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…

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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?

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 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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