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 that follows the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine, who starts a double life as a schoolchild-turned-superspy after his scientist father invents a device capable of duplicating expert knowledge and experience and transferring it to a human brain.

5. Joe 90

The series that follows the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine, who starts a double life as a schoolchild-turned-superspy after his scientist father invents a device capable of duplicating expert knowledge and experience and transferring it to a human brain.
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The series was about the ongoing covert efforts of a government defence organisation to prevent an alien invasion of Earth.''Earth is being visited by aliens from a dying planet, who are abducting humans and harvesting their organs for their own bodies.'' The alien incursions may also be a prelude to a possible full-scale invasion. The series' main cast of characters are the staff of a secret, high-technology international military agency called SHADO (an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation) established to defend Earth and humanity against the mysterious aliens and learn more about them, while at the same time keeping the threat of an alien invasion hidden from the public.''The cast included Ed Bishop, George Sewell and Gabrielle Drake

6. UFO

The series was about the ongoing covert efforts of a government defence organisation to prevent an alien invasion of Earth.''Earth is being visited by aliens from a dying planet, who are abducting humans and harvesting their organs for their own bodies.'' The alien incursions may also be a prelude to a possible full-scale invasion. The series' main cast of characters are the staff of a secret, high-technology international military agency called SHADO (an acronym for Supreme Headquarters, Alien Defence Organisation) established to defend Earth and humanity against the mysterious aliens and learn more about them, while at the same time keeping the threat of an alien invasion hidden from the public.''The cast included Ed Bishop, George Sewell and Gabrielle Drake
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The plot of the show consisted of Supercar, a vertical takeoff and landing craft invented by Prof Rudolph Popkiss and Dr Horatio Beaker, and piloted by Mike Mercury.''On land it rode on a cushion of air rather than wheels. Jets in the rear allowed it to fly like a jet and retractable wings were incorporated in the back of the car.

7. Supercar

The plot of the show consisted of Supercar, a vertical takeoff and landing craft invented by Prof Rudolph Popkiss and Dr Horatio Beaker, and piloted by Mike Mercury.''On land it rode on a cushion of air rather than wheels. Jets in the rear allowed it to fly like a jet and retractable wings were incorporated in the back of the car.
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Made in the 1980s. Set in the year 2020, the series follows the adventures of the Terrahawks, a taskforce responsible for protecting Earth from invasion by a group of extraterrestrial androids and aliens led by Zelda. ''Like Anderson's previous puppet series, futuristic vehicles and technology featured prominently in each episode.

8. Terrahawks

Made in the 1980s. Set in the year 2020, the series follows the adventures of the Terrahawks, a taskforce responsible for protecting Earth from invasion by a group of extraterrestrial androids and aliens led by Zelda. ''Like Anderson's previous puppet series, futuristic vehicles and technology featured prominently in each episode.
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