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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