The Secret Service:
The Feathered Spies
Season 1, Episode 4
The Feathered Spies
Original Transmission 12 October 1969
Written by Tony Barwick
Directed by Peter Anderson
Production Order
A Question Of Miracles
To Catch A Spy
Broadcast Order
To Catch A Spy
Last Train To Bufflers Halt

The Feathered Spies is the fourth episode of British television series The Secret Service.

It seems impossible that aerial photographs of a secret British installation have been offered for sale on the international espionage market when no aircraft have been seen to fly over it.

With Father Unwin's keen investigation the answer becomes clear, a miniature camera attached to a homing pigeon has been doing the job.

At the home of the pigeon's owner, a miniaturized Matthew has to overcome a large dog. Now time is running short, another pigeon carrying a bomb is heading towards the installation, and must be stopped.

Regular Voice CastEdit

Guest Voice CastEdit

Cast and CrewEdit

Produced by
David Lane

Format by
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

Production Supervisor
Des Saunders

Supervising Visual Effects
Derek Meddings

Directed by
Ian Spurrier

Characters Created by
Sylvia Anderson

Music Composed and Directed by
Barry Gray

Vocal Title Music by
The Mike Sammes Singers

Teleplay by
Tony Barwick

Lighting Cameraman
Paddy Seale

Script Editor
Tony Barwick

Supervising Editor
Alan Killick

Art Director
Keith Wilson

Production Manager
Frank Hollands

Puppet Co-Ordinator
Mary Turner

Puppet Operators
Wanda Webb
Charmaine Wood

Iris Richens

Tim Cooksey
Plugg Shutt

Film Editor
Alan Killick

Camera Operator
Ian Vinson

Assistant Director
Tony Harding

Dialogue Synchronisation
James Cowan

Senior Visual Effects Director
Jimmy Elliott

Visual Effects Designer
Mike Trim

Peter Aston

Property Master
Peter Holmes

Visual Effects Unit

Bill Camp

Lighting Cameraman
Bert Mason

Camera Operator
Nick Procopides

Location Unit

Ken Turner

Lighting Cameraman
Ted Wooldridge

Camera Operator
Noel Rowlands

Gren Nott

Supervising Sound Editor
Peter Pennell

Sound Editor
Tony Roper

Music Editor
George Randall

Sound Re-Recording
Anvil Films Limited

Character Voices
Keith Alexander
Sylvia Anderson
Gary Files
David Healy
Stanley Unwin
Jeremy Wilkin

Executive Producer
Reg Hill

Cameo RolesEdit

Equipment UsedEdit

  • A Pigeon