Jamie said: “As evidenced by the sheer volume of entertainment that Dad managed to put out over his lengthy career – he was a pretty prolific creative. Over the last 20 years he put together a number of fantastic projects, with several of those being developed since 2005. Sadly he wasn’t well enough to see them through, but it’s important to me that we get them out there. They’ve all got the Anderson magic. There are four of those projects that we’re working on and developing right now.”
“None are what I would call reimaginings. There’s one book and TV project that he was working on for 2 years that, for me, takes all the best elements of an Anderson show and elegantly puts them into a brand new setting. I’m really excited about that one. The others are new but all true to the Anderson spirit.”
Fans of Gerry Anderson attended a Q&A session about the producer’s life and work at the National Space Centre in Leicester on Saturday 10th March.
Hosted by Gerry’s son Jamie, the panel included Terrahawks puppeteer Judy Preece, New Captain Scarlet director Mark Woollard, writer Phil Ford and visual and special effects artist Richard Gregory.
The talk proved to be both highly entertaining and insightful, with the best question – concerning Gerry Anderson’s ‘darker side’ – meriting a prize of a signed first day cover of the Genius of Gerry Anderson stamps, signed by the man himself.
The talk ended with Jamie revealing an exciting teaser trailer for a new Gerry Anderson ‘legacy’ production. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks!
The talk formed part of BritSciFi, a now annual event at the National Space Centre in Leicester. This year’s event was held in honour of Gerry, and fundraising activities were devoted to his chosen charity, the Alzheimer’s Society.
Other highlights of the weekend for fans included talks with Prentis Hancock and Pam Rose about their time on Space:1999, plus Anderson Alley, a separate section of the event devoted to a wide range of props and models. Fanderson also had a table and we had a great time meeting some old faces as well as some new members!