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This week in Gerry Anderson news! (December 23rd 2023)

The Christmas rocket has just been launched from Coralville – let’s try to squeeze in this week’s edition of the Gerry Anderson news roundup before it gets here!

This week’s edition of the Gerry Anderson Podcast launched on Monday, and featured the first part of an interview with Terrahawks writer and special effects artist and Dick Spanner creator (plus all-around pun-meister) Terry Adlam! If you prefer to stick with traditional audio-only rather than our new and improved video format you can still catch it (and all other previous episodes) every week either through our website or via your podcast platform of choice.

Also new this week over on the Gerry Anderson Randomiser Podcast (also available on all podcast platforms) there’s romantic drama at Marineville as the Stingray crew faced a visit from The Man from the Navy!

On Wednesday this week’s Fab Fact video examined the creation of a Space Precinct toy that wasn’t based on a vehicle from the series – or was it? Find out more in the above video!

Did you see Jamie Anderson’s special Christmas message this week? You can read it here – but do pay attention to the important information regarding contacting the Official Gerry Anderson Store over the festive period, Captains!

With so much going on in the Anderson universe in 2023, you’d be forgiven for having missed one or two things! This week we published an article spotlighting five of our favourite fan highlights of 2023! What were some of yours?

The Secrets of the Secret Service is now landing on customer doormats – has yours arrived yet? If so, we’d love to know what you think of it if you have time to leave a review on the Official Gerry Anderson Store – and if you haven’t yet ordered your copy, why not pick one up today?

If you’re among those who ordered the Terrahawks comic anthology, the making-of book Flaming Thunderbolts: The Definitive Story of Terrahawks, the Terrahawks graphic novel Deep Blue Z, or the edition of The Secrets of the Secret Service that comes with a free poster, we’re very sorry to announce that these titles will now *not* be arriving at our warehouse until January 3rd due to delays at the printers. We appreciate many of you will have ordered these as Christmas presents, so we’re very sorry for any inconvenience caused.

On December 22nd we remembered the 1926 birth of author and producer Roberta Leigh, creator of The Adventures of Twizzle and Torchy the Battery Boy, while popular Anderson episodes that first aired in the UK this week in years past include the Terrahawks episode Mind Monster (December 17th 1983), the Space:1999 episode Another Time, Another Place (December 18th 1975), Captain Scarlet‘s Point 783 (December 22nd 1967), ThunderbirdsVault of Death (December 23rd 1965) and of course the Stingray festive favourite A Christmas to Remember (December 20th 1964) and the Joe 90 Christmas caper The Unorthodox Shepherd (December 22nd 1968)!

We’ll be back next weekend for the final news roundup of 2023 – but between now and then, it’s time to remember the man who started it all. Gerry Anderson passed away on December 26th 2012, and every Boxing Day we commemorate the event by asking you to raise a glass in his memory and share your thoughts, memories, and maybe even a photo on social media using the hashtag #cheersgerryanderson . We’d appreciate you joining in with memories of Gerry, his teams and his work this December 26th!

Written by
Chris Dale

Writer, editor & voice actor on Big Finish's Doctor Who, Terrahawks, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet audio ranges. Host of the Randomiser on the Gerry Anderson Podcast.

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