Commander Straker was UFO, which was I believe the 1st series Gerry Anderson created using actors, though stand to be corrected.
And I've just noticed that it's on at 7pm tonight (Saturday) on ITV4 (Sky ch120).
This one was my favourite out of all the series that Gerry Anderson created.
Moonbase Alpha (I think, or was that Space 1999), the submarine, the girls with their purple hair and short mini skirts, and of course the cars - oh yes and the aliens with the green stuff in their helmets ;)
Ah them were the days
Damn, RolfW, can you move this thread into the UFO is back thread - I'm not paying attention again !!! :-bash
Yes, RCP, UFO was (and is!) one of my fave Gerry Anderson series. It was a bit more adult than thunderbirds, with Cmdr Straker having marital problems, etc. Also, the way the "aliens" were shown is good and clever, we're given just enough hints about what they're doing to cause unease, but never shown anything directly (it's usually a mistake to "show the monster", unless it's a really good one, eg daleks!).
In comparison, I find Space 1999 rather diappointing! A very misguided attempt to "compete" with Star Trek (which wasn't about "special effects", but the "characters", something Space 1999 didn't have!).