Supercelebration – limited on-the-door places available

Since registrations to Supercelebration closed last week, we’ve been inundated with enquiries as to whether club members can turn up and pay on the door.

We’re delighted to confirm that we have a limited number of spaces available, and that more space is available on Sunday than Saturday. So, it will be possible for members to turn up and pay on the door, but please remember that space is limited, so turn up as early as possible to not only secure a space, but to experience as much of the convention as possible.

If you’d like to be sure of getting in, you can ‘reserve’ an on-the-door place right now, buy a Supporting package, and upgrade to a full day pass on arrival. Note, however, that even Supporting registrations will close this Wednesday, 18th September.

Remember, you must have set up your Fanderson account in order to buy anything from us.

FAB 93 in the post – again in ‘green’ packaging

FAB 93 is now winging its way to all Fanderson members around the world – once again in compostable packaging!

Within its 60 pages FAB 93 includes:

  • an in-depth study of UFO‘s Dr Jackson, Vladek Sheybal
  • members’ views of Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons Noose Of Ice, plus an exclusive Hotspot Tower cutaway illustration, in our regular Timelash feature
  • an interview with Thunderbirds Are Go‘s concept artist Rebekah Tisch
  • the story of the commentaries for A&E’s DVD releases of Stingray, UFO and Space:1999
  • Thunderbirds Are Go season 3 episode guide, part 2
  • part five of our exclusive Thunderbird 6 photo-strip
  • news, FAB noticeboard, FAB Mail and more

We’re also catching up from last time by mailing this year’s membership gift, The Secret Service Close Up, to everyone due the book with FAB 92, as well as those due it now with FAB 93.

 

How to get FAB magazine? Join Fanderson!

FAB magazine is available exclusively to Fanderson club members – we deliver three times a year, and we do our very best to make each issue a joy to read for every fan – regardless of your favourite series!

 

The wrapper for the FAB 93 mailing is 100% compostable, as it’s made from potato and maize starch. 

Don’t throw it in your bin, but instead:

  1. put it in your home composter
  2. put it in with your garden waste, or
  3. use it to line your food waste caddy

Once your FAB’s arrived, let us know what think of the wrapper at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com

Join the Operation Priest treasure hunt!

Joining us at Supercelebration in September?

You’ll be in the heart of filming location country for the weekend. So, if you’ve a bit of spare time before the convention starts, or you fancy getting away from the hotel for a couple of hours, you might want to join Father Unwin in solving the clues in this treasure hunt.

Solve the clues in this pack and hand it in to Registrations before 15:00 on Sunday 22nd September 2019, and you’re in with a chance of winning a prize. 

UK premiere of Inferno at Supercelebration

Inferno, episode 22 of Thunderbirds Are Go‘s second season, will receive its UK premiere screening at Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention – a weekend celebrating 50 years of UFO, Doppelgänger, The Secret Service and other Gerry and Sylvia Anderson creations – this September.

The Crystal Spire, the tallest building in the world, catches fire and the local firefighters are rendered helpless. Virgil and Alan are called to extinguish the flames and rescue everyone trapped inside.

Though omitted from ITV’s 2017 broadcast of the series, the episode has been hailed for featuring a rescue reminiscent of the classic 1966 Thunderbirds episode City Of Fire and continues to be available on streaming services elsewhere.

Registrations for Supercelebration will close on 1st September 2019, and we cannot guarantee that there will be any on-the-door places available. Don’t miss out!

 

Happy birthday, Fanderson!

Yes, it was 38 years ago today that Gerry Anderson was joined by Keith Shackleton, Pam Barnes, Mark Jones, Barbara Kitson, Chris Leach, David Nightingale, Phil Rae, Brendan Sheehan and John Williams at Pinewood Studios.

Together, they formed the world’s only official appreciation society for the work of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson – Fanderson.

Gerry Anderson’s Space: 1999 returns

Space:1999, Gerry Anderson’s epic outer space TV series, is returning after 42 years in an exciting audio drama series from Big Finish Productions.

Space:1999 was originally launched in September 1975. It was lavish, it was expensive, it was thrilling, and it was packed with stunning effects and exotic alien worlds. It told the story of the inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, forced to journey into the unknown when a freak nuclear accident blasts the Moon out of Earth’s orbit and into deep space. Martin Landau played Alpha’s leader Commander John Koenig, Barbara Bain was Dr Helena Russell and Barry Morse portrayed scientist Professor Victor Bergman.

These much-loved characters – and many others – are back this September in a brand-new series of audio dramas which will combine re-imagined versions of classic episodes together with all-new scripts.

After the Apollo missions of the 1960s and early 1970s, space exploration was very nearly abandoned as public pressure mounted for money to be concentrated on problems down here on Earth. 

But, by a whisker, funding was granted for a base on the Moon. Greatly expanded, it became the international Moonbase Alpha we know today. 311 personnel serve in a perfect, self-sustaining, artificial environment – their mission statement: ‘To forward the frontiers of human knowledge and science’.

Dateline: 13th September 1999. The interplanetary Meta Probe is due to be launched from a platform orbiting the Moon. What could possibly go wrong?

Stepping enthusiastically into the role of Commander Koenig is Mark Bonnar, the Scottish multi-BAFTA-winning actor best known for Shetland, Catastrophe, Humans, Porridge, Line Of Duty and Unforgotten. “Space:1999 and Martin Landau were two of my favourite things growing up,” says Mark. “So my ten year old self was jumping up and down when I got the news that I’d been cast!”

Mark is joined by Maria Teresa Creasey as Dr Helena Russell, with additional cast members Glen McCready (Commander Gorsky/Paul Morrow/Alan Carter), Clive Hayward (Professor Victor Bergman), Susan Hingley (Sandra Benes/Alpha Computer/Sian Springer), Timothy Bentinck (Commissioner Simmons), Amaka Okafor (Dashka Kano) and Jules de Jongh (Petra Nordstrom).

Listen to the trailer:

 

Executive producer, Nicholas Briggs, who is also writing and directing the series, explains more: “The possibilities for this series are endless. It’s an unplanned odyssey that starts with a catastrophe. Disparate personalities are thrown together, clinging on for dear life, finding themselves flung to the far reaches of a universe full of wonder and danger. We’re being absolutely faithful to that central concept, but there is also an element of reinvention in this version. It will feel and sound very much like the original, but with extra dimensions and lots of surprises.”

Producer David Richardson says: “I was obsessed with Space:1999 when it first aired. I have a photo of a 12-year-old me standing in my bedroom surrounded by my Space: 1999 posters, books and toys. And the 56-year-old me still regularly watches the series on Blu-ray – it’s been with me all my life and remains a part of my DNA!”

Space:1999 will launch on 13th September 2019 with the pilot episode Breakaway, which has been adapted and reimagined by Nicholas Briggs. This release date has been chosen because it is 20 years to the day after the Moon was blown out of Earth’s orbit (according to the original series’ opening titles)! This feature-length first story is split over two CDs, with a further hour of behind-the-scenes interviews and extras on a bonus disc.

An additional box set of four episodes will follow early in 2020, with the full cast announced in the coming months.

Space:1999 Breakaway – is available now to pre-order at £16.99 for a 3-disc CD box set or £14.99 via download from www.bigfinish.com

UFO soundtrack coming from Silva Screen

The long awaited commercial release of Barry Gray’s freshly remastered score for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s 1970 live action series, UFO, will be available worldwide from 13th September in CD, digital and vinyl formats.

2019 would have been Gerry Anderson’s 90th birthday. To celebrate his legacy, Silva Screen Records will release a series of freshly remastered and compiled soundtrack albums from the iconic TV shows. Starting with UFO on 13th September, the Silva Screen releases will feature unforgettable TV themes and will cover all the major, worldwide popular series that Gerry Anderson produced. All the releases in this series are being newly compiled, mastered and designed by the creative team at Fanderson – The Official Gerry And Sylvia Anderson Appreciation Society.

Moving away from his signature militaristic sound which relied heavily on the brass and percussion sections, for UFO, Barry Gray produced a jazz tinged period score, rooted in lounge style. The softer sound, with extensive use of leitmotifs, follows Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s first live action sci-fi series. Featuring 26 episodes set in the futuristic 1980s, the series is inspired by the two big topics of the 60s – extra terrestrials and the first successful heart transplant. The timing was perfect for a story about the Earth community defending themselves from aliens intent on harvesting human organs and the storyline follows the constant battle of SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation), a secret organisation defending earth against the invaders from space.

Barry Gray was both a classically trained composer and a versatile musician who worked as musical arranger for Vera Lynn, Eartha Kitt and Hoagy Carmichael, resident conductor of the RAF camp dance band and a TV composer. Indeed it was Vera Lynn who introduced Barry Gray to Gerry Anderson. Equally at ease composing for big ensembles, electronica, military bands and jazz ensembles, Barry Gray is best known for creating the music for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Supermarionation television series Fireball XL5, Thunderbirds, UFO, and Space:1999 and his influence on the TV score genre is still evident today.

For the best price, pre-order your double vinyl LP (£24.99) or the CD (£9.99) version from Silva Screen right now (prices correct at the time of publication).

 

Supercelebration Treasure 10: Thank you all so much!

At Fanderson’s Supercelebration convention this September we’ll be raising much-needed funds for our convention charity – The Silver Line – through blind and live auctions, raffles and other activities during the weekend.

Over recent weeks we’ve been teasing you with just a small selection of the unusual and rare items that our generous friends, partners, licensees and club members have donated.

Since announcing our charity we’ve received even more goodies that will be going home with our convention delegates. With raffle tickets at just £1 each, everyone, whatever your budget, has a chance of going home with something special and helping a good cause.

If you would like to donate something to raise money for a great cause, please e-mail details (including photos) to us at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com before 1st September 2019.

Robert Harrop Parker and Light-Fingered Fred Figurines. These are the Studio Original Masters for the limited edition figurines, produced for Fanderson’s 2015 convention The Future Is Fantastic!

Space Precinct Leather Jacket. A rare promotional item produced for the launch on Sky Television in 1995.

Popcorn SHADO Mobile, Angel Interceptor and SPV (mixed media resin/white metal models).

Graham Bleathman FAB 1 Cutaway Art Print.

UFO Technical Manual. Published in 2009 and long since out-of-print (recently seen for over £125 online).

Laser-etched Thunderbird 3 Glass Block.

Check out the following links for previous teasers…

Supercelebration Treasure 9

Supercelebration Treasure 8

Supercelebration Treasure 7

Supercelebration Treasure 6

Supercelebration Treasure 5

Supercelebration Treasure 4

Supercelebration Treasure 3

Supercelebration Treasure 2

Supercelebration Treasure 1