Supercelebration: Let’s celebrate The Sound of Silence!

Susan Jameson and David Jayston
We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Susan Jameson and Michael Jayston will be attending Supercelebration in September.

The pair starred as the ill-fated brother and sister duo, Anne and Russ in the classic UFO episode The Sound of Silence. Since then, they have made numerous film and television appearances between them, with Michael memorably playing the villainous Valeyard in the Colin Baker era of Doctor Who, and Susan playing  the regular character of Esther Lane in New Tricks for over a decade.

Supercelebration is shaping up to be a real treat for fans of UFO, with Susan and Michael set to join fellow cast members Penny Spencer, Georgina Moon and Gary Raymond. And there could be more to follow…watch this space!

See our full list of confirmed guests.

Join us for a Supercelebration

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

Tickets to Supercelebration start from just £65 per person for one day, or £110 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

Penny Spencer to appear at Supercelebration

Penny Spencer and Georgina Moon at Fanderson's Special Assignment convention

Penny Spencer (left) and Georgina Moon at Special Assignment in 2017

We are delighted to announce that UFO star Penny Spencer will be appearing at Supercelebration in September.

Penny entertained fans at Special Assignment in 2017 with stories of life at SHADO HQ, where she appeared alongside fellow actress Georgina Moon. She played an unnamed SHADO control operative, but is best remembered for her role as schoolgirl Sharon Eversleigh in the LWT comedy series, Please Sir!

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

UFO’s Georgina Moon and Penny Spencer sign up for Special Assignment

UFO series logo

We are thrilled to announce that UFO’s Georgina Moon and Penny Spencer will be attending Special Assignment this year.

Georgina played beautiful Skydiver operative Lt. Sylvia Howell, and also appeared in a number of Carry On films. Penny Spencer played an unnamed SHADO control operative, but is best remembered for her role as schoolgirl Sharon Eversleigh in the LWT comedy series, Please Sir!

We are really excited about welcoming both Georgina and Penny to the event, and asking them to share their memories of working on UFO. It will be a – sadly – increasingly rare treat to hear from actors who worked on set with the likes on  Ed Bishop, Georges Sewell and Michael Billington. You won’t want to miss this.

TICKET PRICES WILL RISE VERY SOON – SO SIGN UP TODAY!

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.

Find out more and register now

UFO and Space:1999 actors at Autographica 2014

Autographica logoAutographica 2014 is shaping up to be an absolute must for Gerry Anderson fans, featuring no less than three guests from different Anderson shows!

Taking place on the 19th – 21st September 2014 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, NEC, the guest list is headed by Ayshea Brough who played a SHADO Operative in 19 episodes of UFO. The next big name is Georgina Moon who appeared in 8 episodes of the series as Skydiver Operative Lt. Sylvia Howell.

To complement these actresses from UFO, Autographica has also been able to attract Tony Osoba from Space:1999, who played the 1st Security Guard in the episode Space Warp, and Del Henney, who was a detective in the episode of The Protectors, Triple Cross.

The show’s packed guest list also contains a range of James Bond girls and Doctor Who stars. There’s even the chance to meet a real-life astronaut!

To book your tickets go to www.autographica.co.uk or phone the ticket line on 01959 573792, open 9.00am to 5.00 pm Monday to Friday

Fanderson releases sweet cigarette cards books volume 2

Sweet Cigarette cards Volume 2

Fanderson has released the second volume in its series of Sweet Cigarette Card books. The book covers the sweet cigarettes that were produced to tie in with the original marketing of The Secret Service, UFO and Space:1999 in the 1960s. The book features high resolution scans of the cards, with notes on variations and packaging. The first  volume  covered Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

Order your copy now!

Don’t forget: Fanderson merchandise is available exclusively to club members. Find out how to join

Newly purchased Doppelganger car to be restored

Anderson Entertainment and private collector Jim Winch have purchased one the three one-off cars produced by Century 21 for Gerry Anderson’s live-action feature film, Doppelganger. This vehicle is in far better condition than its counterparts (which were used as Straker’s car and Foster’s car in UFO). The Doppelganger car will be restored to movie-condition over the coming months! We can’t wait for it to make its first appearance before the fans!

Andersonic issue 16 is out!

Andersonic issue 16

Issue 16 of the Andersonic fanzine is now available to purchase online! With cover art by Rob Caswell, there’s a wealth of material for Gerry Anderson fans to feast on, including:

Tony Stacey interview – a new interview with APF & Century 21’s Chief Projectionist from Stingray up to UFO. Tony talks about his time at the studio and his escapades with Stanley Unwin, alligators, James Bond, Superswish curtain track and filming with John Read.

Gerry Haylock Interview – Countdown’s comic strip artist who drew UFO and Doctor Who for the comic, as well as Land of the Giants for Joe 90: Top Secret and even a few Protectors covers for TV Action. Gerry talks about his work and techniques he used on the comic strips.

Space:1999/ The Exiles – a look at the shooting script of this early Year 2 episode with comparisons to the finished episode. Find out what happened when Koenig decided to open fire on a guest and what links Space:1999 and Hawkwind.

Let’s Get Metaphysical – Amidst all the rumours of remakes and reboots, Robert E Wood takes a look at the heart and soul of Space: 1999 and addresses that old chestnut of scientific plausibility.

UFO/Conflict – we take a look at an underrated UFO episode and find there’s more to it than a load of space junk.

Space: 1999/ War Games – Mark Braxton looks at this well-regarded episode and finds a lot of Hawks but a total lack of Doves.

Strip Story – we look at an individual comic strip story to see what makes it tick. This issue – Countdown’s epic Thunderbirds strip ‘UN Rescue Ltd’.

To order your copy of Andersonic issue 16 online or by post check out andersonic.co.uk

 

Dolores Mantez Dies

Delores Mantez in the UFO episode Sub-SmashAs many fans will be aware, Dolores Mantez, much loved for her role as Lieutenant Nina Barry in UFO, died in November following a short illness.

Dolores began her career as a singer but went on to appear in a wide range of classic British TV shows in the 1960s and early 1970s, including Danger Man, Z-Cars, Randall and Hopkirk, The Avengers and The Onedin Line, as well as a number of West End productions and musicals. However, it is for her glamorous role as a Moonbase Operative in UFO that she is most fondly remembered. She starred alongside Ed Bishop in the dramatic two-hander Sub-Smash, widely regarded as one of the best episodes in the series and a firm favourite at convention screenings.

Fanderson offers its condolences to her family and will be providing a full obituary in the next issue of FAB.

Captain Black takes over RAF Museum Cosford

Over the weekend of 24th – 25th November the RAF Museum in Cosford will be hosting an amazing exhibition of rare puppets and memorabilia from the worlds of Gerry Anderson. For many fans a number of rarely seen puppets – including the original Captain Black – will be the star attractions of the weekend. For others, it will be the appearance of special guests David Graham, Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman. For others it will be a chance to catch up and have a friendly chat with members of the Fanderson Committee!

Captain BlackThe event will feature puppets from Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Fireball XL5 and Captain Scarlet, as well as a fascinating range of models, costumes, full-sized vehicles and sets from the classic live action shows Space 1999 and UFO.

The exhibition will be a first for the RAF Museum Cosford and will be taking place in the National Cold War Exhibition alongside a backdrop of aircraft which inspired the look and design of the shows. There will also be a number of trade stands with associated merchandise.

Admission to the display is free and will be open from 10.00 to 16.30.

Shane Rimmer, David Graham and Matt Zimmerman will be attending on the Saturday and will be interviewed in the morning in the museum’s atmospheric bunker-style lecture theatre before participating in a question and answer session in the afternoon. Tickets for both sessions are now on general sale priced £15.00, and include a parking pass and a signed photo of the Thunderbirds puppets at Cosford.

Fanderson will be manning a table at the event and will have a range of merchandise available for members to buy. If you are planning to attend please feel free to stop by and say hello!

Read about the event on the RAF Museum website