Gerry Anderson, the creator of hit TV shows including Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90, has died at the age of 83. He also created Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons and his puppet superheroes fired the imaginations of millions of young viewers in the 1960s and ’70s.
Thunderbirds, a science-fiction fantasy about a daring rescue squad, ran from 1965 and was his most famous show. His other creations included UFO, Space: 1999, Supercar and Fireball XL5.
Anderson had suffered from Alzheimer’s since 2010 and the disease had worsened in recent months, his son Jamie said
"For men of my age, his work made childhood an incredible place to be." - Jonathan Ross
(Illustration by Daryl Joyce)