Dementia film tribute to late TV producer

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THUNDERBIRDS creator Gerry Anderson has had the anniversary of his death marked by a new documentary about dementia.

The programme commemorates a year since the Nuffield resident died at the age of 83.

The documentary, which was commissioned by Fanderson, the official Gerry Anderson appreciation society, began filming in the summer before he died.

It features Gerry, pictured, and his son Jamie talking about the condition, how it was affecting their lives and how they coped as a family.

Jamie also reflects on their work supporting the Alzheimer’s Society, and his father’s decision to donate his brain after death for dementia research.

He said: “Mum and I just put it down to normal ageing and we kept making excuses. Even when he made soup with the dog’s antifungal shampoo, we still said: ‘Oh well, it’s just a mistake, any older person could make it, it’s totally normal’.”

Jeremy Hughes, chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Gerry Anderson has been an outstanding supporter of the Alzheimer’s Society and campaigner on behalf of people with dementia.

“He was determined to spend the last year of his life speaking out for others living with dementia to ensure their voices were heard and their lives improved.”

To see the film in full, visit fanderson.org.uk

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