Captain Scarlet book to launch at Special Assignment

Captain Scarlet: The Vault

Special Assignment will see the launch of a lavish new book by former Fanderson chairman Chris Bentley. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: The Vault celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic series and is fully authorised by ITV Studios Global Entertainment. We can reveal the cover here for the first time.

Publisher Marcus Hearn was the author of 2015′s Thunderbirds: The Vault. “I see this very much as the follow-up,” he says. “Fanderson’s Mike Jones designed the Thunderbirds book, and I’m pleased to say that he’s working with us on this new project too. Chris Bentley has come up with an amazing amount of material, and we’ve commissioned new photography of the original puppets, studio models and vintage merchandise. We can’t wait to share what we’ve done.”

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: The Vault is published by Signum Books on 6 October, but Chris will be signing advance copies at the Special Assignment convention on 30 September and 1 October.


Tickets to Special Assignment start at just £55 per person for one day, or £90 for the whole weekend. We’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as The Future Is Fantastic! convention in 2015 because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary. Note that Saturday-only or Sunday-only tickets do not include the Saturday evening meal or any other refreshments that are included in the weekend ticket.

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Your Special Assignment for 2017



Spectrum needs you for a special assignment

Date: 29th September – 1st October 2017
Venue: Holiday Inn, Manor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 2RA

The Programme | The Guests | The Charity | The Venue | Member Tickets
Non-Member Tickets | Traders Tickets | Terms and Conditions

Friday 29th September 1967: millions sat in front of their televisions, enthralled by The Mysterons – the first episode of Gerry and Sylvia’s Anderson latest creation, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons.

Fifty years on, and Captain Scarlet fans will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of this ground-breaking series at Special Assignment, Fanderson’s convention for 2017. Plus, of course, over the weekend we’ll be looking at all the other amazing visions of the future that AP Films and Century 21 teams gave us in their productions, including Stingray, Thunderbirds, UFO, Space:1999 and more.


special-assignment-angelsWe all love listening to those who worked on the programmes, gawping at fantastic models, puppets, props and artwork, watching the programmes, playing games, dressing up and having in-depth discussions. You can be sure that Special Assignment will have all of this and more, though at this early stage we hope you’ll understand that it’s still coming together.

Our exhibition of models, puppets, artwork etc is being organised once again by long-time Fanderson member and puppet owner/maker/restorer Chris King, drawing on the generosity of fellow fans and private collectors, so you can be sure it’ll be a humdinger!

the-future-is-fantastic-convention-2We’ve got a long list of guests that we’ve invited to Special Assignment. The following have already confirmed their attendance:

  • Peter Hitchcock – AP Films projectionist, lip-sync operator and ‘puppet hand’ in his first convention appearance
  • Mary Turner – sculptor and puppeteer
  • Nicholas Parsons – voice of Tex Tucker, the hero of Four Feather Falls
  • Shane and Sheila Rimmer - Thunderbirds’s Scott Tracy and Captain Scarlet writer
  • David Graham - the man of a thousand voices, including Parker from Thunderbirds
  • Mike Trim - influential modelmaker and designer
  • Mike Noble - TV Century 21 artist
  • Richard Culley - Head of Merchandising at Century 21
  • Liz Morgan - the voices of Destiny and Rhapsody Angels in Captain Scarlet
  • Alan Perry - Captain Scarlet and UFO director
  • Penny Spencer - SHADO operative in UFO
  • Georgina Moon - Skydiver operative Lt. Sylvia Howell in UFO
  • Martin Bower - model maker and special effects designer on Space:1999
  • Brian Johnson - special effects guru on famous for his work on Space:1999
  • John Lee - modelmaker on Terrahawks
  • Judy Preece - puppeteer on Terrahawks
  • Terry Adlam - creator, writer and director of Dick Spanner
  • Phil Ford - New Captain Scarlet head writer
  • Dominic Lavery - Concept Art Director on New Captain Scarlet
  • Dee Anderson – singer, writer and daughter of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson
  • Graham Bleathman – prolific cut-away artist

Keep an eye on our website as we’ll announce each new guest just as soon as we receive their confirmation.

Here are a few comments from just a few who immediately agreed to be there with you:

Peter Hitchcock
Peter couldn’t make it to The Future Is Fantastic! but says he “Would love to be there in September 2017.”

Mike Noble
“Hoping to get along to Maidenhead in 2017 – with any luck!”

Shane and Sheila Rimmer
“Always a treat to meet old friends and new ones too!”

Mary Turner
“I think you are all amazing how you have kept the old series going all this time.”

Graham Bleathman
“Always a great atmosphere at Fanderson Conventions. Looking forward to this one”


Over the years Fanderson has raised funds for a wide variety of charities, including The Alzheimer’s Society, BBC Children In Need, Macmillan Cancer Support, Terrence Higgins Trust, Guide Dogs For The Blind and Diabetes UK.

We’re delighted to announce that our charities at Special Assignment will be Breast Cancer Care and the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund.



The Holiday Inn, Maidenhead was the venue for Fanderson’s The Future Is Fantastic! event in 2015. It’s set in a residential area one mile from Maidenhead town centre and has a complimentary car park for residents. The health club includes a large swimming pool, children’s pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and two gyms. The Junction Restaurant serves seasonal dishes as well as classics like steak and pasta, and there’s 24-hour room service. There is also a very large open plan cocktail bar that serves bar snack meals and is great for socialising.

The hotel is in the heart of AP Films/Century 21 studio-land:

  • 3.6 miles/12 minutes to Islet Park
  • 6 miles/12 minutes to Bath Road (AP Films)
  • 6.6 miles/13 minutes to Stirling Road (Century 21)
  • 12.1 miles/23 minutes to Pinewood Studios

The hotel has good transport connections to Heathrow, London, the West, the Midlands and the motorway network:

  • 1 mile (3 minutes) to M4
  • 9 miles (13 minutes) to M40
  • 12 miles (14 minutes) to M25
  • taxi from London Heathrow: 25 minutes/£35 one-way approximately
  • taxi from London Gatwick: 1 hour/£60 one-way approximately
  • train from London Paddington to Maidenhead: 37-47 minutes/from £11.10 one-way
  • taxi from Maidenhead railway station: four minutes/£4 one-way approximately

Rooms at the Holiday Inn are available to delegates at the special rate of £90 per room/per night (bed and breakfast) based on two people sharing. Just call 01628 506070 in normal office hours (9:00-17:00 Monday to Friday) and quote the reference ‘Fanderson’.

Alternative hotels in the area:



As a fan-organised event, the earlier everyone books for Special Assignment, the earlier we know how extravagant we can be in staging the show.

Tickets start at just £65 per person for one day, or £110 for the whole weekend. We’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as The Future Is Fantastic! convention in 2015 because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary. Note that Saturday-only or Sunday-only tickets do not include the Saturday evening meal or any other refreshments that are included in the weekend ticket. Ticket prices will rise on 1st August 2017.

Book your place(s) online now or, if you’d prefer to pay by UK cheque or postal order, complete the registration form and return it to us with your payment.


Fanderson members

Weekend (£110)

Saturday only (£65)

Sunday only (£65)

Not a Fanderson member?

Anyone coming to Special Assignment who isn’t already a Fanderson member (even if you’re coming with a club member) must buy a Trial member ticket which includes a trial Fanderson membership at a special price of £10. The trial membership will start when you arrive at the convention and run until 31st December 2017. This will give you the latest issue of the club’s FAB magazine, membership badge, enable you to buy our merchandise at the convention at special prices, access our full range of merchandise online and access to the members’ area of the Fanderson Forum.

Weekend (£120)

Saturday only (£75)

Sunday only (£75)

Not able to be with us in person?

If you’re not able to join us at Special Assignment but would still like to support the event, you can buy a Supporting ticket. You’ll be supporting our charity and we’ll send you a full convention pack straight after the event.

UK (£10)

Europe (£12.50)

Rest of the world (£15)


If you’re a trader or licensee and you’d like to take the opportunity to sell your merchandise with fans of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s work (or even a club member who wants some of your collection to go to a good home) then buy tables in our Special Assignment Traders’ Room. Each table is  180 x 75cm, or round ones are 180cm diameter 1m x 2m. Each table permits one person to attend (so, for two members of staff on your table, you’ll need to buy two tables etc).

Weekend (£110)

Saturday only (£60)

Sunday only (£60)

Special Assignment is being staged by Fanderson. The world’s only official Gerry and Sylvia Anderson appreciation society, Fanderson is endorsed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Anderson Entertainment, Gerry Anderson Productions and ITC Entertainment Group, with over 1,300 members worldwide. Based in the UK and run by a small unpaid committee of fans, Fanderson was formed in 1981 from several small clubs at the request of ITC Entertainment and Gerry Anderson, so that they could support a single independent fan body for all Anderson productions.

As a club, we can only sell merchandise to club members, which enables us to keep costs down and direct all our funds into our products and services. No one running Fanderson takes a salary, ‘mutual trading’ with our members means we’re exempt from certain taxes that would inflate our prices, and copyright holders are often willing to forego the expensive merchandise licences that commercial companies have to buy. And, because we’re fellow fans like you, we try to take time and care over the little details in our products that commercial operations often can’t or don’t bother about.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS (in addition to Fanderson’s standard terms and conditions)


  • All deposits and subsequent payments are non-refundable.
  • It is your responsibility to pay the hotel bill for your room and any associated costs upon checkout, or to pay any cancellation costs due to your failure to attend the event.
  • The convention committee and/or the hotel reserve the right to decline registration for any reason whatsoever and, should your application for registration be declined, any registration fees that you have paid will be refunded in full.
  • The convention is not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
  • Any children in your party are your sole responsibility for the duration of the convention, and the organisers will not make any special arrangements for children of any age.
  • The organisers will make every effort to provide you with the contents of the programme of events as described, but changes to the programme may be implemented at the organisers’ discretion due to unforeseen circumstances that may arise nearer the date of the event.