Exposed (UFO)

"Exposed" is the second 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 David Lane. The episode was filmed between 13 May to 23 May, 1969 and aired on the ATV Midlands network on 23 September, 1970. Though shown as the second episode, it was actually the fifth to have been filmed.[1][2]

UFO episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 2
Directed byDavid Lane
Written byTony Barwick
Production code13 May to 23 May, 1969
Original air date23 September, 1970 (ATV Midlands)

The episode introduces Colonel Paul Foster (Michael Billington), who was to become a regular character for the rest of the series.

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]


When the Sky One interceptor aircraft intercepts and destroys a UFO, the explosion causes the nearby experimental test aircraft XV-104, which refused the order to leave the area, to crash. While the co-pilot Jim is killed, the pilot Paul Foster (Michael Billington) survives, temporaneously blinded.

After waking in hospital and re-acquiring view, Foster claims that the cause of the aircraft crash was a UFO but his commanding officer and a RAF investigator, Dr. Douglas Jackson (Vladek Sheybal), do not believe him as evidence, showing Sky One but not any UFOs, points to pilot error. Believing a cover-up is taking place, Foster undertakes his own investigation in the events surrounding the crash. He is aided by the sister (Jean Marsh) of the dead co-pilot.

Foster's investigation leads him to Commander Edward Straker (Ed Bishop). Straker agrees to meet Foster at the Harlington-Straker Studios, that are used as a cover for the secret SHADO Control base located beneath. Straker is in fact testing Foster to see if he is capable of joining the SHADO organisation. Foster passes the induction and Straker reveals all about the UFO threat facing Earth, meanwhile revealing that both Jackson and Jim's sister were actually SHADO operatives[4].



Also Starring


  • Basil Moss — Dr. Frazer
  • Robin Bailey — William Kofax
  • Paula Li Schiu — Tsi Chan
  • Arthur Cox — Louis Graham
  • Matt Zimmerman — Jim - test aircraft co-pilot
  • Sue Gerrard — Nurse


An original score was composed for this episode by Barry Gray.

Production notes

Actor Basil Moss is one of 11 actors to have appeared in the TV series and the 1969 movie Doppelgänger.

Locations used for the filming included MGM-British Studios, Borehamwood Studios and Neptune House, BBC Elstree Studios, Borehamwood.


  1. "UFO Episode Guide - Exposed". Fanderson. Archived from the original on 8 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  2. "UFO Characters - Exposed". 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. 44. ISBN 978-1903111659.
Last produced:
UFO episodes Next produced:
"Flight Path"
Last transmitted:
Next transmitted:
"The Cat with Ten Lives"
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