Anderson Entertainment has just unveiled their first TV project since 2005 – Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm. The pilot episode for this new Anderson Puppet TV series is now live worldwide for viewing, and we have the video ready for you to enjoy.
The episode features several actors well-known to Blogtor Who. Naoko Mori, famous for her role as Toshi in Torchwood and Doctor Who, Nicholas Briggs, the voice behind the Daleks and Big Finish executive-producer, and Sophie Myles, Madame de Pompadour in the 2006 Doctor Who episode “The Girl in the Fireplace”, all appear in the series. The series stars Gethin Anthony and Naoko Mori as the two hotshot pilots, Sam Scott and Nagisa Kisaragi from Stormforce’s Ocean Storm. Brian McCardie voices Commander Drew McAllister while Nicholas Briggs is the Remus, Ocean Storm’s AI.
In the short mini-episode, Ocean Storm’s Pilots, Sam and Nagisa, must stop Black Orchid before they can cause the destruction of the Mars Research Station. We are sure that this action-packed adventure will have you cheering. But don’t take our word for it.
You can watch Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm below…
Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm
In 2102, technological improvements have brought climate change under control. Food and energy are plentiful, and violence has all but disappeared. But just when people are at their most contented, the problems start. Explosions, sabotage, large-scale thefts of military equipment, kidnapping. The only clue to the perpetrators is a name – BLACK ORCHID. Earth’s environmental protectors – STORM FORCE – are quickly repurposed into a force to fight this mysterious assailant. Their new operation codename – FIRESTORM.
As clues are uncovered, Black Orchid seems to be an alien contingent. But what are they up to? As Storm Force discover more – including strange telepathic technology – the alien explanation looks increasingly likely. But when Storm Force come face to face with Black Orchid they discover their true origins…
Anderson Entertainment, the company, founded by Gerry Anderson – creator of over a dozen hit TV shows including Thunderbirds, Space: 1999, Captain Scarlet, Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, UFO and Joe 90, to name but a few, today announces the digital release of a Firestorm. It is the first new Anderson production since 2005 and the first since Founder Gerry Anderson died in 2012.
A premiere screening is happening at the MCM Comic Convention in London just as we release this post online. Firestorm promises to be one of Anderson Entertainment’s most exciting projects ever. Developing the use of puppets beyond anything seen before, it is set to change the face of British science fiction, putting it back on the global stage.
Firestorm is a Gerry Anderson concept from 2001. This new version has been redeveloped from Gerry’s original synopsis and story outline documents. A talented team, including many who worked with Gerry, have been working on the new series. Members of the team include; FX Supervisor Steve Begg (Casino Royale, Skyfall, Spectre), Miniature FX Supervisor Mike Tucker (Doctor Who, Red Dwarf) and Production design consultant Richard Gregory (Dark Knight, Walking with Dinosaurs, Event Horizon).
Gerry Anderson’s Firestorm is a new action-adventure science fiction series for television comprising 26 episodes of 22 minutes each. All filmed in Ultramarionation, a real, physical way of making TV featuring advanced animatronic puppets, miniatures, physical sets and real explosions. The first series of 26 commercial half-hour episodes is now in pre-production, with partners Raydar Media, before entering production, which is anticipated to start early in 2019.
Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson MBE, will be producing the new series. Leading an A-grade team of seasoned industry professionals, he says, “We’ve updated the Firestorm concept my father created with the development of ‘Ultramarionation’, the next generation of production techniques to really bring the ‘wow’ factor back to the small screen.”
As Jamie Anderson summarises, “The enduring values of the Anderson Entertainment brand will be very much evident in Firestorm’s overall messages of good against evil, uniting the human race, and using technology to improve the world – values which are more relevant today than ever before. This will be a true Gerry Anderson science fiction adventure series for the whole family and we’re all very excited to reboot the Anderson vision for past and future generations of Anderson fans.”