R.I.P. Gerry Anderson (1929 - 2012)
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Following the space adventure series Fireball XL5 (1962), Anderson and his wife and producing partner Sylvia Anderson went on to develop Stingray (1964) before enjoying their biggest hit with the sci-fi adventure Thunderbirds, which ran throughout 1965 and 1966 and ultimately went on to become the most endearing and famous of all of Anderson's productions. Following a name change to Century 21 Productions the company produced three more supermarionation TV shows - Captain Scarlett and the Mysterons (1967), Joe 90 (1968) and The Secret Service (1969) - as well as two Thunderbirds features, Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968), with both failing to transfer the series' popularity into box office receipts.
After the live-action feature Doppelgänger (1969), Anderson returned to the small screen in 1970 with the live-action series UFO and later produced his final collaboration with Sylvia, Space: 1999 (1975-1977), which was the most-expensive British show ever-produced at that point in time. However, it would also be Anderson's last success until the mid-1980s when he served as co-creator of another puppet-based action series, Terrahawks (1983-1986); he subsequently went on to produce the sci-fi police procedural Space Precinct before returning to Saturday morning children's television with Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlett - a 'hypermarionation' CG reboot of the classic 1967 series.