Fireball XL5
EPISODE GUIDE

Episodes listed in production order

Regular Voice Cast

Colonel Steve Zodiac Paul Maxwell
Lt. Ninety David Graham
Venus Sylvia Anderson
Robert Gerry Anderson
Professor Matt Matic David Graham
Zoonie David Graham
Commander Zero John Bluthal


Episode List

  1. Planet 46
  2. Hypnotic Sphere
  3. Planet Of Platonia
  4. Space Magnet
  5. The Doomed Planet
  6. Plant Man From Space
  7. The Sun Temple
  8. Space Immigrants
  9. Space Monster
  10. Flying Zodiac
  11. Spy In Space
  12. XL5 To H20
  13. Space Pirates
  14. The Last Of The Zanadus
  15. Space Pen
  16. Convict In Space
  17. Wings Of Danger
  18. The Triads
  19. Sabotage
  20. Prisoner On The Lost Planet
  21. Flight To Danger
  22. Space Vacation
  23. Mystery Of The TA2
  24. Robert To The Rescue
  25. The Forbidden Planet
  26. The Granatoid Tanks
  27. Dangerous Cargo
  28. 1875
  29. The Robot Freighter Mystery
  30. Drama At Space City
  31. Whistle For Danger
  32. Faster Than Light
  33. The Day The Earth Froze
  34. Invasion Earth
  35. Ghosts Of Space
  36. Trial By Robot
  37. A Day In The Life Of A Space General
  38. Space City Special
  39. The Fire Fighters


Planet 46 (#1)

Written by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
Directed by Gerry Anderson

2062 AD: Space City detects a planetomic missile being fired at Earth and directs Steve Zodiac and his World Space Patrol craft Fireball XL5 to destroy it. The Fireball crew - Steve, with Venus, Matt Matic and Robert - head for the missile's origin, Planet 46, but when Steve and Venus land in Fireball Junior they are captured by the Subterrains. The aliens plan to use another missile to destroy Earth - this time with Venus on board!

Original UK Airdate: October 28th, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert

Additional Voice Cast:
Subterrain 1 John Bluthal
Subterrain 2 David Graham

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Hypnotic Sphere (#2)

Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by Alan Pattillo

The crew of Fireball XL5 find fuel tanker EF24 floating in space with its crew in a trance. They take the tanker back to Earth and escort the next one, EF25. The crew are entranced by a light emanating from a satellite, but Robert is immune and pilots XL5 to safety. Steve and Matt trace the satellites back to their origin on the icy planet Cevena, home to a brain being.

Original UK Airdate: October 13th, 1963 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert

Additional Voice Cast:
Hypnotic Voice John Bluthal
Tanker Pilot Joe David Graham

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Planet Of Platonia (#3)

Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by David Elliott

Bizann of Platonia is about to enter into trade talks with Earth as his world is rich in Platinum, but his enemy Ginerva makes six attempts on his life. The crew of Fireball XL5 arrive on Platonia to protect Bizann, but his aide, Volvo, attacks Robert as he guards Fireball Junior and plants a bomb on the ship.

Original UK Airdate: January 20th, 1963 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert

Additional Voice Cast:
Bizann John Bluthal
Volvo David Graham

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Space Magnet (#4)

Written by Anthony Marriott
Directed by Bill Harris

Fireball XL7 disappears and when XL5 replaces it on patrol, both the ship and the Moon are dragged away to the planet Magneton where the crew find debris from XL7 being fed into a powerhouse for a magnetic force generating plant. Soon the crew have been captured by the invisible Solars who seek light.

Original UK Airdate: October 27th, 1963 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert, Zoonie

Additional Voice Cast:
Ken Ross John Bluthal
Super Solar David Graham

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The Doomed Planet (#5)

Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by Alan Pattillo

Narrowly missing a planet which has spun out of its orbit, the crew of Fireball XL5 realise that it is on a collision course with the planet Membrono. A recce of the planet finds it uninhabited but on returning to Earth, Steve thinks that he has seen a flying saucer and, later, the same ship lands near Venus' house to lure XL5 back to Membrono on a mercy mission.

Original UK Airdate: November 4th, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert, Zoonie

Additional Voice Cast:
Membronoan John Bluthal

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Plant Man From Space (#6)

Written by Anthony Marriott
Directed by John Kelly

Space plant expert Dr. Rootes sabotages Space City's power supply whilst visiting the base, and an apparently empty missile lands near Venus' beach hut. But the missile carries the seed of an alien creeper plant which grows out of control and over-runs the whole area. Rootes tells Zero that he can solve the problem, but must acquire hormones from the planet Hedra with the help of the XL5 crew.

Original UK Airdate: November 18th, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert, Zoonie

Additional Voice Cast:
Dr. Howard Rootes Paul Maxwell
The Chlorophon David Graham
Ken Ross John Bluthal
Jock Campbell John Bluthal
Alarm Service Sylvia Anderson

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The Sun Temple (#7)

Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by Bill Harris

The sun-worshipping fanatics on Rejusca feel that their God will be angered by Earth's new suns, actually missiles exploding as Space City deflects meteorites. The Rejuscans destroy the missile launchers with a heat ray and when Fireball Junior lands, they capture Venus and use the sun's rays to burn her.

Original UK Airdate: December 2nd, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert, Zoonie

Additional Voice Cast:
Kazak John Bluthal
Zodan David Graham
Warrior Countdown David Graham

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Space Immigrants (#8)

Written by Anthony Marriott
Directed by Alan Pattillo

Minodor and Minotran, a pair of evil Lillispatians, capture XL7 pilot Ken Ross as he assesses New Earth for colonisation. The Lillispatians intend to trap the crew of Mayflower 3, piloted by Venus, as it travels to New Earth with the colonists, but they are unaware that Zoonie the Lazoon is also on board...

Original UK Airdate: November 11th, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert, Zoonie

Additional Voice Cast:
Minodor David Graham
Minotran John Bluthal
Ken Ross John Bluthal
Jock Campbell John Bluthal

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Space Monster (#9)

Written by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson
Directed by John Kelly

On planet Monotane, Ken Johnson and Al Stomper, the crew of Fireball XL2, hide in a cave to escape a huge space monster, but are trapped by the creature. When the crew of XL5 investigate, Fireball Junior is almost knocked out of the sky by the creature and Steve and Venus are trapped in the cave with Johnson and Stomper, leaving Matt and Zoonie to effect a rescue.

Original UK Airdate: January 6th, 1963 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert, Zoonie

Additional Voice Cast:
Ken Johnson John Bluthal
Al Stomper David Graham

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Flying Zodiac (#10)

Written by Anthony Marriott
Directed by Bill Harris

Over dinner at Venus' house, Steve explains his family's background in the circus and Venus dreams that a charity circus is being staged at Space City. In disguise, Boris and Griselda Space Spy sabotage Ken Ross' jetpack so that Steve's trapeze act is left unsafe - in the confusion, alien Nomadians will land and take over Earth!

Original UK Airdate: December 23rd, 1963 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert, Zoonie

Additional Voice Cast:
Boris Space Spy David Graham
Griselda Space Spy Sylvia Anderson
Jock Campbell John Bluthal
Ken Ross John Bluthal
Caravan Leader John Bluthal

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Spy In Space (#11)

Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by Alan Pattillo

Fireball XL9 is attacked by a mysterious ship so XL5 replaces it on patrol. Steve heads to refuel at the Companion 12 space station, but the crew find it deserted except for Boris and Griselda Space Spy, who plan to steal XL5.

Original UK Airdate: November 25th, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert

Additional Voice Cast:
Boris Space Spy David Graham
Griselda Space Spy Sylvia Anderson
XL9 Pilot Paul Maxwell

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XL5 To H20 (#12)

Written by Alan Fennell
Directed by John Kelly

Rald and Jerek are the sole survivors on Zolpheid when their city is attacked by an Aquaphibian with a smoke gun. Space City picks up their faint SOS and a specially strengthened Fireball Junior dives into the planet's ocean to seek out the two survivors as they shelter in a cavern.

Original UK Airdate: December 9th, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety, Robert

Additional Voice Cast:
Rald David Graham
Jerek John Bluthal

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Space Pirates (#13)

Written by Anthony Marriott
Directed by Bill Harris

Venus tells Jonathan Zero a story about space pirates from Aridan who plunder freighters of radioactive ore from Minera en route for Earth. The XL5 crew plan to take a Q ship along the route to catch Captain Katt, but the pirates have overpowered Jock in freighter SF4 on Minera, setting a trap for Steve in his disguised Q ship.

Original UK Airdate: December 16th, 1962 (ATV London)

Regular Cast:
Steve, Venus, Matt, Zero, Ninety

Additional Voice Cast:
Captain Katt David Graham
Patch John Bluthal
Jock Campbell John Bluthal
Jonathan Zero Sylvia Anderson
Eleanor Zero Sylvia Anderson
XL9 Pilot Paul Maxwell

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