Gerry Anderson, the creator of classic TV series Thunderbirds and Stingray, died yesterday aged 83. Mr Anderson, who also created the Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 shows, had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for almost three years and died peacefully in his sleep.
Mr Anderson's most famous creation was the 1960s TV show Thunderbirds. The series - which used a form of marionette puppetry dubbed 'supermarionation' - became hugely popular around the world. His inspiration for Thunderbirds came from a mining disaster in West Germany in October 1963 that gave him the idea of forming a show about a rescue organisation.