Thunderbirds is returning with a new TV series – 50 years after the classic programme featuring the exploits of International Rescue first went on air. Combining CGI (computer-generated imagery) animation and live-action model sets.
It’s the cult show that first rose to fame in the 1960s.
Now Thunderbirds is returning with a new TV series – 50 years after the classic programme featuring the exploits of International Rescue first went on air.
Combining CGI (computer-generated imagery) animation and live-action model sets, Thunderbirds Are Go! will broadcast on ITV in 2015.
The series will “affectionately pay tribute” to the classic show, created by Gerry Anderson, who died in December at the age of 83.
Thunderbirds Are Go! will feature a “whole new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience”, co-producer ITV Studios said, with the five Tracy brothers piloting their “incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe”.
Thunderbirds, created by Anderson and his second wife, Sylvia, was first broadcast in 1965.
With the catchphrase “Thunderbirds are go!” and featuring the secret emergency service run by the Tracy family, aided by London agent Lady Penelope and her butler, Parker, it enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the 1990s.
In 1966, Thunderbirds was made into a major feature film, Thunderbirds Are Go, which was followed by a sequel two years later, Thunderbird 6.
ITV Studios UK managing director Denise O Donoghue said of the new TV series: ‘Thunderbirds is a highly respected brand that continues to hold recognition around the world.
‘This cult series is often credited as changing the history of animation and action-adventure, and we look forward to taking the show to another level while retaining the much-loved heritage that has endured over the past 50 years.’
Thunderbirds are returning for a new ITV series. Will you watch it? What do you think about the Thunderbirds? What other dinosaur TV shows would you like to see remade or reintroduced today?