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THE SECRET SHOW

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Full Name: Anita Knight and Victor Volt
Nationality: British
Organization: U.Z.Z.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Tony Collingwood
Time Span: 2006 - 2007

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Anita Knight and Victor Volt are agents of U.Z.Z.
       According to The Secret Wiki, a fun repository of trivia concerning this series, U.Z.Z. stands for Umbo Zim Zom, "which is phonetic Aztec for Defenders of the World". Obviously by that name, the mission of this secret intelligence/policing organization is the protection of the planet. Exactly how many enemies U.Z.Z. has to fight with is unknown; the main threat that the agents working for U.Z.Z. go up against is T.H.E.M. (The Horrible Evil Menace), though there are other menaces to be dealt with.
       U.Z.Z. is commanded by a man whose name is changed daily for security reasons. Now, in semi-official writings it can be seen that he is referred to as "Changed Daily" but when addressed, the name he prefers is given him by his phone. Some examples of the bizarre names he has used are: Custard Nose, Chuckle-Botty, Lammy-Whammykins, Pongo Pilfilpaws, Fluffy Tummy, Oinky Doinky, Snuggle Bunny, among the tamer ones (after that they tend to get really weird). All briefings for his agents take place from his 'room whilst I lean on my trusted mantlepiece'.
       The two main agents that we spend our time in the field with are Anita Knight and Victor Volt.
       Knight is a blonde-haired woman dressed routinely in a purple jumpsuit. Of the two in the partnership, she is definitely the more qualified and the more intelligent and usually the more brave. She is the one who must routinely come to the saving of her partner. She says she is allergic to sea water but when she does get immersed in it, she acquires a mermaid tail.
       Volt is a brown-haired man who can be found wearing a blue jumpsuit. Volt's introduction to U.Z.Z. came when he was attending a comic book convention and was asked if he wanted to be a secret agent. Volt's heart is in the right place when it comes to doing the job but his nerves often do not hold up so well and his common sense often deserts him.
       Aiding both Volt and Knight with an incredible variety of nifty gadgets, some of which turn out to be harder to use than expected, is Professor Professor, a German scientist and inventor. Since sometime his devices work a bit differently than he predicts, he wisely consuls that they are "totally untested und highly dangerous".
       Regarding T.H.E.M., that evil organization is headed by Doctor Doctor. She leads a team of crack agents she honestly calls the "Expendables". While all by one of these is referred to by a number on his helmet, the exception is named "Kent B. Trusted".
       Other enemies to be fought by U.Z.Z. are:
"The Floaty Heads", aliens from the planet Zabulon.
"The Imposter", villains who live 90 miles beneath the surface. Their leader is called Red Eye and everyone in the group is allergic to penguins.
The Reptogators, nasty-acting reptilian creatures who live 60 miles underground. They are inNately stupid unless they eat the brains of a human.

TELEVISION


Number of Episodes:52
First Appearance:2006
Last Appearance:2007
Network:BBC

REGULAR CAST
Kate HarbourAnita Knight (voice) [ 1-2 ]
Alan MarriottVictor Vold (voice) [ 1-2 ]
1 The Secret Thing
Episode 1-1, first aired 09/16/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

Someone is trying to steal The Secret Thing. Is it Changed Daily, Victor, Anita, or some sort of shape-changing Impostor? Can Victor tell the difference? And will he ever find out what The Secret Thing actually is?

2 Who Stole Switzerland?
Episode 1-2, first aired 09/23/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Holloway

Someone is stealing Earth's gravity, causing the continents to float away. Victor and Anita stow away in one of the gravity-sucking machines; the trail leads to Mars, and falling-down parties - but unless they act fast, both planets are in trouble...

3 Bogie Ball
Episode 1-3, first aired 09/30/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

THEM have photographic proof that the World Leader eats her bogies. What does this have to do with the theft of a giant ball of bogies from the sculptor Alphonse? And why are all the Expendables wearing nose-shields..?

4 Wedgie Attack!
Episode 1-4, first aired 10/07/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Zaslove

Victor and Anita are on the run from UZZ after apparently giving the world leader's husband a wedgie on live TV. Soon, all of UZZ is hiding at Victor's mum's house in disguise. Could it be an Impostor plot? Is Changed Daily safe..?

5 Commando Babies
Episode 1-5, first aired 10/14/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Zaslove

Nanna Poopoo is kidnapping important people and using a babysitter ray to turn them into commando babies. Soon she will be the only adult. If Victor can manage to burp, he might stand a chance of stopping her...

6 Bad Hair Day
Episode 1-6, first aired 10/14/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Lee Pressman

Doctor Doctor hacks the agents' brains for intel.[3]

7 And That's For Helsinki
Episode 1-7, first aired 10/21/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

Each time Helsinki Man tries to kill Victor and Anita, he yells And that's for Helsinki! It's starting to get a bit annoying. What are they supposed to have done - and why does Professor Professor insist that they must never go to Helsinki?

8 The Ball of Spong
Episode 1-8, first aired 10/21/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Jimmy Hibbert & Tony Collingwood

The Floaty-heads demand The Ball of Spong, or they will sieve the Earth. But the ball and Changed Daily are trapped in a Mark I Indestructible Survival Pod - with no food. And the ball smells kind of minty...

9 Destination Sun
Episode 1-9, first aired 10/28/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Zaslove

Doctor Doctor has a remote control for the Sun -- at least, until Victor steps on it. Now the only chance for the Earth is for them all to go to the Sun and relight it...

10 The Secret Room
Episode 1-10, first aired 10/28/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Ken Pontac

What is the secret of Robert Baron's secret room? In order to find out, Victor and Anita will have to be shrunk so that they can pass as children; and Professor Professor will have to wear a dress...

11 Alien Attack
Episode 1-11, first aired 11/04/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

It's the most momentous moment in earth's history: first contact with a friendly alien race. Everything goes fine, until Anita eats the alien on live TV....

12 Mirror Mirror
Episode 1-12, first aired 11/04/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Ken Segall

In a mirror universe where THEM rule the world, UZZ are reduced to delivering Pizza. But for the mirror Doctor Doctor, that's not enough: she wants our world, too...

13 Dr. Hypno Returns Again!
Episode 1-13, first aired 11/11/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Ben Townsend & Tony Collingwood

Only the retired UZZ agent, Zac Meadows, can save the world from Dr Hypno. But all is not as it appears...

14 Secret Sleep
Episode 1-14, first aired 11/11/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Ken Pontac & Tony Collingwood

Why is everyone on Earth so sleepy - and dreaming of dancing? To defeat Doctor Doctor, Victor Anita and Changed Daily must fall asleep under laboratory controlled conditions. Professor Professor will even howl them to sleep...

15 Super-Vic!
Episode 1-15, first aired 11/18/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Jimmy Hibbert

Victor acquires a cloak that gives him super-powers, and gets carried away with the idea of being a superhero. But the cloak belongs to the one person that UZZ fear, Eartha Quakea, and UZZ must persuade him to give it back...

16 The Thing That Goes Ping
Episode 1-16, first aired 11/18/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Baz Hawkins

Professor Professor doesn't have to tell Victor and Anita why they have to rescue The Satellite That Goes Ping from the Bermuda Trapezoid. It's a secret. Doctor Doctor and the mutant piggies don't know either, but they want the satellite too, and what is with the band that plays ominous music every time somebody says Bermuda Trapezoid...

17 The Trousers of Doom
Episode 1-17, first aired 11/25/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Dave Ingham

If Victor and Anita don't find The Trousers of Doom before Doctor Doctor does, the entire universe could just disappear. And Victor would never get his shoes back...

18 What's in the Box?
Episode 1-18, first aired 11/25/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Dave Ingham

What is in Professor Professor's box? Why does everyone want to take it from Anita and Victor? Why must they not open it under any circumstances? And will Victor get to hold it?

19 Return of the Killer Toothbrush
Episode 1-19, first aired 12/02/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Lee Pressman

What did Doctor Doctor and Professor Professor work on in the abandoned space station when they were in The School For the Chronically Gifted together? Is it something that is trying to return to earth and wreak havoc?

20 Reptogator Attack!
Episode 1-20, first aired 12/02/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Holloway

Who is The Kid, and why must Victor and his strangely brutish new partner protect him? What do the Reptogators have to do with all this? Anita plans to find out...

21 Mr. Atom
Episode 1-21, first aired 12/09/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Jimmy Hibbert

Victor doesn't believe that UZZ's smallest agent is too small to be seen. Unfortunately for him, Mr. Atom is also the shortest-tempered agent...

22 When Good Food Goes Bad
Episode 1-22, first aired 12/09/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson

When Victor and Anita foil The Chef, he vows revenge - revenge that doesn't seem possible until Victor bites into a carrot, and it presses charges against him...

23 Flick the Switch
Episode 1-23, first aired 12/16/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

Victor has always wondered what the switch next to his chair in the briefing room does. But the answer to that question involves Reptogators, Impostors, and Almost Certain Doom...

24 Giant Brain of Terror!
Episode 1-24, first aired 12/16/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Dave Ingham

What is the giant brain that UZZ have found frozen in ice in the arctic? The very last thing they should do is wake it up...

25 You're History!
Episode 1-25, first aired 12/23/2006
Director: unk
Writer: David Stafford & Tony Collingwood

Professor Professor is convinced that no one can invent an uninventing ray. But it appears that Doctor Doctor has proved him wrong - and unless UZZ can do something about it, they'll end up saving the world with only stone axes to help them...

26 A Purrfect Villain
Episode 1-26, first aired 12/23/2006
Director: unk
Writer: Paddy Granleese & Tony Collingwood

Due to an accident with a totally untested and highly dangerous teleport device, Victor and the villainous cat Mr. Cuddles have got mixed up. Victor has nine lives and wants to chase balls of string; and Mr. Cuddles now knows The Secret Code To Destroy The World...

27 Lucky Leo
Episode 2-27, first aired 02/17/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

UZZ don't stand a chance of catching the luckiest man in the world - unless Professor Professor can synthesise his luck and pass it on to Victor...

28 Zombie Attack!
Episode 2-28, first aired 02/24/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Holloway

Doctor Doctor has two secret zombifying code words: say either one of them and you turn into a zombie. Unfortunately, the two words are no and "yes"...

29 Imposting the Imposters
Episode 2-29, first aired 03/03/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

Professor Professor sends Victor and Anita to infiltrate the Impostors' base - where they find that he was kidnapped by The Impostors a month ago, and never escaped...

30 Ammonites Rule!
Episode 2-30, first aired 03/10/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

It's time to pay the rent for the earth to the Ammonites - one slipper orchid from the top of Mount Kinabalu, once every thousand years. If The Impostors get to Ammonia first, they will control the Earth - to say nothing of what will happen if the Ammonites find out that the orchid is a plastic one...

31 Victor of the Future
Episode 2-31, first aired 03/17/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson

A future Victor has come to warn UZZ that something terrible is about to happen. But he's not allowed to say what it is...

32 Monument Racers
Episode 2-32, first aired 03/24/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood & Jimmy Hibbert

Someone is attaching weird little motor thingies to famous buildings and using them to hold illegal monument races. It's a terrible threat to security - what would happen if Doctor Doctor got hold of the technology?

33 Impostor Attack!
Episode 2-33, first aired 03/31/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Alex Williams

All the world's plumbers are missing. The trail leads to The Impostors, who have a plan to end the world as we know it. And Professor Professor's solution isn't very safe, either...

34 Secret Spider
Episode 2-34, first aired 04/07/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Holloway

The Imposters attempt to create a new Ice Age, with ice explosions around the globe...

35 Rise of the Floaty-Heads
Episode 2-35, first aired 04/14/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Dave Ingham

The Floaty-heads have shrunk our solar system to give to Princess Ping as a mobile. Victor and Anita must pretend to be Floaty-heads so they can steal the solar system back, and escape. But Victor becomes fond of shy, insecure Ping, and wants to help...

36 Catch the Birdman!
Episode 2-36, first aired 04/15/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Ben Townsend

After playing a part in an UZZ training film, The Birdman flips out when it is revealed that the film will never be shown in public. He steals the film, and intends to use it to get a career in the movies, and all the birdseed he can eat...

37 World Anthem
Episode 2-37, first aired 05/07/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

THEM have entered the World Anthem Competition, so Victor and Anita must enter as well, and find out why. Obviously they can't be planning to brainwash everyone with their song, because that only works in old cartoon shows...

38 It's a Hamster World
Episode 2-38, first aired 05/08/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

Changed Daily is finally persuaded to talk about his nick-knacks. On the back of a picture of his old partner, Lucy Woo, they find a note asking him to rescue her - twenty years ago...

39 The Fluffy Bunnython of Doom
Episode 2-39, first aired 10/27/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Baz Hawkins

It's time for everyone to send carrots to Sweet Little Granny for the burrowless bunnies. But her show seems a little different this year; and why is everyone donating their house? Victor and Anita must find out quickly, because Changed Daily has donated the UZZ building...

40 The Wobble Men from Dimension Ten
Episode 2-40, first aired 10/27/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Lee Pressman

The Wobble Men have finally broken through - and the only one that can save the world is Victor's father, trapped behind wobbly lines for twenty years...

41 Mission to Monkey Nut Island
Episode 2-41, first aired 10/27/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Lee Pressman

On an undercover mission inside THEM's secret holiday resort, Victor wins the Best Evil Plan To Destroy UZZ competition...

42 A Hairy Scary World
Episode 2-42, first aired 04/21/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Lee Pressman

Another one of Professor Professor's crazy cures for baldness has backfired. If Anita and Victor cannot recover the baldy gene from his identical twin brother, the world will be overrun by hair (and 20-foot-tall (6.1 m) head lice). The solution? Stage an opera...

43 World Savers
Episode 2-43, first aired 04/22/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Dave Ingham

What chance do UZZ have at saving the world from the Gobblotron when World Savers Inc. are so mysteriously good at it - and when Professor Professor has accepted a job with them?

44 The Hand
Episode 2-44, first aired 04/23/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Zaslove

UZZ decide to cancel their line of Simon Sayz action figures and go with a computer game instead. Simon swears revenge. And when he accidentally gets covered with nano-goo, it looks like he'll get his wish - unless Anita can get to level 13 first...

45 Secret Santa
Episode 2-45, first aired 10/27/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

The Floaty-Heads latest collection includes The World Leader and Changed Daily. There seems to be no-one who can break into their planet to rescue them. Well, maybe one person - someone that can break into any house, once a year, to leave presents...

46 The Z-Ray Goggles of Power
Episode 2-46, first aired 04/24/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Mark Zaslove

Who gave Doctor Doctor the technology to take over UZZ base? Why does her snivelling sound so familiar to Professor Professor? How can UZZ and THEM possibly work together to save them all from the giant Purple Hole?

47 The Secret Man
Episode 2-47, first aired 04/25/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Dave Ingham

The Secret Man has disappeared. To find him, Anita and Victor must locate The One Breath Woman, and - providing they can understand her - unravel an Impostor plot to take over the world...

48 Planet Professor Professor
Episode 2-48, first aired 04/26/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Ken Segall

An overworked Professor Professor has come down with Brain Seepage - some of his knowledge has been squeezed out in the form of a tiny planet orbiting his own head. Victor and Anita must travel there to retrieve a forgotten unlock code - or Changed Daily will be permanently turned into a very large orchid...

49 The Abyss
Episode 2-49, first aired 10/27/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Paddy Granleese

In which we learn the startling secret behind Anita's seawater allergy, and fishfood torpedoes and a giant sperm whale save the day.

50 Stuff Stealers
Episode 2-50, first aired 04/28/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

Has Victor really stolen all the spoons in the world? Why are all the parrots shouting help? And why does everyone's hair look so messy? To see the answers, Victor must have his blind spots removed...

51 The Villain Nobody Took Seriously
Episode 2-51, first aired 04/29/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Tony Collingwood

After saving the world from The Chef, Doctor Doctor, Reptogators, and Impostors, Victor and Anita have Save Fatigue and the world is taken over by a clown who demands that buildings wear silly hats and everyone says "bim"...

52 Secret Double Agent
Episode 2-52, first aired 04/30/2007
Director: unk
Writer: Ken Pontac

Series Finale. Why is The Secret Thing being stolen so frequently? Where has Doctor Doctor taken Changed Daily and his fireplace? Surely none of this can be anything to do with UZZ agent Kent B. Trusted..?

MY COMMENTS

     I had not even heard of this show until a fellow spy-fi fan sent me an email reminding me of it. I looked at YouTube for a chance to watch some episodes and found I enjoyed them a lot more than I expected. The writing was superb and the characters were a lot of fun to follow, especially the very competent Anita Knight.
     I watched a few before life pulled me away but a good indication of how much I liked them is the promise to myself to make sure life brings me back for a few more episodes.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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