Gerry Anderson: a prop sofa used by the character of the Father Stanley Unwin in 'The Secret Service',
the three-seat wooden sofa covered with a floral fabric with mustard-coloured ground, 67cm long, 28cm high, 24cm deep (26½ x 11 x 9½in)
'The Secret Service', broadcast in 1969, was Anderson's final puppet series until 'Terrahawks' in the 1980s. It featured the adventures of a parish priest, Father Stanley Unwin, who worked as an undercover agent for BISHOP, a branch of the British Secret Service. The character was voiced by, and looked like, Stanley Unwin, the comedian famous for his invention of the language 'Unwinese'. The sofa appears throughout the series and is believed to be the only one made for the production.