We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Shane Rimmer at the age of 89.
Shane made a major and diverse contribution to the Anderson universe, guest starring in Space:1999 and Space Police (the pilot episode of what went on to become Space Precinct), scripting episodes of Captain Scarlet and providing the voice of the stop motion animated Dick Spanner. But, of course, he will always be remembered as the voice behind Scott Tracy, the eldest Tracy brother in Thunderbirds.
His wider career was just as prolific, and he was never far away from iconic TV and film productions. He appeared in no less than three Bond movies, and made a series of smaller appearances in Star Wars, Superman and the Batman movies. He also starred in classic sixties shows such as Doctor Who and The Saint.
With the support of his wife, Sheila (pictured above), Shane has been a great supporter of Fanderson over the years, and has always made time for fans. Shane was due to attend Supercelebration later this year in September, and was our first guest announcement. He will be missed by all.
We wish our deepest sympathies to Sheila and the rest of Shane’s family. A full tribute will appear in the next issue of FAB magazine.
Fanderson is thrilled to reveal the first guests to confirm their attendance at Supercelebration.
Fittingly, the pilot of Thunderbird 1, Shane Rimmer, and his wife Sheila are the first to confirm they will be attending Fanderson’s full weekend convention. The couple have been great supporters of Fanderson conventions over the years, and have given fans many happy memories, including interview panels alongside fellow Supermarionation stalwarts such as David Graham and Matt Zimmerman.
Taking place from 20th to 22nd September 2019 at the Holiday Inn, Maidenhead, Supercelebration will feature guest appearances; rare screenings; displays of models, puppets, costumes and artwork; as well as games, merchandise and workshops. Back by popular demand, there will also be a Saturday night disco, so you can strut your stuff while dressed as a your favourite Anderson character!
Join us for a Supercelebration!
Early bird tickets to Supercelebration start at just £55 per person for one day, or £90 for the whole weekend. In this challenging financial climate, we’ve managed to keep the ticket price the same as our Special Assignment convention in 2017. That’s because we’re a fan club and no one is taking a salary.
Shane Rimmer’s debut thriller novel, Long Shot, is now available as a Kindle download via Amazon.
Set in the world of international golf in the 1980s, Long Shot draws on Shane’s love of the sport, which he first wrote about when scripting the 1969 Secret Service episode Hole in One. Shane and long-time Gerry Anderson scriptwriter Tony Barwick shared a love of golf, which led to Shane writing The Secret Service script and to the establishment of a Tony Barwick golf tournament upon the writer’s death in 1993.
Following on the success of his first book, a wry and refreshingly frank autobiography From Thunderbirds to Pterodactyls, (published by Signum in 2010 and recently re-issued as a paperback), Long Shot marks Shane’s first foray into fiction on the printed page.
Long Shot features Gene Tucker, once a highly promising young golfer now reduced to running a driving range after a devastating car crash. Out of the blue, Tucker is asked to manage the opening tournament at a lavish new golf course, Camps Ciela, in Northern Spain, owned by a Washington political lobbyist.
He takes on the contract and with it a brimful of murder, Spanish nobility intrigue, a die-hard group of Basque dissidents whose aim is to protect the ancient rights of their land, and a young Basque renegade, Ramos, who is bent on wiping out the future of Campos Ciela and Gene Tucker as well…
Anderson Entertainment has released the original screenplay from Space Police – the pilot film starring Shane Rimmer that eventually became Space Precinct in 1994/5. Released in both paperback and ebook formats, it features a foreword from Shane Rimmer, as well as a brief introduction from Gerry’s son Jamie. It’s a direct transcription of the original screenplay – including dialogue insertions, scene changes, and hand-written alterations.
Fanderson has produced a special trailer to advertise one of the club’s most successful and enduring DVDs.
Back in 2002 the double release of The Day After Tomorrow (TDAT) and Space Police brought together two of Gerry Anderson’s most underrated pilot productions, allowing many fans to enjoy them for the first time.
Now Fanderson has put together a trailer that showcases the drama and mind-bending science-fiction of TDAT. If you have’t seen this before – then what are you waiting for? Get your copy while stocks last!
Starrring Brian Blessed, Joanna Dunham, Nick Tate and Shane Rimmer, TDAT tells the story of the light ship Altares, and its voyage of scientific discovery to Alpha Centauri. Things go badly wrong though when the the Altares hurtles out of control at near light speed, leaving the crew stranded in outer space!
Featuring an amazing combination of live action, animation and puppetry, Space Police – Star Laws, sees Lieutenant Chuck Brogan (Shane Rimmer) leading the fight against organised in Space Police Precinct 44 East,on the planet Zar XL5.
Important – please note: This DVD is available exclusively to members of Fanderson
Thunderbirds voice artists David Graham, Matt Zimmerman and Shane Rimmer will be attending Britscifi at theLeicester Space Centre from 1st – 2nd March. The voice artists behind three of the Tracy brother (Alan, Gordon, and Scott), as well as Brains and Parker will be rubbing shoulders with stars from ‘old’ and ‘new’ Doctor Who, The Tomorrow People and Red Dwarf.
A few other very special guests to look out are:
Phil Ford – New Captain Scarlet chief script writer!
M G Harris – the author of Gerry Anderson’s Gemini Force One!
Jamie Anderson – Head of Production at Anderson Entertainment!
An event day pass allows you entry to the National Space Centre, including all six galleries, the Rocket Tower and SIM ride. The pass also gives you access to the whole event (some activities will incur an additional charge – autographs, professional photo shoot, some talks and A Dog’s Life).
www.times-series.co.uk has published an article about how Shane Rimmer first met his wife, Sheila. The piece marks the couple’s golden wedding anniversary and reveals that the voice of Thunderbird 1 pilot Scott Tracy met his wife of 50 years in 1962 when they were entertaining armed forces in Turkey.
According to Sheila the secret of a happy marriage is a mixture of meditation, philosophy and a sense of humour!
Hundreds of well-wishers, including family, friends, colleagues and fans attended Gerry Anderson’s funeral on Friday 11th January at Reading Crematorium.
During the Humanist Order of Service, five speakers from very different backgrounds paid tribute to Gerry, painting a multi-faceted picture of his life. Nick Williams, Chairman of Fanderson, spoke of the enduring appeal of Gerry’s shows for his fans, his unstinting passion for innovation in his film-making and the happy working environments he created that enabled his teams to achieve the best results.
From The Daily Mail
Actor and voice artist Shane Rimmer and Broadway Producer John Gore offered professional perspectives of working with Gerry. Shane described the world of wonder and imagination that he created through his shows in the 1960s and ’70s while John spoke about the drive and energy that he still maintained in the later phases of his career which helped to ensure the Thunderbirds stage play was a box office smash hit.
Jamie Anderson, Gerry’s younger son, offered some personal memories of him as a family man that were by turns both moving and funny. Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, praised him for the work he performed in the last year of his life alongside Jamie to raise the profile of Alzheimer’s in the national press and generate funds for the charity.
The service ended with “The Thunderbirds March”, performed by the Band of the Royal Marines. It was a fitting and poetic end to the service, with the working replica of FAB 1 that had been parked in front of the crematorium driving off into the distance as the music came to a end.
(courtesy of James Fielding)
The funeral was followed by a reception at the Phyllis Court Club in Henley. A small selection of models and puppets were on display and guests were encouraged to leave their memories of Gerry on a series of specially produced postcards. Two spine-tingling audio-visual acts were provided courtesy of Kindred Productions and Crispin Merrell, composer on Gerry’s final shows (Space Precinct, Lavender Castle and New Captain Scarlet). Crispin, who also recorded a moving piano recital of Stingray’s ‘Aqua Marina’ for the service, played themes from across the Anderson catalogue, including Thunderbirds, Joe 90, UFO, Space:1999 and his own theme from Space Precinct. A teaser for the eagerly awaited Supermarionation documentary was also screened, plus a fond parody of Space:1999.
It was an emotionally-charged day that not only mourned his passing but celebrated his amazing life and legacy. Rest in peace Gerry – your work lives on!
If you have not yet left a tribute to Gerry and wish to do so:
Nearly 3,000 people descended on Cosford Flights of Fantasy over the weekend of 24th – 25th November to see an incredible exhibition of Gerry Anderson puppets and memorabilia at the .
Among the many highlights of an amazing model and props display at RAF Museum Cosford were vehicles and sets from Space:1999 and the original Captain Black and Steve Zodiac puppets.
Matt Zimmerman, David Graham and Shane Rimmer were also in attendance, and were interviewed in the Museum’s atmospheric underground theatre by Chris Bentley about their time on Thunderbirds and other aspects of their careers. The trio – fans’ favourites from many past conventions – provided great comic entertainment, showing they have lost none of their ability to perform before an audience.
Effects guru Brian Johnson also appeared as a surprise guest. Brian, who became famous for his work on Thunderbirds and as Head of Special Effects on Space 1999, also spoke about his involvement in two very different cult science fiction films, The Day the Earth Caught Fire and 2001 – A Space Odyssey.
Fanderson ran a sales table over both days of the event, selling new memberships and exclusive merchandise to existing members. Thank you to everyone who came to say hello!