The Secret Service

(United Kingdom | ITV | 1969)

The Secret Service
Series Background

The Secret Service was the final series to be made by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson that used the Supermarionation techniques they had developed during the 1960s on series like Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

The basic premise of the series is that country priest Father Unwin is actually an undercover agent for BISHOP (British Intelligence Secret Headquarters Operation Priest). Using a device called a Minimiser which is hidden in a book, Father Unwin is able to shrink his gardener, Matthew, to a size that enables him to be carried around in a briefcase and used on various dangerous assignments.

While earlier series had on occasion used humans for close-ups of objects being handled, The Secret Service took things one step further by using a mix of live action and puppetry. Voicing Father Unwin was Stanley Unwin, who often talked in his trademark 'Unwinese'. The series lasted for a mere thirteen episodes before ITC supremo Lew Grade pulled the plug.
DVD Releases

The Secret Service has been released on DVD in both the UK and the United States. No subtitles.
The Secret Service: The Destroyer

by
John Theydon
Cover image: The Secret Service, The Destroyer, Armada Paperbacks (1969)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Armada Paperbacks
Publication Date 1969
Original Price 2/6
ISBN N/A

The Destroyer is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
Father Unwin is bald, wears spectacles, and drives a 1917 Model T Ford called 'Gabriel'. But he is no ordinary priest. He has a transmitter hidden under his cassock — a hot line to the 'BISHOP' — British Intelligence Service Headquarters, Operation Priest.

Then there is the Minimizer — an innocent-looking leather-bound book which conceals instruments capable of shrinking a man to a third his normal height. So small, in fact, that he can fit into a suitcase. Matthew — Father Unwin's gardener and a top secret agent — is used to this kind of travel. So when the BISHOP orders Father Unwin to track down the dreaded 'Destroyer', the first thing he does is to minimize Matthew. Then the hunt is on...
Notes
Back cover blurb supplied by Stephen Barker
The Secret Service: The V.I.P.

by
John Theydon
Cover image: The Secret Service, The V.I.P., Armada Paperbacks (1969)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Armada Paperbacks
Publication Date 1969
Original Price 2/6
ISBN N/A

The V.I.P. is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
Father Unwin gets an urgent message from the 'BISHOP' — British Intelligence Service Headquarters, Operation Priest. His orders are to guard a royal V.I.P. arriving in England on a visit. An unusual job for a clergyman, but Father Unwin is an unusual priest!

Lying in his study is a book which conceals an electronic marvel — the Minimizer. With this machine, Father Unwin can reduce a tall man to a height of two feet at the touch of a button. A handy gadget to have around in times of trouble — and there is plenty of that ahead!
Back cover blurb supplied by Stephen Barker