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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 aired for a single 1962-63 series, produced by husband and wife team Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. 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, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and The Secret Service. 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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