Mark pays his respects to the achievements of Thunderbirds, Stingray and Space: 1999 creator Gerry Anderson, who sadly died last week.
I was born in 1961, which means that while I don't recall the earliest Anderson series, The Adventures Of Twizzle or Torchy The Battery Boy, but I do remember watching Four-Feather Falls and Supercar.
However, it was Fireball Xl-5 that really engulfed my imagination, and probably introduced me to the idea of distant worlds and alien races. And in doing so, it also triggered off something wonderful in my head, and I immediately fell in love with all things science fictional and technological.
What's slightly depressing now, and even at the time, was that other parts of the TV and film industry rather turned their noses up at Gerry's productions, referring to him as 'that Puppet guy', or other equally dismissive terms. This was entirely at