The Secret Service
Secret service
Released by ATV
ProducerGerry & Sylvia Anderson
Directed ByAlan Perry
Leo Eaton
Brian Heard
Peter Anderson
Ken Turner
Music DirectorBarry Gray
Special EffectsDerek Meddings
Duration25 Minutes
Original Air Date21st September 1969
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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.

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Produced by
David Lane

Format by
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

Directed by
Alan Perry

Characters Created by
Sylvia Anderson

Music Composed and Directed by
Barry Gray

Vocal Title Music by
The Mike Sammes Singers

Teleplay by
Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

Production Supervisor
Des Saunders

Supervising Visual Effects
Derek Meddings

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
Rowena White
Charmaine Wood

Iris Richens

Tim Cooksey
Plugg Shutt

Film Editor
Alan Killick

Camera Operator
Ian Vinson

Assistant Director
Geoff Pittman

Dialogue Synchronisation
John Drake

Senior Visual Effects Director
Jimmy Elliott

Visual Effects Designer
Mike Trim

Peter Aston

Property Master
Peter Holmes

Visual Effects Unit

Bill Camp

Lighting Cameraman
Les Paul

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



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