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Gerry Anderson’s TV series have had a seismic impact on the childhoods of many, thanks to the introduction of ground-breaking special effects, captivating characters, inspirational stories and iconic music scores.


The films and music – including Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space:1999, Terrahawks, and many more – are brought to life in this unique show by our full orchestra, accompanied by exclusive film footage and newly-restored colour and high-definition content.


Following a sell-out premiere at Birmingham Symphony Hall in April 2022, Carrot Productions is pleased to once again partner with Anderson Entertainment in a brand-new show, packed full of nostalgia.

Characters and images from Gerry Anderson films
"A magnificently larger-than-life creation, like so many of Anderson’s fab    TV shows."
"We thought this was absolutely FABulous. The orchestra embraced the nature of the concert to a tee."
"This was one of THE BEST concerts I’ve ever been to"

5, 4, 3, 2, 1... Thunderbirds are go!

Stand By for Action! 2

Saturday 13 July 2024, 7.30pm at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Gerry Anderson

Gerry Anderson was born on 14 April 1929, and through a combination of skill and an incredible level of determination earned his first credit as a producer when he was still in his 20s. Years before the word ‘brand’ was popularly applied to television, Gerry’s name came to represent an inimitable style of entertainment that proved hugely successful around the world. From Fireball XL5 to Space: 1999, Captain Scarlet to Space Precinct, Supercar to Thunderbirds – he has become the UK’s equivalent of Walt Disney.

In 2001 he was awarded an MBE for services to the British film industry. The astonishing New Captain Scarlet premiered in 2005, by which point Gerry (then 76) was long past the age when most people would consider retiring. His enthusiasm for the next project and fascination for the latest technology, remained undimmed through much of his final illness. He passed away on 26 December 2012.

A large orchestra play in front of a big screen
A large orchestra play in front of a big screen

Barry Gray

Gray spent the early years of his career as musical assistant to Eartha Kitt, Hoagy Carmichael and Vera Lynn. In 1956 he joined Gerry Anderson's AP Films, where he first scored the puppet show, The Adventures of Twizzle. This was followed by Torchy The Battery Boy and then the famed Four Feather Falls, a puppet Western based on a concept suggested by Gray.

Gray's association with Gerry Anderson lasted well into the 1970s. Perhaps most famous for his score to Thunderbirds and its theme "March of the Thunderbirds", Gray composed the themes to Anderson’s other Supermarionation shows such as Stingray, Fireball XL5, Joe 90, and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. Additionally, Gray is also known as the composer for the Anderson live-action shows, such as UFO and Space: 1999, as well as the Thunderbirds films and the live action feature Doppelgänger.

An orchestra and soloists and conductors bow at the end of a performance

Hire these shows

Stand By For Action! is now available for orchestras and venues to hire worldwide.

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