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Which is your favourite Gerry Anderson show?
Fireball XL5 Fireball XL5 0%[0 Votes]
Stingray Stingray 0%[0 Votes]
Thunderbirds Thunderbirds 30%[3 Votes]
Captain Scarlet Captain Scarlet 30%[3 Votes]
UFO UFO 20%[2 Votes]
Space:1999 Space:1999 20%[2 Votes]
Space Precinct Space Precinct 0%[0 Votes]
Other (please specify) Other (please specify) 0%[0 Votes]
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Favourite Gerry Anderson Show
Spaceship Dispatcher
Which is your favourite Gerry Anderson show, and why?

Shows not listed include Joe 90, Secret Service and the wonderful Lavender Castle... but a complete list would be very, very long indeed! Interested to know favourite characters and episodes as well as just the shows themselves...
Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. I bet that means something. It sounds great.

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Travisina
Very hard pushed to choose, but I think it just has to be Thunderbirds. Favourite character would be Lady Penelope - amongst all the macho Tracey brothers, what a FAB role model for little girls she was! TBirds is the series that also has, imo, the most rewatch value - I never get tired of Thunderbird 2's take-off sequence. Technically, there's so much to admire in the high production values, the models and effects. Love it.

However, UFO is a very close second. Not just because it combines live action with some very cool models - and has one of the best title sequences ever - but also because it was more grown up in tone, and some had quite dark episodes, especially those dealing with very adult themes of Ed Straker's marriage breakdown and having to choose between saving the Earth or his son's life. Surprisingly powerful stuff from the usually family-friendly Anderson.
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littlesue
Well......what about Twizzle? Torchy the Battery Boy? Supercar?
I can't remember Four Feathers Falls at all...but I can recall Wooden Tops, Flowerpot Men, Dear old Hoppity (I don't think that' the title, but that was how the theme music went), even though they weren't made by Mr A.
I would have to tick most of the shows except Space 1999 and Space Precinct. I just could not get on with them at all.
But I did like the Protectors..especially Tony Christie's song 'The Avenues and Alleyways'. (And also Robert Vaughn was in it!)

It was so nice, last year at Smallspace, to tell Jamie Anderson, Gerry's son, just how much his dad filled my childhood with imagination.
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BradPaula
This is a hard choice. I remember watching Stingray early in the mornings as a kid, but we never got the rest of Gerry Anderson's programs over here. I've seen most of Stingray and we are now watching Thunderbirds a few episodes at a time. I have Space 1999 on dvd but have only watched when we've done them as a rewatch. I imported a disc of Space Precinct from Germany as it had Tom Chadbon guest starring and I have both series of the Protectors for the same reason- Mr. C. So- even though I love Stingray, I think I will have to vote for the Thunderbirds as it is so entertaining to me, and besides, two of the Tracey brothers are blonds! And I love blonds. -Paula
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Travisina
littlesue wrote:


It was so nice, last year at Smallspace, to tell Jamie Anderson, Gerry's son, just how much his dad filled my childhood with imagination.


I was lucky enough to meet Gerry Anderson in person at Fanderson '90 and tell him myself!

Now, who remembers Space Patrol? Similar to Fireball XL5, but made by Roberta Leigh - a former associate of Anderson. One of my fondest early childhood memories. It took me ages to track it down (most people hadn't heard of it) but I now have the entire series on DVD. Bliss! Unusually, it had no theme tune, just sort of spacey whooshy FX. Check out the opening & closing sequences here: http://www.youtub...Na_YUPXes.
Interestingly, the models of futuristic London at the end include the Post Office Tower, which at the time the series was made, had not yet been built...
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Spaceship Dispatcher
Yes, we had two video tapes of Space Patrol. Didn't get into it at all really, but I'm sure it makes a difference if you have memories of seeing it first time around on television.

I too met Gerry at a Convention, a Fanderson organised event in Coventry.
Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. I bet that means something. It sounds great.

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littlesue
BradPaula wrote:

This is a hard choice. I remember watching Stingray early in the mornings as a kid, but we never got the rest of Gerry Anderson's programs over here. I've seen most of Stingray and we are now watching Thunderbirds a few episodes at a time. I have Space 1999 on dvd but have only watched when we've done them as a rewatch. I imported a disc of Space Precinct from Germany as it had Tom Chadbon guest starring and I have both series of the Protectors for the same reason- Mr. C. So- even though I love Stingray, I think I will have to vote for the Thunderbirds as it is so entertaining to me, and besides, two of the Tracey brothers are blonds! And I love blonds. -Paula


I'm afraid my hero was Scott; I mean tall, dark handsome; able to fly an aircraft at over 6,000 miles an hour! Grandson keeps telling me that Scott is actually only 18 inches tall and made of wood (he doesn't even know what 18 inches is!), and then he keeps insisting that there is string holding up the ships etc. As I tell him, string? What string? I can't see it even on the big wide screen TV that we have!!Grin
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Spaceship Dispatcher
Thunderbirds has always been my favourite Anderson series* with Scott Tracy and The Uninvited as my favourite character and episode. As I child, I was a big fan with all the die-cast toys, plastic action figures, books, comics, videos, Pizza Hut drinking glasses etc and so forth. Mum took me to at least two Fanderson conventions in Coventry where we met Gerry and many of the cast and crew, collecting lots of autographs in the process! So I'm going to vote for Thunderbirds, although...

*my favourite Anderson stories are all Space:1999 series 1 episodes as the sf/fantasy elements, music, tone/style and performaces really work for me. But I have never seen a single s2 episode!
Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow. I bet that means something. It sounds great.

Blake's 7: Trojan Horse (s4 fanfic) - Blake's 7: Through the Needle's Eye (s2 fanfic)

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Travisina
Spaceship Dispatcher wrote:

Yes, we had two video tapes of Space Patrol. Didn't get into it at all really, but I'm sure it makes a difference if you have memories of seeing it first time around on television.
.


I can't remember a time when I wasn't into SF, but this is the first series I actually remember watching. Viewing it again as an adult, I was struck by how scientific 'Space Patrol' attempted to be - eg the crew use cryogenic suspension for long journeys and the space craft becomes invisible when travelling faster than light. So I forgive the fact that there are no tops to their space helmets (to allow for the strings!). Also, the script wasn't dumbed down for kids; in fact it includes some quite complicated sentences and long words. It's a kind of low-budget version of Fireball XL5 - in fact, I would go as far as to say it is to Gerry Anderson what B7 is to Star Wars...
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sweevo
Captain Scarlet was the only one I was able to fully get into - I still remember seeing the Attack on Cloudbase... which I think should have been the conclusion to the series - the Mysterons finally win the War of Nerves.
 
littlesue
sweevo wrote:

Captain Scarlet was the only one I was able to fully get into - I still remember seeing the Attack on Cloudbase... which I think should have been the conclusion to the series - the Mysterons finally win the War of Nerves.


One of ther things that I can remember is Col. White coming on the TV screen saying 'Captain Scarlet is indestructible...you are not!' and then proceeding to tell us not to copy Capt Scarlet.
Batman and Robin used to pop up before episodes of Batman to tell us the same thing 'Holy Broken bones, Batman..and so on.'
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
Cold is when you have ice on the INSIDE of the window!!!


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sues youtube channel http://www.youtub...e54/videos
sues book shelf https://www.media...ne%20Shelf
rebel run video http://www.youtub...prqS-XZtLo
Lara and Sue's Stories http://lectorisal....webs.com/
 
Henry Eggleton
U.F.O the first live action drama series he made and the best.
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Vanessa Doffenshmirtz
Did any-one see the live show..IIRC it was based on Capt Scarlet . I saw it in Blackfriars in the late 1980's /early 1990's??


Need to refresh my memory banks....
I used to be such a sweet sweet thing
Till they got a hold of me.
 
Chase123
1999 because...it really wasn't like any other Anderson show. I do love UFO now too though after watching every episode in order, mostly. 1999 has this special otherworldly quality and even has some kind of spirituality and thought behind it. It's very maligned by others for no reason other than they didn't understand it, didn't watch it, and criticize it without having seen most of it or understanding it or just are repeating what others have said about it.
 
Henry Eggleton
1999 lost its way after the first season.
The costumes and props for the first season of 1999 were intended to be used for the second season of U.F.O. when their main base was to be moved to the moon.

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trevor travis
Captain Scarlet. Easily the best.

Although I loved Thunderbirds as a kid (who didn't).
 
littlesue
trevor travis wrote:

Captain Scarlet. Easily the best.

Although I loved Thunderbirds as a kid (who didn't).


I always loved the end credits of Capt. Scarlet when the Spectrum sang;

Captain Scarlet,
Hes the one who knows the Mysteron Game,
And things they plan.
Captain Scarlet,
To his Martian foes a dangerous name,
A Superman.

They crash him, and his body may burn.
They smash him, but they know hell return,
To live again.

Captain Scarlet,
As the Angels are flying, wing to wing,
Into the scene,
Spectrum is Green.

Captain Scarlet,
Though the Mysterons plan to conquer the Earth,
This indestructible man will show what hes worth.

Captain Scarlet,
In-des-tructible,
Captain Scarlet.
Cold.....you don't know the meaning of cold.
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trevor travis
Another song fpr part of the karaoke on April 13th Grin
 
sweevo
What about the 2005 CGI remake of Captain Scarlet? I thought it was a pretty decent adaptation.
 
JustBrad
I'd have to say Thunderbirds, as it's the one I can actually remember watching as a kid. I have vague recollections of Stingray, which to me at that age was Thunderbirds underwater.

Was there also a Supercar? I seem to have just a flash of memory, a bubble domed car diving into the sea.

Never figured out why the Tracy family had to keep their identities a secret.
 
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