Stingray

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UK tv series with animated puppets (1964-1965). AP Films with ATV/ITC. Created Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. Produced by Gerry Anderson. The writers were the Andersons (3 episodes), Alan Fennell, Dennis Spooner. 39 25-minute episodes. Colour.

The third of the SuperMarionation puppet sf series for children (see Gerry and Sylvia Anderson for details) and the first in colour, Stingray was also one of the better examples. Handsome but irascible Troy Tempest pilots the atomic submersible Stingray for WASP (World Aquanaut Security Patrol) and is involved in a love triangle with Marina, lovely but mute daughter of an undersea emperor, and Atlanta, wistful daughter of WASP's crusty commander. Most weeks saw somewhat repetitive undersea menaces defeated, primarily those associated with the evil but incompetent Titans, an "aquaphibian" race. The miniature sets were good (special effects by Derek Meddings). Some episodes were later cobbled together as "films" which probably never saw theatrical release but were shown abroad as television features. One was Invaders from the Deep (1981), made up from the episodes Hostages of the Deep (1965), Emergency Marineville (1964), The Big Gun (1965) and Deep Heat (1965), all written by Fennell. [PN]

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