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Podcast 2 is here!

New for 2020 is the Fanderson Podcast!

Hosted by journalist and broadcaster (and long-time Fanderson member) Ros Connors, our podcasts will share information, views and stories with fans – just like you.

  • Podcast 2 – Mike Jones talks design and FAB magazine, archive interview with Sylvia Anderson, Ralph Titterton tells all about the Barry Gray Archive
  • Podcast 1 – Ian Fryer discusses Doppelgänger, archive interview clips with Space:1999‘s Barry Morse, and a club update from Nick Williams.

Let us know what you liked, what you’d like to hear in future editions, and anything else at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com

FAB 95 was mailed in May

We’re delighted to report that FAB 95 was mailed to all members around the world in May.

Included in this issue:

  • a look at the only Fireball XL5 mini album – Journey To The Moon
  • an interview with Century 21 Merchandising supremo Keith Shackleton
  • members share their views of Stingray Loch Ness Monster in our regular Timelash feature, complete with exclusive Graham Bleathman cutaway of Castle McGregor
  • lifting the lid on the Visions Of The Past strip story, published in Fleetway’s The New Thunderbirds comic
  • the second part of Jeff Smart’s look at producing commentaries for A&E’s DVD releases, looking at Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Joe 90
  • continuing our look at UFO‘s adventures in comic strip form
  • the first part of our exclusive Thunderbird Are Go photo-strip
  • news, FAB noticeboard, FAB Review, FAB Mail and more

Hundreds of members (those who have renewed their membership since FAB 94) will also receive our brand-new Century 21 Complete Puppet Catalogue with FAB 95 – our membership gift for 2020. Don’t worry if your membership expires later this year – we’ll also mail this to renewing members with FAB 96 and 97 over the coming months.

How to get FAB magazine? Join Fanderson!

FAB magazine is available exclusively to Fanderson club members – we publish 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!

Once again, we’re mailing FAB magazine in a 100% compostable bag, made from potato and maize starch. 

Don’t throw it in your bin, but check with your local recycling and either:

  • put it in your home composter
  • put it in with your garden waste, or
  • use it to line your food waste caddy

FAB 94 is on its way!

FAB 94 is now winging its way to all Fanderson members around the world!

Included in this issue:

  • a look at UFO‘s life after the screen adventures – in comics
  • a fresh re-appraisal of Thunderbirds The Mighty Atom
  • members’ views of Fireball XL5 The Day The Earth Froze, plus an exclusive cutaway illustration of Space City’s launch trolley system, in our regular Timelash feature
  • an interview with Thunderbirds Are Go‘s model maker Steve Saunders
  • the final part of our exclusive Thunderbird 6 photo-strip
  • news, FAB noticeboard, FAB Review, FAB Mail and more

And, in this mailing everyone (except trial members joining for our 2019 Supercelebration convention) will also be sent a revised version of The Secret Service Close Up book.

How to get FAB magazine? Join Fanderson!

FAB magazine is available exclusively to Fanderson club members – we publish 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!

Once again, we’re mailing FAB magazine in a 100% compostable bag, 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

FAB 92 is on its way!

FAB 92 is now in the post to all Fanderson members around the world, and in special trial packaging!

Plastic protects your club magazine better through the post than a paper envelope, but can damage the environment. That’s why we’re trying a number of ‘green’ alternatives to plastic mailing bags. The wrapper for the FAB 92 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 this wrapper at fanderson.org.uk@outlook.com

Within its 64 pages FAB 92 includes:

  • members’ views of Stingray Plant Of Doom, plus an exclusive Marineville cutaway illustration, in our regular Timelash feature
  • tributes to actor/writer Shane Rimmer, production manager Ken Holt and Century 21 Merchandising supremo Keith Shackleton
  • a look at Interster, South Africa’s sci-fi puppet series
  • an interview with Thunderbirds Are Go‘s animation supervisor Chad Moffitt
  • part four of our exclusive Thunderbird 6 photo-strip
  • news, FAB Mail and more

We’re sorry, but production problems mean that this year’s membership gift, The Secret Service Close Up, isn’t yet ready for mailing. We didn’t want to keep FAB 92 from you any longer so we’ll mail The Secret Service Close Up just as soon as we can.

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!

FAB 91: an early Christmas present

FAB 91Santa pulled out all the stops to make sure FAB 91 is reaching fans before Christmas. This very special issue includes:

05 FAB NEWS

10 MIKE NOBLE – A CELEBRATION
We profile and celebrate the life of the popular, talented and much loved artist.

15 CHRISTMAS IN TOPSY TURVY LAND VIA LIVERPOOL
John Wilkinson remembers a very special Christmas many years ago…

16 THUNDERBIRDS: THE SECOND SERIES
We take a detailed look at the second series of International Rescue’s adventures, and see how it compares to the first batch.

36 REMEMBERING ZIENIA MERTON
The much-loved actress and friend of Fanderson, who brought to life
Space:1999’s unforgettable sweetheart Sandra Benes.

46 FAB NOTICE BOARD

48 APPRECIATION STATION
This issue, Ian Fryer talks dogs in Anderson productions!

50 FAB REVIEW

54 FAB MAIL
Let’s see what you think of this Space:1999 Year One adventure…

62 END CREDITS
Ian Wheeler looks at Space Precinct in a new light.

64 THUNDERBIRD 6 PART THREE
Jonathan Baxter picks up where TV21 left off, with an exclusive photostory
re-telling of the second Thunderbirds feature film, the delightful Thunderbird 6.

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!

Find out how to join Fanderson and receive FAB

FAB 90: The most special issue

FAB 90Who would have thought it…? The 90th issue of FAB magazine falling in the same month as the 50th anniversary of Joe 90’s release. Of course, we had to celebrate it with an amazing cover and take some slight liberties with the club logo – just this once!

The stuff on the inside is pretty good too… In this issue we have:

THUNDERBIRD 3: DESIGNED FOR SPACE RESCUE
In the first of a new series we look at an International Rescue craft, starting with the sleek and gloriously retro Thunderbird 3.

GERRY ANDERSON INTERVIEW
Mark Braxton presents an unpublished interview with Gerry Anderson from 2005, where he discusses bringing back Spectrum for the 21st Century.

TIMELASH JOE 90 TRIAL AT SEA
Your views are in, let’s see what you think of this Joe 90 adventure…

JOE 90
Ian Fryer explores the world which was the first to meet a 9-year-old secret agent named Joe, and John Wilkinson tells us when it originally happened.

APPRECIATION STATION
Jay Mullins takes on a taboo… Smoking!

END CREDITS
Ian Wheeler roots out a long lost, but never forgotten Dinky Toy.

THUNDERBIRD 6 PART TWO
Jonathan Baxter picks up where TV21 left off, with an exclusive photostory re-telling of the second Thunderbirds feature film, the delightful Thunderbird 6.

…plus all your familiar favorites – FAB News, FAB Noticeboard and FABMail! Copies should be winging their way to club members very shortly. Ok, so now you’re thinking…

How do I get FAB magazine?

The answer’s simple – 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!

Find out how to join Fanderson and receive FAB

FAB 89 is here!

fab-89The 89th issue of FAB magazine is now on its way to all Fanderson club members. The FAB editorial team have pulled out all the stops to bring you this issue and we hope you love it as much as we do!

Here’s all the lovely stuff we have lined lined up for you this time…

IN PRAISE OF SPACE PATROL
Ian Fryer lifts the lid on another popular 1960s space-aged adventure, Roberta Leigh’s Space Patrol.

A LEGACY OF MAKING MAGIC
We continue our exclusive series of interviews with key people involved in ITV’s news Thunderbirds Are Go series, as Nick Williams interviews Production Designer Ben Milsom and Concept Artist Christian Pearce.

TIMELASH THE SECRET SERVICE – A QUESTION OF MIRACLES
In our cover feature, FAB readers look back at the second episode of The Secret Service, which sees The Secret Service re-introduce a former Spectrum captain to its cast. Plus an exclusive cutaway by Graham Bleathman!

WELCOME TO YOUR FUTURE: THIS IS 2068
Jonathan Baxter reports back on a very special future history.

APPRECIATION STATION
Mike Jones disappears to a remote icy Supermarionation climb… No not that one!

END CREDITS
Ian Wheeler goes to the movies with International Rescue.

THUNDERBIRD 6 PART ONE
Jonathan Baxter picks up where TV21 left off, with an exclusive photostory re-telling of the second Thunderbirds feature film, the delightful Thunderbird 6.

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!

Find out how to join Fanderson and receive FAB

FAB 88 is here!

FAB 88Anderson fans rejoice: FAB 88 is on its way to the printers and will be mailed shortly to all club members! We hope you’ll agree with us that it’s been worth the wait.

In this issue we pay tribute to the wonderful Jeremy Wilkin who died in December 2017. On a lighter note, FAB 88 is also packed with all of this lovely stuff…

THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO EPISODE GUIDE
Andrew Clements takes a look at episodes 14-26 of Thunderbirds Are Go, which premiered in late 2017.

TUNES OF DANGER: ANDERSON GOES POP!
Ian Fryer takes an in-depth musical look at how songs had such an important influence on the Anderson productions.

TIMELASH UFO: A QUESTION OF PRIORITIES
FAB readers explore one of the more thought-provoking episodes of UFO, featuring an exclusive SHADAIR Transporter cutaway by Graham Bleathman!

CLASSIC COMIC STRIP
We bring you the third part of Countdown’s first Captain Scarlet comic strip.

CONVENTION FLASHBACK
Champagne at the ready as we celebrate our Special Assignment convention.

APPRECIATION STATION
Zoe Miller takes an offbeat look at Nuclear power within the Anderson Universe.

END CREDITS
Ian Wheeler asks: Why didn’t our favourite series have more series?

DOPPELGÄNGER PART SIX
Jonathan Baxter concludes his visual re-telling of the Andersons’ first live action science-fiction adventure, the feature film Doppelgänger.

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!

Find out how to join Fanderson and receive FAB

FAB 88: it’s on the way

FAB 87

Apologies to all club members. FAB 88 has been unavoidably delayed due to circumstances beyond our control, and we’re now pulling out all the stops to get the magazine ready for you as soon as possible. Rest assured, we’ll let you know when FAB 88 has been mailed via the website and social media.

We’ll also be working hard to catch up with FABs 89, 90 and 91 later this year, although the normal delivery dates in March, July and November are now likely to change. We’ll keep you posted on this through the normal channels.

Thank you for your patience and we look forward to bringing you a great magazine very shortly!

FAB 87 is here!

FAB 87

The latest issue of Fanderson’s eagerly anticipated magazine, FAB, has been sent to all club members. FAB 87 is a treat for fans of all Anderson series, and includes:

WHY WE COULD NEVER REMAKE THE ORIGINAL THUNDERBIRDS Nick Williams interviews Thunderbirds Are Go’s creative driving force and executive producer Richard Taylor to ask him a very important question.

TIMELASH: DOPPELGÄNGER we explore your memories of the fondly remembered space adventure, complete with an exclusive surprise!

APPRECIATION STATION
A new feature where we invite regular contributors to sum-up their favourite facet of an Anderson production. First up – Moonbase Alpha!

CLASSIC COMIC STRIP
We bring you the second part of Countdown’s first Captain Scarlet comic strip.

TONY ANHOLT, THIS CHARMING MAN
Ian fryer meets Christien Anholt, who remembers his father’s incredible career.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN – NEW CAPTAIN SCARLET: INSTRUMENT OF DESTRUCTION PART TWO
We take a detailed look at the series’ unforgettable opening story, which saw Gerry Anderson return to the world of Spectrum after 40 years.

END CREDITS
Ian Wheeler investigates the Hammer Films guest stars of Space:1999.

DOPPELGÄNGER PART FIVE
Jonathan Baxter continues his visual re-telling of the Andersons’ live action masterpiece.

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!

Find out how to join Fanderson and receive FAB