Brands Hill resident brings Captain Scarlet to life ahead of 50th anniversary

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, a 1960s British sci-fi series produced in Slough, a Colnbrook resident has attempted to bring some of the details of the show to life.


Sam Denham, 60, from Brands Hill has developed a Haynes-style Agents’ Manual, with technical details on the vehicles used in the iconic British series.

Working with illustrator Graham Bleathman, the pair spent eight months bringing some of the futuristic details of the show to life.  The manual gives a thorough guide to all aspects of Spectrum agent life, from key vehicles to personal profiles of leading agents and a series of ‘Spectrafiles’ detailing major anti-Mysteron assignments carried out by Spectrum.

They also worked together to create a Thunderbirds Haynes manual in 2015, after Sam saw Graham’s work producing manuals for spaceships from Star Wars.

Captain Scarlet was among several iconic series from the 1960s produced in the Slough Trading Estate by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson Productions.  Fanderson, the official appreciation society, will hold a 50th anniversary celebration for the show tomorrow in Maidenhead at which Sam’s manual will go on display.

Sam told the Maidenhead Advertiser:

“It was fun but also a little bit challenging because I had to make the whole world make sense.”

The manual will officially be available for sale from Monday.

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