26 December 2012
Last updated at 18:52
Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson began his television career in the 1950s and established himself as one of Britain's most innovative brains. The characters Lady Penelope - seen here beside Anderson's wife, Sylvia - Brains and Joe 90 were among his most famous characters.
Thunderbirds revolved around a futuristic emergency service called International Rescue, manned by the Tracy family.
Thunderbirds, which was filmed on Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire and was first broadcast in 1965. In the programme, the rescue service was often assisted by Lady Penelope - voiced by Mrs Anderson - and her butler, Parker.
Gerry Anderson helped to pioneer "supermarionation" in the 1960s - a puppetry technique using thin wires to control marionettes.
Anderson collaborated on many of his programmes with his wife, Sylvia. They worked together on a number of programmes such as Captain Scarlet and Stingray. Some puppets from the latter can be seen in this image.
Despite being was most famous for Thunderbirds, he was involved in numerous creations which included UFO, Space: 1999, Supercar and Fireball XL5.
Thunderbirds marked the peak of Anderson's career. The show even had its own catchphrase: "Thunderbirds are go!"
In later years, Gerry Anderson suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. He was diagnosed in 2010 and his condition had worsened in the past six months, according to his son, Jamie Anderson. The pair became supporters of the Alzheimer's Society.