October 20, 2007
AS LONG AS LADY PENELOPE IS SAFE:
Help! One of my puppets is missing, says T-bird 1: Gerry Anderson appeals for help to find Dick Spanner, missing in action (Jonathan Owen, 21 October 2007, Independent)
Calling International Rescue – one of our puppets is missing. A nationwide appeal was launched yesterday by Gerry Anderson, the creator of Thunderbirds, to find one of his favourite creations. Lady Penelope, Parker and Captain Scarlet are safe and sound, but the producer is determined to find one of his proudest achievements – private detective Dick Spanner.Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2007 10:01 PM
"I know the whereabouts of everything [else], but Dick Spanner defeats me, although I know he's out there somewhere. If The Independent on Sunday's readers could help track him down for me I would be very happy indeed," the veteran producer said last night.
Missing for 20 years, Dick Spanner was the solo star of a low-budget animation series, using cardboard sets, that has developed a cult following. Mr Anderson said finding the puppet would "make his year".