Filmed In Su­per­mar­i­on­a­tion

Nostal­gia is go!

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Re­lease Date: OUT NOW!

PG | 119 min­utes Distrib­u­tor: Net­work Di­rec­tor: Stephen La Rivière Cast: Gerry An­der­son, Sylvia An­der­son, Jamie An­der­son

Named after one of the

most evoca­tive phrases in sci- fi TV, this nostal­gia- fu­elled doc­u­men­tary shows why Gerry An­der­son’s ground­break­ing pup­pet se­ries are still loved by mil­lions. Adapt­ing his book of the same name, di­rec­tor Stephen La Rivière rounds up the key play­ers for in­ter­views, trawls the ar­chives and sprin­kles in plenty of clips to show how An­der­son got from Twiz­zle to The Se­cret Ser­vice.

Even if you’ve heard the anec­dotes be­fore, there’s a sense of fun here that lifts the film above the stan­dard talk­ing heads- plus­footage brew. Lady Pene­lope, Parker and Brains ( voiced by orig­i­nal ac­tors Sylvia An­der­son and David Gra­ham) come out of stor­age to “present” the doc and help with the ex­po­si­tion, while the pro­duc­tion de­sign has a classy, Saul Bass vibe per­fectly in keep­ing with the era. There’s also some­thing spe­cial about a recre­ation of the stun­ning slow- mo ex­plo­sions that were a sta­ple of An­der­son’s clas­sics.

Told in chrono­log­i­cal or­der, the film does take a while to get go­ing – early shows like Four Feather Falls and Su­per­car have less ap­peal than later hits, and there’s also less ar­chive ma­te­rial to back up their sto­ries. A bit more time could also have been de­voted to key col­lab­o­ra­tors like com­poser Barry Gray and ef­fects ge­nius Derek Med­dings. But dur­ing the doc’s ex­tended stay in that Stingray/ Thun­der­birds/ Cap­tain Scar­let golden run, An­der­son fans will be in heaven. Richard Ed­wards The film is get­ting a DVD/ Blu- ray re­lease on 20 Oc­to­ber, both solo and in a box set fea­tur­ing key episodes re­mas­tered in HD.

The act­ing was a bit wooden.

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