Zienia Merton has died

Zienia Merton as Sandra Benes from Space:1999The Club is deeply saddened to hear of the death of Zienia Merton. Beloved for her role as for Senior Data Analyst Sandra Benes in both series of Space:1999, she was a great supporter of Fanderson over the years, while her humour and warmth made her a firm favourite with fans at conventions. This is reflected in her appearance in A Message from Moonbase Alpha, a 7-minute film recordedĀ for the Breakaway convention, held in Los Angeles 1999 to mark the year the Moon left orbit in the series.

Zienia made her TV acting debut in the early ’60s and after Space:1999 went on to appear in series as diverse as Hammer House of Horror, Lovejoy, Casualty and – more recently – The Sarah Jane Adventures.

An obituary will appear in FAB 91.

She will be dearly missed.

Shout! Factory TV and ITV Studios launch 34-hour Thunderbirds marathon

In celebration of International Thunderbirds Day on September 30th, Shout! Factory TV and ITV Studios will livestream a 34-hour Thunderbirds marathon exclusively on social video service Twitch. The global event can be enjoyed by fans around the world, who will be able to watch all 32 episodes from the show’s original run, complete with bonus content including the three recent Thunderbirds 1965 episodes based on original Century 21 audio recordings.

The marathon begins on Sunday, September 30th at 7AM PT / 3PM BST on Shout! Factory TV’s official Twitch channel. International Thunderbirds Day celebrates the anniversary of the first TV broadcast of Thunderbirds in the UK, over 50 years ago on September 30th, 1965.