Heroines were a rare breed when I was growing up, so when they did come along, they stuck in my memory for a long time. One of the heroines I always had a soft spot for was Marina
, the beautiful mute girl who could breathe underwater in the 1960s children's television show Stingray. Okay, so she was a puppet (actually, a marionette to be precise), but she was a first-class heroine, who escaped from evil clutches as a slave to become a fantasy love interest for the Stingray captain, Troy Tempest. By the way, not many people know that it was the first British television programme to be filmed entirely in colour. As for Marina, the romantic feelings that Troy had for her were encapsulated in the song, Aqua Marina, that can be heard in the closing credits of the show. Perhaps the heroine who comes closest to Marina in modern times, and who bears a striking resemblance to the 1960s star (if you are wearing the same inadequate prescription spectacles that I wear) is the contemporary dancer Belle.