It’s been another busy week in our corner of the Anderson universe – here’s all the things you need to know!
This week’s content kicked off on Monday with the latest edition of the Gerry Anderson Podcast, continuing with the three-part archive interview with Century 21 Merchandising head Keith Shackleton. In this second installment, Keith explained the Century 21 philosophy of treating kids as if they were young adults, the connection between Patrick Moore and Fireball XL5, and what he thinks is the secret sauce that made Thunderbirds an international success! If you missed this week’s episode you can catch it (and all other previous episodes) 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) Joe 90 and his friends embarked on a challenge of skill and daring against the World Army – with the fate of the World Intelligence Network itself hanging in the balance! Who will emerge triumphant? Find out in The Race!
Tuesday was Valentine’s Day, and we launched the first annual (maybe, possibly!) Anderson edition of Snog, Marry, Avoid! Jamie Anderson was prevented with five trios of characters from the Anderson universe – but who was a Snog, who was a Marry, and who was Avoid? You can read the article here!
On Wednesday this week’s FAB Fact video went live, discussing who actually owned Harry Rule’s Jensen interceptor as seen in The Protectors – the answer may surprise you!
On Thursday actor and author Richard James stopped by for an interview regarding The Doomsday Device, the upcoming second title in the Five Star Five novel series, and discussed the excitement and challenges of continuing to expand Gerry Anderson and Tony Barwick’s unrealised 1979 feature film script into a full universe in book form.
After several days of teasing there was more exciting book news for Space:1999 fans on Friday with the announcement that To Everything That Was, a long out of print 2013 Space:1999 book featuring a collection of classic comic strips adapted and revised to serve as a bridge between Years 1 and 2 of the show, was receiving a new hardback reprint from the Official Gerry Anderson store – with the equally out of print Aftershock and Awe also being reprinted soon! More details can be found here, with more arriving next week!
Incredibly, New Captain Scarlet celebrated its 18th anniversary on Sunday 12th, while other popular episodes that first aired in the UK this week in years past included Captain Scarlet’s Fire at Rig 15, Joe 90’s Breakout, Thunderbirds’ The Duchess Assignment and UFO’s Timelash. We also paid tribute to the late Lois Maxwell, who voiced Lt. Atlanta Shore in Stingray and played Miss Holland in two episodes of UFO, on her birthday on February 14th.
That’s all for this week’s roundup, but stand by for more next week as we continue to count down to the launch of both Five Star Five The Doomsday Device and Space:1999 – To Everything That Was!