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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Ep 13 – Stingray

This week, Jack and Katherine dive under the sea and join Troy, Phones, and Marina of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol for a voyage of discovery. Stingray is a personal favourite of Jack’s, so what will Katherine have to say about this Supermarionation classic?

Stand by for action with Stingray, the first television series in Britain to be produced entirely in colour. Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Supermarionation underwater spectacular follows the exploits of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol’s top vessel, Stingray, and its crew – Captain Troy Tempest, Phones, and Marina the young woman from under the sea who was cursed by the evil Titan and forbidden to speak. Throughout the series, the Stingray crew would meet undersea aliens from a variety of civilisations and quickly discover whether their intentions were good, or threatened the continued existence of the land people. Back at their base, the futuristic city of Marineville, Commander Shore and his daughter Atlanta would oversee the operations. Often the love triangle between Troy, Marina, and Atlanta would create great emotional tension, adding depth to this beloved series. First broadcast in 1964, Stingray was a success across the globe. Jack and Katherine are ready to tell you their thoughts on the 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 12 – Fireball XL5

Jack and Katherine journey to Sector 25 of outer space with the Fireball XL5 crew for this week’s episode. What will Katherine make of the devious aliens from Planet 46 threatening to destroy the Earth? And how about that coffee, Venus?

First broadcast in 1962, Fireball XL5 stars Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol as he explores the galaxy with Doctor Venus, Professor Matthew Mattic, Robert The Robot, and Zoonie the Lazoon. The spaceship Fireball XL5 patrolled Sector 25 of outer space but would also take its crew of heroes anywhere in the universe where they may be needed to answer a distress call, investigate mysterious happenings, and defend the Earth from alien threats. Supermarionation puppets continued to advance and develop, as did the special effects produced by Derek Meddings and his team at AP Films. Fireball XL5 achieved an accolade which no other Anderson series reached, of being transmitted on a US TV Network, as well as winning great success in Britain and all over the world. But what did Jack and Katherine make of this space-age series?

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Ep 11 – Thunderbirds

In this F.A.B. festive edition of Operation Anderthon, Jack and Katherine are ready to take on the biggest Anderson series of them all: Thunderbirds. From lemon squeezers, to palm trees, to Katherine’s controversial comments about Thunderbird 2, this week’s podcast has it all!

Thunderbirds are go for Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s most successful television series, viewed by generations of children all over the world. First broadcast in 1965, each hour-long episode of Thunderbirds demonstrated the daring exploits of the International Rescue team, led by millionaire ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy. His five sons, Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon, and John would perform outstanding rescue operations using their incredible Thunderbird machines, launched from their luxurious secret base on an island in the South Pacific. Ably assisted by scientific genius, Brains, his assistant Tin-Tin, and London agents Lady Penelope and Parker, International Rescue would go to every effort to save lives in the air, on land, underwater, and in outer space. Thunderbirds is praised for its outstanding special effects and Supermarionation puppetry, as well as telling thrilling tales which mix action with great charm. Jack and Katherine are about to give you their personal F.A.B. appraisal…

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 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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