Five, four, three, two, one. Thunderbirds are go! ''It was produced between 1964 and 1966 using a form of electronic marionette puppetry. ''Thunderbirds follows the exploits of the Tracy family, headed by American ex-astronaut Jeff Tracy. Jeff is a widower with five adult sons: Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon and Alan. They lived on Tracy Island.''Other characters included Brains, Lady Penelope and her chauffeur Parker.''There were five aircraft: Thunderbird 1: a hypersonic rocket plane used for fast response and disaster zone reconnaissance. Piloted by Scott, IR's rescue co-ordinator.''Thunderbird 2: a supersonic carrier aircraft that transports rescue vehicles and equipment in detachable capsules called "pods". Piloted by Virgil.''Thunderbird 3: a single-stage-to-orbit spacecraft. Piloted alternately by Alan and John, with Scott as co-pilot.''Thunderbird 4: a utility submersible. Piloted by Gordon and usually launched from Thunderbird 2.''Thunderbird 5: a space station that relays distress calls from around the

IN PICTURES: Gerry Anderson - from Thunderbirds to Terrahawks

Modern technology and techniques make you believe you can meet acid-blooded aliens or encounter 'Death Star' space ships in outer space.

Before Star Wars, Aliens or the Avengers movies was TV legend Gerry Anderson whose puppet heroes - yes you could see the strings - were are the centre of programmes ranging from Joe 90 to Terrahawks.

The series was created by Gerry Anderson and was a mix of science fiction and police procedural that combined elements of many of Anderson's previous series such as Space: 1999, UFO and Thunderbirds, but with an added dash of Law & Order and Dragnet

9. Space Precinct

The series was created by Gerry Anderson and was a mix of science fiction and police procedural that combined elements of many of Anderson's previous series such as Space: 1999, UFO and Thunderbirds, but with an added dash of Law & Order and Dragnet
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The series follows the adventures of Father Stanley Unwin, a character both voiced by and resembling the real-life comedian of the same name. ''Outwardly the parish priest of a rural English village, Unwin is in fact a secret agent for BISHOP, a covert branch of British Intelligence that counters criminal and terrorist threats from abroad

10. The Secret Service

The series follows the adventures of Father Stanley Unwin, a character both voiced by and resembling the real-life comedian of the same name. ''Outwardly the parish priest of a rural English village, Unwin is in fact a secret agent for BISHOP, a covert branch of British Intelligence that counters criminal and terrorist threats from abroad
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The Protectors was first broadcast in 1972 and 1973, and ran to 52 episodes over two series, each 25 minutes longmaking it one of the last series of this type to be produced in a half-hour format. ''It starred Robert Vaughn (of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fame) as Harry Rule, Nyree Dawn Porter (co-star of The Forsyte Saga) as the Contessa Caroline di Contini, and Tony Anholt (later to star in Space: 1999 and Howards' Way) as Paul Buchet. Episodes often featured prominent guest actors.''Three inexplicably affluent international private detectives/troubleshooters are charged with ensuring the protection of innocents. They belong to an organisation called The Protectors, based in Londo

11. The Protectors

The Protectors was first broadcast in 1972 and 1973, and ran to 52 episodes over two series, each 25 minutes longmaking it one of the last series of this type to be produced in a half-hour format. ''It starred Robert Vaughn (of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. fame) as Harry Rule, Nyree Dawn Porter (co-star of The Forsyte Saga) as the Contessa Caroline di Contini, and Tony Anholt (later to star in Space: 1999 and Howards' Way) as Paul Buchet. Episodes often featured prominent guest actors.''Three inexplicably affluent international private detectives/troubleshooters are charged with ensuring the protection of innocents. They belong to an organisation called The Protectors, based in Londo
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In the opening episode, set in the year 1999, nuclear waste stored on the Moon's far side explodes, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space.''There were two series made of the series with cast changes by the second series. Out was Professor Bergman played by The Zoo Gang's Barry Morse and in was Catherine Schell, a shape-changer named Maya, and Tony Anholt as her love interest.''Then husband and wife Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, who had been in Mission Impossible together, played Moonbase Alpha Commander John Koenig and base doctor Helena Russell, respectively.''many notable actors including Christopher Lee, Margaret Leighton, Roy Dotrice, Joan Collins, Jeremy Kemp, Peter Cushing, Judy Geeson, Julian Glover, Ian McShane, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw, Richard Johnson, Patrick Troughton, Peter Bowles, Sarah Douglas, David Prowse, Isla Blair, Stuart Damon and Brian Blessed (twice as different characters).

12. Space 1999

In the opening episode, set in the year 1999, nuclear waste stored on the Moon's far side explodes, knocking the Moon out of orbit and sending it, as well as the 311 inhabitants of Moonbase Alpha, hurtling uncontrollably into space.''There were two series made of the series with cast changes by the second series. Out was Professor Bergman played by The Zoo Gang's Barry Morse and in was Catherine Schell, a shape-changer named Maya, and Tony Anholt as her love interest.''Then husband and wife Martin Landau and Barbara Bain, who had been in Mission Impossible together, played Moonbase Alpha Commander John Koenig and base doctor Helena Russell, respectively.''many notable actors including Christopher Lee, Margaret Leighton, Roy Dotrice, Joan Collins, Jeremy Kemp, Peter Cushing, Judy Geeson, Julian Glover, Ian McShane, Leo McKern, Billie Whitelaw, Richard Johnson, Patrick Troughton, Peter Bowles, Sarah Douglas, David Prowse, Isla Blair, Stuart Damon and Brian Blessed (twice as different characters).
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