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Fireball XL5

Post by Carport » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:15 pm

Used to love this. Anyone else?

https://fb.watch/2Nv98aGbss/

Fireball XL5 first blasted off 58 years ago today! To celebrate, we've curated a special collection of XL5 merchandise at the Gerry Anderson store (https://shop.gerryanderson.co.uk/collec ... collection) - and you can get 20% off these items using the promo code XL5BIRTHDAY at checkout ! The collection includes the full series on DVD, & the colourised HD episode A Day in the Life of a Space General on Blu-ray. Go XL5!
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:25 pm

I wish I was a spaceman
The fastest guy alive
I'd fly you around the Universe
In Fireball XL5

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Conroysleftfoot » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:28 pm

Remember it well. Robbie the robot?

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Untinted Glasses » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:29 pm

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:33 pm

Conroysleftfoot wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:28 pm
Remember it well. Robbie the robot?
Robert the Robot ... Robbie was Forbidden Planet
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Conroysleftfoot » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:38 pm

Bosscat wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:33 pm
Robert the Robot ... Robbie was Forbidden Planet20210103_133227.jpg
Yep you're right, the one in Fireball was Robert.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:38 pm

Conroysleftfoot wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:38 pm
Yep you're right, the one in Fireball was Robert.
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:41 pm

Untinted Glasses wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:29 pm
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Wellsy1882 » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:43 pm

Looks like thunderbirds
And that was shite

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:44 pm

Wellsy1882 wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:43 pm
Looks like thunderbirds
And that was shite
🤣🤣🤣

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by eastanglianclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:10 pm

Seem to recall that Burnley band Chimp Eats Banana did a daft version of the theme tune. Would love to hear it again if anyone knows of a link.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:17 pm

eastanglianclaret wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:10 pm
Seem to recall that Burnley band Chimp Eats Banana did a daft version of the theme tune. Would love to hear it again if anyone knows of a link.
It might be on here

https://youtu.be/8kbSbv40W2U

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by claretfern » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:21 pm

....was some of my earliest TV memories. Steve Zodiac was it?
Also Mike Mercury (Supercar)
'Four Feather Falls' was another.
Wasn't aware until it was pointed out,
I'm sure on this messageboard, that Nicholas Parsons was the voice of Tex Tucker.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Quicknick » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:23 pm

I used to love Supercar.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by eastanglianclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:29 pm

https://youtu.be/8kbSbv40W2U Thanks BC. It's the very last one on there - 22 mins!! Did stop fowarding at one point though to listen to the classic 'Get stuffed, all southerners are puffs'!!

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by durhamclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:33 pm

Quicknick wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:23 pm
I used to love Supercar.
Open roof doors!

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:39 pm

Captain Scarlet my favourite ... 🙂

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by bobinho » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:44 pm

Bosscat wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:25 pm
I wish I was a spaceman
The fastest guy alive
I'd fly you around the Universe
In Fireball XL5
Way out in space together...


What a theme tune. Used brilliantly in the most excellent film “love, honour and obey”.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Holmeclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:46 pm

It was brilliant and started a life long interest in sci fi and astronomy for me.
Does anyone remember the Matt Mason toy spaceman? The best Christmas present ever.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:46 pm

eastanglianclaret wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:29 pm
https://youtu.be/8kbSbv40W2U Thanks BC. It's the very last one on there - 22 mins!! Did stop fowarding at one point though to listen to the classic 'Get stuffed, all southerners are puffs'!!
I hadn't heard of them but didn't a couple of those lads form Chumba Wumba with some lads from Leeds....

http://anarchoscene.blogspot.com/2011/0 ... a.html?m=1

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by durhamclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:50 pm

Bosscat wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:39 pm
Captain Scarlet my favourite ... 🙂
Not forgetting the Destiny Angels :D

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by bob-the-scutter » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:52 pm

Wellsy1882 wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:43 pm
Looks like thunderbirds
And that was shite
Unfortunately we can't please some of the children. :lol:
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:53 pm

durhamclaret wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:50 pm
Not forgetting the Destiny Angels :D
Spectrums Angels

Harmony
Destiny
Rhapsody
Symphony
Melody

http://www.spectrum-headquarters.com/destiny.html

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by elwaclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:53 pm

Madness ‘B’ side for The Sun and the Rain paid homage to Fireball XL5.... and was every bit as good as the flip and was indeed visually referenced in the Sun and the Rain video.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by eastanglianclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:58 pm

"I hadn't heard of them but didn't a couple of those lads form Chumba Wumba with some lads from Leeds...."

Yep! Not sure about the Leeds connection (University?) but Danbert Nobacon certainly went onto form Chumba Wumba

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by ElectroClaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:01 pm

:D Troy Tempest and...
"Marina, aqua marina..."

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by holycustard » Sun Jan 03, 2021 3:34 pm

Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:25 pm
I wish I was a spaceman

I would have been shot off into space if someone hadnt knocked on my mum and dads door at Butlins. :shock: :D

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by CaptainKirk » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:26 pm

Wellsy1882 wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:43 pm
Looks like thunderbirds
And that was shite
Sacriledge!!!!!!!
For those of us of a certain age it was fantastic.
Sure, watch it now as a cynical adult and it will look poor but it was a part of my childhood I will never forget.

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Thunderbirds are go!!
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by CaptainKirk » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:27 pm

And what a theme tune!!!

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by dougcollins » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:29 pm

Frank Sidebottom always did the Fireball XL5 theme in his live set.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by gawthorpe_view » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:31 pm

CaptainKirk wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:27 pm
And what a theme tune!!!

https://youtu.be/9fT_KXdQTpo

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Redbeard » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:39 pm

Thunderbirds was easily the best of all. 8-)

I and my two brothers asked our mum to have two more boys so that we'd have all five Tracy brothers when we played at it.

For some reason, though, she wasn't too keen.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:54 pm

I had a Thunderbird 1 and my mate Simon had Thunderbird 2 with pod 4 containing a Thunderbird 4 🙂

I also had a Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle SPV with firing rocket on the front and the drop down catterpiller tracks at the back and a mini Captain Scarlet in the pop out door...

All of these went to my brothers lad in the 70's and he had UFO toys etc and also Moonbase alpha stuff from Space 1999

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by CaptainKirk » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:33 pm

gawthorpe_view wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 4:31 pm
https://youtu.be/9fT_KXdQTpo
Who knows how to attach the Thunderbirds opening credits?

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:35 pm

CaptainKirk wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:33 pm
Who knows how to attach the Thunderbirds opening credits?
https://youtu.be/huPB3T0v_uQ
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by bob-the-scutter » Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:36 pm

Bosscat wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:53 pm
Spectrums Angels

Harmony
Destiny
Rhapsody
Symphony
Melody

http://www.spectrum-headquarters.com/destiny.html
Which one was, in your opinion, the fittest?

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by durhamclaret » Sun Jan 03, 2021 6:59 pm

bob-the-scutter wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:36 pm
[quote=Bosscat post_id=<a href="tel:1457928">1457928</a> time=<a href="tel:1609685620">1609685620</a> user_id=5033]
Spectrums Angels

Harmony
Destiny
Rhapsody
Symphony
Melody

http://www.spectrum-headquarters.com/destiny.html
Which one was, in your opinion, the fittest?
[/quote]
And I thought it was just me who fancied puppets! :o
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:06 pm

bob-the-scutter wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 5:36 pm
Which one was, in your opinion, the fittest?
Obviously Rhapsody duhhhhhh

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by conyoviejo » Sun Jan 03, 2021 10:02 pm

Who can remember Torchy the Battery Boy..

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Firthy » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:07 am

Wellsy1882 wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 1:43 pm
Looks like thunderbirds
And that was shite
Wash your mouth out :o :shock: :(
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Firthy » Mon Jan 04, 2021 9:45 am

Let's not forget the other classic puppet shows.

A Rubovia Legend
Pinky and Perky
Bill and Ben
The Woodentops
Torchie
Twizzle

And as good as they were they couldn't compete with the elaborate production of Noggin the Nog and Captain Pugwash.
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Redbeard » Mon Jan 04, 2021 10:45 am

Pugwash was excellent, but of course more comic-strip than 3D puppetry and very different from such as Stingray, XL5 or Thunderbirds.

And btw the real Pugwash on whom the programme was based was an old mate of mine.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by yosserhughes » Mon Jan 04, 2021 3:06 pm

Redbeard

If your mate was Pugwash were you Master Bates ?

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Redbeard » Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:07 pm

There was no-one by that name, Yosser. It was just a made-up allegation.

In any case, I didn't appear on the programme: I would just have frightened the kids.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by yosserhughes » Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:25 pm

Good to know.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Bosscat » Mon Jan 04, 2021 4:33 pm


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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by bob-the-scutter » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:03 pm

Bosscat wrote:
Sun Jan 03, 2021 7:06 pm
Obviously Rhapsody duhhhhhh


rhapsody_full_view_1.jpg
Well......I would do Rhapsody. But I'd be thinking of Harmony. 8-)
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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by durhamclaret » Mon Jan 04, 2021 6:51 pm

Marina off Stingray was fit, shame about the legs though!

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Cirrus_Minor » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:18 am

I remember trying to make my own Fireball XL5 with cardboard, sellotape and a pair of blunt scissors.

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Re: Fireball XL5

Post by Conroysleftfoot » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:24 am

Anybody remember Noggin the Nog?

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