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Old 11-02-2013, 10:00 AM   #1
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Was anyone else really disappointed that the Bafta's didn't include any acknowledgement to Gerry Anderson? He wasn't even included in the obituary section.

He made several feature films, four decades of TV series, brought innovation & technical excellence, produced the next crop of world class award winning technical experts and entertained millions. I wonder what exactly one has to do to be honoured by this British institution for Film and Television awards?
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:09 AM   #2
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Yes I felt sure he would be at least in the obituary's, it a complete travesty.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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He wasn't even included in the obituary section.
How strange.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:22 AM   #4
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In fact I was so angry I have just rung BAFTA to complain, heres the number if you wish to join in 020 7734 0022, apparently Georgian handles the obituarys but didn't pick up the phone, so I have email her.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:38 PM   #5
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Credit where credit is due I did get a reply from BAFTA, lets see what happens at the TV awards in May.
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Many thanks for your email regarding the British Academy Film Awards. Unfortunately, the time restriction of the televised obituaries forces us to make a small and necessarily subjective selection which meant that Gerry Anderson was unable to be included.

Due to the nature of the majority of Gerry Anderson’s credits, he will certainly be on the list of names to be considered for the televised obituaries package at the British Academy Television Awards in May. I can also confirm, that Gerry is recognised in our online obituaries area (http://www.bafta.org/archive/in-memory-of/) and featured in the In Memoriam section of the Film Awards souvenir brochure given to all attendees on the night.

We do hope that this recognition by BAFTA provides at least some acknowledgement, however small, of Gerry’s wonderful career.
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Old 11-02-2013, 02:00 PM   #6
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We do hope that this recognition by BAFTA provides at least some acknowledgement, however small, of Gerry’s wonderful career.
Hope doesn't cut it.
So the answer's no.
Try a more equal investigation of those who have contributed, and acknowledge them once you've done your homework.
Once I've checked their website, I'll probably post again...
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I was hoping Gerry would be included in the Oscar's tribute but highly doubtful - still hopeful.

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I also thought it was a glaring omission

I notice that the BAFTA reply only mentioned he would be considered for inclusion - it would be a travesty to miss him from the television awards
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I also thought it was a glaring omission

I notice that the BAFTA reply only mentioned he would be considered for inclusion - it would be a travesty to miss him from the television awards
Doubly so considering that it was the BRITISH visual entertainment awards organisation, I think it was very harsh.
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Old 20-02-2013, 01:52 PM   #10
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I watched the 2013 BAFTAs, expecting Gerry to get a mention (and possibly even a small sub-section of his own, with a few snatches of his productions). I too was angered that Gerry wasn’t mentioned at all, when people such as schlockmeister director Michael Winner (Bullseye, Parting Shots, Death Wish 294 anyone?) and known-only-for-Emmanuelle “actress” Sylvia Kristel were. It was a disgraceful and shabby omission.
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Well its the TV BAFTAs this weekend so lets hope they pay the great man a proper tribute. While on the BAFTA website I did search to see if Gerry had ever been nominated for a BAFTA award and he was in 1966 for Stingray, also that other genius of the small and big screen Derek Meddings won three film BAFTAs for Superman, Batman and Goldeneye.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:21 AM   #12
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Well its the TV BAFTAs this weekend so lets hope they pay the great man a proper tribute. While on the BAFTA website I did search to see if Gerry had ever been nominated for a BAFTA award and he was in 1966 for Stingray.
You learn something new every day. I had no idea "Stingray" had been nominated for "Specialised Programme in 1966" (it lost to "Culloden" - Peter Watkins). Seems a bit unfair putting a children's programme next to a full-length docudrama, but there you go.

I'm guessing that if they'd had British Academy Children's Awards back in the 1960s, Anderson would have won pretty much every year.

If it's any consolation, in the BFI TV 100 list (compiled in 2000 by the British Film Institute, chosen by a poll of industry professionals to determine what were the greatest British television programmes of any genre ever to have been screened), "Culloden" was 64th. "Thunderbirds" was 60th.

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I can also confirm, that Gerry is recognised in our online obituaries area (http://www.bafta.org/archive/in-memory-of/)
Be nice if they'd correct the spelling of "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons"...
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Not surprising, look how ITV sabotaged the new captain scarlet schedule so that the series passed virtually unnoticed.
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Old 11-05-2013, 09:11 PM   #14
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Disgraceful , but not at all surprising . The average age of the producers , researchers etc . in the industry is probably less than 40 , so any mention of Anderson or any of his work is simply an excuse for puerile "Thunderbirds/marionette" jokes . Don't sweat it fellahs , they're not worth concerning yourselves with . We all know Gerry Andersons worth and more importantly , GERRY knew we knew it .
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