THE FRONT ROOM 



The Nice Rooms is proud to present an exclusive interview with Jamie Anderson - Gerry Anderson’s (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet) younger son, managing director of Anderson 
Entertainment and Series Producer of a new TV venture: Firestorm 


"We will not be using focus groups to put the show together. I have previously been, and continue to be, vocal about my dislike of the use of focus groups to design TV shows. It's not possible to reverse engineer creativity to please an audience - if it was then all shows produced using focus groups would be wildly successful."  (Room 15)

 

This December 2014 Issue also Features:


- IN THE MUSIC ROOMS -

" The ideas come from experiences, but the words and sounds we hope are never literal, we like people to be able to interpret the song in their own way... which they do it seems!" (Room 1)

"I had a collection of songs (an entire album's worth) that I had written over 20 years ago that lay dormant just sitting on a shelf for most of that time. When Aaron & I decided to start a band, the lyrics were dusted off at long last, and new life was breathed into them." (Room 3)

"I'm a musician who after working with labels such as Rough Trade, Zomba etc. began ploughing the DIY arena realizing how liberating it can be to really have ownership of your work." (Room 4)

"A lot of people comment how authentic The Shakers sound is. Well, that's because we try to be as true as we can to the original 1960s Mersey Sound." (Room 5)

"The next note you play alone, onstage, in the studio, with friends..whatever..is the most important note in music. Ever." (Room 7)

"When I recorded What in 1968 with the writer and producer of the song, H. B. Barnum, I had no idea that it was going to be sent to the UK and become a massive hit in the Northern Soul scene." (Room 8)

"I’ve tried to retain that punk spirit in my approach to the music industry and having accepted that I’m very unlikely to get rich from music I’ve decided that all future releases will be free on MP3 and as cheap as possible  (Room 11)

Opera comes to The Nice Rooms: On 25th and 26th October 2013, Opera South East (OSE) presented Madame Butterfly at the White Rock Theatre in Hastings. Fraser Grant directed the production and here at The Nice Rooms reflects on the rehearsals leading up to the opening night. (Room 12)

Vintage Radio - "The Grown-Up Choice" - is a non-profit making organisation that broadcasts from The YMCA based at Birkenhead in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral, Merseyside, UK. The programmes are created by volunteer presenters and broadcast every day via the internet, and occasionally, when funds permit, via terrestrial broadcast radio. Richard Wall is one of the presenters and here at The Nice Rooms takes time out to talk about his show that focuses on the sixties, seventies and eighties music he loves. (Room 14)

- IN THE SCREENING ROOMS -

 

Anderson Entertainment are giving Terrahawks fans an early Christmas present with the free release of the Terrahawks Christmas episode – A Christmas Miracle – online via YouTube for 30 days from 10 December 2014.


The episode has been digitally cleaned and re-mastered and features two new specially created parody advertisements.


Jamie Anderson, Managing Director of Anderson Entertainment and son of Gerry Anderson, MBE, says, “We wanted to bring some Yuletide cheer to Terrahawks fans around the world in advance of Big Finish’s April 2015 release of a brand new Terrahawks audio series featuring eight new episodes with three members of the original cast. We’re also releasing a free Christmas track with Big Finish – Zelda’s Night Before Christmas”. (26:34)


Screen 2: The Showmen (2013)   NEW @ The Nice Rooms!

An award winning documentary by Quickthinking Productions that takes a look at the life of a travelling fairground. It follows the Carter Family as they prepare to face a tough year following a difficult 2012. (19:41)

 

8 minutes of memories from The Sex Pistols' last UK gig courtesy of the people who were there!  It remains their most implausible gig - A benefit gig for the families of striking firefighters at Ivanhoe's nightclub in Huddersfield on Christmas Day 1977. 


"To most people they were monsters in the news. But seeing them playing to seven and eight-year-olds was beautiful. They were a radical band, but there was a lot more heart to that group than people know." (08:17)

 

- IN THE TV ROOMS - 

"Patrick McGoohan was Six of One’s Honorary President right up until his death in 2009. He sent telegrams and communications over the years, wishing us well and also wishing us successful conventions." (Room 2)

"It's amazing the heat that can be produced by Space: 1999  Year 2 discussions even 40 years later! The first thing to remember is that at the end of the first season Space: 1999 was dead - definitively cancelled and not coming back." (Room 6)

"..Unlike in later years, Steed and his associate Dr Keel were downing glasses of scotch rather than champagne, and sometimes they even dispensed with the glasses! They would invariably be chain smoking through the episodes too." (Room 13)

The Nice Rooms is proud to present an exclusive interview with Jamie Anderson - Gerry Anderson’s younger son, managing director of Anderson Entertainment and Series Producer of a new TV venture: Firestorm 


" We will not be using focus groups to put the show together. I have previously been, and continue to be, vocal about my dislike of the use of focus groups to design TV shows. It's not possible to reverse engineer creativity to please an audience - if it was then all shows produced using focus groups would be wildly successful.(Room 15)


- IN THE READING & WRITING ROOMS -

"Every now and again a website comes along that draws you in and before you know it those minutes you intended to spend browsing seamlessly turn to hours. The Liverpool Picturebook conveying Liverpool's history through photographs is one such site."    (Room 9)

Gary Radice casts a "magiceye" over Main Street USA at Disneyland Paris in celebration of all things ‘Imagineering'. (Room 10)

"I'd very happily live in a Lighthouse... beautiful! Is it just me or is this getting narrower as we get closer to the top...?" 

BITSofBRITAIN:  Updated 24th Nov 2014

"Sometimes I wish the world would just slow down a bit. I pity those poor passengers hurtling at 100mph who have neither the time or inclination to stop, get out and smell the heritage - The UK is alive with history."

The Retro Room:  Updated 24th Nov 2014

 Clackers, Crazy Foam, The Singing Ring Tree, Spangles, The Double Deckers...