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c.1980 - Operation Shockwave

Feature film - scripted by Gerry Anderson

A spy thriller which was never completed due to withdrawal of financial backing as shooting started







c.1980 - Five Star Five

Feature film scripted by Gerry Anderson and Tony Barwick

Producers: Gerry Anderson / Sidney RoseDirector: John Guillermin

A science fiction film which went into pre-production but was never shot due to lack of finance








1981 - Super Space Theatre

3 x 93 minute edited combinations

ITC produced three Thunderbird features under this general heading made up from different TV episodes with similar storylines.
They were transmitted by U.S. syndicated stations and cable TV companies, eventually being released on video
in the mid-eighties by Channel 5 Video.

Thunderbirds To The Rescue ( Trapped In The Sky / Operation Crash Dive )
Thunderbirds In Outer Space ( Sun Probe / Ricochet )
Countdown To Disaster ( Terror In New York City / Atlantic Inferno )







1983 - Terrahawks
Produced by Anderson Burr pictures in association with London Weekend Television

39 x 25 min episodes in 2 series of 26 and 13First transmitted: Sunday 9th October 1983

Created and produced by Gerry Anderson

Scripted by Gerry Anderson and Tony BarwickExecutive Producer: Christopher Burr

The year is 2020 and the NASA Martian Expedition base has been destroyed by alien craft which then head towards Earth. Earth protectors - The Terrahawks - led by Dr. Tiger Ninestein and Sergeant Major Zero assisted by his zeroid robots pit their wits against Zelda, Imperial Queen of the planet Guk, a witch-like android who can control the nature of matter.

Terrahawks at SFXB

Produced by the newly-formed Anderson Burr pictures at Bray studios, this was a return to puppetry, but now it was Supermacromation - puppetry without strings. The series also featured another futuristic Rolls-Royce. Called H.U.D.S.O.N., it was chameleon in character.


                    





c.1984T-Force

A larger, re-vamped version of Thunderbirds which was being planned by Gerry Anderson in association with Steven Begg.
It included a change of base with larger, more versatile rescue vehicles and Lady Penelope was to be given a pink Porsche
instead of the Rolls Royce. Finance for the project proved to be unobtainable.









1986 - Space Police (Star Laws)
Anderson Burr Pictures

1 x 52 minute pilot episode scripted by Tony Barwick

Produced by Gerry AndersonAssociate Producer: Bob Bell

After 15 years as a New York policeman, Lieutenant Chuck Brogan is appointed to command Space Police precinct 44 East, based aboard a space station orbiting the planet ZarXL5. The crew comprised himself, policewoman Cathy Costello (Catherine Chevalier) and a trio of cat-like aliens known as Tom, Dick and Harry, working for an intergalactic police corps fighting organised crime.

Part live action, part puppetry, this was clearly a forerunner of Space Precinct. In order to be able to travel to the surface of the planet, Cathy had to transform her face into 'Siliconide' - which made her easier to 'puppetise'. The series was never made due to the untimely death of Jim Henson, who had shown an interest in it, and the subsequent lack of backing as the company changed ownership.



 




1987 - Dick Spanner
An Anderson Burr production in association with Channel 4

22 x 6 minute episodesFirst transmitted: 3rd May 1987

Directed by Steven Begg and Terry AdlamCreative Supervision by Gerry Anderson

Starring Shane Rimmer as Dick Spanner

A robot-like wisecracking private detective conducts his investigations in a surreal parallel universe where anything,
literally, can and does frequently happen in the most bizarre ways.

Two stories were presented in 11 segments each:
The Case Of The Human Cannon Ball and The Case Of The Maltese Parrot
This was Gerry Anderson's first completely stop-motion animation production which was later re-edited into four 25 minute shows.
The Anderson-Burr partnership had, in fact, been dissolved before the production of this show. It was screened on Sunday
lunchtimes as part of a programme called Network 7, aimed at teenage viewers and was eventually sold to BSkyB.









1987 - Royal Bank of Scotland

Producing for The Moving Picture Company on behalf of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Gerry Anderson made this
strange advert featuring matchstick-like people. This won the advertising industry's Silver Arrow award.




 


 

1989 - Space Police (Star Laws)


An edited, 25 minute version of the 1986 52 minute pilot episode.








1990 - Parker's Day Off
(Swinton Insurance)




Produced and Directed by Gerry Anderson

This was made as an advert for Swinton Insurance. It starred the original puppet model of Parker ( piloting Thunderbird 2! )
and featured some innovative driving by Lady Penelope in FAB1, both of which were rebuilt specially for the story.









1991 - 'Calling Elvis' - Dire Straits

Directed by Steve Barron / Gerry Anderson

A four minute music video starring Dire Straits both live and in puppet form a la Thunderbirds, promoting their single 'Calling Elvis'.
Gerry Anderson directed the 'Thunderbirds' segment which took twelve weeks to make.
Original Thunderbirds sequences were accompanied by the new footage and live action shots of the band,
and featured the M.C. Parker single 'Thunderbirds Are Go' on MTV in a remix of the original series theme tune.




 




1993 - G.F.I. (Warming Warning)
Gosh! / Inimitable

1 pilot episode x 25 minutesExecutive Producers: Gerry Anderson and Adam J.Shaw

Produced by Bob McKieDirected by Phil Littler

Another look at the T-Force idea resulted in its redevelopment as a cell-animated series originally called G-Force but ending up as G.F.I. ( Gee Force Intergalactic ). As a rapid response unit for the United Planets, G Force Intergalactic combats major crime and large scale disasters, operating from Star City, a secret base hidden beneath the surface of an asteroid orbiting the Myson system.

13 episodes were drafted, some into full scripts, but only one episode was made ( Warming Warning ), partly in Moscow. The series was cancelled due to the Russian animation being of comparatively poor quality and reshoot costs proved to be prohibitive.








1994 - Space Precinct
Gerry Anderson productions / Mentorn Films / Grove Television (GTV)

24 x 45 minute episodesFirst transmitted: 27th May 1995

Produced by Gerry AndersonExecutive Producer: Tom GutteridgeLine Producer: Tom Sachs

Digital effects by The Magic Camera Company

The year is 2040. Human, Creon and Tarn police officers form the staff of precinct 88, keeping law and order in Demeter City on the planet Altor. Lt.Patrick Brogan (Ted Shackleford) and Officer Jackson Haldane (Rob Youngblood) always seem to find the most trouble.

This was the most expensive sci-fi series ever produced in the U.K. Although an obvious evolution of Space Police, the name had to be changed due to a copyright conflict with a Lego toy. Now an all-live action show, all the scenes had to be re-shot, the live scenes being done at Pinewood and digital effects at Shepperton using special machines called Lightworks which allowed much wider editing/cutting possibilities. The financer, Grove Television, only just managed to fulfil its commitment before going into liquidation. Originally aimed at adults, it was eventually screened on BBC2 at 6 p.m.







1994 - Thunderbirds U.S.A.

13 x 23 minute edited episodes

ITC announced a live action Thunderbirds movie to be in development, planned for release around Christmas 1995. To pave the way for this, 13 of the original TV episodes were cut down to 23 minutes running time ( 30 minutes including adverts ) and broadcast on the American Fox Kids network as 'Thunderbirds U.S.A.' with new voice-overs and 'up to date' dialogue.
The movie failed to materialise as ITC were sold to Polygram in 1995.









1996 - Lavender Castle
CPI / Gerry Anderson Productions / Cosgrove Hall


26 x 10 minute episodesFirst transmitted: 7th January 1999

Produced by Gerry AndersonExecutive producers: Craig Hemmings and Brian Cosgrove

Line Producer: Chris Bowden

The adventures of Captain Thrice and the crew of the starship Paradox while on their quest to find the legendary
Lavender Castle - a floating city deep in space supposed to be the greatest source of power in the universe.
They must find it before the evil Doctor Agon who intends to destroy it!

Made at Cosgrove Hall using computer digital animation. Stories written by Pauline Fisk and music by rock legend Rick Wakeman.

Gerry Anderson's official biography, "Gerry Anderson: The Authorised Biography" written by Simon Archer and Stan Nicholls,
was published by Legend Books (a division of Random House) in 1996, and a paperback edition was published the following year.

"What Made Thunderbirds Go!", a new updated and expanded edition of the biography,
written by Marcus Hearn and Simon Archer, was published by BBC Books in 2002.




 




2000..... and beyond....

2000 - Thunderbirds

Thunderbirds returned to BBC2 for the first time in eight years starting 5th September 2000. It occupied an early evening weekend slot and featured the whole 32 episode series which had been digitally re-mastered by Carlton International with full stereo sound and a lot less visible strings. It was, of course, accompanied by a huge new range of merchandise for Christmas 2000, consisting of over 100 different items including an upgraded version of the highly successful 'Tracy Island' toy with new sound technology features.


2001
Recognition



In June 2001 Gerry Anderson was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to animation.



2001 - Playstation



A game release was planned for Playstation 2 in 2001 in which Gerry Anderson and other 'real' people would feature as part of the International Rescue team alongside the regular puppet characters. He has recently been developing a live-action SF series, Eternity, and an anime series, FireStorm, with a leading Japanese animation production company







2003/05 - New Captain Scarlet
Anderson Entertainment/Gerry Anderson Productions/The Indestructible Production Company





26 episodes of 25 minutes

Executive Producer: Toby Ricketts     Producer: Gerry Anderson

Line Producer: Mark Sherwood   Associate Producer: Gary Donohoe  CGI Producer: Ron Thornton

           Supervising Director: David Lane     Directors: David Lane, Mark Woollard & Dominic Lavery

Writers: Phil Ford, John Brown & Brian Finch        Music by Crispin Merrell

Editor: Andy Walter    Production Designer: Mark Harris    Conceptual Artist: Dominic Lavery


Indestructible Spectrum agent Captain Scarlet is Earth's best defence in a war of nerves against the Mysterons from Mars and their instrument of destruction, former Spectrum agent Captain Black. The first two episodes are a “two-parter” where it is explained how Captain Scarlet becomes indestructible and how Captain Black is taken over by the Mysterons after a mission to Mars. Women are now positioned in their rightful, equal place in society doing jobs that men used to do so Lieutenant Green is now a woman, working with Colonel White, in control of all the operational activities on Spectrum 'Skybase'. Captain Ochre is now a woman too, although most other favourite characters remain the same.

Created in Hypermarionation - a sophisticated form of CGI animation - currently in production at Pinewood Studios and due for completion in 2005 - employs the absolute latest computer graphics imaging (CGI) animation techniques. At the conclusion of production on the first 26 episodes, it will be the most expensive family entertainment series ever created, with a budget of over $30 million.

Gerry Anderson Productions (GAP) Plc is the production company set up in the UK by Margetts Fund Management in 2003 to raise funds for and to produce 'New Captain Scarlet'. It is, in itself, the single most successful fund-raising of its type for film or television production in UK history.



2003 - Regor The Rescue Dog
Childrens Book series, published by Reynolds & Hearn

Published in December 2003 ( possibly originally created c.1996)
'Regor To The Rescue'      'Buried Alive'
Stories about a dog with sophisticated rescue equipment.


. . . and The Future?

Anderson Entertainment also has two other shows in pre-production: ' Regor the Rescue Dog' and 'A Christmas Miracle' and is exploring the possibility of exploiting the back catalogue. Granada Ventures are the licensees for all of Gerry Anderson's original shows.


Another live-action show - 'Eternity' - is also under discussion

 

 


  
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