Filed: 29th April 2108
Gerry Anderson will be appearing at the Watershed Media Centre in Bristol on 20th May, 18.00-19.30. Arranged in association with the West of England Design Forum, the night forms part of the Bristol Festival of Ideas and will include an inspiring talk about the iconic designs in his series, as well as clips from Thunderbirds, Space 1999 and many others. For more information on how to purchase tickets, visit:
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Barry Morse, Space:1999's Victor Bergman, Has Died
Filed: February 6th, 2108
Barry Morse, Professor Victor Bergman in the first series of Space:1999, died on the morning of February 2nd. He was 89.
Although he was always highly critical of Space:1999, particularly its writers, producers and costume designers, he was also very supportive of its fandom, appearing at many conventions over the last 30 years, both in the UK and overseas - his most recent appearances being Fanderson's own 'Destination Moonbase Alpha' and 'Countdown to Disaster' events in September 2005. He was also one of the contributors to Fanderson's 'The Space:1999 Documentary' programme.
Aside from Space:1999, he will also be remembered by fans for his TV starring roles in The Fugitive, The Adventurer, The Zoo Gang and Whoops Apocalypse, as well as for his various other genre credits: Welcome To Blood City (1977), The Shape Of Things To Come (1979) and his guest roles in episodes of The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, The Invaders, The Starlost, The Martian Chronicles and Space Island One.
Fanderson will pay tribute more fully in FAB 59, but in the meantime other publications have been remembering Barry Morse, including The Guardian and The Times in the UK, and CBC and the Toronto Sun in Canada.
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Fans may be lucky enough to see Matt Zimmerman in 2008 in Fiddler on the Roof, the classic musical of true love versus tradition. Matt is the alternative Teyve to Henry Goodman (classed as Understudy) in the production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at the Savoy Theatre.
their website for further details.
Blackpool Illuminations Department is in the process of selling its giant model of Thunderbird 3, as seen in the 2004 Thunderbirds Movie. Weighing 8 tonnes and 15.5m tall, the mammoth structure has a footprint diameter of 7m and is built to withstand a force 8 gale. Other items include a My Little Pony tableau from the 1980s and a range of horses from a carousel displayed in 1997.
All visitors are welcome to the sale which takes place on Wednesday January 30th between 10am and 4pm at the Department’s Rigby Road site.
Billed as the greatest free show on Earth, Blackpool Illuminations is an autumn lights festival that attracts 3.5 million visitors every year. The sale is the first of its kind to be open to the public and represents a unique opportunity to own a piece of Blackpool’s colourful past.
For further details and an online catalogue, visit
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