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TV: Supercar

Creator: Gerry Anderson


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It is one of my first memories of TV in the early '60s aged 3!
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I think this was the early 1960's, tv was, of course, black and white back then. I would be about 7-8 years old.
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In Depth


Pioneering puppetry that put Gerry Anderson's show on the road.

Although juvenile in the extreme and utilising primitive effects techniques, this was a breakthrough series for Gerry Anderson. As well as being his first stab at science fiction, a genre that dominated his later work, the series also saw the word supermarionation coined to describe the particular style of puppetry pioneered by Anderson. It also marked the introduction to the effects team of Derek Meddings, who later worked on many of the James Bond films and won an Oscar for Superman.

The star of the show is a vehicle that is car, plane, submarine all rolled into one. It was driven by test pilot Mike Mercury, who was assisted by various boffins and a talking chimp called Mitch. Together they fought evildoers intent on stealing the supercar for nefarious ends.

Work nominated by telbags and stewartbu.

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