Did these classic British sci-fi shows star puppets or people?

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The United Kingdom was quite obsessed with puppets back in the Sixties. Sorry, marionettes. Sorry, supermarionettes.

The husband-and-wife production team of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were the pioneers of "Supermarionation." They used the string-dangled puppets in several sci-fi shows such as… well, we're not giving that away.

But the BBC also offered other cult classics beyond Doctor Who. We've gathered some British classics from the 1960s and 1970s. All you have to do is guess whether they (primarily) starred puppets or real human actors!

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  1. Thunderbirds
  2. Space: 1999
  3. The Tomorrow People
  4. Stingray
  5. Supercar
  6. Timeslip
  7. Joe 90
  8. Sapphire & Steel
  9. Fireball XL5
  10. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
  11. Adam Adamant Live!
  12. UFO
  13. Blake's 7
  14. The Secret Service
  15. Space Patrol

Did these classic British sci-fi shows star puppets or people?

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WylmaHarmon 20 months ago
14/15 never heard of Timeslip
verch 32 months ago
7/15 can’t tell a puppet from a person
JimmyD 32 months ago
13/15. Some of these I have never heard of. UFO is one of my all time favorite British sci fi shows.
PJSUL 32 months ago
15/15 For me these were some of the best shows ever created. Gerry Anderson was the British version of Walt Disney. Fireball XL5 blew me away as a kid. Both his Supermarionation and Human actor shows are amazing. Hope some of them will show up on Me TV.
BrianMoore 32 months ago
11 out of 15. Is MeTV bringing British super marionette shows to the schedule? Oh, please let them replace Saved by the Bell.
vinman63 BrianMoore 32 months ago
I agree, Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp would be an improvement.
scp 32 months ago
13 out of 15. Not bad since I didn't really know several of them.
MichaelSkaggs 32 months ago
12 out of 15. Almost all of them I read about in the late, great sci-fi film magazine, "Starlog."
AmyandSandy 32 months ago
6/15. The few times my husband and I have the same score
grandpa5741 32 months ago
10/15 all guesses and never saw any of these shows. 😀

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KJExpress 32 months ago
10/15 and mostly guesses. I vaguely remember seeing Stingray as a kid. My brother got me a Thunderbirds dvd for Christmas a few years ago, mostly as a joke. It was a hoot watching it. 😀
paulat0805 32 months ago
11 out of 15. Mostly guesses though - I only remember seeing Thunderbirds and Supercar and they were both played on Canadian channels that were received in Michigan Interesting quiz!
Dr_Zachary_Smith 32 months ago
15/15. Loved Gerry Anderson shows.
AlbertHanson 32 months ago
11/15. I don't remember all of these appearing on US television.
Stoney AlbertHanson 32 months ago
Me either. I had to guess a lot (10/15).
bsantaniello 32 months ago
10/15. I had to have a Fireball XL5 lunchbox when I was in second grade. Being a girl it was considered a boys lunch box. I carried on about how great it was and I did get it. I thought it was so cool. After that I had a laugh in one. I still have the thermos from the laugh in lunch box. 😝
CaptChris 32 months ago
13/15... Used to watch Blake's 7 when I was stationed in the UK. Good show!
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