Gerry Anderson, MBE (14 April 1929—26 December 2012) RIP

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Not much I CAN add to this really... This man played such a large part in my childhood (with Barry Gray providing its soundtrack) that it's like losing a member of the family...
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My thoughts are with his family. He crafted some of the most amazing programmes which fuelled my childhood imagination and brightened my adult life ...

RIP Gerry.

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Sad to here of Gerry's passing, a great loss. His programmes were always imaginative and visually unique.

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A great part of the childhoods of more than one generation of British children.

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I never really got the pupperts, but without Gerry Anderson, the would never have been UFO, which makes him irreplacable in my book.
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One of the founding fathers of cult TV. RIP.

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RIP Gerry your shows were part of my childhood and still very much part of my middle age, lets hope for a BD celebration of your work in 2013.

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It's ironic that he was initially frustrated to be working with puppets rather than live actors when his Supermarionation series are still such superb entertainment. I've just ordered the Thunderbirds boxed set, inspired by the handful of clips shown on Gerry's BBC News tribute.
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Sad news indeed - So much of the kids' tv schedules in my home country was supermarination and thrilling times they were.
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Oh how awful...though all the shows were a team effort, without their visionary and Commander the world would have been a far duller place. I met him twice at Pinewood (during the CGI CS production) and he was absolutely charming and still as enthusiastic as a school-boy about his current project. His influence on a generation (or two) is immeasurable and the pleasure his shows have given me over the years immense. Like many, I owe him an enormous gratitude.

My thoughts also to his family.

R.I.P. / S.I.G. / F.A.B. Gerry.

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I'm no Anderson expert, but those early 1980s Saturday mornings on LWT live long in my memory. Thunderbirds, then Tiswas. Pitch-perfect scheduling. Sad news indeed.
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The backdrop to an entire period of childhood - not just on television, but books, toys, records, comics and annuals too.

And like Postgate and Firmin, and unlike so many others, he and Sylvia seemed to have the knack of getting it right time after time after time.

I'm probably not far short of the ideal age for experiencing his golden years the first time round, but one great thing is how many later generations were able to share in at least part of the fun thanks to the many repeats given to the programmes over the years.

RIP Gerry - and thanks.
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I spent most of my primary school years being Captain Scarlet and it always remained one of my all-time favourite shows. R.I.P. Mr. Anderson.

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I always referred to Gerry as The Irwin Allen of the UK. The last great producer has now left us, RIP Gerry.

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A big shock and very sad news indeed.

As has already been said, that's a massive chunk of childhood, from that Gentleman.

Can't think of a single one of his shows, I didn't like, although I admit, it took me slightly longer to get into "Space Precinct", but I did.!

I remember one publicity event in the sixties, with the full size pink Rolls Royce and sitting next to Lady Penelope ( a hired model/Actress ) very exciting.

What a legacy though.....and it was all...F.A.B...!
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Many noteable individuals have passed this year, including Neil Armstrong. Now Gerry Anderson.
I read the news from the Daily Mail and was saddened to also find out that he had not seen his son from his marriage to Sylvia since their divorce.
Life is too short. RIP Mr Anderson.

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arthur63 wrote: saddened to also find out that he had not seen his son from his marriage to Sylvia since their divorce
That's not quite correct; he was estranged from his son for some 20 years, but they did make contact again. However, it seems that too much water had flowed under the bridge and they couldn't rebuild the relationship.

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Ditto the preceding sentiments.

RIP

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I was fortunate enough to be just the right age to enjoy Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray and Thunderbirds on their original screenings. I wasn't keen on the subsequent puppet shows but UFO also came at just the right time to fit in with my (then rather credulous) interest in flying saucers and sufficient maturity to appreciate its eerie dark fantasy and pulp eroticism.
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The key shows deserve to be seen as much as a part of 60s culture as anything. Whilst I think he was not a natural for live action stuff, I still really like UFO as something of a flawed gem (I think Halliwell's comment of "lively, well produced, rather humourless space adventures") isn't a bad summary for once.

I always found it odd that after such a run of successes in the 60s he wasn't snapped up by Hollywood in some way.

RIP Gerry. I think back so fondly to Saturday mornings in the early 80s when itv repeated Joe 90 and Thunderbirds.

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That young eh? I just about remember Thunderbirds from around, I guess, the latter half of its original showing, perhaps early 1966 at teatime during the week. Captain Scarlet, also midweek, late 1967/early '68. Particularly remember the Avalanche episode set in the Arctic, turning the TV on to watch, slightly annoying my sister and her friend who had settled down to do homework together. Joe 90 Sunday teatimes late '68/early '69, when I think my mum would've preferred to watch Malcolm Muggeridge's The Question Why on BBC1 (at least that's the image I have, perhaps they didn't actually clash), The Secret Service from late '69 (Granada, one of the few regions to show it at the time), and the great UFO not until summer '71 teatimes, with the naughty episodes (which gave the show added kudos for us 10-year-olds at the time) not shown until 11pm in early summer '72 I think. Space:1999 autumn '75 onwards.

Loved all those ones. Anyone watching some Anderson in remembrance?

I remember in the late '60s being bowled over by any photos of those shows I saw in colour, eg on bubblegum cards, in TV21 comics and annuals.

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RIP Gerry.....and thanks for all the great memories.

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His productions will never be equalled.

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GarethR wrote:
arthur63 wrote: saddened to also find out that he had not seen his son from his marriage to Sylvia since their divorce
That's not quite correct; he was estranged from his son for some 20 years, but they did make contact again. However, it seems that too much water had flowed under the bridge and they couldn't rebuild the relationship.
There was a horrible muck-raking piece in the Mail yesterday (only newspaper to read at the in-laws!) that perpetuated the "no contact" story, amongst numerous other glaring actual errors. Sad.
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watched "space 1999" BD last night in tribute, roll on "UFO" ITV/NETWORK???

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Nick Cooper 625 wrote:
GarethR wrote:
arthur63 wrote: saddened to also find out that he had not seen his son from his marriage to Sylvia since their divorce
That's not quite correct; he was estranged from his son for some 20 years, but they did make contact again. However, it seems that too much water had flowed under the bridge and they couldn't rebuild the relationship.
There was a horrible muck-raking piece in the Mail yesterday (only newspaper to read at the in-laws!) that perpetuated the "no contact" story, amongst numerous other glaring actual errors. Sad.
Though by Mail standards it wasn't all that bad. I guess even that shitrag thought better about pissing on the childhoods of a large part of its readership.

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ctraynor wrote:Loved all those ones. Anyone watching some Anderson in remembrance?
Yes, on Wednesday evening I watched one episode chosen at random from each of Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Joe 90, The Secret Service, UFO and The Protectors - and, not surprisingly, a great evening's entertainment it was too!
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I watched the recently bought Blu-Ray with the colourised Fireball Xl5 and the FFF eps on it. I thoroughly enjoyed it - but with a heavy heart.

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Toasted his memory with Space 1999: Ring Around the Moon last night. Just a random choice really, but it set off many positive thoughts about his extraordinary body of work. A huge legacy.

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There was a good feature about Gerry on Newsnight last night.
It's worth a look on iPlayer if you missed it.

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