All About Thun­der­birds

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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.

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