This played on the early Saturday morning slots for me in the 1980's. It was the only puppet show that was in black and white but looks modern (all the other Anderson programmes like Captain Scarlett and Thunderbirds were in colour). Some of the programmes were in black and white, though some seemed to have been transferred to colour.
It was a lot of fun and unlike black and white movies that I found boring, just because they were in black and white, I liked that this was in black and white.
The series is set between the years 2062 and 2063, and spaceship Fireball XL5 is featured as each episode follows it's adventures. Though who would call a space ship "fireball" is a mystery, it would make the pilot and passengers quite jittery.
Fireball was commanded by Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol. and the illustrious crew included Doctor Venus, a doctor of space medicine (That's right - space medicine); Engineer Professor Matthew Matic and co-pilot Robert, a robot.
Here's a Fireball XL5 fact: Robert was the only character in an Anderson series that was actually voiced by Anderson himself.
- FIREBALL XL5 GERRY ANDERSON METAL LUNCHBOX SCI-FI SPACE SPACESHIP ROBOT VINTAGE
Metal Lunchboxes > 2000-Now
- Fireball XL5 16 Inch Model Kit 18FMM01
Science Fiction > Other
- Rare Instrumental 45 : Don Spencer ~ Fireball ~ XL5 (Zero G) ~ 20th Century Fox
Music > Records
- Dr Venus Fireball XL5 Gerry Anderson Robert Harrop Designs Ltd Ed Figurine FXF02
Science Fiction > Thunderbirds
- FIREBALL XL5 Go For It LP (1984 UK Vinyl) The Complete Works/Best of Psychobilly
Rock > Rockabilly
- Fireball XL5 [5 Discs] (2003, DVD New) BW
DVDs & Movies > DVDs & Blu-ray Discs
- Vintage MPC Fireball XL5 Space City Playset 5 Figures Commander Zero Venus LOT
Space Toys > Pre-1970
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- GERRY ANDERSON 6 Promo card set THUNDERSIRDS CAPTAIN SCARLET FIREBALL XL5 JOE 90
TV Series > Thunderbirds
- Fireball XL5 - A Day In The Life Of A Space General NEW
DVDs, Films & TV > DVDs & Blu-rays
- VINTAGE RARE FIREBALL XL5 VENUS PUPPET CECIL COLEMAN BOXED
TV Characters > Vintage 60s/ 70s/ 80s
- STINGRAY & FIREBALL XL5 - GERRY ANDERSON - U CERT - CHILDRENS VHS VIDEO UK PAL
DVDs, Films & TV > VHS Tapes
- Vintage 1964 Fireball XL5 Annual by Collins gerry anderson
UK Comics & Annuals > Other
- FIREBALL XL5 MAGNETIC TINPLATE DARTS GAME BOARD ONLY c1963
Vintage & Classic Toys > Other Vintage & Classic Toys
- GERRY ANDERSON THUNDERBIRDS SPACE 1999 FIREBALL XL5 & MORE CLIPPINGS COLLECTION
TV Memorabilia > Clippings
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