Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted REVIEW ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The work of Gerry Anderson has been thoroughly documented across books, films, events and more. Historians and researchers continue to work hard unearthing fascinating information surrounding Thunderbirds and beyond. The story of Gerry’s career and his works will be told and updated with new knowledge and insight so long as there is a fascination with the magic of film. The legacy of his work will continue to live on with each new generation that discovers it. But the story of Gerry himself – the man, the son, the husband, the father – sadly came to an end on December 26th, 2012.

Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted, directed by Benjamin Field, is a documentary that chooses to focus firmly on Gerry’s personal story. The long and imposing shadow of the Thunderbirds legacy is cast aside, with his biggest shows being referenced only to add historical context. The familiar beats and chapters that make up previous publications on Anderson’s work are gone, and replaced with anecdotes from Gerry and those closest to him about the man, not necessarily the producer.

This most private and personal of stories is sensitively told through various mediums to serve the narrative. In true Anderson style, the most up to date, outlandish and controversial of film-making techniques is put to use. Deep-faked visuals of Gerry are married to private audio recordings made by Gerry’s biographers some thirty years ago. These audio recordings offer valuable and raw material from Gerry himself, telling his own life story. But these recordings also needed a visual element to effectively serve their role in this film. The deep fake footage isn’t there to trick or fool the audience into believing that the constructed interview clips are authentic – it is simply there to make the audio recordings useable and unlocks their potential. Without the deep fake technology, A Life Uncharted wouldn’t have been able to pack such a punch.

Roly Hyde filming Gerry Anderson Deep Fake – Brixham 2021

New interviews recorded with Gerry’s family, friends, and other contributors also serve the story a great deal. Familiar faces to the fans such as David “Parker” Graham discuss Gerry in a way they never have before. They are honest about his shortcomings, and praise his best qualities. For the first time on camera, we also hear from Gerry’s widow, Mary Anderson, as well as Joy and Linda, Gerry’s daughters from his first marriage. They bravely share with us what life with Gerry was really like, from his early days as a distant and uncertain father, to his final battle with Alzheimer’s.

Rare and unseen archive interviews also provide valuable and important insights from those who are no longer with us. For example, a damning interview with Twizzle and Torchy creator Roberta Leigh is powerfully contrasted with kind words from former business partner Arthur Provis. These clips enable the viewer to see into Gerry’s personal and professional life from many angles. Private photographs and home video footage also present Gerry as he’s never been seen publicly before, particularly in his younger years as he faced a childhood of poverty, religious persecution, and a troubling home life.

Jamie Anderson at Gerry Anderson’s Final Resting Place – Pinewood Studios

All of these elements are tied together by Jamie Anderson, who takes us on a journey to some of the most important places in his father’s life while sharing his own recollections and discoveries.

This wealth of material is elegantly presented with great openness and transparency. The viewer is invited into these private family stories, as well as the controversies that made up Gerry’s life. He struggled and made mistakes. Some of those difficulties have been well-documented in the past, such as Gerry’s divorce from his second wife, Sylvia. A Life Uncharted goes deeper into these events than ever before, not to open up wounds for the sake of it, but to go some way to explain why things happened the way they did, and why Gerry could be painted in a negative light as a result. Ultimately, these stories demonstrate that all people are flawed, and things are often not what they seem.

Different audiences will no doubt come away from this documentary with different lasting impressions. Everyone will find something to reflect on in relation to their own lives – be it young people trying to find their way in the world, or older people making the most of the time they have left. After I finished watching, I felt that A Life Uncharted deserved to be thought about carefully. It brings a great deal to the table about a man I thought I knew well through his work and previously published material. I feel priveleged to now have the insight offered by this documentary, and I am immensely grateful to those involved for sharing their stories in such a raw and honest way.

I am left in no doubt that, for all his strengths and all his weaknesses, Gerry Anderson was a remarkable man, and Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted honours its subject tremendously. This documentary is essential viewing for fans of Gerry’s work, and unlike anything they will have seen before. It will doubtless be enjoyed by a wider audience too, because this well-told, emotional story of Gerry’s rocky life is a great source of inspiration and reflection.

Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted launches on Britbox UK on Gerry Anderson Day, April 14th, following a grand premiere at the BFI Southbank on April 9th. It is produced by The Format Factory and Anderson Entertainment.

‘Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted’ launches on the big screen and Britbox in April!

The story of Gerry Anderson’s life has always been a great inspiration to me. It’s a tale of hard work, determination, building a strong team team, and bouncing back against insurmountable odds. Gerry had his fair share of successes and struggles which shaped his career and often left an impression on his work. A new documentary from The Format Factory and Anderson Entertainment entitled Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted, is set to tell the story of Gerry’s life and work in a new and remarkable way.

Roly Hyde As Gerry Anderson at Pinewood Studios 2021

Utilizing over 30 hours of previously unpublished interviews, director Benjamin Fields, transforms audio recordings from Gerry Anderson himself, who passed away almost a decade ago, and uses suitably cutting edge deep fake technology to allow Gerry to candidly tell his own life story on screen.

Supplemented with additional interviews from those close to the man and his work, Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted promises an emotional account of Gerry’s often troubled life from a poverty-stricken childhood to becoming the creator and co-creator of some of the most successful television series in the world.

The film premieres on Sunday, April 9th at the BFI Southbank in London. Ticket sales will be launching in late February. This debut screening will be followed by a special Q&A with director/producer Benjamin Field, and producer Jamie Anderson. Gerry Anderson: A Life Uncharted is then set to tour UK cinemas, kicking off at The Electric, Birmingham on Friday, April 15th with performer and mimic Jon Culshaw hosting the event. Details of further screenings are set to be announced in the coming months.

Producer / Director Benjamin Field (L) & Producer Jamie Anderson (R) Q&A Tour

Meanwhile, UK fans can enjoy the documentary at home from Thursday, April 14th via the Britbox UK streaming service alongside the many hit series that made Gerry Anderson and his team such legends of the television landscape.

Danger At Christmas Deep

Alternative titles considered for this article included:
‘Attack of the Christmas Alligators’
‘Secret Of The Giant Christmas Oyster’
‘A Day In The Life Of A Christmas Space General’

Here I come – awkwardly shuffling back onto my blog. It’s been quiet this year hasn’t it? Back in April, I revealed that we were moving house. Then, rather rudely, I disappeared off the face of the Earth. In actual fact I was remodelling my kitchen. Seriously, it took most of the year. Now that Katherine’s armed with a shiny new double wall oven she could challenge Grandma Tracy to a cook-off, but it has meant that blog posts were few and far between in 2021. If you’ve been following me on social media you’ll know that these two tweets were basically the greatest thing I’ve accomplished in the last 12 months…

No regrets.

Fortunately I do have a bit more to show for this year than Investigator-themed tomfoolery, if you’ll care to indulge me.

I was proud to write original stories for this official 2022 Thunderbirds calendar, beautifully illustrated by Chris Thopmson. Writing alongside Andrew Clements and Cameron Stewart was a delight, and I’m excited for you to enjoy some new International Rescue adventures!

Incidentally, my birthday is February 26th if you want to make a note of that on your nice new calendar. I’ll be turning *mumble mumble* years old.

Also premiering this year, two Century 21 Tech Talks written by yours truly: the Eagle Transporter and Supercar. What a treat to have scripts performed by the legendary Jon Culshaw as Ed Straker AND Jeff Tracy. It’s been a pleasure to work on this series with Andrew!

Back to The Investigator, briefly. Sorry. Back in March I was asked to join a live watchalong of the 1973 Anderson pilot film, The Investigator, exclusive to Anderson Insiders. Poking fun at this bizarre thing will never stop being fun for me, so thank you to Ben Page for inviting me along!

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This year we also celebrated Gerry Anderson Day with a global online event, enjoyed some stunning new Supermarionation in the form of Nebula-75 from Century 21 Films, were treated to some big Network blu-ray releases for Supercar AND Fireball XL5 with news that Stingray is on the way soon, and got a whole host of new audiobooks and other merchandise. It was a good time to be an Anderson fan! All sorts of good stuff is coming next year too in all sorts of spectacular ways. Maybe I’ll be awake enough to cover some of it on the blog this time.

For now though, I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As a festive treat, here’s a sneek peek at some of my latest digital LEGO designs. Hopefully you’ll get to see more of these next year…

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!