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To celebrate International Thunderbirds Day, a whopping 34-hour marathon of every episode of the original Thunderbirds series, created by Gerry & Sylvia Anderson will be shown on-line to a worldwide audience.

Sylvia also provided the voice for the iconic Lady Penelope.

The event which includes some bonus features, is going to be streamed live around the world.

Starting on 30th September at 2:30pm BST / 6:30am PDT (full schedule below), the live stream will be available exclusively on Shout! Factory TV’s official Twitch channel. You can watch for free online wherever you are, just be aware that you must be at least 13 to visit Twitch, and if you are 13-18 you must use Twitch under the supervision of a parent or legal guardian. Find the full terms of service here.

International Thunderbirds Day celebrates the anniversary of the first TV broadcast of Gerry & Sylvia Anderson’s Thunderbirds in the UK, 53 years ago on 30th September, 1965. We hope you enjoy discovering, or re-discovering, the origins of the Tracy family and International Rescue. You can find the full schedule of episodes and bonus content below.


2:30pm – Introducing Thunderbirds [Bonus Episode]
3:00pm – Season 1, Episode 1: Trapped In The Sky
4:00pm – Season 1, Episode 2: Pit Of Peril
5:00pm – Season 1, Episode 3: The Perils Of Penelope
6:00pm – Season 1, Episode 4: Terror In New York City
7:00pm – Season 1, Episode 5: Edge Of Impact
8:00pm – Season 1, Episode 6: Day Of Disaster
9:00pm – Season 1, Episode 7: 30 Minutes After Noon
10:00pm – Season 1, Episode 8: Desperate Intruder
11:00pm – Season 1, Episode 9: End Of The Road
12:00am – Season 1, Episode 10: The Uninvited

1:00am – Season 1, Episode 11: Sun Probe
2:00am – Season 1, Episode 12: Operation Crash-Dive
3:00am – Season 1, Episode 13: Vault Of Death
4:00am – Season 1, Episode 14: The Mighty Atom
5:00am – Season 1, Episode 15: City Of Fire
6:00am – Season 1, Episode 16: The Imposters
7:00am – Season 1, Episode 17: The Man From MI5
8:00am – Season 1, Episode 18: Cry Wolf
9:00am – Season 1, Episode 19: Danger At Ocean Deep
10:00am – Season 1, Episode 20: Move And You’re Dead
11:00am – Season 1, Episode 21: The Duchess Assignment
12:00pm – Season 1, Episode 22: Brink Of Disaster
1:00pm – Season 1, Episode 23: Attack Of The Alligators
2:00pm – Season 1, Episode 24: Martian Invasion
3:00pm – Season 1, Episode 25: The Cham-Cham
4:00pm – Season 1, Episode 26: Security Hazard
5:00pm – The Abonimable Snowman [Bonus Episode]
5:30pm – Season 2, Episode 1: Atlantic Inferno
6:30pm – Season 2, Episode 2: Path Of Destruction
7:30pm – Season 2, Episode 3: Alias Mr. Hackenbacker
8:30pm – Season 2, Episode 4: Lord Parker’s ‘Oliday
9:30pm – Season 2, Episode 5: Ricochet
10:30pm – Season 2, Episode 32: Give Or Take A Million
11:30pm – The Stately Homes Robberies [Bonus Episode]
12:00am – Century 21 Slough Documentary

Not only that Saturday is the 30th aniversary of Joe 90, the 9 year old boy who receives brain patterns and becomes a fighter pilot, safe cracker, brain surgeon etc.


ITV Studios Global Entertainment have re-released this complete series on DVD in a special collector’s edition box set with extra features.

Professor Ian “Mac” McClaine, a brilliant computer expert, has invented an incredible device called (BIG RAT). It enables the knowledge and experience of one person to be transferred to another he demonstrates the machine to his friend Sam Loover, by transferring his own brain patterns to his adopted son Joe.  Joe with the aid of this technology and some special glasses become The World Intelligence Network (W.I.N.) Most Special Agent, fighting for Justice  and saving human life.

DVD Details

  • RRP £24.99
  • Discs 5
  • BBFC U
  • Running Time 748mins
  • Extra features

Both Thunderbirds and Joe 90 are avaiable on DVD & Blu-Ray
Available from leading dvd outlets and online retailers.


As Lady Penelope would say FAB

Afraid by Sharon McGovern

Afraid by Sharon McGovern

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When I met author Sharon McGovern at her house in Grays, Essex recently I was warmly greeted by a sharp, kind, intelligent woman – a writer, wife, mother and philanthropist who has survived against the odds, and is living proof that we as human beings have the capacity to endure the deepest of pain and come out the other side.

Sharon’s story began when she was four years old, after her biological father had left home, and when her step father, Mick Garvey, moved in.

For the next 13 years, Sharon suffered unthinkable abuse and bullying, which she was forced to keep secret from her mother and young brother, for fear of their own demise at the hands of this terrifying man.

It was only years later and after a failed marriage, the birth of three beautiful children and meeting her real life partner was Sharon ready to confront him.

At the same time Sharon had a premonition.  ‘It was not a dream, it was different.  I saw a small cell, with a window high up, and a man with his back to me sitting on a hard chair.  Beside him stood four prison guards, all in uniform, and all with the same face, like clones.  I was standing in the doorway to the cell when suddenly the man turned and looked at me.  It was my step father.  I knew they were waiting to take him somewhere.  I also knew the place where he was imprisoned was not in this country, but was in France, Spain or Italy.’  Sharon eventually tracked him down in Spain, where he had been locked away for a serious criminal offence.

This was another frightening but incredibly brave chapter of Sharon’s life when she finally faced Mick Garvey in court in the UK after several years.  She saw his face go ashen as she walked into court, as he witnessed her resolve to finally get justice for herself and her family.  He was charged of seven accounts of rape and indecent assault, and sentenced – but eventually died in prison.

Many people over the years have asked Sharon if this finally laid ghosts to rest and brought some sort of solace and closure to her years of abuse.

‘Closure, I heard the word ‘closure’ many times in my life to bring Mick Garvey to justice, and afterwards it seemed to be on countless people’s lips:  ‘Now you have closure.’  But of course I didn’t.  It’s too easy, too glib, to think that because my abuser was behind bars, all the evils of my childhood would be wiped out.  There is no such thing as closure – there is never an end.  I will take my abuse to the grave with me; it’s with me every day, it’s what has made me who I am.  I have had to fight all my life to make sure it doesn’t take over, but I can never deny that it happened, or that it affected me’.

Sharon continues her work with rape and abuse victims and speaks publicly on how to help survivors of crime.

‘I try never to use the word ‘victim’ to refer to my situation.  ‘Victim’ would hand the victory to my abuser.  The word I use is ‘survivor’ because that’s what I am.  Mick Garvey saw me as his victim, he didn’t count on me being a survivor’.  Sharon McGovern, Afraid

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Beef Olives – A FAB Retro Recall

Beef Olives – A FAB Retro Recall

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BEEF OLIVES are a real comfort food according to Jamie Oliver.  They were also a favourite decades ago with Sylvia Anderson, creator of Lady Penelope and Thunderbirds, according to her daughter Dee.

Sylvia was a dab hand in the kitchen when she was not creating her latest storyline or character, and Beef Olives was one of her specialities.

‘In those days’ Dee recalls, ‘it was quite unique as lamb chops or roasts were more standard in home cooking, but Sylvia, always the innovator, even pushed the boundaries of cooking and creativity.  It sounds tame these days as the entire Nation is au fait with international cuisine, but back then it was quite a rarity’, and to Dee’s school friends it was deemed as quite ‘out there’.



400g of lean finely cut beef

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

1 medium onion

220g celery

150g carrot

250ml red wine

600ml beef stock

1 Leek


For the Stuffing

1 small onion

3 rashers of smoked bacon

4 mushrooms

A pinch of thyme

1 clove of garlic

1 tablespoon of olive oil



Preheat the oven to 180C. Fry the onions, garlic, mushrooms until soft. Add to the raw bacon and set aside.

Place the beef on a flat surface and beat with a rolling pin or food hammer until very thin (approx. 1cm thick). Spread each beef slice with the mustard. Fill with the prepared stuffing.

Cut the leek in half and blanche for 30 seconds in boiling water place into cold water so that the leek is stringy. Cut the leek in thin strips long ways.

Roll the beef slices over the stuffing and use the leek strings to secure the beef. Fry the beef on all sides until brown and place in an oven proof dish.

Fry the remaining onion, carrot and celery in a pan for 5 minutes. Add red wine and beef stock and stir. Pour over the beef olives and cook in the oven with a lid on for 3 hours.

Remove the beef olives from the dish and keep warm. Blend the remaining sauce until no lumps remain. Serve with root vegetables and mashed potatoes.


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It was only a decade ago I was living in Shorditch, the trendy oasis of the Galaxy, obsessed with ‘grime’ and ‘cleaning up’ as a PR consultant with all of the media startups in the area.

Now, ten years, one marriage and three kids later, I am still OCD about grime, mostly created by my two year old twins, and cleaning up the home on a daily basis.

I am also reluctant to admit that I enjoy it as much as I did back in the day, and am having fun on a daily basis with my very hectic lifestyle.  The only difference being the location which has been switched to Surbiton, and the heady PR activities which have been replaced by sleepless nights and grimy facades – so no great change there.

So how have I made such a drastic life change without regret.  I am enviably with the love of my life and have three gorgeous kids, who challenge me every day so I am never bored and always on my toes.

I have also found a new hobby and share the benefits with the rest of the family.  I have also discovered a charismatic new ‘performer’ Sophie Hitchcliffe, whose hilarious entertaining blogs are filled with ideas, and advice inspiration on cleaning.

Sophie Hinchcliffe is a char lady from Essex who is known as Mrs Hinch, and 28 year old Sophie’s tips have gained her over 300k followers on Instagram, who she refers to as her Hinch Army.

Sophie shares frequent photos on social media of her house, sharing interior design advice as well as cleaning hacks.

This excellent entertainer names all of her products as if they are characters and you can feel her passion as she embarks on projects ranging from slimy frying pans to blocked plugholes, saying that if you have a clean home you will have a happy clear head.  All of which is perfectly true.

You may feel that I have completely ‘lost the plot’ as a switched on educated female, but I am the first to admit that I have discovered the therapeutic benefits of ‘cleaning up’ as well as playing with my kids, spending quality time with my partner and meeting up with friends.  In other words I have achieved the perfect work/lifestyle balance, without losing out on some precious ‘me’ time, close at hand to the kitchen sink.

Check out Sophie’s tips here

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Your offspring or grandchild is off to University?  Surely not.  When did that happen?  They have only just started school!  But it is true, and they are leaving home – well at least for the time being, they are going to be independent, and feeding themselves.

Your greatest fear is that they will spend all of their precious student loan on takeaways, or not eat at all.  But the truth is you should give them more credit, and back it up with some really useful tips on food and cooking.

You could help by advising them to stock up with with the basics like pasta, rice, potatoes, vegetables and dried quinoa and plenty of tins of baked beans and tins of tuna.  Also a good idea to fill their freezer with vegetables, oven fries and pitta bread.

A quick lesson in the life span of meats and the ‘how to, or not’ of reheating food, without sounding too patronizing.  I remember my first student shared accommodation where we almost got food poisoning when one of the students reheated chicken from the day before.  I don’t mean to scare you, but it has to be said.

Encourage them to enjoy cooking meals to share with other students, as this will also earn them brownie points and help them to integrate.

Explain how easy it is to freeze food and give them some containers or freezer bags to make sure they have the option.

Theming the meals is also good and this can easily be done with the help of some tasty spice ingredients eg https://www.spicentice.com/ meal kits, which are both cost effective and healthy. Incidentally, this family run company started when their son was at University and they would send him home made spices to ensure he ate at all.  It worked, as he is now married with kids of his own.  See some of their quick and easy recipes, which could get your young adult through their entire time at University or College.

This will also encourage the ‘bonding’ experience of cultures and experimentation with food, as well as good old fashioned nutrition.

Try this new Spicentice Firecracker curry kit with recipe, and you can buy via the link below and get a discount with the discount code .

Guaranteed to awaken your senses, this dish is infused with spicy, zesty flavours that’ll transport you to the Far East and beyond!

Ingredients: Chilli, Coriander, Cumin, Onion, Fenugreek, Garlic, Ginger, Paprika, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Salt, Black Pepper, Cloves, Bay, Cardamom, Star Anise, Cinnamon, Fennel.

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