Rank and attributions:
White’s aide, Communications Officer, Computer expert,
Colour Code Senior Lieutenant.
Real name :
Place of birth :
DPort of Spain, Trinidad,
Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Date of birth:
18 January 2041
5 Ft. 8 Ins.
The Lieutenant Green
character was based on Cy Grant, and the idea that Green has a
love of Calypso music is obviously derived from the fact that
Cy Grant was a real Calypso singer himself in the BBC TV
in Port of Spain, Trinidad, Seymour Griffiths is the eldest of a
family of nine children. When
he was twelve, tragedy struck the family:
his parents died in an air disaster, and the children were
left to fend for themselves.
the eldest son, Seymour took it upon himself to take care of his
brothers and sisters, realising that for the family to survive and
stay together, they had to organise themselves.
Seymour had to mature quickly after the tragedy and under his
wise guidance the hardest jobs were divided amongst the three eldest
brothers, while his sisters took care of the housework and the three
youngest children. Despite
the resolve of the Welfare Services to disperse the family to
different foster homes, Seymour was able to convince them that the
children could cope, and his courage and determination to hold his
family together won the day. He
worked during the day to provide for the family’s needs and
attended education classes in the evenings at the school his
brothers and sisters attended in the day.
On completion of his courses and after ensuring his younger
siblings could now cope without him, he moved to Kingston, Jamaica,
and enrolled in the University there, where he gained degrees in
telecommunications, technology – and music…
studying for his post graduate diploma Seymour proved his
intelligence and capabilities, by constructing the world’s first
his studies in Kingston, the resourceful young man – he was still
only 21 years of age - joined the relatively new World Aquanaut
Security Patrol, as a junior hydrophones operator in 2062.
on active duty with the WASP submarine Corps (on an unnamed vessel)
Seymour served on some dangerous assignments and his quick thinking
and alertness saved the craft many times during enemy attacks.
Around this time, one of his brothers, who it seems was also
serving in the WASP, was killed, and Seymour made the request to be
transferred to the WASP communications centre at Marineville.
Whether his demand was related to his brother’s death or
not is unknown.
his request was granted, Seymour quickly took an advanced course in
communications. In nine
out of the ten exams he had to take, he passed with an incredible
mark of 100%, an achievement previously unheard of in that field.
It didn’t take very long for the WASP to recognise Seymour
Griffiths' unsurpassable talents, and he soon became sole chief of
all communications installations for Marineville Control Tower.
Under his guidance, the Control Tower was run with such
efficiency that WASP officials eventually created a new
communications section, and assigned twenty skilled new operators
and technicians, all under Seymour’s command.
The young man showed that he was more that up to the task he
faced with this new challenge, and gained a reputation that had, by
the time he was 24, in 2065, reached the ears of the Spectrum
of his expert knowledge in technology, communications and computers,
and considering his very successful experience at command level with
the WASP, the selection committee realised that Seymour Griffiths
would be a tremendous asset to the new Spectrum organisation. He was
offered the rank and colour code of Lieutenant Green, and received
the position of Colonel White’s assistant, as well as chief of
communications for Cloudbase, with a complex, computer-controlled,
communications console to help him.
Thus, Seymour Griffiths became one of the first members to
join Spectrum, he assisted Colonel White in the months when the
organisation entered the last phase of its creation, and new members
were signed up and trained, such as the Angel pilots.
is through Lieutenant Green that all of the Colonel’s orders for the
Spectrum organisation, and Cloudbase in particular, are relayed.
Although he very rarely gets the chance to leave the confines of
Cloudbase during mission status, the Lieutenant has relinquished
his position at Cloudbase’s communications console to others –
namely Captains Blue and Magenta - on a few occasions (such as when
he visited Earth’s Moon with Captains Scarlet and Blue, in the
episodes ‘Lunarville 7’ and ‘Crater 101’, or when he joined
Captain Scarlet in “Avalanche”).
duty, Seymour is alert and usually calm, never allowing himself to
be flustered, worried or annoyed. He does seem to have a somewhat
sarcastic side to his nature, which is, on some occasions, directed
towards Captain Scarlet, as seen in episodes 4 and 31, although
because the later episode includes a dream sequence, it isn’t
really known if Green’s apparent derision for Scarlet runs as deep
as it seems, or if it was only imagined that way by Symphony Angel.
Colonel White’s aide and confidante, Lieutenant Green is
completely trustworthy, reliable, and loyal to both Spectrum and his
commander – almost to a fault (as seen in “White as Snow”).
Although he is almost continually seen working at his station
in the Control Room, Lieutenant Green often displays a desire and
impatience to be more involved in the action, as seen in the episode
“Manhunt”. In that
same episode, in his eagerness to join the hunt for Captain Black,
Green also displays something like resentment towards the renegade
officer. Whether there
is a specific and personal reason behind this resentment is unknown.
duty, Lieutenant Green relaxes completely, and becomes humorous,
full of fun and even boisterous.
He adores music, especially the West Indian Calypso, and
frequently delights the other Captains and Angel pilots by playing
his guitar and singing traditional West Indian songs.
and personal life
to most of the sources of his official biography, Seymour Griffiths
is the eldest son of a family of nine – which counts at least four
boys and three sisters amongst the eldest, although the gender of
the youngest children is unknown.
While Seymour’s siblings remain unnamed in any official
biography, Chris Bishop’s story “A Question of Trust”, named
the brother who died as Joshua, and explained that his death by
drowning occurred during the sabotage of the Stingray prototype –
an incident that also caused Bradley Holden’s back injury (Captain
Fanfic authors have given details of an extended family for Seymour:
in “Pride and Joy”, Lezli Farrington created a nephew,
Aaron Griffiths, who becomes Captain Amber, and who, in further
stories, becomes infatuated and involved with Rose Metcalfe (the
daughter of Captain Scarlet and Rhapsody Angel, also Lezli’s
creation). Marion Woods
proposed a relationship between Lieutenant Green and Captain
Blue’s sister, Katherine Svenson (created by Chris Bishop), but
this relationship, which results in marriage and produces one son
– Marcus - does not last, according to Marion’s story
his divorce, Green becomes involved with Lieutenant Flaxen (Audrey
Geffen, another of Marion’s creations) whom he marries just before
the story “Seeing Green”, Caroline Smith provides names for all
of Seymour Griffiths' siblings, and these are different from those
proposed by other authors: Talia, Clyde and Wayne (twin brothers),
Nathan, Alvin and Valey (twins, boy and girl), Lisa, and Audley, as
the brother who died in a submarine accident while in the WASP.
episode “Attack on Cloudbase” seems to suggest that Green might
have a soft sport for Rhapsody Angel, but as most of this episode is
part of a dream sequence, it is debatable if this is really the
case, or just an assumption by Symphony Angel. However, this
observation was used by Chris Bishop for the story written in
collaboration with Ono, “Curse of the Wolf”, and again by
Caroline Smith in “Seeing Green”.
Green is one of the three characters of the TV series to appear in
all the episodes, the other two being Captain Scarlet and Captain
Blue. However, in the
last episode of the series “The Inquisition”, he appears only in
flashbacks, as Captain Blue recalls events from the Moon missions.
Although puppets, his and Melody Angel’s characters were some of
the first Black characters to play major roles in a TV series.
obviously being one of the main characters of the series, Lieutenant
Green doesn’t appear in the opening credits presentation – an
oversight that was corrected in Gerry Anderson’s New Captain
Scarlet for the Lieutenant Green of this series.
from the same wood
Green’s face – and taste in Calypso music – was based on that
of the character’s voice performer, TV artist and singer Cy Grant.
November 8, 1919 in British Guiana, Cy Grant is an actor, singer,
guitarist and writer. He
served as a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force during World
War II, and when his plane was shot down over Germany, he was
captured and subsequently spent two years as a prisoner of war at
the Stalag Luft III camp. His picture even appeared in the German
newspapers, under the caption, “A Member of the RAF of
after the war, he qualified as a barrister, but decided on a career
as an actor on stage and in film (“Shaft in Africa”, “At
the Earth’s Core” and “Sea Wife”), as well as a
singer in films, concerts and nightclubs, where he sang folksongs
and calypsos. Grant became one of the best-known calypso singers in
England in the late 1950s, due to nightly appearances on the BBC
television news magazine programme entitled Tonight. Grant has written a number of books, amongst them “Blackness
& the Dreaming Soul”, and a book of his war memoirs, under
the title “A Member of the RAF of Indeterminate Race”.
There is an Official
Cy Grant website on the Internet, where you can learn more
about the artist.
The many faces of Lieutenant
attack!" by Don Harley
on the Embleton poster
Like the other characters from
the TV series, Lieutenant Green was drawn by the various artists of
the Captain Scarlet comic strips from TV 21.
However, he is not as prominently used as he was in the TV
series, and takes back stage to the hero of the series, Captain
Scarlet, as well as to Captain Blue and even Colonel White, mostly
keeping to his station in front of the Cloudbase
computer/communication centre (As seen, most noticeably, in the
first story arc drawn by Ron Embleton).
His picture made the cover in Issue 171 of TV 21, in a story arc where
he nearly becomes victim to killer ants (drawn by Don Harley).
He also was one of the five characters to appear on the
poster drawn by Ron Embleton for the Anglo Confectionary bubble gums
cards (The other characters being Captain Scarlet, Captain Blue,
Colonel White and Symphony Angel).
In the Angels comic strip from
the Lady Penelope magazines, Green received a little more of the
spotlight, and becomes one of the first officers – along with
Colonel White – to meet the Angel pilots.
It is revealed that his was the mysterious voice addressing
the Angels through a speaker, throughout their training, before the
girls finally learned the real purpose behind their getting
The Lieutenant Green character
was not drawn by Lynn Simpson for her original collection of
lithographs, but the artist corrected that oversight by adding the
character to a new series of drawings that was published in various
issues of the Captain Scarlet magazine, published in the 90s.
Lieutenant Green puppet was used as supporting characters in
"Joe 90", (two puppets appeared as Arabian palace guards
in "King for a Day"), and also in "Secret
In the “New Captain Scarlet” series, although the
character of Lieutenant Green had been kept, it received a radical
make-over and was turned into a female.
The new female Green kept the same functions as
Communications officer and aide-de-camp to Colonel White; named
Serena Lewis, she’s born in Houston, Texas, U.S.A, and is the
daughter of an American Astronaut, Robert J. Lewis, who disappeared
during a mission to Jupiter, and reappears as a Mysteron agent in
the episode, “Homecoming”.
The Trinidadian and musical aspects of the character are kept
through her mother, Charmaine Samuels, a professional singer from
Trinidad. No other
family is given to Serena Lewis, and there is no mention of any
Lieutenant Green seems to be involved romantically with the CGI
series’ Captain Blue.