Alan Pattillo

Alan Pattillo (born 1929) is a British writer and director who worked on Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, and Thunderbirds television series.[1][2] He won an Emmy in 1979 alongside Bill Blunden for his film editing on All Quiet on the Western Front.[3]

Alan Pattillo
Alan Pattillo

1929 (age 8990)
ResidenceSalisbury, Wiltshire
Alma materUniversity of Aberdeen, University of Cambridge
OccupationDirector, editor, script editor, writer
Notable work
All Quiet on the Western Front


During the 1960s, Pattillo worked on a number of Gerry Anderson projects. He directed episodes of Four Feather Falls, Supercar and Fireball XL5. His work on the latter is regarded as having brought added sophistication to the direction of the series.[4] Pattillo then worked again for Anderson on Stingray as director, before performing a number of roles on the next series from AP Films. For Thunderbirds Pattillo served as script editor, director, and writer. He directed four and wrote seven of the thirty-two episodes (including Attack of the Alligators!).[1]

Aside from his work on Gerry Anderson projects, Pattillo had a varied career in the film industry. He provided the story for a 1967 Diana Rigg era The Avengers episode "The Bird Who Knew Too Much", which The Times television review noted as being "quite striking".[5] Pattillo worked as the sound editor on Nicholas Roeg's Performance (1970), and again worked with the director as film editor on Walkabout (1971). He was the sound effects editor on Alan Parker's Pink Floyd: The Wall (1979).[1] His work on All Quiet on the Western Front (also 1979), saw him awarded an Emmy for film editing, an award he shared with Bill Blunden.[3] He later worked as associate editor on the film Gandhi (1982) directed by Richard Attenborough.[1]


  1. "Alan Pattillo". BFI. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. Simpson, Craig (16 March 2016). "Thunderbirds director pays tribute to Lady Penelope actress, Sylvia Anderson". Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  3. Franks, Don (2004). Entertainment Awards: A Music, Cinema, Theatre and Broadcasting Guide, 1928 through 2003, 3d ed. McFarland. p. 410. ISBN 1476608067.
  4. Heam, Marcus (2015). Thunderbirds: The Vault. Virgin Books. p. 35. Added sophistication could be detected in the episodes directed by Alan Pattillo.
  5. R. W. Cooper. "Birds at centre of espionage." Times [London, England] 11 February 1967: 13. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 2 September 2016.
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