Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Aqua Marina

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.



Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

I hope Belle doesn't take this the wrong way....or else she might never speak to me again. In my own inimitable cack-handed way, it's meant as a compliment.

This is a continuation of my irregular 'Look-alikey' series. You may recall my own:


December 14, 2010 at 1:29 AM  
Anonymous Eric said...

Sister of lady Penelope...?

December 14, 2010 at 11:37 AM  
Blogger Andy Brouwer said...

No Eric, Lady Penelope would never go swimming underwater (it would ruin her hair) and her father wasn't a King of the Underworld Sea either. Don't you know anything about the Gerry & Sylvia Anderson characters of the 1960s?
Originally they believed Marina was modelled on Brigitte Bardot, whilst Troy Tempest was modelled on a young James Garner.
I grew up with these puppet programmes and can recall almost all of them, yet I can't remember anything I did at school in those years! What does that tell you...

December 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM  

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