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"I don't like it, Scobie. That gold's too heavy."
— Straker


"Give or Take a Million" is the sixth and final episode of Thunderbirds Season 2. It is also the last televised episode of Thunderbirds produced, being followed only by two feature films. The story was first broadcast on 25th December 1966.

Plot

When two bank robbers trip an alarm, they try to hide but are transported along with a consignment of hundreds of gifts to a children's hospital. The crooks are captured and one lucky child gets the Christmas of a lifetime at Tracy Island.

Storyline

Main article: Give or Take a Million/Storyline

Transcript

Main article: Give Or Take A Million/Transcript

Cast

Regular Characters

Guest Characters

Cameo Roles

Crowd Scenes

International Rescue Equipment Used

Non-International Rescue Equipment Used

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the final episode of the series.
  • This is the only episode in which International Rescue doesn't save anyone from life-threatening danger.
  • It's also the only time Lady Penelope makes an appearance but Parker doesn't (if we disregard the flashback scenes from Day of Disaster in the episode Security Hazard.)
  • This episode is told mostly in flashback (not unlike Move And You're Dead); as Jeff (Santa) describes to Nicky how his special Christmas visit to Tracy Island came to be.
  • When broadcast in the half hour "cliffhanger" format, the first part concluded as Scobie and Straker begin to drill into the centre of the section of wall they've cut out.
  • Toy Packer Tanner is portrayed by Frank Hooper from Atlantic Inferno, Straker previously appeared as Stevens in Danger At Ocean Deep, Dr. Pringle was originally the Matthews Field Commander in The Cham-Cham and Dr. Lang is played by Francois Lemaire from Alias Mr. Hackenbacker.
  • Give Or Take A Million first aired in Japan on November 27th 1966, nearly a month before its British debut.
  • Third and final episode to feature guest voice actor Charles Tingwell. Tingwell would later voice Doctor Tony Grant in Thunderbirds Are Go.
  • Despite the sizeable cast of characters, Matt Zimmerman's voice is heard only once in the entire episode, when Alan utters the stock phrase "F.A.B."
  • The Thunderbird toys seen in front of Jeff and Nicky in the opening scene were made by J. Rosenthal (Toys) Ltd, which were commercially available at the time of this episode's initial broadcast.
  • This episode has more shots of human hands than any other.
  • This episode features reused music from Supercar.

Goofs

  • True-date.jpg
    In arguably the best known continuity goof for the entire series, Tin-Tin tears off a page from a nearby calendar, revealing date as 2026. Not only does this contradict the established setting of 2065 (though to be fair, nobody ever specifies a year on the series itself beyond a few prop newspapers), but various calendars in the episode note that Christmas Day falls on a Sunday, whereas December 25th 2026 is to be a Friday.
    • With all that being said, December 25th 2067 will be a Sunday.
  • Being a former head chef of the Paris Hilton, Kyrano should know that using a nuclear powered cooker would make all the food radioactive.
  • When Brains gives everyone permission to open their eyes again, a decoration can be seen falling off the Christmas tree behind Nicky.

Foreign Titles

  • French: Joyeux noël
  • German: Der Weihnachts-Coup
  • Spanish: Millón más millón menos
  • Italian: Natale a sorpresa
  • Dutch: Geef of neem een miljoen (TV); Een miljoen meer of minder (VHS, DVD)
  • Portuguese: Dar ou Tomar 1 Milhão
  • Japanese: すばらしいクリスマスプレゼント
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