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Fanderson will premiere the latest in their popular series of three disc mini-album sets at TV21 in Bristol next week.

The sixth set of the original Century 21 MiniAlbums features a wide collection of specially commissioned Anderson-related songs and new renditions of popular TV themes by the late Barry Gray. In addition to the original track listings, each CD contains some special bonus material...so keep listening!

The set will be available at TV21 at an exclusive offer price for attendees and will be on sale from the Fanderson Sales table in the Dealers Room throughout the weekend. The set will then go on general sale to members in the Fanderson Sales Catalogue that will be mailed out with FAB 67 in November.


 
Big screen modelmaker Bill Pearson is to make a late surprise appearance on the guestlist for Fanderson's TV21 convention in Bristol. Noted for his work on the Bond franchise (Die Another Day and Casino Royale) as well as modern science-fiction classics Alien and Moon, Pearson was responsible for building or supervising many of the models that appeared on Space Precinct, which premiered on Sky in 1994.

In other news, Keith Wilson has unfortunately been forced to withdraw from the convention due to work commitments. He is shooting a film in Jordan this autumn.
 
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Shane Rimmer, the voice of Thunderbird 1 pilot Scott Tracy, will launch his autobiography at Fanderson's TV21 convention this October, and attendees can benefit from a very special discount on the day.

From Thunderbirds to Pterodactyls covers Shane's career as an actor, voice artist and writer for Gerry Anderson's classic productions, as well as his appearances in many other iconic shows and films from Doctor Who to Coronation Street, and Star Wars to James Bond.

The book's RRP is £17.99, but TV21 attendees will be able purchase copies for an incredible £12 on Saturday 23rd. This a one day only special offer that undercuts even the discounted price on Amazon and will be the first time the book will be on sale, anywhere - a true world exclusive. Copies will go on sale in the convention Dealers' Room, and the man himself will be on hand to sign copies. Only cash or cheques can be accepted for payment.

Featuring a foreword from Gerry Anderson, this is a wry and refreshingly frank autobiography in Shane's own inimitable style, and will shed new light on some of the best-loved films and television series ever made.

From Thunderbirds to Pterodactyls is published by Signum Books and features a foreword by Gerry Anderson.

 
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Fanderson has revealed two amazing collectables that will be auctioned for charity at TV21 this October.

Canadian actor and voice artist Shane Rimmer will be donating a signed copy of a script he penned for Joe 90, as well as a series of signed photos. Perhaps best remembered as the voice of Thunderbird 1 pilot Scott Tracy, Rimmer is one of TV21's headline guests and has had a long and varied association with Gerry Anderson shows.

Read more about Shane Rimmer on his website

Sculptor Terry Curtis, who was forced to withdraw from TV21 in June, will also be auctioning a unique cast of the original Captain Scarlet puppet head. After joining AP films in the 1960s Curtis worked on a host of productions, including the two Thunderbirds feature films, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90.

Over the course of the weekend a number of other guests will be auctioning personal items to raise money for the convention's charity, Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal.

The charity provides fundraising for the Bristol Children's Hospital and St Michael's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit). A silent auction and raffle will also be taking place.

 
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The guest list for Fanderson's TV21 convention in October continues to grow, with prolific artist and modelmaker Mike Trim now also confirmed. Trim is scheduled to attend both Saturday and Sunday and intends to take a table in the Dealers Room to sell his artwork.

Trim's association with Gerry Anderson began during the production of Stingray when he joined Derek Meddings' model shop at AP Films. He then became special effects designer on Thunderbirds and went on to work on every remaining Anderson puppet series. He also worked as designer on the live-action UFO, as well as all three of Gerry Anderson's sixties feature films (Thunderbirds Are Go, Thunderbird 6 and Doppelganger (a.k.a. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun)).

Trim now works as a conceptual designer and freelance illustrator for film and television. In 1978 he produced the iconic cover artwork for Jeff Wayne's Musical version of The War Of The Worlds - one of the best selling albums of all time. He also worked on Agent Crush, a recent puppet-based spy-spoof movie homage to some of his earlier work that has yet to be released. Examples of his artwork can be found on his website: www.miketrimart.com

Registration

Full weekend registration costs £100 for Fanderson members and £120 for non-members, while single day passes can also be purchased.
Click here to register online
Find out how to join as a Fanderson member and qualify for the registration discount

Any queries or questions regarding registration should be directed to:
Fanderson Club Secretary, 24 Bluebell Rise, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, Somerset BA3 2RR
OR
query@fanderson.org.uk



 
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As you must know by now, Fanderson is staging its first major convention for several years in October 2010, at the Bristol City Ramada hotel. Preparations for TV21 are well underway, but there's still something we need to know - what would you like to watch while you're there?

Sitting down to your favourite episode of Captain Scarlet or Space: 1999 is all part of the convention experience - especially if you need a little break from the packed programme of guest interviews, autograph signings and discussions.

So, we've put together a short survey will us to help decide what and when to show at TV21. Just pick your favourite episodes from the nine most popular shows as selected by Fanderson members , and we'll announce the results nearer the event.

Take the survey

Thanks a lot for taking part, and we look forward to seeing you in Bristol!

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Terrahawks modelmakers John Lee and Steve Woodcock will make their first appearances at a Fanderson convention this October, having agreed to attend TV21.

Both artists were interviewed in 2007 for FAB 58, where they explained how they broke into the film industry on Cosgrove Hall's The Wind in the Willows, before moving across to join the Terrahawks production in 1983.

John Lee has since worked on the 2004 live action Thunderbirds film, contributing to several set piece disaster sequences, the Thunderbird 5 model and the Thunderbird 1 interior. He has credits on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, V for Vendetta, Alien vs Predator, Casino Royale and Moon.

After working on Aliens in 1986 alongside Lee, Woodcock began writing, producing and directing films, including Between Two Women and The Jealous God, an adaptation of a John Braine novel from the 1960s.

Terry Curtis

Unfortunately sculptor Terry Curtis has had to withdraw from TV21, but has made a very generous donation to the convention's charity auction. This is top secret for now - watch this space! After joining AP films in the 1960s Curtis worked on a host of productions, including the two Thunderbirds feature films, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90.

 
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Logo for the Barry Gray Centenary Concert
Highlights from the Barry Gray Centenary Concert staged in 2008 will be screened at TV21. The screening will take place on the evening of Friday October 22nd at the Bristol City Ramada Hotel as part of the TV21 convention.

Held at the Royal Festival Hall on 8th November 2008, 'Music From the 21st Century' featured stirring renditions of Gray's famous music by the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as stand-out performances by Pascale Rousse Lacordaire on the Ondes Martenot and Crispin Merrell as a solo pianist.

Eagerly anticipated by many fans, this will be the first ever private screening of the event and should prove to be a popular way to kick-off TV21. More details will be available soon.

Read a review of the original concert

 
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Fanderson is delighted to announce that Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal has been confirmed as the Club's dedicated charity for its TV21 convention, which will take place in October this year.

The Grand Appeal raises funds for the Bristol Children's Hospital and St Michael's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (Special Care Baby Unit), both of which provide world-class care to babies and children from Bristol and across the UK.

The charity was established in 1995 and raised £12 million through its capital appeal to help build Bristol Children's Hospital, and has since funded a wide range of programmes for patients valued at over £5 million. The charity's special relationship with Wallace and Gromit stems from the fact that founding Aardman Directors Nick Park, Pete Lord and Dave Sproxton are Patrons of the Appeal.

Fanderson will be raising money through a series of events at TV21. To find out more information about the charity and to donate online please visit The Grand Appeal website www.grandappeal.org.uk

"The Grand Appeal is delighted to be the chosen charity for the Fanderson Convention of 2010" commented Lauren Vincent, Community and Events Fundraiser. "We are so thankful for their support which will make such a difference to sick children in Bristol and the South West. We are sure that the convention will be a huge success and encourage all fans of Gerry Anderson's iconic programmes and films to go along for a great weekend and support the Grand Appeal."

 
Accommodation at the convention hotel  Ramada Bristol City has now been fully booked, however Fanderson has negotiated excellent rates at the neighbouring Mercure Holland House Hotel, which has agreed to match our convention accommodation rates of £60 prpn for a single room and £70 prpn for a double or twin room for stays of two or more consecutive nights.

Find out more here