"Eat? I guess you ain't been 'round these parts long enough to have heard about Ma's beans, ma'am."
— Jeremiah Tuttle

"The Impostors" is the sixteenth episode of Thunderbirds season 1, first broadcast on 13th January 1966. It was the 19th episode produced.


An organisation posing as International Rescue fakes a rescue mission to steal confidential documents. With the world convinced that they are frauds, the true International Rescue is forced to suspend operations while Lady Penelope tries to find and expose the impostors.


Main article: The Impostors/Storyline


Main article: The Impostors/Transcript


Regular CharactersEdit


Captain Hanson with his co-pilot

Guest CharactersEdit


Jeremiah Tuttle

Cameo RolesEdit

International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit

Jeremiah's Car — A Ford Model T

Jeremiah's Model T Ford

Non-International Rescue Equipment UsedEdit


Central Office

Central Office of the General Staff Command



This VHS released by Channel 5 uses the spelling "The Imposters."

  • The Satellite HQ interior and exterior sets would be reused again as different buildings in both Cry Wolf and Ricochet.
  • The EJ2 Jet from Operation Crash-Dive returns as the fake Thunderbird 2.
  • This is the only TV episode in which Thunderbird 2 does not make an appearance.
  • The episode title is sometimes spelled "The Imposters".
  • Eddie Kerr claims that this marks the first time that TV cameras were able to reach the scene of an accident in time to see the International Rescue team in action. This would mean the events in The Impostors precede those in Terror in New York City, even though it is later both by broadcast order, and by production order.


Main article: The Impostors/Goofs

Foreign TitlesEdit

  • French: Les Imposteurs
  • German: Doppelgänger
  • Spanish: Los Impostores
  • Italian: Gli impostori
  • Dutch: De bedriegers (TV 1968, VHS, DVD); De oplichters (TV, 1992)
  • Japanese: にせ者にご注意