Ep 10 – The Adventures Of Twizzle

In the grips of despair Katherine decides that the time has come to go right back to the very beginning of Gerry Anderson’s television career and watch The Adventures Of Twizzle. Jack isn’t happy. Katherine doesn’t care.

The Adventures of Twizzle, Gerry Anderson’s first television puppet series, was first broadcast in 1957. Created by author, Roberta Leigh, the 52-episode series followed the adventures of a toy called Twizzle who could extend his arms and legs to extraordinary lengths to get out of trouble. He teams up with a cat called Footso, and a whole host of toys-come-to-life, for a variety of entertaining exploits. Only the first episode currently exists in the archive. Gerry Anderson’s AP Films produced the series from the ballroom of the Islet Park manor house in Maidenhead on an incredibly tight budget. The puppets were far from the Supermarionation masterpieces we came to enjoy later in the Andersons’ career but, from what we can see, The Adventures of Twizzle still had much to appeal to the young children of the time. But let’s see what Jack and Katherine made of this episode.

Jack’s a massive Gerry Anderson (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999 etc.) fan, and Katherine isn’t. In order to bring about peace in the household, Katherine has agreed to watch the first episode of every Gerry Anderson series in existence.

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