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By Tim Greaves
Between the early 1950s and mid 1980s the Children's Film Foundation was a non-profit making establishment behind dozens of films aimed at a young audience, most of them screening as programme constituents at Saturday morning 'Picture Shows'. I didn't catch many of these during my own childhood. But I do recall a couple of particularly enjoyable ones that I did get to see in the early 1970s: Cry Wolf (1969) and All at Sea (1970), both of which are conspicuously absent from the half dozen or so collections issued on DVD to date. Many of the Cff’s films had a run-time of around an hour, although there were also a number of serials in their catalogue. Masters of Venus was one such production. Comprising eight 15-minute instalments, it arrives on DVD in the UK in a restored release from BFI.
On the day prior to mankind's first mission to Venus, »
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Gerry Anderson, the hugely influential creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space: 1999 made a spectacular return to puppet animation in the early 1980s with an exciting new series co-created with Christopher Burr. Thrilling yet another generation of children (and adults!), Terrahawks introduced a new elite force to defend 21st century Earth against a host of alien invaders.
Led by the heroic Tiger Ninestein, the Terrahawks crew consists of Captain Mary Falconer, his acting second-in-command; fighter-pilot and former pop star Kate Kestrel; the poetically inclined Lieutenant Hiro; and Lt. Hawkeye – the gunner with computer-enhanced vision. Assisted by a legion of charismatic spherical robots known as the Zeroids, they battle a cabal of evil adversaries – none more terrifying than android crone Zelda, the would-be conqueror »
- Phil Wheat
Citv has announced that is has commissioned ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures to create a third series of Thunderbirds Are Go!, ordering an additional 25 episodes of the remake of the classic Gerry Anderson adventure show.
“Thunderbirds Are Go! goes from strength to strength, with this third series commission, Canadian sale and Us premiere date following slot-winning ratings in every territory in which it has aired and a strong demand for consumer products,” states Steve Green, Evp of Kids’ Content and Distribution at ITV Studios. “Thunderbirds Are Go! is proving to be one of the most popular new brands in the international marketplace, and we’re looking to build on this success with new and existing partners this year.”
“It’s a delight to be working with the wonderful cast and production team on this third series<” adds Jamila Metran, Head of Programming for Citv. “We can look forward to meeting new characters, »
- Gary Collinson
Thunderbirds TV series co-creator and co-writer Sylvia Anderson has died at the age of 88. In addition to creating that series with her then-husband, Gerry Anderson, Ms. Anderson voiced Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward on the children's puppet show.
Anderson's other TV series work includes voice roles on Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, and The Secret Service. In 2015, ITV Studios and Pukeko created an reboot of Thunderbirds, called Thunderbirds are Go. Anderson voiced the character of Great Aunt Sylvia, in the "Designated Driver" episode. Amazon announced it picked up the series, last month.
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Sylvia Anderson, co-creator of the hugely popular science-fiction puppet series Thunderbirds and the voice of the show’s Lady Penelope, has died at the age of 88 after a brief illness, her family and website confirmed Wednesday. Anderson’s career took her from iconic status in the childens’-television industry to a spin as head of programming for HBO in the UK. Anderson and her late husband Gerry Anderson created electronic marionette puppets and a process they called… »
“Sylvia was a mother and a legend. Her intelligence was phenomenal but her creativity and tenacity unchallenged,” said her daughter Dee Anderson. “She was a force in every way, and will be sadly missed.”
The writer and producer married Gerry Anderson in 1960, and together they developed the Supermarionation production technique, collaborating on shows such as Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90.
- Gary Collinson
The BBC is reporting that she died after a short illness.
After the pair divorced, Sylvia Anderson worked for a time as head of programming for HBO in the UK. She had an extensive career, and she is survived by her son and daughter. Our thoughts are with them at what must be a difficult time. That said, we'd be thrilled if we'd achieved so much with 88 years. What a life. »
4 x 13-episode series of animated revival Thunderbirds Are Go are on their way to Amazon...
2015 saw the revival of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds in new animated series, Thunderbirds Are Go. The first twenty-six episode series aired in two chunks on ITV here in the UK, with a second run already announced and planned for broadcast in late 2016.
Now Amazon has jumped aboard Thunderbird One as a collaborating partner on the new episodes. According to the latest press release, the streaming service has ordered four new thirteen-part series (which makes it an additional twenty-six episodes to those already announced by ITV, by our maths).
The show's voice cast, which went down well with fans in early reviews, includes Rosamund Pike (as who else but Lady Penelope), alongside David Graham, Rasmus Hardiker, Kayvan Novak, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Angel Coulby and David Menkin.
Amazon Video has also been confirmed as the Us home of the series, »
The Gerry Anderson toys that arrived in the 1990s may have been a little bit shonky, but they provided hours of fun...
Millions of years ago, in 1992, the BBC made a very wise decision: it broadcast the Gerry Anderson series Thunderbirds on its second channel. Back in those days BBC 2 on Sunday mornings (and 6pm weekdays) appeared to be curated entirely for geeks, with episodes of Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica and further Gerry Anderson series such as Stingray and Captain Scarlet being broadcast alongside Shooting Stars and This Morning With Richard Not Judy. It was hella formative.
The renewed popularity of Thunderbirds had led to Matchbox releasing a Tracy Island playset. This became a must-have Christmas item, to the extent that fights were reported over the remaining sets in stores. With supply failing to match demand Blue Peter - the BBC’s flagship-show-named-after-a ship’s »
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Like many great visionaries, Gerry Anderson was never one to be content with his achievements and just settle into retirement. Far from it in fact, and like a true perfectionist he instead believed that despite an impressive career spanning six decades, his most celebrated series still had untapped potential.
Alzheimer’s may have claimed his life early in this new show’s development, but considering Thunderbirds’ own 50th Anniversary ended with a Tracy Island playset as a Christmas list favourite yet again, it’s safe to say Anderson’s enduring legacy is far from in any need of rescue.
As a rebooted series Thunderbirds Are Go was always fated to endure comparisons, and although it may have created yet another generation of fans, those who remember the original from its first, second, and even third broadcasts (not to mention DVD releases) have met this latest »
- Ian Coomber
In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the best DVD and Blu-ray 2015.
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Follow-Up Ryan buys the Ernest and Celestine Blu-ray from Plain Archive Ultra HD Blu-ray Pre-orders Live, March 1st release: Fox, Sony, WB, Shout! and now Lionsgate Curzon Tarkovsky Ryan’s Top 10 List of 2015 Classics from the Van Beuren Studio (Thunderbean Animation) Thunderbirds: The Complete Series (Timeless Media Group / Shout! Factory) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Arrow UK) Twice Upon A Time (Warner Archive Collection) Journey to the Center of the Earth (Twilight Time) Watership Down (The Criterion Collection) Walt Disney Animation Studios: Short Films Collection (Disney) 3-D Rarities (Flicker Alley) Spartacus: Restored Edition (Universal) The Apu Trilogy (The Criterion Collection)
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11 items from 2016
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