Talking Shop: Gerry Anderson (creator of The Thunderbirds, etc)

Gerry Anderson became famous for his futuristic TV shows using marionettes, including Captain Scarlet and Stingray.

But he is best known for creating the classic 1960s adventure series Thunderbirds, following the Tracy family's International Rescue team - complete with their visible puppet strings.

Anderson's last project was a new CGI Captain Scarlet series. Broadcast in 2005 at a cost of £23m, it was the most expensive children's programme ever made in the UK.

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