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Thunderbirds' co-creator, Sylvia Anderson, RIP

     
12:19 pm on Mar 16, 2016 (gmt 0)

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If you're of a certain age, and come from a certain part of the globe, you'll know of Sylvia Anderson, and Thunderbirds. Fifty years after the creation it's still repeated on TV to the original viewers and to youngsters that didn't see it the first time around. Did the show travel?

Sylvia Anderson, the show's co-creator had the perfect voice for the part of Lady Penelope.



Sylvia Anderson, voice of Thunderbirds' Lady Penelope, dies
12:46 pm on Mar 16, 2016 (gmt 0)

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The Thunderbirds were 'it'. And Lady P was right up there in my young adoration.
My childhood is dying all about.
And it's beginning to make me feel a trifle worn.
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Thunderbirds was, of course, the most famous, but there were a number of shows created in the group in which Sylvia played a writing, production or voice artist part. Many of you might remember:-
Supercar
Fireball XL5
Stingray
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
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Lesser known, but highly influential to me- UFO (Gerry and Sylvia's first foray into a show with live people). I think she designed much of the clothing and she did some of the writing. Also involved with Space:1999, even though she and Gerry had divorced.
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Just got through downloading and viewing Tbirds as found on YT and a few documentaries as well a few weeks back. Grand fun seeing this stuff some 50 years after I first saw 'em. Crazy as the world was back then (I was to be drafted not too long after) it was a bit more sane than today. I suspect Sylvia will be a producer for some of the concerts by the Heavenly Band of Gone Musicians. Have to agree with the "worn out" comment.
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I'm 64. As I kid, I never understood these puppets on TV. I still don't. (I remember Supercar clearly, Wiki says I was nine years old, probably too old.) I suppose the creators had a thing about puppets and TV had space to fill and so.... Puppets on TV! Great idea...

These shows were very well filmed, as the YouTube here makes clear. Think about it: They had to be the devil to shoot and produce. Instead of a couple of actors in cheesy outfits on a soundstage in front of a cameras (Think "Lost in Space", which started in 1965, the same time of that YouTube) you had to set up these dolls, play with the strings, then get the actors to read the lines. Whew! Why?

I lived in a major media market and I didn't see the shows there. It was only when visiting family downstate on the farm that I was exposed to it. I guess I was just a sophisticated city slicker.

What I remember being really awful was these cartoons where they were non-moving artwork images where the mouths of humans were dropped in the artwork to talk–Clutch Cargo. I was seven years old (says Wiki) and embarrassed to be in the same room with it. If you haven't seen it, don't go look. It will give you nightmares.
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Clutch Cargo. Haha, same voices used in Space Angel.