January 15, 2015

CRANK UP THE VCR:

Thunderbirds are go: first look at digitally enhanced Tracy brothers (Mark Sweeney, 1/15/15, The Guardian)

In a nod to the original 1960s series created by Gerry Anderson, who died in 2012, David Graham, the original voice of Parker, is reprising his role.

ITV Studios is working with New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures and special effects studio Weta Workshop, which worked on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies.

The new series will be broadcast exactly 50 years after the adventures of the Tracy clan and International Rescue first aired.

Such has been the global interest in the new show, that in December ITV commissioned a second series of 26 episodes that will air in 2016 and 2017.

Thunderbirds first appeared on ITV in 1965, featuring Anderson's pioneering "supermarionation" puppet techniques.

The enduring popularity of Thunderbirds has seen the franchise undergo a string of reinventions, including a live-action film in 2004 featuring a theme song sung by boy band Busted.

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