Back in 1992, I was privileged to interview Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space 1999 as well as other TV shows. I say privileged, because out of all of the things that influenced me as a child. The wonderful stories which he and his talented team brought to life have stayed with me ever since… Especially from the moment I watched the TV series Fireball XL5 in 1963 and especially Thunderbirds in 1965. Although this was primarily a family show, the situations depicted and the noble and compassionate way the characters reacted to the problems they faced, putting themselves in danger to save others had a profound effect upon me.
Consequently, I have been a lifelong fan of Gerry Andersons work, and particularly had hoped for more episodes of Thunderbirds produced by him. Sadly, just after Christmas 2012, Gerry died as a result of steadily worsening Alzheimer’s Disease, and like many of his fans around the world, I not only mourned his passing, but lamented that there would be no more of his FABulous creations.
How wrong could I be…
My special guest on the Underground Edition, broadcast at 8PM UK time on Friday September 13th, is Jamie Anderson, Gerry’s youngest son, and now the Head of Anderson Entertainment. At the beginning of 2013, he confirmed that there are a whole raft of new productions created by Gerry, that will be brought to life over the coming years.
The first is Gemini Force One; my programme will specifically discuss this, along with how the Gerry Anderson legacy was discovered and where it will go from here.
One thing is certain; with this new beginning, Gerry’s song may have ended, but the story never ends.