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, concluding the three-part archive interview with Century 21 Merchandising head Keith Shackleton. In this final installment, the merchandising and licensing expert discusses the 1990s Thunderbirds revival, whether or not CGI would be able to replicate what was created in the 1960s, and how he told the story of the making of Space:1999. 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) Captain Scarlet was assigned to protect an undercover spy from assassination in the fashion world, in Model Spy!
In anticipation of the upcoming launch of Five Star Five The Doomsday Device, the sequel to the novel based on Gerry Anderson and Tony Barwick’s unmade 1979 feature film script, we took a look back at several other unrealised Anderson productions of the small and silver screen with an article about the lost worlds of Gerry Anderson!
To accompany the lost worlds article, we also released a new compilation of four videos from our Primers YouTube series all touching on productions mentioned in the article; The Investigator, The Day After Tomorrow, Dick Spanner and Space Police!
On Wednesday this week’s FAB Fact video went live, discussing an embarrassing incident befalling Barbara Bain during production of the Space:1999 episode The Full Circle – although Richard has his doubts on this one!
Also on Wednesday, we caught up with author Andrew E.C. Gaska for an interview about 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. A new 300+ page hardback reprint of To Everything That Was is now available to pre-order from the Official Gerry Anderson Store at a special pre-order price of £35.99, with shipping expected in mid-April 2023.
In more Space:1999 news, our friends at Big Finish announced the latest installment of their reimagined audio version of the series! Read more about what you can expect in the next volume here, including the return of an old and terrifying enemy…
Our previously announced bundles of hardback books and CD audiobooks are currently reduced by up to 40%! As a reminder of what’s available, we have;
Audios Bundle Collection – Collecting the CD releases of Thunderbirds Terror from the Stars, Peril in Peru and Operation Asteroids and the Stingray audios Operation Icecap and Monster from the Deep. SAVE 27%!
Hardbacks Bundle Collection – Collecting the hardback novels Thunderbirds Terror from the Stars, Peril in Peru and Operation Asteroids and Stingray Operation Icecap and Monster from the Deep. SAVE 41%!
Space:1999 Duo Bundle – Collecting our Space:1999 jigsaw and Moonbase Alpha keyring. SAVE 36%!
Stingray Audios Bundle – Collecting the CD releases of the Stingray audios Operation Icecap and Monster from the Deep. SAVE 20%!
Stingray Hardbacks Bundle – Collecting the hardback novels Stingray Operation Icecap and Monster from the Deep. SAVE 44%!
Thunderbirds Audios Bundle – Collecting the CD releases of Thunderbirds Terror from the Stars, Peril in Peru and Operation Asteroids. SAVE 19%!
Thunderbirds Collection Bundle – Collecting our Thunderbirds jigsaw, International Rescue keyring and 1972 Thunderbirds annual notebook. SAVE 28%!
Thunderbirds Hardbacks Bundle – Collecting the hardback novels Thunderbirds Terror from the Stars, Peril in Peru and Operation Asteroids. SAVE 33%!
Do you use the Anderapp, which features our website, store and podcasts all in one place? If you do, you may have noticed it received an update this week to help streamline your Anderson experience – let us know how you’re finding the new and improved Anderapp, and if there’s any other ways we can improve it for you! The Anderapp is available on Google Play and Android.
Torchy the Battery Boy celebrated his 63rd anniversary on Wednesday 23rd, while Four Feather Falls also turns 63 today (Saturday 25th)! Other popular Anderson episodes that first aired in the UK this week in years past include Stingray‘s Invisible Enemy, Captain Scarlet’s Treble Cross, Joe 90’s See You Down There, and Thunderbirds’ Brink of Disaster.
That’s all for this week’s roundup – but stand by for more next week!