Stingray

(United Kingdom | ITV | 1964 – 1965)

Stingray
Series Background

Stingray was the first of the Anderson's Supermarionation series to be filmed in colour (contrary to what you may read elsewhere, it wasn't the first UK TV series made in colour) and, as with most of their shows up to that date, one of the stars was a high-tech vehicle — the blue and yellow submarine, Stingray.

Commanded by Captain Troy Tempest of WASP (World Aquanaut Security Patrol), the atomic-powered submarine was capable of immense speeds and, armed with powerful Sting Missiles, was the perfect underwater defence against the villainous Titan and the Aquaphibians.

Accompanying Troy Tempest on his underwater adventures was Phones, Stingray's hydrophone operator. Other notable characters included Commander Shore, chief of WASP, and Marina, the mute mermaid from the kingdon of Pacifica.

The series ran for just thirty-nine episodes but, like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, the fact that it is still being re-run some forty years after it was made is a testament to its inventiveness and old-fashioned storytelling.

Unusually, the release of Stingray on DVD led to the production of a fortieth episode...in a manner of speaking.

The Reunion Party was a proposed clip-show for which the linking material had been filmed during the 1960s, but which was never assembled. This unused footage was eventually included on the UK DVD release, and, finally, in January 2008, the completed programme, with the relevant clips inserted in the correct places, was broadcast on BBC Four, as part of an evening of programmes celebrating the career of Gerry Anderson.
Further Reading

Stingray
by Dave Rogers
  • Boxtree
  • Paperback
  • 1992
DVD Releases

A DVD box set containing all thirty-nine episodes of Stingray has been released in the UK and the United States.
Stingray: Trapped in the Depths

by
Dave Morris
Cover image: Stingray, Trapped in the Depths, Young Corgi (1992)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Young Corgi
Publication Date 1992
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 0552527793
Book Number 1

Trapped in the Depths is a novelisation of the episode of the same name.

Television Episode
30 Minutes | ITV | Colour
Transmission date is for ATV London.

02/05/65 Trapped in the Depths Alan Fennell
Notes
  • Trapped in the Depths was the first of a set of four Stingray novelisations — all written by Dave Morris — which were published by Young Corgi.

    Morris and Young Corgi were also responsible for similar sets based on Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Stingray: Marineville Traitor

by
Dave Morris
Cover image: Stingray, Marineville Traitor, Young Corgi (1992)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Young Corgi
Publication Date 1992
Original Price 2.50
ISBN 0552527785
Book Number 2

Marineville Traitor is a novelisation of the episode of the same name.

Television Episode
30 Minutes | ITV | Colour
Transmission date is for ATV London.

20/06/65 Marineville Traitor Alan Fennell
Notes
  • Marineville Traitor was the second of a set of four Stingray novelisations — all written by Dave Morris — which were published by Young Corgi.
Stingray: The Disappearing Ships

by
Dave Morris
Cover image: Stingray, The Disappearing Ships, Young Corgi (1992)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Young Corgi
Publication Date 1992
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 0552527815
Book Number 3

The Disappearing Ships is a novelisation of the episode of the same name.

Television Episode
30 Minutes | ITV | Colour
Transmission date is for ATV London.

20/06/65 The Disappearing Ships Alan Fennell
Notes
  • The Disappearing Ships was the third of a set of four Stingray novelisations — all written by Dave Morris — which were published by Young Corgi.
Stingray: The Lighthouse Dwellers

by
Dave Morris
Cover image: Stingray, The Lighthouse Dwellers, Young Corgi (1992)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Young Corgi
Publication Date 1992
Original Price UNKNOWN
ISBN 0552527807
Book Number 4

The Lighthouse Dwellers is a novelisation of the episode of the same name.

Television Episode
30 Minutes | ITV | Colour
Transmission date is for ATV London.

17/01/65 The Lighthouse Dwellers Alan Fennell
Notes
  • The Lighthouse Dwellers was the fourth of a set of four Stingray novelisations — all written by Dave Morris — which were published by Young Corgi.
Stingray

by
John Theydon
Cover image: Stingray, Armada Paperbacks (1965)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Armada Paperbacks
Publication Date 1965
Original Price 2/6
ISBN N/A

Stingray is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
You have seen them on television — Troy Tempest, 'Phones', Atlanta, and the bewitching Marina.

You have thrilled to the adventures of Stingray of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, and shuddered at the villainy of Titan, X2-Zero and the monstrous aquaphibians.

Now for the first time you can read of their exciting adventures, and you will be enthralled!
Notes
Back cover blurb supplied by Stephen Barker
Stingray and the Monster

by
John Theydon
Cover image: Stingray, Stingray and the Monster, Armada Paperback (1966)
Country UK
Format Paperback
Publisher Armada Paperbacks
Publication Date 1966
Original Price 2/6
ISBN N/A
Illustrator Peter Archer

Stingray and the Monster is an original novel.

Back Cover Blurb
Atlanta is kidnapped! International crooks use her as bait in order to capture Stingray. In a pirated patrol vessel, they take her into the weird and unknown depths of the ocean.

Troy Tempest, Phones and Marina set out on a hazardous rescue attempt in which they meet a truly terrifying monster of the deep. Here is a story with all the excitement of the celebrated TV series.
Notes