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Lavender Castle - Part II: The Hiccup!

April 30, 2019 1 Comment

Lavender Castle -

Part II: The Hiccup!

Click here to read 'Lavender Castle Part I: How I met Gerry Anderson' first.

 

All seemed to be going well ... until, a little later, I was summoned to Gerry's office to discuss commissioning terms with his partner, at what was then Anderson-Burr Pictures.  The meeting did not go well, as I was unable to reach an agreement with Christopher Burr on several levels.  I did not warm to his methods.  I could see that Gerry was a tad embarrassed as I picked up my materials and left.


Determined not to give up on this opportunity, I decided that with or without Gerry Anderson I would conceive a children’s TV series through thick and thin, and believe me, there were subsequently large helpings of thin!


It’s not often that a scenario comes practically ready-made into my mind, but in this instance I had barely seated myself at my drawing board and assembled my pad, pencils, etc., when the lyrics to a tune I had written for my band Squidd back in 1971 popped into my mind. The song was titled 'Lavender Castle'. The genre was cosmic adventure and the characters were right out of an idiosyncratic story for children. The following lyrics snippet, though highly embarrassing, gives a flavour of the concept:

 

Lavender Castle in the air, oh how I wish that we were there.

John Dory gate-house keeper smiles as he takes your sky-horse.

Lady Forget-Me-Not is stitching your honeysuckle gown.

 

Ultimately the names were changed and Lady Forget-Me-Not became Lyca (apparently not so much of a mouthful).

Before long I had made up a presentation portfolio complete with character designs, etc., and a synopsis.  Below are some of the images contained in said portfolio:  

 

Original Lavender Castle Logo by Rodney Matthews

 ORIGINAL LAVENDER CASTLE LOGO (ABOVE)

 

Lavender Castle Cast by Rodney Matthews

SOME OF THE CAST (ABOVE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT - SPROGGLE, LYCA, ROGER, CAPTAIN THRICE, SHORT FRED LEDD AND DR AGON)

 

Character Sketches by Rodney Matthews

CHARACTER SKETCHES OF SHORT FRED LEDD (TOP LEFT AND BOTTOM LEFT) AND ROGER (RIGHT)

 

Isembard defends the Ship by Rodney Matthews

ISEMBARD DEFENDS THE SHIP (ABOVE)

 

The Paradox Does a Flypast by Rodney Matthews

THE PARADOX DOES A FLYPAST (ABOVE)

 

The Village in the Pod by Rodney Matthews

THE VILLAGE IN THE POD (ABOVE)

 

Isembard on a Sky-Horse by Rodney Matthews

ISEMBARD ON A SKY-HORSE (ABOVE)

 

Early Version of Dr Agon's Mammoth Machine by Rodney Matthews

AN EARLY VERSION OF DR AGON'S MAMMOTH MACHINE (ABOVE)

 

The Paradox Lands on the Cutting Snark by Rodney Matthews

THE PARADOX LANDING ON THE DECK OF THE CUTTING SNARK (ABOVE)

 

Now who could I approach with this baby?

A couple of years passed.  

The telephone rang, it was Mary Anderson, Gerry's wife and business partner.

"Gerry wants a word with you," Mary announced, "he is no longer in partnership with Mr Burr and wonders if you have any thing up your sleeve?"

Well, apart from a very eager arm, I had a whole castle up my sleeve ... 

Lavender Castle!

To be continued ...

Click here to read Part III: The Long Wait

 



1 Response

Gabriella
Gabriella

April 17, 2019

Gosh!!!! That’s so emotional!!!!
Thank you so much for share all of this with us!
Hugs from Italy. :)

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