Five Star Five: John Lovell and the Zargon Threat REVIEW

Within the first few minutes of listening, I was expertly transported to a whole new Anderson universe that I had never experienced before.

Benji Clifford’s thrilling opening theme music – check.

Richard James’ exhilarating and deeply imaginative writing – check.

Robbie Stevens’ cool and dramatic performance – check.

All systems go for Five Star Five: an epic sci-fi adventure on a colossal scale!

Unconventional hero John Lovell and a glorious gang of characters are called upon to save the planet Kestra from the evil Zargons. Based on the original 1979 feature film screenplay by Gerry Anderson and Tony Barwick, the universe of Five Star Five is perhaps the grandest concept in the Anderson canon. The ambition and hugeness of this story of space soldiers and ragtag heroes is extraordinary. As a feature film, it could have given Star Wars a run for its money at the time. Unfortunately, it was the sudden and unexpected lack of money that ultimately prevented Five Star Five from reaching the big screen. Needless to say, it would have been an incredible cinematic experience. 

Richard James superbly brings all the details of that original feature film script to life and builds upon them. The characters are unmistakably Tony Barwick creations, and the heart-stopping action is pure Anderson, but all elements have been made thoroughly three-dimensional by Richard James’ detailed and imaginative writing. Listeners and readers can prepare to be transported to a rich world full of entertaining characters. In particular, I was hanging on to every single slither of delecticable dialogue from John Lovell, the loveable rogue turned hero; surely, the Han Solo of the Anderson universe. Every character is full of personality which Robbie Stevens absolutely revels in throughout his performance of the audiobook, delivering the sharp and witty exchanges between characters with just as much care as the magnificent descriptions of epic space battles full of action and tension. As the plot escalates, the stakes are raised, the heroes and villains become hyper-focussed on their goals, and the mission becomes a matter of life and death right up to the final moments in the spirit of the best Anderson television series.

As expected from Anderson Entertainment and Big Finish, the production values of the audiobook are of the highest standard. The music and sound effects crafted by Benji Clifford serve to build, still further, this spectacular world and guiding the listener through the action and intrigue.

It’s difficult to compare Five Star Five to any other Gerry Anderson production just because of how much there is to take in, but I’ll try. Think of Space Precinct or Fireball XL5, absolutely packed full of vibrant and diverse characters who have seen so much of the universe, and where intergalactic adventures are commonplace but always exciting. Couple that with some of the outlandish humour and colour that one immediately links with Terrahawks or Dick Spanner. Meanwhile, the most brutal battles of UFO or Space: 1999 come to mind when one is in the heart of an action sequence. As a whole, Five Star Five is most certainly something Anderson, but like the best Gerry Anderson formats, it’s unlike anything else that has gone before.

Anderson Entertainment’s release of Five Star Five: John Lovell and the Zargon Threat is an opportunity to enjoy a Gerry Anderson production that never was, but now most definitely is. It’s a big, bold, bombastic space adventure that’s a joy to experience thanks to the talents of a team that, quite simply, know how to tell an excellent story. Pick up the hardcover book or audiobook from the Gerry Anderson store

Thunderbirds: Terror From The Stars REVIEW

Released in May 2021, Thunderbirds: Terror From The Stars is a full cast audio book based on John Theydon’s 1966 novel ‘Thunderbirds‘. Is it a remake? Is it a reimagining? Is it an attempt to throw out the original series and start again? Nope. Of course not. That would be silly. In short, Terror From The Stars is a new 1960s Thunderbirds episode, expertly produced to transport your ears back to the original series.

Perhaps the most critical element for Anderson Entertainment and Big Finish Productions to get right was the forming of a new cast. The voices of the original Thunderbirds television series are instantly recognisable, easily distinguished, and drive so much of the action, charm, and sheer class of every episode. In Terror From The Stars, an enormous effort has clearly been undertaken to research and respect the talents of the original actors. Making up the new cast are:

Jon Culshaw (Jeff Tracy / Parker)
Justin T Lee (Scott Tracy / John Tracy / The Hood / Kyrano)
Joe Jameson (Alan Tracy / Gordon Tracy)
Wayne Forester (Virgil Tracy / Brains / Narrator)
Genevieve Gaunt (Lady Penelope / Grandma Tracy)
Anna Leong Brophy (Tin-Tin / Sphere)

The ensemble pull off the difficult task of bringing these characters to life better than I could have dreamt of. They aren’t struggling in their attempts to impersonate the voices of the television series. Each actor inhabits their characters effortlessly, which is truly impressive considering how carefully they deliver performances which echo those of their 1965 counterparts. It’s pure magic to hear Genevieve Gaunt and Jon Culshaw’s chemistry flourish as Lady Penelope and Parker. Justin T Lee, Joe Jameson, and Wayne Forrester successfully achieve that so-challenging of tasks making the voices of the five Tracy brothers distinctive from one another, while also remaining accurate to the original performances. Anna Leong Brophy successfully reinvents Tin-Tin without losing the sweetness and charm of Christine Finn’s take on the character. And, of course, Jon Culshaw’s Jeff Tracy is nothing short of FAB!

In short, the Thunderbirds characters we know and love are alive and well with this talented new cast as their custodians.

The music of Thunderbirds is the stuff of legend, and fans can breathe a sigh of relief because Joe Kraemer’s soundtrack for this adventure is a real treat. Kraemer has truly captured the essence of Barry Gray’s score from the television series. The music of this new production is respectful of the original, but dares to do something new and exciting with those familiar Barry Gray motifs. It works magnificently. I’m no musician so can’t accurately describe why Joe Kraemer’s take on the music of Thunderbirds is so good – you’ll just have to hear it to believe it.

Polished off with a carefully curated mix of classic and new sound effects, Terror From The Stars maintains the stellar production values of Big Finish’s universally renowned output. Such high standards don’t happen by accident. The production team have clearly studied the original series thoroughly to extract those sound effects and use them in the right places. The new effects are not jarring, and serve to build this audio world of Thunderbirds still further.

Now I can’t claim to be intimiately familiar with the original novel by John Theydon upon which Terror From The Stars is based. I started reading it once, but, to be honest, something about it was just a bit off. The way the characters spoke just didn’t quite feel like the television series. Fortunately, all-round Anderson expert Andrew Clements was given the task of adapting the novel into a script and, sure enough, successfully transformed the adventure into an exciting audio drama which does captures the spirit of the television series we know and love. The adapted script respects the source material and elevates it beautifully. Combined with Samuel Clemens’ glorious direction, we have a production which is authentically Thunderbirds, and could have come straight from the Slough Trading Estate in 1965, but with the benefits of 2021 audio engineering.

To conclude, Terror From The Stars is nothing short of a miracle. There are so many things that could have gone wrong – voices that just didn’t sound right, music that strayed too far from Barry Gray’s work, modern sound design which washed out the charm of the original series. The finished product, however, is a thoroughly researched and respectful production which culminates in an utterly thrilling adventure, transporting listeners back to the Thunderbirds we all know and love.

Thunderbirds: Terror From The Stars is available now from the Official Gerry Anderson store, and the Big Finish website.

‘Five Star Five’ – The Lost Anderson Feature Film – NEW Novelisation and Audiobook

Five Star Five was an epic science fiction feature film planned by Gerry Anderson to enter production in 1979. The funding fell through and since then it has only been discussed as a footnote, maybe a paragraph or two in any story about the legendary producer’s work. But now, in 2021, Anderson Entertainment are finally bringing the thrilling Five Star Five adventure to the page and to your ears in the form of a new novelisation and audiobook, adapted by actor and writer, Richard James (aka Officer Orrin in Space Precinct).



The peaceful planet of Kestra is under threat. The evil Zargon forces are preparing to launch a devastating attack from an asteroid fortress. With the whole Kestran system in the Zargons’ sights, Colonel Zana looks to one man to save them.

Except one man isn’t enough.

Gathering a crack team around him including a talking chimpanzee, a marauding robot and a mystic monk, John Lovell must infiltrate the enemy base and save Kestra from the Zargons!

This is an opportunity to experience the extraordinary characters and places envisioned by Gerry Anderson and his long-time collaborator Tony Barwick that never made it to the screen. Five Star Five was devised during the gap between Space: 1999 and Gerry’s glorious return to film-making with Terrahawks.

Richard James explains;

Richard James
Author, Richard James

“I had previously read an excerpt via the Gerry Anderson website and was immediately struck by the pace and excitement of the opening scenes. It was something I was determined to retain in the novelisation. I regarded Five Star Five as something of an historical record, and I felt duty-bound to preserve it as best I could. As I read through the script, I was surprised to see it full of humour as well as the expected thrills; the result, no doubt, of the involvement of regular Anderson collaborator, Tony Barwick.”

“The action sequences seemed to lift off the page and it’s easy to imagine effects supremo Derek Meddings turning his hand to the explosive finale. Who knows how Five Star Five would have been remembered had it been released as a film? As a classic or as a mild curiosity from the late 1970s? Well, with this novelisation, you finally get to make up your own mind.”

You can now pre-order the hardback book, or enjoy the audiobook experience read by Robbie Stevens (Terrahawks, New Captain Scarlet) and featuring new music and classic sound FX. Delivery is expected in June 2021 so place your orders now at the Gerry Anderson store by visiting:

Here at Security Hazard, I’m very excited and intrigued by this release. Gerry Anderson was hard at work in the late 70s and early 80s attempting to get new and exciting projects off the ground. I’m excited by many of the ideas that were devised during this period which eventually culminated in the terrific Terrahawks and the work that followed. Richard James is the perfect person to adapt the script both as a talented writer, and as someone with close connections to the worlds of Anderson. And my oh my, what glorious cover artwork!

Quick Update: Move (House) – And You’re Dead (Not Really)

Hello all! Just a quick and cheery update today to explain my absence and hopefully serve up some tasty Anderson treats as a penance!

For quite a considerable amount of the year so far I have been getting ready to move house. Anyone who’s done it will know it’s more stressful than watching Captain Magenta try to count to 100. I’m delighted to say that the gruelling process has almost reached its end and in a few weeks I’ll be saying goodbye to my headquarters, which has been empty of Anderson memorabillia for some time now in preparation for the move.

I know, it’s a very sad sight. The amazing news is that my new office will be double the size. As I write this it’s painted bright yellow, so there’s some work needed to get it ready, but I hope to share the process with you as all the toys, models and artwork come out of their boxes and finds a new home on display. I also have big plans for a new and improved LEGO workshop.

During my hiatus from physical LEGO building I have been hard at work designing digital models which I hope to bring into the real world very soon. Here are some renderings of some classic Thunderbird 2 pod vehicles:

The long overdue second season of Operation Anderthon continues to be… well… long overdue. After a long day of packing up our house, the last thing my dear wife needs is me saying, “fancy watching All That Glisters” or “please tell the listeners your top five episodes of Four Feather Falls.” The podcast shall resume in due course, but like the Martian Space Probe crossing the Allington Suspension Bridge, slow and steady wins the race, but too much stress and the whole thing collapses… or something like that…

Fortunately, there are a few fun projects that I actually have been able to work on recently. Do you want to see your favourite Anderson vehicles constructed by a complete amateur and crashed within a few minutes of blast off? Of course you do! That’s why I took to the skies in the beloved video game Kerbal Space Program once again. Watch me build and destroy an Angel Interceptor, Fireball XL5, and Thunderbird 2!

Not your cup of tea? Well for something completely different, I recently set myself the task of completely reconstructing the Japanese opening titles of Captain Scarlet using clips from Network’s shiny high definition blu-ray release. The sequence is widely available as very faded and grubby print, but, from scratch, I have brought it back to life in HD. To many this will be little more than an unusual curio, but for some Japanese fans I’m hoping that I’ve restored a key piece of nostalgia.

So that’s about it from me today! I’m looking forward to sharing new articles and videos with you over the coming weeks and months as Katherine and I settle into our new home. Follow me on Twitter for all the latest updates.

I leave you with the fantastic trailer for Big Finish’s upcoming Thunderbirds full cast audio story – Terror From The Stars!

LEGO Mac’s Jet Air Car (Joe 90)

Recently looking at my collection of Anderson LEGO vehicles, I realised that I now had a model of something from every Supermarionation series except Four Feather Falls and Joe 90. The options for both series were rather limited, and whilst I do have ambitions to build a LEGO Western town one day, Joe 90 seemed to be the more sensible route to go down right now for my next project. I basically had two starring vehicles to choose from, Professor McClaine’s car, or Sam Loover’s car. On the basis that Sam’s car is, to all intents and purposes, just a car, I had no alternative but to attempt to design and build one of the most bizarre vehicles the Andersons and Derek Meddings ever conceived: the unnamed Jet Air Car which Joe and his father use to travel the globe on dangerous missions for W.I.N.

To be quite frank, it’s not my favourite vehicle in the Anderson catalogue. In my eyes, the design is unusual but not particularly distinctive. Much like Mac himself, it’s there for function rather than style. That being said, I was excited by the challenge. The car’s ability to operate on the road and in the air was something that I assumed at the outset would be easy to work into the LEGO version. I set to work on my MOC in the Studio 2.0 design software.

I selected dark green for the base colour of the car, allowing myself access to a wide range of LEGO parts while just about capturing the look of the original screen-used model. I then had to decide on an approximate size for the overall model which was basically dictated by one aspect – there was only one windscreen piece which was even vaguely the right shape and that therefore determined the scale for everything else. Unfortunately it made the MOC not-quite-minifigure-sized so there was no opportunity to create a Joe and Mac to sit inside.

The design process was tough. The car is a bizarre shape which doesn’t easily lend itself to the LEGO system. My original plan was to build in a technic-based mechanism to operate the folding wings and wheels. That plan was rendered impossible by the size of the chassis dictated by the windscreen/cabin. In the series, the front wheels are mounted on telescopic axles so that they can be stowed away during flight. On my model, I decided to have the front wheels fold away into a cavity under the driver’s cabin. Meanwhile, the wings were each attached to 2×2 turntable pieces so that they could swing in and out. Most challenging of all was finding a way to achieve both the shape of the car’s rounded rear, and to build in a simple way for the rear wheels to fold up and down during take-off and landing. In the end, a technic axle was threaded through a series of 4×4 round plates, and the wheel assemblies attached at either end.

Additional design touches included the jet engine itself mounted in the middle of the car, and the extending fins which fold down for flight mode. The completed design was impressive. I wasn’t entirely happy with the vehicle’s ground clearance, but the pivoting front wheels did not allow for anything higher. I went ahead and ordered the parts from BrickLink, and within a week I had everything I needed to start assembly.

Alas, I was unprepared for just how fragile the finished model turned out to be. The cavity left for the front wheels to be stowed during flight severely weakened the overall structure of the car. Although the design software can indicate structural weaknesses in MOCs, this is the sort of thing which really isn’t obvious until one is building in the real world with bricks in hand. I managed to make it work with a few minor alterations and some removable plates added to the model while the front wheels are on the ground.

Despite the model’s structural shortcomings, and making it by far one of my flimsiest MOCs, I have to say I’m at least proud of how the car looks. The proportions are slightly off because of the windscreen, but I think I have captured all of the original model’s details accurately. The transition from ground to flight mode works well and the MOC looks great when displayed in either configuration – display being the key word because I cannot emphasise enough how carefully it needs to be handled!

And with the Jet Air Car, I have now designed and built a vehicle in LEGO from every Supermarionation series (except Four Feather Falls – but maybe that will be next)! It may not have been my most successful build, but that’s the great thing about LEGO – all I have to do is buy some more pieces and fix up the bits I don’t like. And regardless, it looks great next to the rest of my collection!

Big thanks to Julian for sharing photos of his own Jet Air Car MOC which helped me out a great deal. You can see Julian’s motorized Tracy Island and other Anderson LEGO MOCs featured on Beyond The Brick here!

End of Eternity: A Look Back on 2020

2020 has proven to be about as much fun as one of Doctor Fawn’s lectures on the physiology of the lower primates. This year has been a bumpy one for us at Security Hazard HQ, with the full spectrum of life’s problems filing along one after another, like an endless conveyor belt of Thunderbird 2’s pods… except each pod contained disappointment and a lingering sense of dread, rather than something fun like the Mole or the D.O.M.O.

Gotta love the D.O.M.O.

ANYWAY, the good news is that I’m ending the year on a positive note. I am forever grateful for the wonderful community of Security Hazard followers which has continued to grow this year, and I wanted to take a look back on what’s been happening.

Katherine and I wrapped up our first season of the Operation Anderthon podcast back in March. We had hoped to return to the airwaves for Season 2 a lot sooner, but life got in the way a bit. But do not despair! Katherine and I have been planning the format of our next season and we’re excited to start recording in the new year. More news on that soon (provided the moon doesn’t blast out of orbit or something)!

2020 also brought you videos you never knew you needed like a compilation of every explosion in Thunderbirds…

…and this tutorial on how to build a LEGO Fireball XL5…

Speaking of LEGO – I’ve been busy in that department. From Zero-X to Gabriel from The Secret Service, it’s been a joy to combine my Anderson passion with my LEGO obsession.

You can also support Andrew Clark’s brilliant classic Thunderbird 2 and Thunderbird 1 designs on LEGO Ideas right now and hopefully get them made into an official sets!

We’ve had new Anderson-inspired productions to enjoy! Anderson Entertainment’s First Action Bureau debuted on all major podcast platforms, and Century 21 Films have launched Nebula-75 to great success on YouTube!

I’ve also been fortunate enough to contribute to a brand new season of Century 21 Tech Talk, make a cameo in an animated adaptation of the Zero-X comic strip Planet of Bones, and nit-pick like crazy with some more Unanswerable Anderson Questions. Perhaps most impressive of all is this Thunderbirds-inspired short film, Behemoth, which finally debuted after six years in production and features me pressing buttons and looking important.

Another highlight of the year was hosting my first ever livestream over on Facebook back in March. It was thrilling to chat and play games with so many Anderson fans from all over the world. Time permitting I would have loved to stream more this year but unfortunately it just didn’t happen. Let me know if it’s the sort of thing you would be interested in seeing more of, and maybe I can make it happen in 2021!

Despite the hardships of this year, I hope something Anderson-related has been able to bring a smile to your face in 2020, whether it be finding like-minded fans online to buddy up with, or just having some extra time to sit down and watch a good old chunk of your favourite series.

Thank you to Andrew Clements and Chris Thompson for allowing me to continue making epic and silly things with them. Thank you to Anderson Entertainment and Century 21 Films for any and all shout-outs they’ve given to this humble blog on social media and beyond. And, of course, an enormous thank you to my wife, Katherine, who has stuck by me through thick and thin and supported me in every conceivable way.

Consider subscribing to the Security Hazard blog for updates, follow me on Facebook and Twitter, and until the next time – F.A.B.!

LEGO Gabriel (The Secret Service)

A vintage 1917 Model T Ford, Gabriel is the odd one out among the Supermarionation star vehicles. Then again, The Secret Service as a series is often forgotten about in the same way. I for one have always enjoyed this novel little series, and have been rather fond of Father Unwin’s classic motor ever since I encountered the real thing at Andercon 2014. So I thought it was time to give this unloved Anderson vehicle the LEGO treatment!

Meeting the real life Gabriel at Andercon 2014.

Fortunately, Gabriel is far from being a vehicle of futuristic fantasy, and it did not take long for me to find other talented individuals who had immortalised similar cars in LEGO. This digital model of a 1912 Model T formed the basis of my design, although a lot of subtle adaptation was still needed to re-create Father Unwin’s bright yellow pride and joy.

Obviously the colour scheme was set at yellow and black. Unfortunately the wheels only came in all-black, but with a few simple decals it should be possible to get them looking screen accurate one day. Mounting the spare wheel on the side of the car proved particularly tricky as only a very limited number of small pieces are able to securely thread through the hole in the wheel and attach to the 1×2 jumper plate on the car itself.

Other challenges included designing the combined steering wheel and front windscreen sub-assembly, and of course the roof which is regularly shown both up and down in the series, and therefore had to be easily detatchable.

I was determined that this model be LEGO minifigure-scaled so that my own Stanley Unwin was able to sit inside. Eagle-eyed LEGO fans may recognise the figure’s face as none other than a beardless Albus Dumbledore from the original LEGO Harry Potter range. Final flourishes on this build were the inclusion of a suitcase, and a minimised Matthew Harding, achieved using one of LEGO’s delightful micro-scaled statuette pieces.

Once again I ordered all my parts from BrickLink and after an unusually long wait, I was able to assemble the MOC based on my digital design. The build process was fiddly due to the delicate assembly of the vehicle’s chassis, which employed a great deal of SNOT (Studs Not On Top) construction and carefully placed bar pieces.

The end result is a triumph. This most unusual of Anderson star cars is a classic piece of motor vehicle design, and just goes to show that LEGO lends itself beautifully to just about any era.

If you would like to see more from my LEGO Gerry Anderson collection, check out my main page here!

LEGO Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV)

The Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle is probably the most widely recognised vehicle from Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons and also presents a number of significant challenges for your average LEGO MOC builder. Its colouring, shape, and function are all thoroughly complicated and I don’t mind telling you that it took a number of attempts to get to this finished version.

As with my Zero-X build, selecting the right shade of blue was essential. The colour choice had to reasonably accurately reflect the models seen in the television series, while also providing a wide enough selection of parts to make the build possible. I settled on Medium Blue, a colour which is just common enough in the LEGO parts inventory to make it a viable option for capturing all the unusual lines of Derek Meddings’ SPV design.

The colour was not, however, readily available in my own inventory of bricks and pieces, and so I set to work on digitally designing the SPV in the Studio 2.0 software, so that I could then order the parts I needed from BrickLink. My first design attempt was a disaster. In my hubris, I had attempted to design a MOC large enough to house two minifigures and complete with working doors. A more talented designer than I may have been able to tackle the challenge, but I was unable to comfortably house the door mechanisms into the build without making the rest of the model twice the size that it needed to be compared to the figures. This is a common issue with toys of the SPV from Vivid Imaginations and beyond which sees the tiny figures in their seats dwarfed by the vehicle itself which is in fact shown on screen to not be much larger than an ordinary car.

Captain Blue nudges a saloon car out of the road in the episode Big Ben Strikes Again.

Not only was my original vision proving technically difficult to pull off in the digital realm, it was also apparent that my minifigure-sized SPV could have broken the bank. I therefore went back to the drawing board and sought to come up with a more achievable, but equally satisfying, size to work with. I picked up my 1993 diecast SPV from Vivid Imaginations and concluded that was the sort of thing I should aim for.

Lining up 10 of the smallest LEGO wheels I could find, I set to work on constructing a base on top of which I could add the blue and white details of the SPV using tile pieces and some SNOT (Studs Not On Top) construction. Challenges at this point included providing large enough fenders in front of the wheels, but not so much that the wheels would be hidden away. The rear tracks were also tricky. LEGO simply don’t make tracks tiny enough to suit the scale. I ended up choosing black 1×2 rounded plates as a substitute, attaching them to clips so that they could hinge up and down just like they do on all the toys, but never do in the series itself.

After a number of revisions to try and nail the unusual shaping of the vehicle’s front and rear, I had a digital model that I was finally happy with. I uploaded the parts list to BrickLink and started ordering the parts, confirming that this was a much more affordable design to produce. Once everything had arrived from the sellers, it was time to assemble, using the digital model as a guide.

Most of the construction was fairly straightforward, aside from one noticeable error I had made during a last minute design change which had caused the fenders on either side of the vehicle to sit completely unattached from the main body of the model. With only a very limited supply of medium blue pieces to correct the error, I just about managed to move some 1×4 plates into position to hold the whole thing together during construction. The end result is only a little bit conspicuous but isn’t exactly as structurally sound as I would have liked. It’s a lesson in the importance of double checking all your work before buying parts!

That being said, I am happy with the overall end result. The SPV has so many strange curves and angles to it, which I think I have managed to capture despite the smaller size of the model. Some decals and a few part substitutions to make up for my initial mistakes would probably improve it further. For now, though, we’ll settle on saying Spectrum Is Green for this little LEGO SPV!

For more LEGO Gerry Anderson MOCs, visit my main LEGO page!

Every Explosion In Thunderbirds (Video)

Watch your eardrums everybody. The follow-up to my Every F.A.B. In Thunderbirds video is finally here, but this time it was impossible to keep count because of the explosive circumstances. The world of Thunderbirds is full of things that go whizz, bang, pop and everything in between. I thought it would be awfully fun to compile all of those terrific explosions into one handy video. I didn’t realise it would be quite this long – but I should have known better.

The only rule I set for myself was to not include any guns, cannons, rockets, or thrusters firing – those would be considered more controlled combustion. However, my “scientific” findings soon revealed that the episode Sun Probe contained no other big bangs beyond the retro rockets firing on the eponymous solar spacecraft and Thunderbird 3 – so I decided to include those as an exception to the rule. Give Or Take A Million and Introducing Thunderbirds didn’t even permit that exception, so I hope my creative substitutions prove satisfactory.

Speaking of Introducing Thunderbirds, yes, I have included the wonderful anniversary episodes produced in 2015. UK viewers can watch all three of them on Britbox right now! I’ve also included the feature films, Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6, partly because they contain some pretty big kabooms, and partly because everyone complained when I left them out of the F.A.B. video.

So, what does this Every Explosion In Thunderbirds video demonstrate exactly? Well firstly it shows us that I don’t know how to best use my free time. Secondly, it showcases the genius of Derek Meddings and his special effects crew. Thunderbirds just wouldn’t be Thunderbirds without the spectacle of destruction contributing to the drama, and the AP Films/Century 21 team certainly perfected the artform.

First Action Bureau – Anderson Entertainment’s New Spy-Fi Audio Drama is available for free starting October 1st

Jamie Anderson and Nicholas Briggs have teamed up to create First Action Bureau, a brand new audio drama based on the worlds of Gerry Anderson. The trailer has been released today at:

According to the official press release:
The First Action Bureau exists to protect the Earth – near-utopian by 2068 – from criminal elements before they get the chance to act. Using decades of ‘big data’ and globally connected quantum artificial intelligence, the Bureau is able to predict criminal activity before it occurs. Nero Jones is the best agent the Bureau has. But something strange is going on. Headaches and bizarre dreams are troubling this deadly assassin, and as her missions continue it becomes increasingly clear that all is not well… not just with her, but with the Bureau itself. But where do the lies end? And where does the truth begin?

Nicholas Briggs and Jamie Anderson

The series’ stars include Genevieve Gaunt (Knightfall, Harry Potter, The Royals), Sacha Dhawan (Doctor Who, Iron Fist, Mr Selfridge), Paterson Joseph (Noughts + Crosses, Timeless, Peep Show), and Nicola Walker (Unforgotten, Spooks, Last Tango in Halifax). It also features Anderson Alumni Wayne Forester (Space Precinct, New Captain Scarlet) and Richard James (Space Precinct).

First Action Bureau’s first series of ten episodes will be available weekly from October 1st via all major podcast platforms. It will be available for free, so it’s accessible for anyone to enjoy!

The series has been created as part of a wider Marvel-style Anderverse, which will see the First Action Bureau inhabited the same universe as the upcoming Terrahawks reboot, and the long-awaited Ultramarionation series Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm. It’s an exciting opportunity for character and story arcs to weave together across the multiple series and mediums.

First Action Bureau also contains recognisable elements from classic Gerry Anderson series such as Thunderbirds, UFO, Space:1999, and Joe 90. It’s also set to take the action-packed Anderson style in a bold new direction with characters and themes which are new to the worlds of Gerry Anderson.

We can’t wait to hear the first episode on October 1st, and suggest that you go and listen to the trailer now at