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The Netherlands is a country in North-Western Europe. It is sometimes called Holland.

Thunderbirds on Dutch televisionEdit

Dutch television occupies a unique place in the history of Thunderbirds in that it was the first in the world to air an episode of the series. The first episode, Trapped in the Sky, was aired in the Netherlands on Wednesday, September 15th, 1965, at the improbable hour of 9 PM local time. This is 15 days before the show's UK television debut.

Initially, the episodes were broadcast in black-and-white, as colour television did not exist in Holland at the time. The first episode to be broadcast in colour was Path of Destruction on September 25th, 1967. The first 12 episodes were also dubbed in Dutch. After that, they were subtitled.

The show was aired by the public broadcasting association AVRO, who decided to make it a monthly show. Because of this, only 3 episodes were aired in the Netherlands before they first aired in the UK: Trapped in the Sky, Terror In New York City, and End Of The Road. It also meant the show ran for three television seasons, the last episode airing nearly 33 months after the first. Even so, when broadcasts ceased in June 1968, only 29 of the 32 episodes had been aired. Television viewers had to wait well over 20 years for an opportunity to watch the remaining three (The Mighty Atom, Attack of the Alligators!, and Atlantic Inferno.)

First Television RunEdit

Ep. # (NL) Ep. # (UK) Title (UK) Title (NL) Original Air Date (UK) Original Air Date (NL) Production #
1 1 Trapped in the Sky Gevangen in de lucht 30-09-1965 15-09-1965 1
2 4 Terror In New York City Paniek in New York City 21/10/1965 13-10-1965 13
3 9 End Of The Road Einde van de weg 25/11/1965 13-11-1965 14
4 7 30 Minutes After Noon 12 uur 30 precies 11/11/1965 08-12-1965 18
5 8 Desperate Intruder De wanhopige indringer 18/11/1965 01-01-1966 17
6 11 Sun Probe De zonnespiegel [?] 09/12/1965 29-01-1966 4
7 2 Pit of Peril Kuil vol gevaar 07/10/1965 26-02-1966 2
8 12 Operation Crash-Dive Operatie "noodlanding" 16/12/1965 26-03-1966 8
9 10 The Uninvited De ongenodigden 2/12/1965 23-04-1966 5
10 6 Day Of Disaster Operatie marsraket 04/11/1965 21-05-1966 15
11 15 City Of Fire Stad in vlammen 06/01/1966 30-09-1966 3
12 18 Cry Wolf Een gevaarlijk spel 27/01/1966 29-10-1966 21
13 17 The Man From MI.5 De geheime agent 20/01/1966 23-12-1966 20
14 25 The Cham-Cham Cham-cham 24/03/1966 20-01-1967 25
15 22 Brink Of Disaster De dodenrit 24/02/1966 17-02-1967 11
16 21 The Duchess Assignment Opdracht voor een hertogin 17/02/1966 17-03-1967 23
17 19 Danger At Ocean Deep De kokende zee 03/02/1966 14-04-1967 22
18 24 Martian Invasion Invasie van Mars 17/03/1966 12-05-1967 10
19 3 The Perils Of Penelope Lady Penelope in gevaar 14/10/1965 17-06-1967 12
20 28 Path Of Destruction no Dutch title 09/10/1966 25/09/1967 28
21 5 Edge Of Impact Sabotage 28/10/1965 30-09-1967 16
22 30 Lord Parker's 'Oliday De zonsopgang 23/10/1966 20-10-1967 30
23 31 Ricochet Ruimteredding 06/11/1966 26-11-1967 31
24 32 Give Or Take A Million Geef of neem een miljoen 25/12/1966 23-12-1967 32
25 16 The Impostors De bedriegers 13/01/1966 20-01-1968 19
26 13 Vault Of Death Kluis des doods 23/12/1965 17-02-1968 7
27 29 Alias Mr. Hackenbacker Alias Mr. Hackenbacker 16/10/1966 13-04-1968 29
28 20 Move And You're Dead Beweeg en je bent dood 10/02/1966 11-05-1968 9
29 26 Security Hazard Veiligheidsrisico 31/03/1966 08-06-1968 26

Second Television RunEdit

Since the first run was incomplete, an overview of the second run is shown below. Note that it too had only 29 episodes in it. The last episode, Atlantic Inferno, finally aired on September 12th, 1992, almost exactly 27 years after the first.

Ep. # (NL) Ep. # (UK) Title (UK) Title (NL) Original Air Date (UK) Air Date (NL) Production #
1 1 Trapped in the Sky Gevangen in de lucht 30-09-1965 1-7-1991 1
2 2 Pit of Peril Instortingsgevaar 07/10/1965 8-7-1991 2
3 15 City Of Fire Stad van vuur 06/01/1966 15-7-1991 3
4 11 Sun Probe Gevaarlijke koers 09/12/1965 22-7-1991 4
5 10 The Uninvited Onwelkom bezoek 2/12/1965 29-7-1991 5
6 14 The Mighty Atom De geheime foto's 30/12/1965 5-8-1991 6
7 13 Vault Of Death De doodskluis 23/12/1965 12-8-1991 7
8 12 Operation Crash-Dive Operatie duikvlucht 16/12/1965 19-8-1991 8
9 20 Move And You're Dead Wie beweegt is dood 10/02/1966 26-8-1991 9
10 24 Martian Invasion Invasie van Mars 17/03/1966 2-9-1991 10
11 22 Brink Of Disaster De laatste redding 24/02/1966 9-9-1991 11
12 4 Terror In New York City Paniek in New York City 21/10/1965 16-9-1991 13
13 3 The Perils Of Penelope Levensgevaarlijk, Lady Penelope! 14/10/1965 23-9-1991 12
14 9 End Of The Road Einde van de weg 25/11/1965 5-10-1991 14
15 6 Day Of Disaster Een rampzalige dag 04/11/1965 12-10-1991 15
16 5 Edge Of Impact Op het randje na dood 28/10/1965 19-10-1991 16
17 8 Desperate Intruder De gevaarlijke indringer 18/11/1965 4-7-1992 17
18 7 30 Minutes After Noon 30 minuten na twaalf 11/11/1965 11-7-1992 18
19 16 The Impostors De oplichters 13/01/1966 18-7-1992 19
20 17 The Man From MI.5 De man van MI 5 20/01/1966 25-7-1992 20
21 18 Cry Wolf S.O.S. 27/01/1966 1-8-1992 21
22 19 Danger At Ocean Deep De kokende zee 03/02/1966 8-8-1992 22
23 21 The Duchess Assignment De opdracht van de hertogin 17/02/1966 15-8-1992 23
24 23 Attack of the Alligators! De krokodillen vallen aan 10/03/1966 22-8-1992 24
25 25 The Cham-Cham Gevaarlijk vermaak in Paradise Peaks 24/03/1966 29-8-1992 25
26 26 Security Hazard Een veiligheidsrisico 31/03/1966 5-9-1992 26
27 27 Atlantic Inferno Brand op de oceaan 02/10/1966 12-9-1992 27
28 28 Path Of Destruction Een weg van vernietiging 09/10/1966 19-9-1992 28
29 29 Alias Mr. Hackenbacker Alias mr. Hackenberger [sic] 16/10/1966 26-9-1992 29
Gevangen in de Lucht (Trapped in the Sky - dutch titles)03:19

Gevangen in de Lucht (Trapped in the Sky - dutch titles)

Opening and closing titles of Trapped in the Sky as broadcast on Dutch TV


Gallery: Dutch VHS Video TapesEdit

This series of tapes was released by SMV Enterprises in 1993.

Gallery: Dutch DVDs (Carlton)Edit

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