bit of a chat
to TV page
so long ago (I'm talking 2003 here), there was an excellent
documentary on the UK's Channel Five (or 'Five' as they're called now). It was all
about the great, great Gerry Anderson and I sat there
expectantly with my little pinkie firmly welded to the video
I was after was some insight from the great man himself into The
Secret Service - at the time ('68/'69), arguably the most quirky,
technologically advanced show that he and the Supermarionation
team had done so far.
I know my Gerry Anderson and I know that in television terms, TSS
comes after Joe 90 and before his first live
action series UFO. But, as if with a slight whiff
of embarrassment, the documentary took us straight from the BIG RAT boy to Commander Straker's
without so much as a by-your-leave.
sure this 'oversight' was just down to the whim of the
programme's producers and certainly
not the considered opinion of Mr Anderson himself, but it's kind of
typical of the way that The Secret Service seems
to be constantly shuffled away into the corners of Andersonian
history like Luca Brasi at a Godfather wedding.
on the face of it, not without reason you'd think: it only ran
for a single series of 13 episodes; when it was first broadcast
in the UK, only three ITV regions (ATV Midlands, Granada and
Southern) took it up; the Americans allegedly wouldn't get it so it
it didn't sell there and Lew Grade, then head of all things ITC
(the production company that made most of Anderson's shows),
famously told Gerry the series was cancelled half way through a
preview screening of the very first episode .
because it's great.
Servy is all adventury-ho! Pardle Sammly Unwold - a
pull-pitty parslode and his minny-mysey machine
convert-it Matthew, his gardny-dig, into spy-mode! Deep
Joy or Deep Folly!