Gerry Anderson

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Gerry Anderson (born Gerald Alexander Abrahams; 14 April 1929 – 26 December 2012) was an English television and film producer, director, writer and occasional voice artist.wikipedia
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Supermarionation

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He remains famous for his futuristic television programmes, especially his 1960s productions filmed with "Supermarionation" (marionette puppets containing electric moving parts).
The electronic marionette puppetry was dubbed "supermarionation" by its creators Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, who used it extensively for TV series and a few feature films.

Thunderbirds (TV series)

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In the mid-1960s Anderson produced his most successful series, Thunderbirds.
Thunderbirds is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, filmed by their production company AP Films (APF) and distributed by ITC Entertainment.

Supercar (TV series)

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Supercar (1961–62) and Fireball XL5 (1962) followed later, both series breaking into the US television market in the early 1960s.
Supercar was a British children's TV show produced by Gerry Anderson and Arthur Provis' AP Films for ATV and ITC Entertainment.

Stingray (1964 TV series)

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Other television productions of the 1960s include Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Stingray is a British children's science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and produced by AP Films (APF) for ITC Entertainment.

Fireball XL5

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Supercar (1961–62) and Fireball XL5 (1962) followed later, both series breaking into the US television market in the early 1960s.
The show aired for a single 1962—63 series, produced by husband and wife team Gerry and Sylvia Anderson through their company APF, in association with ATV for ITC Entertainment, and first transmitted on ATV on Sunday 28 October 1962.

The Adventures of Twizzle

Anderson's first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh children's series The Adventures of Twizzle. During the production of The Adventures of Twizzle, Anderson started an affair with secretary Sylvia Thamm and ultimately left his wife and children.
The Adventures of Twizzle is a television show produced by AP Films and Gerry Anderson.

Lew Grade

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Following a shift towards live action productions in the 1970s, he had a long and successful association with media impresario Lew Grade and Grade's company ITC, continuing until the second series of Space: 1999.
Grade had some success in this field with such series as Gerry Anderson's various Supermarionation series such as Thunderbirds, Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner, and Jim Henson's The Muppet Show.

Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet

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Later projects include a 2005 CG remake of Captain Scarlet entitled Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet.
The last show produced by Gerry Anderson and broadcast in his life, it is a Hypermarionation reboot of the classic 1967 Supermarionation series, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson.

Reg Hill

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After Polytechnic collapsed, Anderson, Provis, Reg Hill and John Read formed Pentagon Films in 1955.
He is most prominently associated with the work of Gerry Anderson.

Barry Gray

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It was Anderson's first work with puppets, and the start of his long and successful collaborations with puppeteer Christine Glanville, special effects technician Derek Meddings and composer/arranger Barry Gray.
Barry Gray (born John Livesey Eccles; 18 July 1908 – 26 April 1984) was a British musician and composer best known for his collaborations with television and film producer Gerry Anderson.

Derek Meddings

It was Anderson's first work with puppets, and the start of his long and successful collaborations with puppeteer Christine Glanville, special effects technician Derek Meddings and composer/arranger Barry Gray.
Derek Meddings (15 January 1931 – 10 September 1995) was a British film and television special effects designer, initially noted for his work on the "Supermarionation" TV puppet series produced by Gerry Anderson, and later for the 1970s and 1980s James Bond and Superman film series.

Christine Glanville

It was Anderson's first work with puppets, and the start of his long and successful collaborations with puppeteer Christine Glanville, special effects technician Derek Meddings and composer/arranger Barry Gray.
Christine Glanville (28 October 1924 – 1 March 1999) was an English puppeteer who spent much of her professional life contributing to television series produced by Gerry Anderson.

Sylvia Anderson

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During the production of The Adventures of Twizzle, Anderson started an affair with secretary Sylvia Thamm and ultimately left his wife and children.
Sylvia Beatrice Anderson (née Thomas; 25 March 1927 – 15 March 2016) was an English television and film producer, writer, voice actress and costume designer, best known for her collaborations with Gerry Anderson, her husband between 1960 and 1981.

Four Feather Falls

AP Films' third series was the children's western fantasy-adventure series Four Feather Falls (1959–60).
Four Feather Falls was the third puppet TV show produced by Gerry Anderson for Granada Television.

Crossroads to Crime

Crossroads to Crime was a low-budget B-grade crime thriller, and although Anderson hoped that its success might enable him to move into mainstream film-making, it failed at the box office.
Crossroads to Crime is a 1960 British crime film; it is the first and only film to be directed by Gerry Anderson for his production company, AP Films.

Arthur Provis

In the mid-1950s, Anderson joined the independent television production company Polytechnic Studios as a director, where he met cameraman Arthur Provis.
Arthur John Provis (10 March 1925 – 17 May 2016 ) was an English cinematographer and producer, best known for co-founding AP Films ("Anderson-Provis" Films) with Gerry Anderson.

Roberta Leigh

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Anderson's first television production was the 1957 Roberta Leigh children's series The Adventures of Twizzle.
Realistic mouth movements were used long before the arrival of Gerry Anderson's Terrahawks in the 1980s.

Torchy the Battery Boy

The Adventures of Twizzle was followed by another low-budget puppet series with Leigh, Torchy the Battery Boy (1958–1959).
Torchy the Battery Boy was the British second television series produced by AP Films and Gerry Anderson, running from 1960 to 1961.

Thunderbird Field No. 1

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Lionel often wrote letters to his family, and in one letter described a US Army Air Forces air base called Thunderbird Field, the name of which stayed in his younger brother's memory.
Acclaimed Television Producer Gerry Anderson names Thunderbird Field as the inspiration for the naming of the television show Thunderbirds as his brother, Lionel Abrahams had written to him some years prior, saying he'd been stationed there.

John Read (producer)

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After Polytechnic collapsed, Anderson, Provis, Reg Hill and John Read formed Pentagon Films in 1955.
He is widely associated with the productions of Gerry Anderson.

Trapped in the Sky

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Grade was very enthusiastic about the concept and agreed to back a series of 25-minute episodes (the same length as Stingray), so the Andersons scripted a pilot episode, "Trapped in the Sky", and began production.
"Trapped in the Sky" is the first episode of Thunderbirds, a British Supermarionation television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and produced by their company AP Films (APF).

Scott Tracy

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Thunderbirds also marked the start of a long professional association with actor Shane Rimmer, who voiced Scott Tracy.
Scott Tracy is a fictional character in Gerry Anderson's 1960s Supermarionation television series Thunderbirds, the subsequent films Thunderbirds Are Go and Thunderbird 6 and the TV remake Thunderbirds Are Go!.

Space Patrol (1962 TV series)

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Around this time, Anderson also saw his Supermarionation style attract imitators—most notably Space Patrol, which used similar techniques and was made by several former employees and associates of Anderson, including Arthur Provis and Roberta Leigh.
The marionettes used in the series incorporated some elements of Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation technique – specifically their mouths would move in synch with dialogue.

ITC Entertainment

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Following a shift towards live action productions in the 1970s, he had a long and successful association with media impresario Lew Grade and Grade's company ITC, continuing until the second series of Space: 1999.
In 1963 Gerry Anderson's Anderson-Provis (AP) Films became part of ACC and produced Fireball XL-5, the hugely successful children's series Thunderbirds and, under its successor company Century 21 Television/Cinema Productions, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. ITC also funded Anderson-created programmes aimed at the adult market, including UFO and Space: 1999. It was at ITC's request that Fanderson, "the Gerry Anderson Appreciation Society," was founded.

Doppelgänger (1969 film)

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Century 21's third feature film, Doppelgänger (1969) (a.k.a. Journey to the Far Side of the Sun) was a dark, Twilight Zone-style sci-fi project about an astronaut who travels to a newly discovered planet on the opposite side of the sun, which proves to be an exact mirror-image of Earth, starring American actor Roy Thinnes.
The first major live-action film of Century 21 writer-producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson— noted for Thunderbirds and other 1960s "Supermarionation" puppet television series—Doppelgänger was shot from July to October 1968, using Pinewood Studios as the principal production base.