Unique new Gerry Anderson documentary announced, offering new insights on the co-creator of Thunderbirds and more

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson with his son Jamie, in 2012. Image via Anderson Entertainment
Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson with his son Jamie, in 2012. Image via Anderson Entertainment

Utilising cutting edge digital technology, Anderson Entertainment has announced plans for a new documentary on Gerry Anderson, the man behind such iconic shows as Thunderbirds, Stingray and Space:1999 as well as later shows such as Space Precinct and the 2005 reimagining of Captain Scarlet.

The first in-depth documentary on the life and times of a true pioneer who made some of TV’s best-loved shows will be produced by the award-winning independent production company The Format Factory with the full backing of Anderson Entertainment, the production company founded by Gerry Anderson.

The documentary will cover the highs and lows of the life of a man who changed the face of television – from his difficult upbringing, the death of his older brother and his damaging experiences of anti-Semitism, to his massive success, revolutionary innovations in filming and puppetry and how he made – and lost – a fortune.

Viewers will hear about his complicated relationships with family, friends and fellow workers, his hatred of the puppets that made his name, the years when he fell out of favour, the revivals, tributes and theatre adaptations that found him a brand-new audience, and, of course, how the era of DVDs, Blu-Ray and streaming has seen his shows revived and rediscovered to enormous acclaim.

Above all, this will be a celebration of a television pioneer, one whose death after living with Alzheimer’s inspired an outpouring of heartfelt tributes from fans young and old across the world whose lives had been touched by his work.

The documentary will include contributions from family members, friends, colleagues and many of the people who worked in and were inspired by Gerry Anderson’s shows. But it will also include contributions from Gerry Anderson himself.

Using cutting-edge technology in a way this technology innovator would have loved, extracts from over 30 hours of previously unreleased audio recordings will be brought to life through digital wizardry and artificial intelligence to produce a never-before-seen interview with Gerry Anderson – in person!

The Format Factory hopes to begin shooting the single-film documentary in the summer of 2021 with a release date of 2022 – the tenth anniversary of Gerry Anderson’s death. It will be produced by award-winning producer / director Benjamin Field – and has already attracted interest from a number of potential buyers.

Benjamin Field of The Format Factory
Benjamin Field of The Format Factory

“It’s hard to believe that a comprehensive, insightful documentary on the life and times of Gerry Anderson has not yet appeared,’ says Benjamin Field of The Format Factory, “but we aim to do full justice to a major television pioneer.

“It will be an appraisal of a great and sometimes flawed man – honest, unflinching, but always fascinating. With Gerry Anderson how could it be anything else?”

Writer, director, producer and MD of Anderson entertainment – and Gerry Anderson’s son – Jamie Anderson says: “This is a project that I have long hoped to see reach the screen. The continuing popularity of Dad’s many great creations has driven a project for which The Format Factory, an award-winning content creator and production company, is the perfect producer.

“Ben and his team’s plans to combine research and insight with high technology and modern audio and video techniques are both innovative and exciting. I can’t wait to see the result!”

Check out gerryanderson.co.uk for news on this project and much more

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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  1. Stephen La Riviere’s This Is Supermarionation was a pretty insightful documentary on Anderson’s life and work, I thought.

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