It was so popular last year that we decided to do it again! Join us this holiday season as we introduce you to twelve of our favourite podcasts in the 12 Days of Podmas!
If you’re a fan of all things sci-fi, fantasy and action-adventure, chances are you’ve come across classic shows such as Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet – all shows created by Gerry Anderson.
Running since June 2018, The Gerry Anderson Podcast is hosted by Jamie Anderson (son of Gerry) and fellow author, playwright and actor, Richard James, who portrayed Officer Orrin in Space Precinct back in the mid 1990s. The weekly podcast is released on a Monday and is a must-listen for anyone who grew up with those classic Supermarionation shows.
The 1 hour 30 minute long podcast combines regular items with high quality guest interviews from those involved in Anderson productions through the years, as well as celebrity fans. Recent interviewees have included Sophia Myles, Gary Numan, Sophie Aldred, Rae Earl and even Jamie’s mum Mary Anderson, not forgetting such luminaries as five times James Bond director John Glen, voice of Parker himself David Graham and the late, great Shane Rimmer.
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While all the guests have their admiration for the worlds of Anderson in common, they are quite varied, so there is always something interesting for everyone. Much loved fan items include “FAB Facts”, where Jamie and Richard select and read out behind the scenes snippets from book of the same name, plus from Jamie’s own knowledge of his Dad’s productions, and “the Randomiser”, which sees co-host, writer, actor and broadcaster Chris Dale provide a witty commentary on an episode of an Anderson show selected at random.
In addition, fan interaction is encouraged and the podcast has developed a community all its own which is unique, distinct and friendly! There exists a Gerry Anderson Podcast Listeners Group, members of which have dubbed themselves the “Podsterons” (a portmanteau of “pod” and “mysteron”). This sounds cheesy but at a time where fandoms can become so toxic, it really is one of the friendliest fan communities around.
The podcast can be found across a variety of platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Soundcloud and Youtube. If you’re a fan of all things Gerry Anderson, then this podcast is certainly worth your time.