Sad news: Gerry Anderson dies, aged 83

News Simon Brew 26 Dec 2012 - 21:19

The creator of Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and more, Mr Gerry Anderson, has died

This one's just going to be a bit personal at the start, if it's okay with you.

Three years ago, my nearly nine-year old son had to have an operation on his leg that meant he wouldn't be able to move much, on doctor's orders, for a good two weeks. Not wanting him to watch whatever happened to be randomly on the television at any given time, I looked for something that would keep him entertained.

To cut a long story short, we sat and watched Thunderbirds. He watched more than me, granted, but I was sat there watching him gripped by the exact same programme that had had the same effect on me many years before. No gimmicks, no remake, no need to jazz anything up: just a brilliant series, brilliantly made, that still holds up. My son still loves it, and he's used it as a springboard to explore even more of Gerry Anderson's work.

Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90... they're all set to live on for a long time to come, and not in any quaint way. Rather, they still each have the capacity to enthral.

It's an amazing legacy to leave behind, and it takes just a little of the edge off the sad news today that Gerry Anderson, the creator of all of those shows and more, has died, at the age of 83. He hadn't been well for some time, and by the statement from his son that's been released, the last six months haven't been easy.

We hope Gerry Anderson has found peace, and our thoughts are very much with his family right now. His contribution to the world has been sizeable.

We have but two words for Gerry Anderson, ultimately, and we suspect we share them with many of you. Thank you.

Rest in peace, sir.

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Beautifully put.

Couldn't have said it better myself

Saddened to hear the death of Gerry Anderson. If it wasn't for your tremendous imagination in bringing Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlett, Fireball XL5, Supercar, Joe 90, Space: 1999, UFO, Space Precinct to the world, my childhood and indeed my own imagination would be a lot less dull. Thank you for everything!

Very strong reflection, thank you. We all have that special hero who without his or her work, our childhoods (and the rest of our lives) just would be too different

'If it wasn't for your tremendous imagination... my own imagination would be a lot more dull.' Surely?

So you're picking out grammar mistakes in a tribute to the passing of an inspiration? You rock at life...

Well said. I wonder if you guys could get a few words from Phil Ford given his involvement with the new Captain Scarlet from a few years back?

Well said. Watched SPACE: 1999 as a kid, but started watching THUNDERBIRDS, CAPTAIN SCARLET, and UFO in my late teens/early 20s. I was still impressed by all three, especially UFO. And DOPPELGANGER is a great, underrated SF classic.

A terrific legacy--and hopefully, all of Anderson's works will continue to impress and inspire for years to come.

Gerry Anderson's work was a massive part of my childhood and, with few exceptions, still hold up quite well even today. Yet another very sad loss for the entertainment world.

Terrahawks, a huge part of my childhood. Thank you Gerry.

Whether Saturday mornings with Thunderbirds, weekday tea-time with Terrahawks or stupid-o'clock in the morning when "Late Night Late" repeated Captain Scarlet, Gerry Anderson's creations kept me entertained for hours and are still a great watch today.

I echo the note of thanks.

Nothing to do with grammar, you were just saying the opposite of what you meant. No need to thank me.

Loved Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space 1999... all such huge parts of my childhood and esp TB still such a recognizable part of modern culture. God bless Gerry Anderson RIP.

work on your life skills dude

You're just being a jerk.
Jaime's feelings about Mr. Anderson's passing is what's important AND the point.
You knew what was being conveyed and you had to make a comment to show your "superiority"over Jaime.
Feel better about yourself now?

Not that it's any of your business, but I feel neither better nor worse about myself. I was simply attempting to clarify what Jaime was saying. No, I didn't really believe that Gerry Anderson made his life 'duller', but it was important that we, his readers, understood that.

Like most teachers of English in this country, I cringe at slack construction, 'text speak', sentences that start without a capital letter, and people who call me 'dude'. When we sacrifice meaning and clarity, we do a disservice to everyone.

The influence Anderson had on countless generations of kids cannot be underestimated. From the Saturday morning re-runs of Thunderbirds through to Terrahawks, he's responsible for giving me my first taste of sci-fi on the small screen, and his creations stand equally besides Doctor Who as British classics. Gerry Anderson - we salute you!

The man and his creations were a huge part of my childhood, and infact their influence extends beyond me to engineers, scientists, and filmmakers who all owe a debt to his work. Rest in peace Gerry, you and your work will not be forgotten. x

R.I.P Gerry. You made so many people happier in their youth's. You will be sorely missed. Never again will we see the creative levels of genius you blessed us with.

Moffat who?

Scumbag jimprog:
"Nothing to do with grammar".
*Picks out grammar mistakes in next post*.

Totally agree with Thunderbirds. It is a part of British television history as much as Doctor. People forget that They made Thunderbirds in the sixties, which to makes it more amazing to watch these movie like explosions on a small budget TV show. It's no wonder the technical team behind Thunderbirds found they're way into hollywood. I would love to see a remake of Space 1999 done in the style of Battlestar Galactica, the new series. I've been re-watching it and it is good but they shouldn't have americanised it in season 2.
RIP Gerry Anderson.

Not grammar, which is the study of the rules of language, but rather semantics, which is the study of the construction of sentences and phrases and how they link together to make sense.
(And Scumbag trumps Illiterate Nazi every time...)

You have lost mate. Leave it.

Well, what a clever argument. Never thought of that.

An ucomparable inspiration to me. It is as a direct result of Gerry Anderson that my love of Sc Fi, Dinky toy collecting and most importantly model-making began. I am indebted to the great man. A true visionary.

I remember back in my childhood, I'm 30 now, the bbc ran both Dr Who and Thunderbirds every friday night at 6. I was so excited all week, every fri night, there I would be, glued to bbc2. It was the first time I was introduced to WHO and Gerry's work. Some of my fondest memories were of those friday evenings. I go all weepy with nostalgia at the thought of those times. The world seemed more innocent and less cynical, back then. These show's were just about the pure pleasure and enjoyment, not like now, where everything is money driven. I always remember how it was me who introduced my friends to these two classics, at school. they had been long forgotten by my generation, back then. Blimey, brings a tear to my eye. As a mark of respect, they should re-run all of Gerry's work on sat mornings. No doubt it will be instantly dismissed by the kid's of today, though. Such a shame.

Don't forget about pink limo drivers:) Ma'lady

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