As the anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s birthday (14th April) draws near, broadcasters and streaming services in the UK are planning to celebrate!
On the day itself, BritBox in the UK will offer Gerry Anderson’s Greatest Episodes. This will apparently include Gerry’s favourite ten episodes of his own productions, including linking material by the man himself. The episodes are:
- Stingray Pilot
- Thunderbirds Trapped In The Sky
- Thunderbirds Terror In New York City
- Thunderbirds Attack Of The Alligators
- Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons The Mysterons
- Joe 90 The Most Special Agent
- UFO A Question Of Priorities
- UFO Reflections In The Water
- Space:1999 Breakaway
- Space:1999 Black Sun
Surprisingly, the selection doesn’t include Gerry and Sylvia’s least known series – The Secret Service – which Gerry had told fans on many occasions was his personal favourite of all his series (and is also available on BritBox). Keen Fanderson members will know that all these episodes have been on BritBox since January, although the linking material will be new to the platform. Normally costing £5.99 per month, if you sign up to BritBox now you get a free 7-day trial.
Network Distributing will be offering another of their popular Night In experiences on 14th April via their streaming platform. Network haven’t yet confirmed exactly what will be available to watch, but the five-hour Gerry Anderson’s Night In is reported to include bespoke content, unseen footage, ads and episodes in high-definition. All for just £4.99!
The UK’s Forces TV (Freeview/YouView 96, Freesat 165, Sky 181, and Virgin 274) is inviting UFO fans to choose their favourite episode from the pre-selected shortlist of Mindbender, Sub-Smash, A Question Of Priorities, Reflections In The Water and The Cat With Ten Lives. Voting closed on 10th April. The winning episode will be broadcast at 10pm on 14th April (repeated on 17th April at 9pm), accompanied by some “never before seen on TV” footage including Gerry giving a very special introduction to the winning episode. UFO fans immediately expressed their dismay at the seemingly arbitrary episode selection, which would appear to be geared to those for which it was possible to create an introduction by the man himself.
Shout! Factory are also holding a 24-hour marathon of Anderson productions on the day for viewers in territories with the Shout! Factory TV streaming service.