The Genius of Gerry Anderson

2011 (January 11 2011)
Commemorative

The puppet characters in Stingray, Joe 90, Captain Scarlett and Thunderbirds have enthralled millions since they first arrived on our TV screens in the 1960s.

Issued on 11 January, FAB: The Genius of Gerry Anderson marks the 50th anniversary of these ground-breaking programmes, which began with Supercar in 1961. The set of stamps also includes Royal Mail’s first ‘motion stamps’ on a miniature sheet using micro lenticular printing.


Stamps

The Genius of Gerry Anderson 1st Stamp (2011) Joe 90
Joe 90
1st
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Each week nine year old Joe would download special skills from the Big Rat computer to carry out secret missions. Broadcast 1968 to 1969


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 1st Stamp (2011) Captain Scarlet
Captain Scarlet
1st
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Rendered indestructible by the alien Mysterons, Spectrum agent Captain Scarlet and his colour co-ordinated colleagues save the world in 32 episodes broadcast from 1967 to 1968.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 1st Stamp (2011) Thunderbirds
Thunderbirds
1st
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From their island hideaway International Rescue coordinate amazing rescue missions with their fantastic machines - like transporter Thunderbird 2 seen about to blast off. Broadcast from 1965 to 1966.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 97p Stamp (2011) Stingray
Stingray
97p
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From 1964 to 1965 Troy Tempest and Phones of the World Aquanaut Security Patrol, kept humanity safe from various undersea threats, in their submarine, Stingray. This was the first of Anderson’s shows in colour.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 97p Stamp (2011) Fireball XL5
Fireball XL5
97p
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Together with his robot sidekick Robert (who was voiced by Anderson) Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol kept the Earth safe from any interplanetary threat with his rocket ship Fireball XL5.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 97p Stamp (2011) Supercar
Supercar
97p
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Featuring the adventures of inventor Mike Mercury and his amazing vehicle, that was equally at home on land, under water and in the air. First broadcast between 1961 and 1962.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 41p Stamp (2011) Thunderbird 4
Thunderbird 4
41p
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Often transported in one of Thunderbird 2’s pods, Thunderbird 4 is a submarine piloted by Gordon Tracy.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 60p Stamp (2011) Thunderbird 3
Thunderbird 3
60p
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Piloted by Alan Tracy, Thunderbird 3 carries out deep space rescues.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 88p Stamp (2011) Thunderbird 2
Thunderbird 2
88p
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Piloted by Virgil Tracy, Thunderbird 2 transports International Rescue’s equipment wherever it’s needed.


The Genius of Gerry Anderson 97p Stamp (2011) Thunderbird 1
Thunderbird 1
97p
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Piloted by elder brother Scott Tracy, Thunderbird 1 is always first on the scene of a rescue


Presentation Pack

Miniature Sheet Presentation Pack

Presentation Pack Cover

First Day Cover

First Day Cover Insert

Miniature Sheet

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The Miniature Sheet is made up of four new stamps (1st, 60p, 88p and 97p) featuring Thunderbirds 1 to 4. The sheet is printed using micro lenticular technology so that when tilted the stamps show each vehicle’s launch sequence. The outer space monitoring station Thunderbird 5 is shown in the border.


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