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What does FAB stand for?

This has got to be one of the most asked questions: What does FAB stand for in Thunderbirds? Well here’s the answer in one simple word: Nothing! In the 60’s the buzz-word was “fabulous”. This was shortened to FAB and used simply as a call sign like ‘Roger’ or ‘Ten-Four’ to acknowledge received instructions. If it was an acronym, then the best suggestion we’ve heard for a potential meaning is “Fully Acknowledged Broadcast”. So now, next time someone asks you what FAB stands for, you can give them the authoritative answer: nothing!

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How can I submit my script, story or idea?

Anderson Entertainment does not accept unsolicited script submission. There are a number of potential legal consequences which can result from reading unsolicited material which may turn out to be similar to a project we are developing or may develop. Accordingly, the general policy of Anderson Entertainment is to not read or consider unsolicited material, ideas or suggestions of any nature whatsoever.

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Can you tell me more about the Space 2099 project?

We’ve received a lot of e-mails recently about Space 2099 – a reboot of Space:1999. We cannot give you any information because the Gerry Anderson Estate is not involved in the project in any way. We have not been approached by anyone associated with the production and therefore cannot give you any information about it. The best thing we can recommend is that you look for the Space 2099 page on Facebook and get updates from there.

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Can you tell me more about the UFO reboot?

We’ve received a lot of e-mails recently about the new UFO reboot that has been talked about for some time. At the moment the Gerry Anderson Estate and Anderson Entertainment are not involved with the production in any way so we cannot give you any information about the project.

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Where did Thunderbirds get its name?

For many years we believed that Thunderbirds was named after ‘Thunderbird Field’ in Arizona – a base where Gerry Anderson’s brother trained during the Second World War.

However, during extensive research for a book on Lionel Anderson’s life, we discovered that this fact had been mis-remembered by Gerry. The truth is much more exciting and intriguing. 

You can read the full story about how Thunderbirds got its name here.

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Where can I buy the three new Thunderbirds episodes? (Thunderbirds 1965)

Thunderbirds 1965 was a project undertaken by POD 4 Films in 2015 for the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds. The project produced three new half-hour episodes of classic Thunderbirds using the original Supermarionation techniques and was funded via Kickstarter.

As stated by the producers – the episodes were only ever to be released to Kickstarter backers as a special celebration.

At this point, there are (as far as we know) no plans for a public release. The episodes were only available to Kickstarter backers and it is not possible to buy them. The episodes turn up from time to time on eBay but have not been publicly released.

If any plans for a public release are announced then they will be covered on the news page and this FAQ answer will be amended. But if you’re reading this, then the three new Thunderbirds episodes are not currently available for purchase.

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  • Jacob Roome

    Im just wondering, What do fans need to do if we want to see official reboots of older shows such as Fireball XL-5 and Stingray?

    • jamie

      You can write to ITV who own the shows. Beyond that, you can support new Anderson legacy projects… all positive press and support for the Gerry Anderson name could help these become a reality.

  • Mike Doskotz

    Are there any plans to bring more Fireball XL5 merchandise on the web site?

    • Not at present, Mike. We’re looking into some possibilities with ITV though.

      • TransmatTrev

        Robert the robot pleeeeease!

  • Tom Nichol

    Just out of curiosity, who currently owns the licensing rights to Supercar, Fireball XL5, etc.?

  • Paul Taylor

    Can anyone tell us where Firestorm is at the minute? Can we look forward to seeing it on TV soon?

  • stereochris

    I have just read the answer to the question “What does F A B stand for”? Well either I have been under a misaprehension but I have always taken it as standing for Fully Advised and Briefed. That is going back fifty years as Im sure you well know.

    I really do remember reading/ hearing, this, but in which publication or audio, I am sorry to say that info’ has dissapeared from my head. So as for it “means nothing”, as far as I am concerned it does 🙂

    • Sorry you’ve been under that misapprehension for all those decades, Chris! But our FAB answer is the official one as given by the creators of the original show and those who worked on it. Of course, if it makes you happier you can believe whatever you want 😉

      • stereochris

        Thanks for the swift reply. Thats amazing I do now wonder where I got that information from.