All About Thunderbirds
Tuesday, 8.30pm, Studio What an enduring cult Thunderbirds has been. Though only 32 episodes of the animated children’s series were made in the 1960s, it ran for decades on Saturday mornings on Nine, long enough to have won the hearts of generations of kids. This nostalgic look back at the show from 2008 features interviews with creator Gerry Anderson, who died last year at the age of 83. Anderson’s wife, Sylvia, also appears. She gave the wonderfully plummy voice to special agent Lady Penelope, who got about in a pink Rolls-Royce driven by her faithful chauffeur, Parker. Fans and crew tell us Thunderbirds captured the spirit of the times, by which they generally mean the dawn of the age of space travel and technology. But let’s not forget it was the 60s. Penelope was rarely seen without a cigarette in an elegant holder. Even the reliable pink Roller had the number plate Fab 1.