UFO (1970–1971)
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Confetti Check A-O.K. 

When the wife of a SHADO officer, Lieutenant Grey, gives birth, Straker's put in mind of events from a decade earlier, when he was still with his wife Mary. Having recently established ... See full summary »


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Gerry Anderson (format), Sylvia Anderson (format) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Alexander ... Lt. Keith Ford
Ayshea Brough Ayshea Brough ... SHADO Operative (as Ayshea)
George Sewell ... Col. Alec Freeman
Ed Bishop ... Cmdr. Ed Straker
Julian Grant Julian Grant ... Lt. David Grey
Suzanne Neve ... Mary Straker
Geoffrey Hinsliff Geoffrey Hinsliff ... Hotel Clerk
Michael Forrest Michael Forrest ... Security Officer
Frank Tregear Frank Tregear ... Porter
Grant Taylor ... Gen. James Henderson
Shane Rimmer ... CIA Agent
Jack May Jack May ... English Delegate
Jeffrey Segal Jeffrey Segal ... Monsieur Duval
Gordon Sterne Gordon Sterne ... German Delegate
Alan Tilvern ... U.S. Delegate


When the wife of a SHADO officer, Lieutenant Grey, gives birth, Straker's put in mind of events from a decade earlier, when he was still with his wife Mary. Having recently established SHADO, the responsibility and degree of commitment put a heavy strain on the marriage. Mary saw him visiting another woman but it was professional, not sexual, and due to the secret nature of SHADO, he was unable to tell her the truth without jeopardising the organisation. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

10 July 1971 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is Shane Rimmer's (CIA Agent) third and final appearance on the show. Rimmer had previously worked with creator Gerry Anderson, providing the voice of 'Scott Tracy' in the supermarionation television series Thunderbirds (1965). See more »

Crazy Credits

"The Psychobombs" and "Confetti Check A-OK" did not have the opening credit sequence. These episodes both started with the teaser. See more »


Edited into UFO: Distruggete Base Luna (1974) See more »


UFO: Theme from the Gerry Anderson Television Series
Written by Barry Gray
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This flashback episode might have been best shown first...
7 May 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In many ways, "Confetti Check A-OK" might have been a great first or perhaps second episode. It explains a lot about Straker--the sort of person he is, the way the job helped change him and why his wife left him (you did learn he had an ex-wife who hated him in an earlier episode--episode #5). In so many ways I loved this episode and am very glad I saw it.

The show begins with one of the officers of SHADO celebrating the birth of a child. This event causes Straker to daydream--and think about his own marriage and birth of his son.

The first episode takes place about 1970. It begins with Straker on his honeymoon with his pretty wife. They seem tremendously happy and in love. However, unexpectedly, their trip to Greece is aborted at the last minute because of work--a familiar pattern for the rest of Straker's career. The reason the problem comes up now is that General Henderson has been injured and he wants his trusted friend Ed Straker to make the pitch to a United Nations committee for the formation of SHADO in order to combat the recent UFO incursions. Seeing that Henderson and Straker were friends (almost like a big-brother relationship) was particularly striking because their relationship during the series (set in 1980) was so acrimonious and adversarial! This was a clever twist. What also was clever is that Straker's presentation and support for Henderson for the head of SHADO was so strong that this convinced the committee to put the entire operation in Straker's hands! Seeing how Straker worked 25 hour days and had to sacrifice so much of his marriage to this ultra-super-über-mega-top-secret project was rather sad--and really pulled me into the show. Its insights into Straker and his marriage were quite poignant and fascinating.

Overall, an episode not to be missed--powerful and intriguing throughout.

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