Monday, 29 December 2014

Roberta Leigh, creator of Space Patrol 1926 - 2014

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Roberta Leigh in an obituary in The Times today. A well known TV producer in the sixties she created one of my favourite shows Space Patrol which for younger readers was a sci-fi puppet show in the same genre as Gerry Anderson, whose career she helped to launch.

Roberta also created Twizzle another character that had some mileage on ITV, but given the books were published in 1958 when I was one year old that isn't one I recall!

Born as Rita Shulman, child of Russian Jewish immigrants  she changed her name to Roberta Leigh for publishing purposes, though did use other pseudonyms. In total Roberta sold 25 million copies of romantic novels ( she wrote 160 in total) but her creation Space Patrol now has a cult following.

Here's an episode to enjoy.

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