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Son of Thunderbirds TV legend has some unfinished business
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THE son of legendary television pioneer Gerry Anderson today launches a major fundraising drive in a bid to finish books his father started writing before his death.
Jamie Anderson is using a crowd funding campaign to give him the £27,350 he needs to publish Gemini Force 1, a story which was half completed by his father, the creative force behind classic television puppet adventure series Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Stingray.
Mr Anderson, 28, has signed up Oxford author MG Harris to complete the first book once the money has been raised and the pair are already planning to develop the Gemini Force 1 (GF1) series and possibly adapt it for TV in the style of their inspiration.
It was when he was sorting out his father’s affairs that Mr Anderson realised how much material was available.
“I found full shooting scripts for programmes going back to the mid-1970s and even a couple of synopses for a sitcom,” said Mr Anderson, who lives near Faringdon.
“GF1 felt like a really contemporary project. It was something he was working on until last year.
“I want to make the most of my father’s legacy. There is a huge body of work just sitting there.”
GF1 follows the story of a secret organisation involved in rescues and averting disasters and terrorist events.
Mr Anderson approached Ms Harris, the successful author of teenage fantasy series The Joshua Files and a lifelong fan of Gerry Anderson’s work, who was keen to get on board with the project.
She said: “Most writers would not go near someone else’s stuff but the ideas are so rich and very much the kind of thing I would write about.”
Gerry Anderson, who lived in Nuffield, near Wallingford, died in December last year from Alzheimer’s disease, aged 83.
The fundraising campaign to launch GF1 starts on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter today.
The initiative will involve people contributing between £1 and £5,000 and will run until October 5.
Investors will not receive a financial return but will be offered gifts including a range of merchandising and invitations to the launch party in 2014 which will coincide with the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds going into production.
Mr Anderson added: “If we can show the world there are Gerry Anderson projects out there, hopefully we will find an audience.”
For details of the fundraising plan, see gerryanderson.co.uk/GF1
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