E.S.P. (UFO)

"E.S.P." is the sixth episode aired of the first series of UFO - a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth. Alan Fennell wrote the screenplay and it was directed by Ken Turner. The episode was filmed between 23 October to 4 November, 1969 and aired on the ATV Midlands network on 21 October, 1970. Though shown as the sixth episode, it was actually the fifteenth to have been filmed.[1][2]

UFO episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 6
Directed byKen Turner
Written byAlan Fennell
Production code23 October to 4 November, 1969
Original air date21 October, 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]


Returning home after seeing his psychiatrist, John Croxley, a man with very powerful ESP is stopped by SHADO personnel due to an incoming UFO. The UFO crashes into Croxley's house killing his wife and injuring Col. Foster who was monitoring the UFO from a SHADO mobile.

Foster is taken to hospital and SHADO sends a team to investigate the crash site. Croxley, now under alien influence, is able to read the minds of the SHADO team and learns all about SHADO's operations. Croxley believes Straker and Freeman caused his wife's death and sets out to kill them.

Foster believes that someone or something is watching him – his mind being read by Croxley. Croxley sends Straker what looks like a film script but is instead a full, detailed description of SHADO's organisation and its operations, including places and times of operation. After visiting Croxley's psychiatrist, Straker and Freeman learn of Croxley's ESP ability and are told to meet Croxley at his ruined house, when Croxley, under alien influence intends to kill them both.

Foster, who has been told that revisiting the site of his injuries will help his recuperation, arrives at the house in time to kill Croxley as he is about to kill Straker and Freeman[4].



Also starring


  • Douglas Wilmer — Dr. Brünner
  • Deborah Stanford — Stella Croxley
  • Maxwell Shaw — Dr. Shroeder
  • Stanley McGeogh — SHADO guard
  • Donald Tandy — Gate security

Production notes

Locations included Sara Lee Factory, Slough; Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Borehamwood; and MGM-British Studios, Borehamwood.


  1. "UFO Episode Guide - E.S.P." Fanderson. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. "UFO Characters - E.S.P." SHADO Library. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  3. "Underappreciated TV: UFO". Den of Geek. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  4. Bentley, Chris (10 January 2003). The Complete Book of Gerry Anderson's UFO. 978-1903111659. p. 67. ISBN 978-1903111659.
Last produced:
Confetti Check A-O.K.
UFO episodes Next produced:
"Kill Straker!"
Last transmitted:
A Question of Priorities
Next transmitted:
"Kill Straker!"
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