Matt Zimmerman to attend Supercelebration

We are delighted to announce that the ever popular and irrepressible Matt Zimmerman will be attending Special Assignment in September!

Matt voiced the youngest Tracy brother in the original Thunderbirds series and has attended countless Fanderson conventions over the years. His last convention appearance was in 2017, when he appeared on stage alongside fellow voice artists Wayne Forrester and Liz Morgan. This September he will be joined by his ‘elder brother’ Shane Rimmer to discuss their memories of working on the Supermarionation shows.

We can’t wait to meet Matt again at Supercelebration!

Join us for a Supercelebration

The convention takes place from 20th to 22nd September at the 2019 Holiday Inn, Maidenhead.

Early bird tickets to Supercelebration start at just £55 per person for one day, or £90 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017. That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

UFO star Gary Raymond to appear at Supecelebration

Gary Raymond

We are very excited to announce that UFO star Gary Raymond will be appearing at Supercelebration in September. Gary starred as Colonel John Grey alongside fellow guest artist Derren Nesbitt in the episode ‘The Man Who Came Back’, and joins Penny Spencer as the second UFO actor to confirm their attendance.

In a career spanning six decades, Gary has appeared in numerous films and TV series, including Jason King, The Persuaders!, Jason and the Argonauts, The New Avengers, and Hammer House of Horror, as well as a regular in The Cedar Tree.

See our full list of confirmed guests.

Join us for a Supercelebration

Early bird tickets to Supercelebration start at just £55 per person for one day, or £90 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017. That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Richard Gregory has died

Fanderson are saddened to hear of the death of special effects master Richard Gregory.

Known to Anderson fans for his work on Terrahawks and Space Precinct, Gregory established himself as an animatronics designer on the Walking with Dinosaurs series in the early 2000s, before working on a series of Hollywood blockbusters, including a a trio of Daniel Craig Bond films, The Dark Knight  and Disney’s John Carter.

He will be sadly missed. A full tribute will appear in the next issue of FAB magazine.

Liz Morgan signs up for Supercelebration

Liz Morgan, at Fanderson's Special Assignment convention in 2017

We are pleased to announce that Liz Morgan has agreed to attend our Supercelebration convention in September!

Liz is fondly remembered by fans for voicing Liz regular characters Destiny and Rhapsody Angel in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. She attended our last convention, Special Assignment, in 2017, where she helped us celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show, appearing in two guest interview panels alongside Matt Zimmerman, David Graham, Wayne Forrester and Shane Rimmer (also confirmed).

See our full list of confirmed guests.

Join us for a Supercelebration

Early bird tickets to Supercelebration start at just £55 per person for one day, or £90 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017. That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.

Find out more and register now

Terrahawks star Windsor Davies has died

Serjeant Major Zero from Terrahawks, voiced by Windsor Davies

Fanderson is saddened to hear of the death of actor Windsor Davies. Famous for his role as Battery Sergeant Major Williams in the sitcom It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Davies is best known among Anderson fans for voicing another sergeant major – this time robotic and disembodied: Zero, in Terrahawks. His family announced that he passed away on Thursday. He will be sadly missed. Fans can expect to read a full obituary in the next issue of FAB magazine.

TV21 artist Mike Noble dies

Mike NobleFanderson is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of beloved TV21 comics artist Mike Noble.

Known today for his vivid, energetic and highly colourful work, Mike began illustrating comics in the late 1950s with something far more sedate – a strip called Simon and Sally that followed the adventures of a pair of eponymous infant twins. He quickly proved his talents as a first-rate illustrator of TV-inspired strips, working on The Lone Ranger and Popeye for TV Comic. However it was in the mid to late 1960s that Mike will be remembered for his amazing work on a series of Gerry Anderson tie-in strips for TV21, including Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet and Zero-X. Throughout the 1970s he worked for Look-In, illustrating Star Trek, The Adventures of Black Beauty, The Tomorrow People, Worzel Gummidge and – of course – Space:1999.

 

Later in his career Mike reconnected with the Anderson universe, contributing to the Fleetway Comics revival of TV21 overseen by Alan Fennell.

As well as being a hugely talented and prolific artist, Mike was a gentleman, always happy to talk to fans about his work and unsparing in his contributions – whether attending conventions, donating artwork or taking commissions – Fanderson included! He attended the club’s last convention, Special Assignment, in 2017, where he exhibited a wide selection of his work, signed artwork and talked on stage with fellow Anderson artist Graham Bleathman. Despite ill health had been eager to attend Supercelebration next year. He will be sadly missed. A full tribute will be appearing in FAB soon.

Mike’s passing follows swiftly that of actor John Bluthal, best known to Anderson fans as the voice of the cantankerous Commander Zero in Fireball XL5.

Fans are welcome to leave tributes to both men on the Fanderson Facebook group and the Fanderson Forum.

Actor John Bluthal dies

Fanderson is saddened to hear of the death of actor John Bluthal. Best known to Anderson fans as the voice of the cantankerous Commander Zero in Fireball XL5, Bluthal reached wider fame with his role as Frank Pickle in The Vicar of Dibley.

He was born in Jezierzany, Galicia, Poland (now Ukraine) before emigrating to Melbourne, Australia with his family in 1938 at the age of nine. He later returned to Europe, where he worked extensively in theatre and radio comedy before moving into TV appearances in shows such as Fireball XL5, The Saint and Q. Bluthal’s long-running film and television career stretched from the 1960s up until a role as philosopher Herbert Marcuse in the Coen Brothers film, Hail Caesar!

A tribute will be appearing in FAB magazine shortly.

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 recorded 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.

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Merry Christmas from Fanderson

Christmas with Fanderson

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to all Fanderson members.

2017 was a great year for the club, culminating in a very successful convention that saw fans of all ages come together to celebrate the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson. We hope that all of you received the sales brochure in early December and have been able to treat yourself or a friend or family member to one of our new sales items, whether it’s our beautiful Fab Grooves double LP, our  lovely 2018 calendar or our stunning Joe 90 soundtrack CD.

Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Joe 90 soundtrack CD