"Designated Driver" is the 22nd episode of Thunderbirds Are Go!, and was broadcast on 26th December, 2015.


Parker gives Alan driving lessons at the Creighton-Ward Manor in FAB 0 while Lady Penelope has tea with her great aunt Sylvia. Progress is slow until a pair of bumbling intruders attempt to kidnap the ladies. FAB 1 is the only vehicle that can reach them in time. Parker is injured and cannot drive so Alan has to conquer his fear and rescue them.



(To Be Added)

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit



  • This episode is more of a follow up to Comet Chasers.
  • The beginning of this episode is quite similar to that of Slingshot.
  • This episode was confirmed on February 26, 2015, alongside the first 'official' released images of Lady Penelope, Parker, Sherbet, Brains and FAB 1.
  • Introduced here, Penelope's Great Aunt Sylvia is both named after and voiced by Sylvia Anderson, co-creator of the original Thunderbirds and the original voice of Lady Penelope.
  • Various close-up shots of hands are filmed using real hands, a rather classic technique.
  • This episode takes certain plot elements from Brink of Disaster.
  • Alan both flies with Scott in Thunderbird 1 and drives FAB 1 with Parker for the first time.
  • The teapot is based on the communicator used by the original Lady Penelope.
  • Great Aunt Sylvia's dress is of a simular design to the one that Lady Penelope wore at the art exhibition in The Duchess Assignment.
  • While Alan can fly Thunderbird 3 and the various pods, he still doesn't know how to drive a car. While it can be argued that it doesn't make sense, both driving a car and flying aircraft/spaceships are two very different things, which is why once FAB 0 is in flight he has more idea on how to control the car while it's airborne than on the ground.

Goofs Edit

  • When the thieves are in FAB 1 and they start to speed up while spinning round, the thieves are leaning to the right. However, with the cars turning clockwise, they should be leaning to the left.
  • Bill said, "It's 2060. Nobody drives any more, m'lady." However, in Unplugged, there was a major traffic congestion, which means that there are still a number of people who drives in 2060.

Foreign titlesEdit

  • Dutch: Wie is de Bob?
  • French: Conducteur désigné
  • Spanish: Conductor Designado
  • Japanese: シルビア大おば様とティーを (Tea with Great Aunt Sylvia)