Ep 10 – The Adventures Of Twizzle

In the grips of despair Katherine decides that the time has come to go right back to the very beginning of Gerry Anderson’s television career and watch The Adventures Of Twizzle. Jack isn’t happy. Katherine doesn’t care.

The Adventures of Twizzle, Gerry Anderson’s first television puppet series, was first broadcast in 1957. Created by author, Roberta Leigh, the 52-episode series followed the adventures of a toy called Twizzle who could extend his arms and legs to extraordinary lengths to get out of trouble. He teams up with a cat called Footso, and a whole host of toys-come-to-life, for a variety of entertaining exploits. Only the first episode currently exists in the archive. Gerry Anderson’s AP Films produced the series from the ballroom of the Islet Park manor house in Maidenhead on an incredibly tight budget. The puppets were far from the Supermarionation masterpieces we came to enjoy later in the Andersons’ career but, from what we can see, The Adventures of Twizzle still had much to appeal to the young children of the time. But let’s see what Jack and Katherine made of this episode.

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 9 – Space Police

Get ready for another action-packed episode of Operation Anderthon, during which Katherine complains repeatedly about the length and lack of character development in the Gerry Anderson pilot film, Space Police – the bizarre predecessor of Space Precinct.

Space Police was a pilot produced in 1986 by Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr which would go on to be transformed into the series, Space Precinct, with a number of changes. Space Police: Star Laws follows Lieutenant Brogan, as played by Shane Rimmer, as he attempts to foil an assassination plot along with his alien colleagues at Precinct 44. The Space Police pilot combines live action, the Terrahawks-style of Supermacromation puppet, stop-motion animation, and model effects to create a vivid and alien viewing experience. Space Police does not shy away from using humour as well as great tension to create a show that is suitable for a family audience. But why was the Space Police format transformed so radically to become Space Precinct? Maybe Jack and Katherine have the answers…

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 8 – Supercar

This week, Jack and Katherine get straight down to business and watch one of Jack’s childhood favourites – Supercar. Will its early puppetry and special effects charm Katherine, or perhaps put her off Gerry Anderson’s first ever science fiction series?

Heroic pilot, Mike Mercury and the Supercar team prepare for blast off in 39 episodes of the Supermarionation series which launched the marvel of the age. Supercar is an incredible machine built by Professor Popkiss and Doctor Beaker from their laboratory in the Nevada desert. It can fly, it can go underwater, it can go into space, and just occasionally it even travels on land. Mike, Popkiss, and Beaker are joined by young boy, Jimmy Gibson, and his pet chimpanzee, Mitch the Monkey, for adventures which see them foil the plots of scheming villains, perform rescue operations, and explore the globe, all while testing the abilities of the Supercar. First broadcast from 1961 to 1962, Supercar attracted a global audience thanks to the backing of Lew Grade. It was the start of a relationship between Grade and the Andersons which spanned some of the most successful, and most expensive, television series ever produced. Jack and Katherine are ready to pick up the story.

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 7 – UFO

Katherine has been dreading watching UFO for some reason, but the time has come for her to face her fears and tune in to SHADO’s first battle against the mysterious aliens. Will Jack be able to convince Katherine that the series is a science fiction classic, or will her opinions remain unchanged?

Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s first live action television series, UFO, was first broadcast in 1970 and starred Ed Bishop as Commander Straker, the head of SHADO, an organisation set up to defend the Earth from alien attack. UFOs are coming to Earth, carrying beings from a dying planet who seek to harvest human organs and transplant them into their own bodies. SHADO is equipped with a base on the moon, an automated satellite, and a fleet of space interceptors, submarines, aircraft, and ground vehicles to tackle the threat of approaching UFOs at a moment’s notice. The SHADO team are an expert group of operatives, pilots, technicians, and medical professionals all dedicated to the cause of combatting the alien menace and attempting to find out more about these mysterious beings from the stars. What did Jack and Katherine make of this cutting edge science fiction series?

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 6 – Lavender Castle

Katherine continues to offer up surprises as this week she chooses to watch the little-known Gerry Anderson series, Lavender Castle. The first episode may be short but sweet, but Jack and Katherine have plenty to chat about with this fantasy series which presents the duo with something quite different to the norm!

In partnership with fantasy artist Rodney Matthews, Gerry Anderson produced Lavender Castle using stop motion animation and CGI and the series was broadcast in 1999. Matthews’ concept and magnificent artwork formed the basis for some beautifully detailed puppets and sets. The series follows the voyage of Captain Thrice and the crew of his spaceship, the Paradox, as they travel across space in search of the elusive Lavender Castle, a great source of power and a force for good at the centre of the universe. The evil Doctor Agon wants to destroy Lavender Castle and plunge the universe into darkness. Good often triumphs over evil often in this light-hearted children’s series aimed at a much younger audience than previous Anderson series. Standby for Jack and Katherine’s opinions of this magical series…

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 5 – Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons

It’s time for Jack and Katherine to face the wrath of the Mysterons once again! Playing her Thunderbird 1 lifeline, Katherine selects the first episode of the original Captain Scarlet series to sit down and watch. How will it compare to the CGI remake that Jack and Katherine enjoyed a few weeks previously?

The Mysterons from Mars have declared a war of nerves against the Earth, and one man, whom fate has made indestructible, is ready to lead the fight against them, his name: Captain Scarlet. In a series first broadcast in 1967, Captain Scarlet and the Spectrum organisation utilise their global resources and futuristic equipment to prevent devastation from the Mysterons, an alien intelligence taking their revenge against the Earth. The Mysterons have the power to destroy man or machine and rebuild them to carry out their evil threats. This dark tale is told with more advanced Supermarionation puppets than ever before which have been rendered, for the first time, in realistic proportions. Gerry Anderson’s Century 21 team were hungry for further success following phenomenon of Thunderbirds. But what did Jack and Katherine have to say about Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons?

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 4 – The Secret Service

Katherine plays her first lifeline and, in what could probably be described as the best possible result, the duo sit down to watch the first episode of The Secret Service. It’s a world of espionage, dodgy diplomats, and gobbledygook – so will Katherine enjoy this Supemarionation/live-action hybrid?

Father Stanley Unwin is a country vicar and a secret agent. Matthew Harding is his gardener and also a secret agent. Together they carry out spy missions for BISHOP: British Intelligence Service Headquarters Operation Priest. Using the mysterious minimiser device, Father Unwin can reduce Matthew to one-third human size and carry him around in a briefcase in order to infiltrate enemy territory and stop their evil schemes. The Secret Service, first broadcast to a limited audience in 1969, infamously combined Supermarionation with live action photography using the real Stanley Unwin, a performer famous for his Unwinese gobbledygook language. This strange double talk was utilized by the character on his missions in order to bewilder authorities getting in his way. Unfortunately, financer Lew Grade completely misunderstood this feature of the series and cancelled the show after just 13 episodes, and making this short series the final Supermarionation endeavour undertaken by Century 21. Jack and Katherine are now ready to deliver their thoughts on The Secret Service.

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 3 – Torchy The Battery Boy

It had to happen eventually… but did it have to be quite so soon? For reasons best left unexplained Katherine has chosen to watch Torchy The Battery Boy this week. Jack is left bewildered by the selection, considering that two other superior options were also on the table. The pair soldier on regardless with 15 minutes of disturbing viewing. Will Pom-Pom And The Toys push Katherine and Jack to the limit?

Often heralded as one of the creepiest puppet shows ever produced for television, Torchy The Battery Boy was AP Films’ second and final commission from the author Roberta Leigh. Torchy, the boy doll powered by a battery, was created by his master, Mr Bumbledrop, to relieve intense loneliness. Torchy proceeds to leave Mr Bumbledrop almost immediately and journeys in a rocket to Topsy Turvy Land to live with a number of other toys that have come to life. Although two series of Torchy were produced, only the first was directed by Gerry Anderson and was broadcast in 1960. Every episode of this vintage series is available for viewing, and sees Torchy and his friends sing terrifying songs, drown in cheese, and live through other nightmare-fuel scenarios…

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 2 – The Day After Tomorrow

Jack and Katherine’s strange voyage through the Anderson universe continues with… a strange voyage through the universe! The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity presents Katherine with her first taste of a live action project, although it probably isn’t quite what she was expecting!

The Day After Tomorrow: Into Infinity was a one-off television special produced by Gerry Anderson for broadcast in December 1975. The plot concerns the mission of the lightship Altares and its journey beyond the solar system to seek out Earth-like planets for potential colonisation. Two family units make up the crew, with children David and Jane forming integral parts of the team alongside Brian Blessed as Doctor Tom Bowen, Joanna Dunham as Doctor Anna Bowen, and Nick Tate as Captain Harry Masters. Produced for educational purposes, The Day After Tomorrow discusses many scientific theories, with particular focus on Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity. Jack and Katherine are on standby to give you their thoughts on this one-off Anderson adventure…

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 1 – New Captain Scarlet

The Operation Anderthon podcast kicks off with Katherine’s first choice – the 2005 CGI remake of the Supermarionation classic – Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet… that’s right, we’re starting our marathon at the end of Gerry’s career. What is Katherine thinking?!

Based on the original Supermarionation series, Gerry Anderson’s New Captain Scarlet debuted in 2005 and was produced entirely using CGI and motion capture, a technique coined as Hypermarionation. Captain Scarlet stars as the indestructible champion of Spectrum, an organisation which combats an alien menace from the planet Mars known as the Mysterons. New Captain Scarlet was an ambitious and expensive series which developed the characters of the Supermarionation series and upgraded all of the vehicles and technology to more realistically capture the world of tomorrow. The series infamously suffered from poor scheduling and never became the runaway success that it could have been. But what will Jack and Katherine make of it all?

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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