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This week in Gerry Anderson news! (September 16th 2023)

This week in Gerry Anderson News

Attention all sections Alpha – this is the Gerry Anderson news roundup!

This week’s Space:1999-themed edition of the Gerry Anderson Podcast launched on Monday, and featured the first in a two-part interview with Doctor Mathias himself, actor Anton Phillips! 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) the Stingray crew faced an underwater race who have devised a particularly powerful weapon, in the episode The Big Gun!

On Wednesday this week’s FAB Fact video travelled back to the Space Precinct two-parter that very nearly wasn’t! Watch the video to find out more!

As part of our 10 Months of Terrahawks celebrations, in which we deliver a special Terrahawks treat on the 10th of every month until the show’s 40th anniversary next month, last weekend we delved into the archives of the Terrahawks audio adventures to bring you Yung-star’s full performance of Nessun Dorma from the episode Star Crossed! Moving stuff, no?

This week was all about Space:1999, as we celebrated Breakaway Day; an annual international celebration of all things Space:1999 held each year on September 13th; the date that the Moon was blown out of Earth orbit in the first episode of the series!

To start with, we’re very excited to have the Space:1999 Comic Anthology now available to pre-order from the Official Gerry Anderson Store! This beautiful 300+ page hardback book collects all of the British Space:1999 strip stories from the pages of Look-in and includes a variety of background articles and interviews to provide context, as well as insights into the foreign reprints and its American counterpart magazines and comics. Early pre-orderers will also receive a free Space:1999 jigsaw with their purchase (while stocks last) when it ships in late October.

The Comic Anthology will be the third Space:1999 hardback graphic novel released from the Official Gerry Anderson Store this year, following To Everything That Was and Aftershock & Awe – and if you’ve not yet purchased any of these books, you might like to purchase all three together in this bundle, and save yourself 20%!

Also coming soon from the Official Gerry Anderson Store is a new range of Eagle models, which will soon be available to pre-order! Visit this page to register your interest in these new Eagles, so that you can pre-order as soon as they go live!

New today on our YouTube channel is a short feature looking at Gerry Anderson’s early days, kicking off a new series examining his life and career!

As part of the Breakaway Day celebration Jack Knoll and David Munday presented a special livestream event in the evening celebrating the series and featuring two very special guests!

Also launching on Breakaway Day was an exciting new documentary celebrating the star vehicle of Space:1999! The Eagle Has Landed is the brainchild of writer/director Jeffrey Morris, who very kindly spoke to us about the project in an interview this week. If you’d like to help bring the film to life, you can pledge your support at the Kickstarter here.

Celebrating a birthday this week was Space:1999 star Barbara Bain (September 13th), while popular Anderson episodes that first aired in the UK this week in years past include Space:1999’s Force of Life (September 11th 1975) and The Exiles (September 11th 1976), New Captain Scarlet‘s Virus (September 10th 2005), The ProtectorsBalance of Terror (September 15th 1972) and UFO‘s premiere episode Identified (September 16th 1970).

We’ll be back next weekend with another Gerry Anderson news roundup – yes, maybe there!

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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