Ep 23 – Season 1 Finale

It’s time for Jack and Katherine to reflect on their exciting adventure watching the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series. Standby for revelations, games, and a look into the future…

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Ep 22 – Space Precinct

Jack and Katherine take a trip to Demeter City and watch the Space Precinct episode Double Duty to round off their journey through the Gerry Anderson universe and their mission to view the first episode of every series. But is this really the end of their Anderthon?

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Space Precinct, loosely based on the Space Police pilot from 1986, was one of the most ambitious and expensive television series ever produced when it debuted in 1994. The series was a mixture of police procedural and science fiction and followed the work and family life of Lieutenant Patrick Brogan, a New York cop who transferred to the Demeter City police force on the planet Altor. Along with his human, Creon, Tarn, and robotic colleagues, Brogan enforces the law in Demeter City tackling everything from drug-dealing to acts of terrorism. All this while getting to grips with family life on an alien planet. With complex animatronics and special effects, the series is a visual feast with a number of special guest stars making appearances throughout. But are Jack and Katherine are ready to patrol the streets of Demeter City?

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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Ep 21 – Terrahawks

Special Agent Chloe – the dog – is called in to select this week’s adventure for Jack and Katherine. Chloe chooses Terrahawks, and Katherine is left to make her judgement on Expect The Unexpected, the opening story to one of Gerry Anderson’s most bizarre television series.

Returning to the world of puppetry, Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr’s Terrahawks debuted in 1983 with a cast of bizarre characters filmed in Supermacromation, using hand puppets rather than marionettes. The Terrahawks are an elite fighting force tasked with defending the Earth from the evil alien android Zelda and her wicked family of fiendish villains. Led by Doctor Tiger Ninestein, a prickly clone with no time for nonsense, the Terrahawks use their fleet of vehicles and an army of spherical Zeroid robots to fight off attacks from Zelda and her gang of monsters. As the series progressed, the humour which formed the core of the series became wilder and more surreal. The question is, what did Jack and Katherine make of this series?

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Ep 20 – Joe 90

Katherine and Jack take their final outing into Supermarionation this week with Joe 90. What will Katherine make of Professor McClaine’s attempts to brainwash his young son, Joe, and sending him off on missions to single-handedly take down the most powerful criminals in the world?

Nine-year-old secret agent Joe 90 is the most special agent of the World Intelligence Network. Joe 90 follows the daring adventures of Joe McClaine, a young boy who is sent on dangerous spy missions thanks to his father’s invention, the BIG RAT – the Brain Impulse Galvanoscope Record And Transfer. Professor Ian McClaine shows no hesitation about experimenting on his son’s brain, and only puts up a fight when his best friend Sam Loover, and his boss Shane Weston, want to send Joe on dangerous missions to bring down the biggest names in international espionage. One week he’s an ace pilot, the next an expert aquanaut – Joe 90 can learn just about any skills to get the job done while avoiding all suspicion from the world’s military and criminal organisations. First broadcast in 1968, Joe 90 maintains a special place in television history for continuing the Supermarionation tradition, but with stories that were more character-driven than hardware focused. But what did Jack and Katherine make of this new approach?

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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Ep 19 – Space: 1999 (Year 2)

Why is Jack making Katherine watch Space: 1999 all over again this week? Maybe the all new sets, characters, music and tone introduced in The Metamorph will be enough to convince Katherine that Year 2 is a completely new approach to the show that she witnessed being introduced in Breakaway a couple of weeks ago. The question is, will Katherine prefer Year 1 or Year 2?

The second series of Space: 1999 follows the continuing adventures of the Moonbase Alpha team, but with many very notable changes to the first series. In an attempt to give the show more appeal in the United States, Fred Freiberger took over as producer following Sylvia Anderson’s departure and changes to the stories, the tone, and even the cast were made for better or worse. Familiar faces such as Victor Bergman and Paul Morrow were replaced by Maya and Tony Verdeschi. Derek Wadsworth became the series’ composer. Main Mission became the more compact Command Center. The Moonbase Alpha team are less serious and more relaxed about their doomed odyssey through the universe and share a laugh and a smile every now and again. The stories are more focused on action and adventure with alien monsters rampaging through Moonbase Alpha on a regular basis. Year 2 of Space: 1999 began broadcasting in 1976 and is generally considered to be the less successful of the two series, but will Jack and Katherine agree with this criticism?

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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Ep 18 – Dick Spanner, P.I.

Plunge into the Big Pear with this week’s podcast as Katherine and Jack explore Dick Spanner’s first mysterious adventure. Will the whacky humour win over Katherine or has Jack made another dumb move by showing her this series?

Using stop motion animation, Dick Spanner, P.I. was brought to life in 1986. The robotic private detective, Dick Spanner was on the case for twenty-two six minute adventures narrated by Shane Rimmer. These episodes were later compiled into two stories, The Case of the Human Cannonball, and The Case of the Maltese Parrot. Gerry Anderson produced the series which was created by Terrahawks effects technician, Terry Adlam. Featuring tongue-in-cheek humour and visual gags, Dick Spanner is by far the most comedy focussed and risque of the Anderson series. Created on a shoestring budget, the series was broadcast as part of Channel 4’s Network 7 Sunday morning programme. Jack and Katherine have completed their viewing of the episode and are ready to give their report…

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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Ep 17 – Space: 1999 (Year 1)

Katherine has been dreading watching Space: 1999. As far as she’s concerned its just too long and too boring. But as the crew of Moonbase Alpha face an apocalyptic nuclear disaster, maybe the drama and tension of this incredible piece of television will be enough to make Katherine change her mind…

A catastrophic nuclear accident blows the Earth’s moon out of orbit. The inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha are transported through space on an unending voyage to strange new worlds. This is Space: 1999. First broadcast in 1975, the series stars Martin Landau and Barbara Bain as Commander John Koenig and Doctor Helena Russell. The first series, produced by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, was an epic and dramatic saga which saw the Alphans struggle for survival, unprepared for their journey across the universe, meeting advanced alien civilisations and encountering strange, intelligent space phenomena which challenged their understanding of life as they knew it. The series was the Andersons’ biggest production yet, but what will Jack and Katherine have to say about Year 1 of Space: 1999?

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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Ep 16 – The Protectors

Action, suspense and drama await Jack and Katherine this week as they sit down to watch the live action Gerry Anderson series, The Protectors! Will Katherine be able to handle the high altitude adventure and unapologetic grooviness of this classic 1970s television show?

With no fantasy or science fiction elements whatsoever, The Protectors, first broadcast in 1972, was quite a departure for producer Gerry Anderson. The live action series starred Robert Vaughn, Nyree Dawn Porter, and Tony Anholt as a team of private detectives taking on missions to protect innocent individuals all over the world. Protectors, Harry Rule, Contessa Caroline di Contini and Paul Buchet became involved in adventures ranging from kidnapping, diplomatic incidents, and the recovery of missing pets. The Protectors ran for two series totalling 52 episodes. But what will Jack and Katherine think of this dramatic change of format?

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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Ep 15 – The Investigator

It’s time to watch one of the strangest Gerry Anderson productions ever committed to film. Jack and Katherine sit down for a viewing of the 1973 pilot, The Investigator. This film is Jack’s guilty pleasure, and Katherine has to bear the brunt of a lot of nerdy analysis and now you, dear listener, get to share in her pain…

In 1973, Gerry Anderson devised a new series for NBC which would combine Supermarionation with live action and called it, The Investigator. Shot entirely on location in Malta, the pilot episode sees John and Julie acting upon the instructions of a mysterious alien intelligence known as the Investigator. They are reduced to one-third human size and given a special car and boat to track down art thief Stavros Karanti. The production was beset with issues and the finished product was supposedly such an embarrassment to the Andersons that they never showed it to NBC. The pilot has never been broadcast and is only available on the Lost Worlds of Gerry Anderson DVD. Jack and Katherine are ready to give their report on this mysterious Anderson oddity…

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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Ep 14 – Four Feather Falls

Katherine plays a wild card this week and decides to use her Thunderbird 2 life line, meaning that for one time only she gets to watch the second episode of an Anderson series instead of the first. How thrilling! What’s more, the series in question is Four Feather Falls which Jack absolutely adores. Western excitement awaits in this week’s Operation Anderthon!

Four Feather Falls was AP Films’ first original series devised by composer Barry Gray. Unofficially it was the first television series to use a form of Supermarionation puppets, although this famous title would not be coined until the next series. Broadcast in 1960 across the ITV Network, Four Feather Falls was a western cowboy series with a touch of magic in the air. Sheriff of the town Four Feather Falls, Tex Tucker, possesses four magic feathers which enable his dog and horse to talk, and his guns to fire at the first sign of danger without him so much as touching them. With these fantastic assets, Tex Tucker and the loveable townsfolk of Four Feather Falls regularly see off threats to the peace from the most low-down characters in the west. What will Jack and Katherine make of this western with a difference?

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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