R.I.P. Puppeteer Judith Shutt

Thunderbirds Puppeteer Judith Shutt Has Died

THE MEJANDES MARIONETTES: Muriel, Ernest, Judith and Ernest Shutt

On a rainy afternoon in 1951, Judith Shutt and her family saw The Laurey Puppets (later of “Mr Turnip” TV fame) while on a seaside holiday — an event which was to change all of the Shutt family’s lives thereafter.


It was around this time that fellow puppeteer and Guild Member, Christine Glanville, who had been working for AP Films, contacted Judith to say that they were looking for a new floor puppeteer and would she be interested in applying? Judith soon found herself working with Christine Glanville and Mary Turner on Fireball XL5, the first of many TV series in a long and distinguished association with television puppetry.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

A chance encounter that changed their lives and so many other lives around the world.

Rest in peace.


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