Close Up (UFO)

"Close Up" is the eleventh episode aired of the first series of UFO - a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth. The screenplay was written Tony Barwick and the director was Alan Perry. The episode was filmed between 29 September to 9 October, 1969 and aired on the ATV Midlands on 16 December 1970. Though shown as the eleventh episode, it was actually the thirteenth to have been filmed.[1][2]

"Close Up"
UFO episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 11
Directed byAlan Perry
Written byTony Barwick
Production code29 September to 9 October, 1969
Original air date16 December 1970 (ATV Midlands)

The series was created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade's Century 21 Productions for Grade's ITC Entertainment company.[3]


SHADO place a B142 tracking probe (launched with NASA Rocket 712) equipped with a newly developed high resolution electron telescopic camera aboard in lunar orbit, during a spacewalk accomplished by Paul Foster and camera developer Lt. John Masters. A UFO is turned back by the SHADO Interceptors from Moonbase and the probe follows it back to its home world. The images the probe returns several months later have no information regarding range or magnification, however, rendering their intelligence value moot.[4]



Also starring


  • Neil Hallett — Dr. Joseph Kelly
  • James Beckett — Dr. Young
  • Alan Tucker — Tracking Station Operator
  • Mark Hawkins — Lt. Gary North
  • Frank Mann — Launch Controller
  • Bob Sherman — First Launch Control Operative
  • Robert Howay — Second Launch Control Operative
  • Clive Endersby — Harry, Launch Control
  • John Levene — Interceptor pilot

Production notes

Locations used for the filming included Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Borehamwood and Sudbury House, London.


  1. "UFO Episode Guide - Close Up". Fanderson. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. "UFO Characters - Close Up". SHADO Library. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  3. "Underappreciated TV: UFO". Den of Geek. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  4. Bentley, Chris (10 January 2003). The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO. 978-1903111659. p. 74. ISBN 978-1903111659.
Last produced:
"Court Martial"
UFO episodes Next produced:
"Confetti Check A-O.K."
Last transmitted:
"The Square Triangle"
Next transmitted:
"The Psychobombs"
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