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What You Would Expect From Anderson
on 28 May 2005
Well this series was to be the last of the supermarination group which included the likes of Captain Scarlet and Joe 90. However unlike the previous two shows The Secret Service contained a combination of both puppertry shots and live action, a method that was used on rare occasions in Joe 90. The show idea itself was derived from the Joe 90 episode 'The Unorthodox Shepherd', when watching that episode all will become clear.
The Secret Service is ser in the then present 1960's Britain, the second to do so after Supercar. Father Stanley Unwin works for the British Intelliegence Service Headquarters Operation Preist or B.I.S.H.O.P as it is more often reffered, an organisation which monitors world peace. In order to carry out these missions, Unwin is teamed up with fellow agent Matthew Harding, and by using a special devise left to him from a dying friend, Unwin is able minimise Matthew to a 1/3 of his size.
Certainly when compared to Anderson's other shows, this show contained much more comedy as Unwin himself was a comedian. Also there is more charm in this series than any of Anderson's other shows. However it was The Secret Services charm that led to its eventual cancellation and as result only 13 episodes were produced.
Our of all of Anderson's shows the final three Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and The Secret Service are now all fond favourites. I would certainly reccommend this series to any Anderson fan as its charm alone will be enough to make you fall for the series.