The marvel of the age
A piece of my childhood died a few days ago with Gerry Anderson. best known as the creator of Thunderbirds, he was also responsible for Supercar, Fireball XL5 and Stingray, all of which I watched (as well as Captain Scarlet and Joe 90, by which time I'd grown out of puppet shows, or at least until the Muppets appeared). Anderson's puppets became a much-loved part of British life in the 1960s, as well as proving irresistible to parodists around the world.
And how many people can still sing along with this?:
And the way in which Thunderbirds 1, 2 and 3 launched gave rise to much mirth (couldn't they just climb up ladders like fighter pilots?), much of it centred around how annoying it would be to be swimming in the pool during a launch of T1.