, and there's Zelda's
"off-spring" Yung-Star. Also with
her are a squad of cryogenically frozen aliens,
waiting to be thawed out and pitted against
the Terrahawks. These accomplices
include a space monster called Sram, the gorilla-like
Sporilla, Tamura the Space
Samurai, MOID the Master Of Infinite Disguise,
Lord Tempo the Master of Time,
and a seemingly cuddly teddy bear called Yuri who
is actually a master of
Here then, is a real mix and match series,
featuring elements from any number
of previous Anderson creations. It's all good
fun, though. Windsor Davies
("It Ain't Half Hot Mum") brings
his best boisterous baritone to the voice of
Sgt. Major Zero, and Anne Ridler cackles with glee
as evil Zelda. The standout,
however, must surely be one of the secondary characters.
Stew Dapples is the
spaced-out A&R man at Anderburr Records (geddit?).
He's like, a star creation,
utilised a new puppetry technique labeled "Supermacromation".
Here the puppets were hand-controlled,
akin to Muppets. This meant that
the stars could work without
using strings. The caricature faces had plenty
of room inside for an operator's
writer Tony Barwick employed many silly pseudonyms on the episode
credits, in keeping with the
spoof character names incoprorated into the
show. Keep your eye out
for "Sheik Spearstein" and more....
What good is an Gerry Anderson show
without a call-sign?
Terrahawks has several...
secret ten-zero negative
by ten-fourty battle
stations ten-fifty launch
We also have Sgt. Major Zero's
battle-cry of "Stroll on!" used whenever
he launches into a bowling ball
1. Expect the Unexpected - pt 1 21.
Play it Again, Sram 2. Expect the Unmexpected - pt 2 22.
My Kingdom For a Zeaf 3. Thunder Roar 23.
Zero's Finest Hour 4. Close Call
The Ultimate Menace 5. From Here to Infinity 25.
Gold 6. Space Samurai 26.
Ma's Monsters 7. The Sporilla 27.
Two For the Price of One 8. Happy Madeday 28.
Child's Play 9. Gunfight at Oaky's Corral 29.
Jolly Roger One 10. The Ugliest Monster of All 30.
Runaway 11. The Gun 31.
First Strike 12. Thunder Path 32.
Terrabomb 13. Mind Monster
Doppelganger 14. To Catch a Tiger 34.
Timewarp 15. The Midas Touch 35.
Space Cyclops 16. Operation SAS 36.
Operation Zero 17. Ten Top Pop 37.
Space Giant 18. Unseen Menace 38.
Cry UFO 19. A Christmas Miracle 39.
Cold Finger 20. Midnight Blue
on DVD Terrahawks
have released the show as a box set, as three
sets, and as individual discs...
an Anderson Burr Pictures / LWT Production
created by Gerry Anderson
Anderson, Christopher Burr assoc prod: Bob
Bell directors: Tony
Lenny (16 eps)
Bell (15 eps)
Alan Pattillo (5 eps)
Desmond Saunders (3 eps) writers: Tony
Barwick (36 eps + 1 as co-writer)
Gerry Anderson (2 eps)
Lansdown (1 as co-writer) music: Richard
Harvey addtnl music: Gerry
Anderson, Christopher Burr spfx: Christopher
Begg spfx supervisor: Malcolm
King spfx technicians:
Peter Farr, Ross King, Gus Ramsden art director: Gary
Tomkins editor: Tony
Lenny superv editor: Alan
Killick prod man:
Donald Toms 1st a.d: Derek
Whitehurst props: Peter
Holmes sound: Roy
Hyde, Brian Lintern, Alan Willis vis fx: Kevin
Davies (vid game & titles animator)
Harry Oakes (vis fx lighting cameraman)
Paddy Seale (vis fx lighting cameraman)
Nick Finlayson (model maker)
Richard Gregory (model maker)
Susan Moore (model maker) camera ops: E
Michael Anderson, David Lawrence focus pullers: Fiona
Cunningham-Reid, Jonathan Earp chief puppeteer:
Christine Glanville puppeteers: Jan
Kendall, Judy Preece, Zena Relph, Tina Werts voices: Windsor
Davies (Sgt Major Zero)
Denise Bryer (Zelda / Mary Falconer)
Jeremy Hitcher (Ninestein / Hiro /
Moid / Tempo / Col. Johnson
/ Chik King / It-Star male)
Anne Ridler (Kate Kestrel /
Cy-Star / It-Star female)
Ben Stevens (Hawkeye / Sgt
101 / Yung-Star / Dix-Huit
/ Stew Dapples / Five-Five)
A dinky fan site here, with
news, clips and info...
Terrahawks Cyber Pages
a guide to the spacecraft, an episode guide
and best of all, a fine
page detailing more "Terrahawks" collectibles
and memorabilia than you
can shake a stick at...
Andy presents a Terrahwaks
index page here on his
Star Fleet X-Bomber site....