[UPDATED] UK: Sci-fi Saturday at Cromford Mills, 14th August

Model-maker extraordinaire and Fanderson member David Sisson is putting together another fantastic display of models, puppets and costumes from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions for Sci-fi Saturday at Cromford Mills, Derby, on Saturday 14th August 2021.

Last year’s display was extremely popular, even with social distancing restrictions in place, and this year promises to be even better! As well as Anderson exhibits there will be things to interest Doctor Who and Blake’s 7 fans too.

Don’t forget to say “hello” to Fanderson’s own Stephen Brown, Jackie Dear, Ian Fryer and Lynn Simpson whilst you’re there.

This year’s display is planned to include:

David Sisson’s collection of model vehicles, puppets, and props from Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Terrahawks and Space Precinct, both custom-made reproductions and studio originals. Mamas Pitsillis and Linda Ianson (Studio 2 Models) will be operating radio-controlled replica vehicles from UFO and Stingray. Bob and Sue Bailey will be bringing along a display from Fireball XL5 including the star of the show, Steve Zodiac, which is the oldest known surviving complete hero puppet!

And if you need some relief from all that Anderson wonderfulness, Simon Rhodes will be displaying his collection of original costumes from Star Trek Voyager. Richard Ashton will be displaying custom-made model kits and scratch built models from films, such as Star Wars, Firefly, and Back To The Future. Gary Holland collection of original costumes from Blake’s 7 includes iconic clothing designs worn by the series’ lead stars. Scott Goodman will appear in full costume during the day as Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor, bringing with him his arch-nemesis a Dalek, whilst James Burgess will be displaying some of his amazing sculptures and recreations from the worlds of Doctor Who.

Cromford Mills is a free-to-enter, UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a complete day out with family and friends. It’s owned and managed by The Arkwright Society – an educational charity devoted to the rescue of the industrial heritage buildings and helping to preserve the precious built and natural landscape in and around Cromford.



35% off Anderson Blu-rays!

Whilst you’re waiting for the Supercar BD boxset, why not stock up with other Anderson titles in HD as Network are having another sale, offering 35% off a great range of Blu-ray Discs!

The 70 titles on offer include Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Joe 90, UFO, Space:1999, Terrahawks and New Captain Scarlet.

There’s loads of other classic TV in the sale too, including Department S, The Professionals, Robin Of SherwoodSpace Patrol.

Network’s HD35 sale is only on until 16:00 on Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, and whilst stocks last, so don’t delay!

Space:1999 vinyl LPs delayed

We’ve just been advised by Silva Screen that they’ve been hit by supply issues on the two Space:1999 LPs. We don’t yet have revised release dates as yet but Silva Screen are estimating that they will have to be pushed back a month (to September).

The release date of the CD is unchanged, and is still expected to ship for 6th August as planned, whilst LPs that have been ordered will be shipped just as soon as stock is available.

Welcome Derek!

We’re delighted to announce that Derek Eaton has joined the Fanderson committee as Online Services Supremo (we’ll have to come up with a better title!).

Derek’s worked in IT for over 25 years, with the last 20 or so as Head Of IT, so he’s brilliantly placed to ensure that we’re using technology at its best to service club members. Many will already know Derek as he’s been a member for many years, and during a previous stint on the committee (2007-2014) masterminded our website re-platforming and introduced online ordering.

Most importantly, Derek has a great sense of humour too, as evidenced by his fancy dress costume at our TV21 convention in 2010. Or was it X-2-0?

Welcome aboard, Derek!


40 FAB Years: FAB Book Of View-Master Sets available again

Originally our membership gift in 2011, due to overwhelming demand from club members, our exclusive FAB Book Of View-Master Sets is back!

This 60 page, full colour book includes high-quality images from the Supercar, StingrayThunderbirds, Joe 90UFO, Space:1999 and Terrahawks sets, booklet details, plus a brief look at View-Master advertising.


A Celebration of ITC – DVD available now!

In November 2018, a special celebration of the unforgettable shows of ITC took place at Elstree Studios. Stars Annette Andre, Space:1999‘s Prentis Hancock, Jenny Hanley, UFO‘s Georgina Moon, Ian Ogilvy, Thunderbirds‘ Shane Rimmer (in what would prove to be his last public appearance) and Madeline Smith were joined by Space:1999 stuntman Paul Weston, The Protectors‘ director John Hough, and crew members Tony Sloman and Derek Wells for a great evening of chat!

With so many Anderson alumni involved, Fanderson members who were unable to attend the event are sure to be interested in the 120-minute DVD, which includes highlights from all the on-stage Q&A sessions. There’s a review of the event here.

Order your copy now for just £9.99 (+ P&P if outside UK), with a proportion of proceeds being donated to Ty Gobaith Children’s Hospice.

NOTE: A Celebration Of ITC (DVD) cannot be ordered from Fanderson, but directly through Quoit Media.

Thunderbirds Are Go free draw

Are you a Thunderbirds Are Go superfan? We’ve got some money-can’t buy items that were produced by ITV to promote the series, which we’d like to share with club members who are the biggest fans of the series.

To be in with a chance of winning one of our free draw prizes, just email fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com with answers to the following questions:

  • 5: How many episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go were made?
  • 4: Who provided Jeff Tracy’s voice in Thunderbirds Are Go?
  • 3: Which episode of Thunderbirds Are Go was omitted from the series’ premiere UK broadcast (but was screened at Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention in 2019)?
  • 2: Thunderbirds Are Go was an international effort, with people in many countries involved. Name two of those countries.
  • 1: Many episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go include elements from Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s productions, but name one that has the same episode title.
  • Finally, include your full name, Fanderson membership number and address.

Terms and conditions:

  • We must receive your entry by Saturday 31st July 2021 to be entered into the draw.
  • In the case of multiple entries, the last received by us will be entered into the draw and all earlier entries will be discarded.
  • Entries that do not match details held on the Fanderson membership database will be discarded.
  • All valid correct entries will be drawn at random until all the prizes have been allocated.
  • This draw has no cash value and no alternative prizes will be offered.

Good luck!

25% off Captain Scarlet at Network

Network have surprised fans of Captain Scarlet with a fantastic offer!

Until 16:00 on Monday 12th July, you can save 25% off their Complete Series Blu-ray sets of the 1967 Supermarionation series Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons or 2003’s Hypermarionation reimagining New Captain Scarlet, or their New Captain Scarlet soundtrack CD.

Click here to shop now for this great offer!

Online Services supremo needed!

After 13 years of sterling service to club members, Jay Mullins has decided to step down from the Fanderson committee. On behalf of all club members, I’d like to thank Jay for his contribution to the club during that time, hope to see him again before too long, and wish him well for the future.

As a result of Jay’s departure, Fanderson is looking to recruit a club member to look after our Online Services (click here for a Role Outline). We’d like to hear from any club member who would be interested in the role.

Please email your CV to fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com with a covering letter explaining why you’re interested and what makes you perfect for the role. Experience of working with content management systems is essential (and WordPress and Woocommerce in particular is desirable), as is web hosting. Due to the nature of the role, applicants who can show experience of working in similar roles where security (including the secure handling of personal information) is an important factor will be looked on particularly favourably.

The closing date for applications was Sunday 18th July 2021, and selected applicants will be invited to a subsequent virtual interview shortly afterwards (by mutual arrangement).

Nick Williams, Fanderson chairman