Gerry and Sylvia Anderson made this pilot for a live action/puppet series back in 1973 (or thereabouts), relatively cheaply in Malta. No series resulted.
This was added by some generous saint to YouTube just yesterday. Grab it before it disappears! Download Helper is your Firefox best friend.
I tried for two years to get this via P2P. That’s how rare it is. This is from a slightly-faulty VHS tape without any color correction.
After all that time, was it worth it?
Well, to see it, yes. In terms of its actual story value, no. It’s pretty lame and the script has dialogue that is like gravel against teeth.
Sylvia Anderson did the voice of Jill — and she sounds like Joe 90! Shane Rimmer was the voice of John, and he notched his voice up so he sounded like a teenaged Scott Tracy. I think the Jill puppet resembles Karen Black (photo). John unfortunately looks like the Gay Bob doll!
The gas-powered radio-controlled car is pretty remarkable, but it just looks ridiculous against real-life settings. It also betrays just how low-budget this endeavor was: there are no close-ups of the puppets in the moving vehicles (car, motorboat).
It’s difficult to see how this could have ever sold for a series.