10 December 2008
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Gerry tells the tale of how he first came up with the story for Thunderbirds. In 1963, his studio needed a new concept for a show to go into production straight after ‘Stingray’. Listening to the radio one day he became engrossed in the story of miners being rescued from a flooded pit 300 feet below the surface. A unique machine was to be transported across Germany to drill the deep hole that would allow the miners to be release from their airlock.
Suddenly the idea of an International Rescue team was born and the details began to emerge as he dictated them to his wife. International Rescue would operate from an unmapped Pacific Island….. Villains would seek to capture the equipment that was used for the missions. Within 2 years, the Thunderbirds were airborne.
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