Thunderbirds Are Go is a reinvention of the classic Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s iconic series Thunderbirds 50 years on from its TV debut.

Featuring the world’s most famous family of heroes, International Rescue, Thunderbirds Are Go blasts the five brave Tracy brothers back on to television screens piloting their incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe.

Format
Season 1 – 26×30′ (In Market)
Season 2 – 26×30′ (In Market)
Season 3 – 26×30′ (In Production)
Genre
Boys Action
Style
Mixed-media: Live action miniatures & CGI
Partners
Co-production with ITV Studios
Weta Workshop designed the series and produced the miniatures
 
 
 
 
 
 

Production

Thunderbirds Are Go is a co-production between Pukeko Pictures and ITV Studios produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets. Showcasing Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop’s (Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy, King Kong Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Godzilla) ground-breaking creative and technical excellence, it delivers a whole new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience whilst also affectionately paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the classic series. Series two and three are already in production, with season two having been commissioned ahead of the premiere of series one. Both seasons have been commissioned to air over the span of 2016-2017.

Broadcast

Series one, 26×30’ debuted on ITV and UK’s CITV Channel in 2015 and attracted a consolidated audience of close to three million viewers followed by premieres in Australia and New Zealand. Thunderbirds Are Go has been sold to more than 40 countries worldwide and has aired in Canada, Japan, Middle East, France and the Netherlands.  Thunderbirds Are Go is an Amazon Original Kids Series on Prime Video, and premiered on Prime Video in the US on the 22nd of April 2016 with the first 13 episodes available for streaming. Subsequently it debuts on Prime Video in the UK, Germany and Austria. CCTV-14 the kids channel of China’s State broadcaster CCTV has taken and is airing series one.

Series two, 26×30’ has launched on ITV in the UK, 9Go! in Australia, TVNZ in New Zealand and various global territories.

Licensing

There are more than 90 licensees on board the consumer products programme globally. In the UK, Thunderbirds Are Go toys were the second highest selling new licensed toys last year, while the supersize TB3 playset was voted best action toy at the London Toy Fair.

Talent

Thunderbirds Are Go is Executive Produced by Estelle Hughes for ITV Studios, Giles Ridge for ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE),  and Richard Taylor and Clive Spink for Pukeko Pictures. The series Head Writer is Rob Hoegee (Generator Rex, Teen Titans, Ben 10, Slugterra).

Thunderbirds Are Go features a talented cast led by Rosamund Pike (The World’s End, Gone Girl) as Lady Penelope and David Graham (Thunderbirds) reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent, Parker. Unstoppable inventor Brains is voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker,Facejacker) whilst Tracy brothers Gordon and John are both played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones). Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale, Lead Balloon) has been cast as both the youngest and oldest Tracy brothers, Alan and Scott. The fifth Tracy brother, Virgil, is played by David Menkin.

Tracy Island matriarch Grandma Tracy is voiced by Sandra Dickinson (Amazing World of Gumball, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and master villain The Hood played by Andres Williams (M.I. High, Foyle’s War). 

Thunderbirds Are Go also features new characters including Kayo, the Tracy brothers’ friend and fellow island resident played by Angel Coulby (Merlin, Dancing on the Edge), Colonel Casey voiced by Adjoa Andoh (Invictus, Doctor Who) and season two villain The Mechanic is voiced by Chris Jarman (Johnny English Reborn, Spartacus and Sand Serpents).

The core cast has also been joined by a host of guests including Jenna Coleman, Adam Hills, Jack Whitehall, Vas Blackwood, Sanjeer Bhaskar, Rich Hall, Rhys Darby, Tom Rosenthal and Omid Djalili.

Accolades

Thunderbirds Are Go was nominated for the Licensing Award for Best Children’s or Tween Licensed Property.

Ben and Nick Foster received a 2016 BAFTA Nomination for Television Craft – Original Music for Thunderbirds Are Go.

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