Gerry Anderson was visionary behind classic puppet shows

Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson, with three of his famed Thunderbird puppets, Alan, Scott and Virgil. Credit: Haydn West/PA Archive
Gerry Anderson
His celebrated TV show, which first screened in 1965, also introduced Lady Penelope and her driver, Parker. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive
Gerry Anderson
Gerry Anderson soon had another hit with Captain Scarlet, which aired in 1967. Credit: Geoff Caddick/PA Archive

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Thunderbirds creator dies

Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and Space 1999, has died today at the age of 83, his son has confirmed.