Fanderson has released an initial programme of events to be held at this year's TV21 convention.

Offering something for everyone, the programme includes a look at the inspirations for Gerry Anderson's vehicles, discussions about the intricacies of the TV21 comic world, a fan fiction meetup, in-depth special effects sessions with modelmaker Alan Shubrook and much more! Fanderson will provide further details in due course, but for now you can find out more here:
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Please note that this programme is indicative only, and may be subject to change up until and during the convention.

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Art director Dominic Lavery and script writer Phil Ford have been confirmed as guests at TV21 this October. The pair were two of the biggest creative influences on Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet CGi series, which premiered on ITV in 2005.

After making his breakthrough on The Fifth Element, Lavery worked as a concept artist on several Bond films, Bicentennial Man and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. He has also been involved in Wolfman, Pandorum, Priest, Gullivers travels and is currently working on Jack the Giant Killer.

Lavery joined New Captain Scarlet as concept art director but went on to direct some of the show's most memorable episodes, including Rat Trap, Enigma and Dominion - the intended finale.

Those three adventures were scripted by Phil Ford, who as chief writer on the series produced all but 5 of the series 26 episodes.

Since 2008 Ford has been involved in the revitalised Doctor Who franchise, working as head script writer on the spin-off series The Sarah Jane Adventures, and penning the acclaimed Doctor Who episode The Waters of Mars. Prior to New Captain Scarlet Ford worked on dramas such as Heartbeat, Coronation Street and The Bill.

Both have been involved in previous Fanderson conventions, with Ford taking part in a writers' workshop and Lavery donating a number of New Captain Scarlet design prints in a convention charity auction.

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Full weekend registration costs £100 for Fanderson members and £120 for non-members, while single day passes can also be purchased.

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Find out more information about the convention here

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

 

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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David Graham, the voice artist who brought life to Parker, Brains and countless other characters from the world of Gerry Anderson has agreed to attend Fanderson's TV21 convention.

The event, to be staged in Bristol over the weekend of October 22nd - 24th, already has good guest representation from the Supermarionation series, and Graham will once again have the chance to meet up with fellow Thunderbirds voice artists Shane Rimmer and Matt Zimmerman. The trio are always a fan's favourite at conventions, not least of all because of their willingness to slip back into character as certain times!

Graham worked as a RAF radar mechanic during the Second World War before moving to New York to train as an actor. This background helped his development as a talented and versatile 'transatlantic' voice artist, and he went on to voice numerous American and English parts in every Gerry Anderson show from Four Feather Falls through to Thunderbirds. He also appeared in a host of other classic British series during the sixties and seventies , notably Danger Man, The Saint, Callan, The Tomorrow People and Doctor Who. In 1995 he was reunited with Gerry Anderson when he was cast in the role of Dr Long in Space Precinct, and continues to be active in show business.

 
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Two sculptors behind many of the most famous faces in Gerry Anderson's shows have been confirmed as guests at Fanderson's TV21 convention in Bristol (October 22nd - 24th).

John Blundall worked on all the early puppet series from Supercar through to Thunderbirds, for which he sculpted Kyrano, Grandma Tracy and - famously - Parker.

Terry Curtis joined AP Films in 1964 and worked alongside Blundall on Thunderbirds, where he spent most of his time re-making supporting the characters. He then worked on the two Thunderbirds feature films, as well as Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90.

Thunderbirds was the only show on which Blundall and Curtis worked together, with Blundall leaving at the end of the series due to a disagreement over the growing realism of the puppets. Both continued to work in film and television.

Registration

Fans have less than two weeks to take advantage of the discount registration rates for Fanderson's TV21 convention, which takes place in Bristol this October.

Follo full weekend registration is now £100 for Fanderson members, and  £120 for non-members.

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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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Fanderson can announce that Matt Zimmerman, the voice artist behind Thunderbird 3 pilot and boyracer Alan Tracy will be attending the club's TV21 convention in October 2010. Born in Ontario, Canada, Zimmerman relocated to England in 1959 when he won a scholarship to study drama at LAMDA.

Zimmerman was a late addition to the Thunderbirds cast, having landed the part of Alan Tracy after production work on the first episode Trapped in the Sky was already complete. Yet he went on to become one of the most prominent and best loved characters in the series, taking a leading role in the two subsequent feature films, Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6.

As well as numerous other television roles, he has also worked extensively in the theatre, and in recent years has performed in productions of Anything Goes, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret.

Zimmerman appeared alongside fellow Thunderbirds voice artist David Graham at the club's last convention, Sector 25, and is very much looking forward to meeting fans again this October.

Registration

Fans have less than two weeks to take advantage of the discount registration rates for Fanderson's TV21 convention, which takes place in Bristol this October.

From April 1st full weekend registration will increase from £90 to £100 for Fanderson members, and £110 to £120 for non-members.
Click here to register and reserve accommodation online

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

 
Fans have less than two weeks to take advantage of the discount registration rates for Fanderson's TV21 convention, which takes place in Bristol this October.

From April 1st full weekend registration will increase from £90 to £100 for Fanderson members, and £110 to £120 for non-members.

Accommodation at the Ramada Bristol City can be reserved at £60 per night for a single room, and £70 per night for a twin or double.

Convention Registration and room reservation can be fully completed online paying via debit/credit card or Paypal. Details are taken via secured data encryption.

Click here to register and reserve accommodation online

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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Shane Rimmer's autobiography, Thunderbirds To Bond and Beyond, will be launched in October 2010 to coincide with Fanderson’s TV21 Convention in Bristol.

Rimmer will be attending the event as one of the headline guests, and it is hoped that copies will be made available for signing. The book will be published by Reynolds & Hearn. Rimmer is best remembered by fans of Gerry Anderson as the voice of Scott Tracy, the eldest Tracy brother an pilot of Thunderbird 1.

 
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Keith Wilson and Alan Shubrook have been confirmed as guests for Fanderson's TV21 convention in Bristol this October.

Keith Wilson worked as a designer on the second series of Thunderbirds, before graduating to production designer on Captain Scarlet alongside John Lageu. He then became art director on Joe 90 and The Secret Service, and also served as production designer on both seasons 1 and 2 of Space:1999.

Modelmaker and artist Alan Shubrook joined the Century 21 special effects team run by Derek Meddings in 1966 at the tender age of 19. He went on to work on Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and UFO, plus countless other TV shows. He recently appeared in the 2008 documentary 'All About Thunderbirds' and has written two books on the special effects of Derek Meddings and TV21.

Both Wilson and Shubrook are scheduled to attend the full weekend of the convention. The news follows the confirmation of Gerry Anderson, Shane Rimmer and Gary Files at the backend of 2009, and with more guest announcements on the way attendees can look forward to an exciting program of talks and workshops to suit all interests.

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Registrations are just £90 for the whole weekend for Fanderson members, and £110 for non-members.

Please note that prices will increase from April 1, so take advantage of our early bird saving today! A deposit of £30 is required, with full payment needed by April 1.

TV21: Adventure in the 21st Century will take place on weekend of Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th October 2010 at the Ramada Bristol City,and will feature special guests from the worlds of Gerry Anderson, screenings of favourite episodes and rare material on the big screen, workshops where you can develop your interest in the Anderson productions beyond reading FAB magazine and watching DVDs. There will be merchandise for sale and a stunning model and art exhibition, including many pieces not seen before at a Fanderson event.

 
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Canadian actor Shane Rimmer has been confirmed as a special guest at Fanderson's TV21 Convention, to be held in October 2010.

Rimmer appeared alongside fellow Thunderbirds voice artists David Graham and Matt Zimmerman at the club's last convention, Sector 25, where he delighted fans with his performance as the Old Toy Maker in a read through of Phil Ford's unmade New Captain Scarlet script, House of Dolls.

Shane Rimmer has had a long and varied association with Gerry Anderson's productions. He will - of course - always be remembered as the voice of Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds, but also voiced numerous parts in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and Joe 90, as well as the eponymous gumshoe in the Dick Spanner stop-motion animated series of the late eighties. He also appeared onscreen in UFO and The Protectors, and guest-starred as the ill-fated astronaut Kelly in the Space:1999 episode Space Brain.


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A seemingly ever-present supporting actor in the world of cult film and TV, Rimmer has appeared in several Bond and Superman films, as well as classics such as Dr Strangelove, The Bedford Incident and Star Wars. He appeared briefly in Batman Begins in 2005.

Watch out for more guest announcements soon...

 
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Actor Gary Files has been confirmed as a guest at Fanderson's TV21 convention, to held in October 2010 in Bristol.

Also an accomplished writer and director, Files's exposure to show business on three continents gave him a transatlantic appeal and range of accents that helped him become a regular voice artist on the later Supermarionation series.

Files's involvement in the Anderson productions began on the big screen, when he replaced Ray Barrett as the voice of the Hood in Thunderbird 6. He went on to play the part of Captain Magenta, a gangster turned Spectrum agent in Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, before taking one of the lead roles in The Secret Service - Matthew Harding, an undercover secret agent disguised as Father Unwin's country bumpkin gardener.

He also provided many of the voices for Joe 90 and made a brief live-action appearance as Phil Wade in the first episode of UFO, Identified. He currently lives in Melbourne, Australia, and is very much looking forward to visiting the UK next year, subject to work commitments.