Online : Do you have any plans to make more TV shows?
Anderson : At the time of replying I am together with my business
partner John Needham creating a new supermarionation type
series which will shortly go into production and be made in
CGI. In addition we are negotiating to remake Captain Scarlet
and last but not least a feature film entitled Eternity.
But are you going to make anymore Thunderbirds?
With the advent of CGI I'm looking forward to making a new
series totally on computers so that while the characters will
look exactly the same they will be able to behave like real
people. The bad news is that this won't happen for a few years
know the fans will like this new method of production because
about a year ago I made a brand new five minute test sequence
of Captain Scarlet. I've shown it a great many times
and everybody loves it.
UFO has always been popular - any chance that the show
Recently we had an approach from a German gentleman who wants
to finance either a pilot for a new series or possibly a feature
this space. If a new show is made, I can assure you it will
feature my old friend Ed Bishop.
How did the idea for Thunderbirds come about?
Just before we had to create a new TV series which turned
out to be Thunderbirds there was a dreadful mine disaster
in Germany and it took two weeks to get the surviving miners
to the surface. I avidly listened to the news and when there
was a successful outcome, it triggered the idea for International
Rescue later to be called Thunderbirds.
What does FAB mean?
GA: In the 60s the buzz word was fabulous and this became
shortened to fab. When I was writing the first episode a pilot
had to talk to ground control and when he received his instructions,
the pilot replied "Roger" meaning message received and understood.
I remember thinking as Thunderbirds was set in the
future "Roger" would probably not be in use at that time so
I substituted it with fab but that didn't sound very good.
So I changed it to F A B - a new codeword meaning message
received and understood.
Which series out of all your shows is your favourite?
It is a difficult question to answer. I was very proud of
Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space 1999 but
I suppose at the end of the day the only answer I can give
you is Thunderbirds.
Who is your favourite Thunderbird character?
Undoubtedly Parker. He was sculpted by a very famous puppeteer
John Blundell. When I first saw his face I was so impressed
that I thought we really must give him a wonderful voice.
just so happened that I used to lunch at a restaurant where
the waiter was very proud of the fact that he worked for 'er
Majesty in Windsor Castle. He used to drop his Hs then put
them back in the wrong place. I just loved his patter and
sent David Graham the voice artist who was to play the part
of Parker to the restaurant every day so that he could emulate
the way he spoke.
Parker is definitely my favourite.
Thank you for your time.