2016 is packed full of anniversaries that have touched our lives. From the invention of the postal service to the enduring works of Shakespeare, here’s Art & Hue’s handy round-up of milestones in 2016 and the pop art inspired by them.
2016 marks 50 years since the end of the original Thunderbirds episodes.
Gerry Anderson’s beloved and enduring television series Thunderbirds consisted of 32 episodes which ran from 1965 to 1966.
To mark 50 years since the end of the original episodes, Art & Hue has collaborated with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to create a new pop art collection based on the show.
Mrs Peel, we’re needed!
Broadcast on ITV in the UK and ABC in the USA, the show defined the 1960s, running from 1961 to 1969, during which time The Avengers fought off Russian double-agents, dodgy politicians, and power-crazed businessmen across London – how times have changed!
55 years ago, The Avengers debuted on British TV in 1961 with a very different, more gritty, show compared to what the series evolved into. The Mrs Peel episodes debuted in the USA 50 years ago in 1966, making international stars of Diana Rigg and Patrick Macnee.
50 years since the final Anglo-Amalgamated
British film company Anglo Amalgamated distributed the first 12 Carry On films starting with Carry On Sergeant in 1958 and ending 50 years ago with Carry On Screaming in 1966.
Delving into Studiocanal’s archives at Pinewood Studios, where the Carry On series was filmed, Art & Hue has created six pop art portraits of the much-loved stars as well as reworked the classic posters of the first 12 films into stylish fine art prints.
45 years since cult Valerie Leon film
Cult film “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” was released in UK cinemas in 1971. Starring the iconic actress Valerie Leon, it was her largest film role – in fact she played two parts which secured more screen time.
To celebrate the actress and the unique British horror films, Art & Hue’s collection of spooky & stylish pop art also features Anouska Hempel, Kate O’Mara, Christopher Lee, and David Prowse.
The Queen hits 90!
The Queen’s actual birthday is on April the 21st, but her 90th will be celebrated officially from the 12th to the 15th of May.
They’ll be more celebrations during the Trooping the Colour on June the 11th, followed by street parties on June the 12th.
To mark the Queen becoming the oldest-serving British Monarch ever, Art & Hue has added a new Union Jack option to the colours available in the Royal prints for an extra hit of flag-waving patriotism.
500 years of Postal Service
Royal Mail are celebrating 500 years of British postal service throughout 2016 to mark the beginning of the Royal Mail.
Knighted by Henry VIII in 1516, Brian Tuke became the first Master of the Posts, marking the start of the Royal Mail. Tuke established post towns across the country and built a formal postal network.
Royal Mail were the first public postal system to introduce a pre-paid postage stamp with the Penny Black in 1840.
65 Years since the birth of a screen icon
If it wasn’t for Thorold Dickinson casting Audrey Hepburn in “Secret People” 65 years ago, and then filming her screen test for “Roman Holiday”, the world may have been deprived of her iconic characters that defined Mid-Century cinema.
Audrey won her first Academy Award for her Hollywood debut in “Roman Holiday” and went on to create more memorable roles, from Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to the beatnik bookworm in “Funny Face”.
140 years since the first phone calls.
In August 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the world’s first long distance telephone call and the first two-way long distance call in October the same year.
The phone has transformed our lives since Bell filed his patent for the talking device back in March 1876, no more so than with mobile phones.
Art & Hue still has a hankering for Mid-Century receivers with the curly cords and they feature in several art prints.
400 Years of the Bard
To mark the 400 year Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death, there are events & celebrations taking place across Great Britain, including his birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Globe Theatre, the BFI, Barbican, as well as across the BBC.
400 years on from his death on the 23rd of April (which also happens to be Saint George’s Day), his works endure and continue to influence language with many everyday sayings having come from his plays.
Art & Hue has created a pop art portrait of the playwright as well as a contemporary view of The Globe Theatre.
150 Years of the Seaside Pier
In Art & Hue’s hometown, Eastbourne Pier is marking 150 years since construction started on the seaside structure.
The pier has seen many changes, such as the long-gone boat jetty for passengers to embark upon paddle steamers bound for France, the loss of the thousand-seat theatre for typical “end-of-the-pier” shows, through to the tragic fire of 2014 that saw one of the pier’s buildings destroyed.
Fully open again, the quintessential British seaside structure still welcomes visitors and locals wanting to promenade through the bracing sea air.
35 Years since Joan’s Dynasty Debut
On the 11th of November 1981, Joan Collins made her debut as Alexis on American screens and proceeded to own the 1980s.
Throughout the 1980s, Dynasty’s high ratings were attributed to the British actress whose portrayal of Alexis (Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan) inspired and amused viewers around the world.
To mark the occasion, Art & Hue presents four new stylish pop art prints of the film and TV icon, available in 22 colour options and three sizes, available individually and as a group.