Thunderbirds

Season 1 Episode 7

30 Minutes After Noon

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Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 11, 1965 on ITV
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On his way home to celebrate his third wedding anniversary, Thomas Prescott is forced into an unexpected detour after picking up a hitchhiker. Upon dropping the man at what is supposedly the home of the hitchhiker's doctor, Prescott finds himself thanked with an explosive device clamped to his wrist and not much time to remove it before it detonates. The hitchhiker informs his confused victim that the key is hidden in his office and instructs him to leave the device in a file cabinet once it has been removed. Racing against both time and the police, Prescott does as he's told, but he's trapped in an elevator while fleeing the now-burning building. International Rescue has been monitoring the happenings and decides that now is the time to spring into action. But have they sat on the sidelines too long? Will they arrive in time to pull Prescott from the bottom of the elevator shaft in which he's trapped, or will the fire prove too much even for International Rescue's advanced equipment? Adding to their troubles, will they learn why both man and building were targeted in the first place before the criminals can strike again? After plunging to the bottom of the burning elevator shaft, the man, though injured, is eventually saved by International Rescue. When it's discovered that the explosion targeted government files on gang activity, the FBI is called in, and International Rescue removes itself from the case -- for now. When a British agent named Southern infiltrates the gang responsible for the blast, he and two other men are dispatched to a plutonium storage facility with a familiar calling card -- explosives attached to their wrists. Once inside the heavily fortified building, Southern turns on his companions in hopes of capturing the operation's ringleader, but is himself captured by one of the facility's robot guards and locked inside with the bombs. Can International Rescue save the agent and get to the explosives before half of England is destroyed? And will the gang again manage to escape, free to continue its destruction?

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    David Holliday

    David Holliday

    Virgil Tracy

    Peter Dyneley

    Peter Dyneley

    Jeff Tracy

    David Graham

    David Graham

    Aloysius Parker/Brains/Kyrano/Gordon Tracy

    Matt Zimmerman

    Matt Zimmerman

    Alan Tracy

    Ray Barrett

    Ray Barrett

    John Tracy

    Sylvia Anderson

    Sylvia Anderson

    Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward

    Peter Dyneley

    Peter Dyneley

    Dempsey / Officer Jones / Erdman Gang Member

    Recurring Role

    David Graham

    David Graham

    Sir William Frazer / Commissioner Garfield / The Leader / Kenyon / Sam Saltzman / BSS Assistant

    Recurring Role

    Matt Zimmerman

    Matt Zimmerman

    Tom Prescott / Frank Forrester / Policeman (Police Barrier)

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • When Scott returns to Thunderbird 1 with the explosive bracelets, he has his hat back on that he didn't wear during the rescue. Given the situation, putting his hat on to fly TB1 should be the least of his worries.

      • During the rescue of Southern, the laser vehicle red cockpit is missing its windshield that was present as it left the pod and entered the plutonium store.

      • How did the Leader enable the key to the Nuclear Plutonium Store to fit the bracelets when it was in the possession of the authorities?

      • When Jeff Tracy contacts Lady Penelope, it is 10.00am in England, yet it is already daylight on Tracy Island in the South Pacific and Alan, Gordon and Tin-Tin have been out fishing for some time. (It is later established in Thunderbirds Are Go that there is a five hour time difference between Tracy Island and England.)

      • On the night of the Hudson Building fire, the Auto Date Fixer in Commissioner Garfield's office reads 12/7/65. The next day, it reads 13/7/65, illustrating attention to detail on the part of the set decorator. Unfortunately, the American convention is for the month numeral to appear first: either the first date should read 7/12/65 (July 12th) with the next day as 7/13/65, or the second date should read 12/8/65 (December 8th).

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (3)

      • There is a use of a hand in the same frame as a puppet. In the castle, a human hand (Southern's) can be seen playing with a pen while the puppets of Kenyon and Dempsey can be seen in the background.

      • Originally filmed as a 25-minute episode, some of the footage used to bring the episode up to 50 minutes included the Erdman Gang getting past the robot guards.

      • Kyrano, Gordon and Grandma Tracy does not appear in this episode.

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