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.

THE PROGRAMME

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 GUESTS
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
  • Shane and Sheila Rimmer - Thunderbirds’s Scott Tracy and Captain Scarlet writer
  • David Graham - the man of a thousand voices, including Parker from Thunderbirds
  • Brian Johnson – special effects guru on famous for his work on Space:1999
  • Mary Turner – sculptor and puppeteer
  • Phil Ford – New Captain Scarlet head writer
  • Mike Trim – influential modelmaker and designer
  • Graham Bleathman – prolific cut-away artist
  • Liz Morgan - the voice of Destiny and Rhapsody Angels in Captain Scarlet
  • Mike Noble – TV Century 21 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”

THE CHARITY

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 VENUE

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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:

TICKETS

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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. Ticket prices will rise on 1st May 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 (£90)



Saturday only (£55)



Sunday only (£55)

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 (£100)



Saturday only (£65)



Sunday only (£65)


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)

Traders

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 approximately 1m x 2m and permits one person to attend that table (so, for two members of staff on your table, you’ll need to buy two tables etc).



Weekend (£90)



Saturday only (£50)



Sunday only (£50)

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.

Join us at www.fanderson.org.uk

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

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  • 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.

Come to The Future is Fantastic!

The Future is Fantastic!

Date: 2nd to 4th October, 2015 Venue: the Holiday Inn, Manor Lane, Maidenhead, SL6 2RA

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The Future Is Fantastic! is Fanderson’s convention for 2015

2015 will be, of course, the 50th anniversary of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s legendary series Thunderbirds, plus it will also see the launch of ITV Studios’ reimagining of the series as Thunderbirds Are Go. But on top of that there are so many other anniversaries to celebrate:

  • Four Feather Falls’ 55th (first UK broadcast 25th February 1960)
  • Crossroads To Crime’s 55th (UK premiere November 1960)
  • Supercar’s 55th (production started September 1960)
  • UFO’s 45th (first UK broadcast 16th September 1970)
  • Space:1999’s 40th (first UK broadcast 4th September 1975)
  • Space Precinct’s 20th (first UK broadcast 18th March 1995)
  • New Captain Scarlet’s 10th (first UK broadcast 12th February 2005)

Over the weekend we’ll be looking at the amazing visions of the future that the Anderson productions gave us in these series and more.

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THE GUESTS

A wide range of guests from across the Anderson universe will be attending The Future is Fantastic! to give interviews, sign autographs and perhaps mingle with fans in the bar! We would like to point out that our guests are all giving up their valuable free time to attend the convention. Commitments sometimes change and unfortunately may be surprise cancellations – but also additions! – at the last moment. However, for now we are thrilled to confirm the following guests:

  • Sylvia Anderson (co-creator of the Anderson series and voice artist)
  • Matt Zimmerman (voice of Alan Tracy – Thunderbirds)
  • David Graham (voice of Parker, Brains, Gordon Tracy – Thunderbirds)
  • Shane Rimmer (voice of Scott Tracy – Thunderbirds) and Sheila Rimmer
  • Jeremy Wilkin (voice of Virgil Tracy – Thunderbirds)
  • Brian Johnson (visual effects designer)
  • Alan Shubrook (Century 21 modelmaker)
  • Peter Hitchcock (Century 21 effects)
  • Keith Shackleton (Head of Merchandising)
  • Mike Noble (TV21/Look-In comic artist)
  • Mike Trim (Century 21  modelmaker)
  • Mary Turner (Century 21 puppeteer and puppet designer)
  • Roy Scammell (actor – Space:1999)
  • Christopher Penfold (writer and story consultant – Space:1999)
  • John Lee (modelmaker – Terrahawks)
  • Judy Preece (puppeteer – Terrahawks)
  • Nicholas Parsons (voice of Tex Tucker – Four Feather Falls)
  • Terry Adlam (creator/director – Dick Spanner)

THE VENUE

The Holiday Inn, Maidenhead was the venue for Fanderson’s Expect The Unexpected event in October 2013, from which the feedback was very positive. It is 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 £89 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: Crowne Plaza, Marlow – www.crowneplaza.com – 01628 496800 The Thames Riviera Hotel – www.thamesriviera.com – 01628 674057 Travelodge Hotel, Maidenhead Central – www.travelodge.co.uk – 0871 984 6456 Kingswood Hotel & Gandhi Restaurant – 01628 633598 Walton Cottage Hotel & Suites – www.waltoncottagehotel.co.uk – 01628 624394 Taplow House Hotel – www.taplowhouse.com – 01628 670056 Fredrick’s Hotel, Restaurant and Spa – www.fredricks-hotel.co.uk – 01628 581000

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THE PROGRAMME

We all love watching the programmes, playing games, dressing up, having in-depth discussions, hearing guests, and gawping at fantastic models, puppets, props and artwork. You can be sure that The Future Is Fantastic! will have all of this and more, though at this early stage we hope you’ll understand that it’s still coming together.

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THE CHARITY

Gerry Anderson was always so supportive of Fanderson and we will be showing our support by raising funds for The Alzheimer’s Society – a charity close to Gerry’s heart – plus BBC Children In Need.

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FANDERSON

The convention is being staged for and by members of Fanderson, the official Gerry Anderson appreciation society. Fanderson is the only official appreciation society for the work of Gerry Anderson, endorsed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, Anderson Entertainment, Gerry Anderson Productions and ITC Entertainment Group, with over 1,200 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 Gerry 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 takes a salary, ‘mutual trading’ with our members means we’re exempt from certain taxes that would vastly inflate our prices, and because we only trade with our members the various copyright holders are often willing to forego the expensive merchandise licences that commercial companies have to buy. Also, because we’re fellow fans like you, in running the club we take the time and care about the little details in our products that commercial operations often can’t or don’t bother about.

Ticket Prices

Tickets to The Future Is Fantastic! are just £65 per person for one day, or £110 for the whole weekend. We’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our TV21 convention in 2010 because we’re a fan club and no-one is taking a salary from it. Note that Saturday or Sunday-only tickets do not include any refreshments that are included in the weekend ticket.

Trial Memberships

If you’re not already a Fanderson member you must apply for a trial membership with your ticket to The Future Is Fantastic! at a special trial price of just £10. The trial membership will start when you arrive at the convention and run until 31st December 2015. This will get 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 to our full range of merchandise online, access to the members’ area of the Fanderson Forum.

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DRESS CODE
We know from many past conventions that some fans love to dress up and enter into the spirit of the Anderson universe! We want to encourage you to be as creative as you can this year, especially on Saturday night. That’s why we hope to be awarding some prizes for the best dressed out there!

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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

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