The Secret Service was a unique blend of live action and Supermarionation originally shown on three ITV regions in 1969 - ATV, Granada & Southern. Unfortunately only 13 episodes were ever made - it was cancelled by Lew Grade. The reason given was Americans wouldn't be able to understand the strange gobbledegook language spoken by Father Unwin - which missed the point entirely!
Set in present day (1969) Britain and working for B.I.S.H.O.P (British Intelligence Service Headquarters Operation Priest) Father Stanley Unwin and his gardener Matthew Harding led a double life. In reality they were both secret agents and they made quite a team. Using a unique device called the The Minimizer Father Unwin could reduce Matthew down to one-third normal size and he would then be transported around in a special case.
Father Unwin drove around in a yellow vintage 1917 Model T Ford named Gabriel with Matthew in tow. With his reduced stature Matthew could enter aeroplanes, tanks and cars without being seen.
- Father Stanley Unwin - Stanley Unwin
- Matthew Harding - Gary Files
- Mrs. Appleby - Sylvia Anderson
- The Bishop - Jeremy Wilkin
- Agent Blake - Keith Alexander
- Agent Saunders -
Cast and CrewEdit
Characters Created by
Music Composed and Directed by
Vocal Title Music by
The Mike Sammes Singers
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
Supervising Visual Effects
Senior Visual Effects Director
Visual Effects Designer
Visual Effects Unit
Supervising Sound Editor
Anvil Films Limited
- The Secret Service was the final Gerry Anderson series to use the Supermarionation brand, although he did try unsuccessfully to revive the genre in the pilot The Investigator.
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