Thunderbirds are go again in 2015

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 4 February 2013
Gerry Anderson

Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson

ITV has commissioned a revamped version of cult classic children's programme, 'Thunderbirds', to launch on CITV in 2015

'Thunderbirds' is set to make a comeback in 2015.

ITV has ordered 26 half-hour episodes for a reinvented version of the classic children's programme entitled 'Thunderbirds Are Go!', which will air on ITV and the CITV Channel in 2015.

The series - produced by ITV Studios along with New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, the special effects company behind 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' - will utilise modern day CGI animation, as well as live action sets.

ITV Studios managing director Denise O'Donoghue said: "'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."

Jamila Metran, head of programming for CITV, added: "'Thunderbirds Are Go!' will be a hugely exciting new show for the CITV audience. We're delighted to be working with ITV Studios and the talented teams at Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop, whose success and innovation is renowned across the film and television industry. 'Thunderbirds' is a much-loved British institution with significant global recognition, and our audience will relish this timely opportunity to discover the new series fifty years on."

The original series, which was created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, follows the adventures of the Tracy brothers, who use their turbo-charged aircrafts to help those in need.

The 2015 launch date of 'Thunderbirds Are Go!' will mark 50 years since the original series launched in 1965.

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