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Fireball XL5 is a science fiction themed children’s television show following the missions of spaceship Fireball XL5, commanded by Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol. The show was produced in 1962 by husband and wife team Gerry and Sylvia Anderson through their company APF, in association with ATV for ITC Entertainment, and first transmitted on ATV on Sunday 28 October 1962. While developing his new show, Anderson thought a brand of motor oil—Castrol XL—had an interesting sound. A phonetic change created the name “Fireball XL”, with the “-5” added as the title seemed a bit flat without the numeral.

The show featured the Andersons’ Supermarionation, a form of puppetry first introduced in Four Feather Falls (1960) and Supercar (1961) and used again in their subsequent productions such as Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. Thirty-nine black and white half-hour episodes of Fireball XL5 were made on 35mm film: all subsequent Anderson series were produced in colour.

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UPDATE 13-03-2019

Little Golden Book

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Annual 1963-1966




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3 responses »

  1. Timmytoad says:

    Alas the Fireball XL5 annual download doesn’t work

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  2. TimmyToad says:

    Thankyou. I’m finding this site very useful to work out which annuals I had 50 odd years ago (they all went to a charity shop in the 1980s) before hunting down hard copies on ebay.

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