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20 Sep - 2021

Tags from the story: Anderson Entertainment, BritBox, Terrahawks.

Continuing popularity of classic Gerry Anderson show inspires debut on BritBox – plus new products, new shows and a major reboot

Anderson Entertainment has announced that Terrahawks, its much-loved 1983 series about a task force protecting the Earth from extra-terrestrial androids and aliens, is now inspiring major broadcast and retail activity in 2021. This includes the arrival of the original show on one of the UK’s most popular streaming services, new audio episodes and a 21st century reboot, not to mention a brand-new t-shirt – and a Halloween mask!

Terrahawks has now debuted on the enormously successful BritBox streaming service, where it has been available since late August in high definition. It can be accessed as part of both the BritBox Old School Classics collection of classic kids TV and within the BritBox Out Of This World collection of fantasy, adventure and sci-fi.

The arrival of Terrahawks on one of the UK’s favourite streaming services  is no coincidence. The release of iconic TV programmes on BritBox is an ongoing project and, after the success of Gerry Anderson’s best-known properties like Thunderbirds & Space: 1999 last year, the arrival of Terrahawks was seen by BritBox as a natural progression, especially as Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr’s smart, funny and thrilling 1983 series has experienced a major resurgence in popularity over recent years.

That resurgence has been further boosted by the recent remastering of the show in stunning HD and its availability on new DVDs and Blu-ray. In addition 24 brand-new full-cast audio drama episodes have been produced by Big Finish Productions in association with Anderson Entertainment. In fact the show’s enduring appeal means Terrahawks is currently being reimagined for a 21st-century audience, more than 30 years after its original run ended.

There’s also new Terrahawks product on the way or already on sale in the apparel and dress-up categories. A Terrahawks t-shirt is now available exclusively on the Truffle Shuffle website. It’s been licensed by IP owner Anderson Entertainment via licensee Trademark Products Ltd, an independent licensed character merchandise distributor. Showing the famous Terrahawks craft, it’s a unisex lightweight tee with a soft feel, made from 100% pre-shrunk cotton and – of course – a lightly distressed print for that nostalgic 80s look.

Started by retro addicts inspired by all things old-school, Truffle Shuffle has sold over 1.5 million t-shirts in the 15 years of its existence.

Meanwhile, on the official Gerry Anderson store website, fans can soon buy the ideal Halloween present: a limited edition collectors’ Zelda mask inspired by one of Gerry Anderson’s most famous villains – the cruel and very scary leader of the aliens plotting to defeat the Terrahawks and invade earth. It will be available to pre-order in September, and ships in late October.

But that’s not all. ‘Ten-Ten’ – the Terrahawks code for ‘Affirmative’ – has inspired a celebration of all things Terrahawks on – you guessed it – the tenth of October. Watch out for some big announcements very soon.

Writer, producer, director, and MD of Anderson Entertainment, Jamie Anderson, who will be working with IP development company Tiny Giants on reimagining the series, says: “Terrahawks is one of my favourite Gerry Anderson series, and it looks like I’m not alone. It has a strong and dedicated cult following, with Zelda being one of the most regularly mentioned 80s kids’ TV characters online. Fans of all ages will be thrilled – but not surprised – that the popularity of this classic Gerry Anderson show has now inspired new products, new streamed content and an all-new show!”

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