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Filmed In Supermarionation Review

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The Godfather of TV puppet sci-fi, Gerry Anderson is the subject of this documentary that charts his life and work on childhood favourites like Thunderbirds and Stingray.

★★★★

Long before The Office, Slough was making televisual history through AP Films, which transformed small-screen entertainment for kids between 1957-’70 with puppet shows that really crested the sci-fi wave. Ironically, Gerry Anderson, the brains behind them, despised the form and developed the pioneering techniques used on Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet to atone for the fact he wasn’t directing live-action movies. Survivors of his teams are prouder of their work, however, and aficionados will relish this mix of clips, gossip and nostalgia.

If you could find your way around Tracy Island blindfolded and can tell your World Intelligence Network from your World Aquanaut Security Patrol, this big juicy slice of Gerry Anderson nostalgia is for you.

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