Friday 25 April 2014

Fans mourn death of 'Thunderbirds' puppet creator Anderson

He was a master of puppets, the creator of much-loved television shows including 'Thunderbirds' and 'Stingray', whose groundbreaking use of marionettes was a source of wonder to generations of children.

Gerry Anderson, whose science fiction programmes won him legions of fans worldwide, died aged 83. His son Jamie said he passed away at a care home.

He had been suffering from Alzheimer's since 2010 and the disease had worsened in recent months.

A producer, director and writer, Anderson worked in television for more than 60 years and as recently as six months ago had hoped to work on a new series of 'Thunderbirds', the show which brought him global fame.

"I think a light has gone out in the universe," actor Brian Blessed, who worked with Anderson, told the BBC.

Broadcaster Jonathan Ross paid tribute, writing: "For men of my age his work made childhood an incredible place to be."

Comedian Eddie Izzard added: "What a great creation 'Thunderbirds' was, as it fuelled the imagination of a generation."

Anderson became a household name in Britain after 'Thunderbirds', which brought puppets Jeff Tracy and Lady Penelope into living rooms and popularised the catchphrases "Thunderbirds are go!" and "F-A-B".

Anderson, who was born in Hampstead, London, was initially going to become an architect until discovering he was allergic to plaster, causing him to move into photography and then film. (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent

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