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A third run for the family-friendly historical action drama has already been confirmed by the BBC (we can expect it early next year, if previous broadcast dates are anything to go by), but Hodges has ruled himself out for a return.
Our friends at Geek Syndicate got the scoop on the matter, with a quote from the man himself explaining his reason for leaving his own show:
“I just felt that after the last season I was totally knackered. I love the show but it had been a very intensive two…well four years really and what I didn’t want to go was go straight into developing a new season. »
I’m giddy as a schoolgirl, and I don’t know what to do with my hands.
I should explain.
Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds is as major a lynchpin of my childhood as M&Ms, my Big Jim collection, and faking sick to stay home from school…usually to watch Thunderbirds. The Tracy brothers, launching rescue missions from their secret island, was filled with edge of the seat action, staggering special effects and miniatures, and engaging character work. This is made more impressive that the characters were played by marionettes. Electronically keyed to the dialogue and incredibly detailed, but marionettes nevertheless. The show is as well-loved and respected worldwide, but most so in England, where it’s as beloved as other Sci-Fi touchstone Doctor Who. So it was rather a given that they’d go for a remake of the series eventually, and the 50th anniversary is just too tempting for anyone to pass up. »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
As a young boy I loved the Tracy brothers and this update is pretty Fab too. Elesewhere, Louis Theroux’s latest documentary, Transgender Kids, shows how hard it is for some of us to be ourselves
Never since Poochie, the proactive rapping dog with a backward-facing baseball cap, debuted in the Simpsons’ Itchy and Scratchy, has there been a character so evidently the product of algorithms and focus groups as the new woman in Thunderbirds.
In Thunderbirds Are Go (Saturday, ITV), the 21st-century revamp of Gerry Anderson’s 1960s puppet sci-fi show for kids, Kayo contemplated her new ride, the Thunderbird S, doubtless savouring all the adventures in store for her during this 26-episode series. It’s only taken half a century, but finally a woman is deemed fit to fly one of International Rescue’s weaponised aircraft.
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- Stuart Jeffries
The 2015 live final of The Voice UK was watched by more than 6 million people, overnight figures indicate.
Later on from 9.10pm, the latest episode of Casualty attracted 4.57m (24.1%).
Over on ITV, the latest series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway concluded with 4.89m (24.7%) from 7pm. You're Back in the Room and The Jonathan Ross Show followed with 3.17m (15.9%) and 2.33m (13.1%) respectively.
Earlier in the evening, Thunderbirds Are Go managed 1.74m (13.4%) from 5pm.
Channel 4's End of the World Night averaged 1.09m (5.9%) between 9pm and 10.35pm.
On Channel 5, the latest instalment of Ted Danson's CSI interested 741k (4.4%) from 10pm. »
Thunderbirds Are Go! returned to our screens tonight (April 4), leaving viewers wondering whether it could top the 1960s original.
The classic theme tune and countdown open the show but there are no strings in sight for this version of Gerry Anderson's story, as the Tracy brothers move to complete CGI animation.
Initial reaction to images released of the brothers weren't fantastic - but what did Twitter think of it on-screen? Digital Spy rounds up viewers' opinions here:
Episode one drew favourable opinions, with many praising it for being a programme that the entire family can enjoy:
Hats off to the Thunderbirds remake. My show was the one I first saw in 1965. But the new one's smart & inventive & fun & I'm glad it's here
— Colin Smith (@Colin_TBTAMC) April 4, 2015
Thunderbirds Are Go saved the world, Fab first episode!
— Bushloe Science (@bushloescience) April 4, 2015
Loved the new #Thunderbirds. Faithful to the original. »
It's always a big risk tinkering with a much-loved classic - particularly something that was a big part of people's childhoods - but the creative forces behind Thunderbirds Are Go! have promised that this 2015 revamp of the '60s Supermarionation series retains all that made the original so great.
Indeed, die-hard fans will be happy to hear that a good deal remains unchanged - from the off, Peter Dyneley's stirring countdown-to-launch and the subsequent swell of that classic theme tune deliver a rush of glorious nostalgia.
But it's also more than a mere nostalgia trip, with enough changes put into place to ensure that the show works as colourful, engaging fodder for the 6-11 year-olds of today.
As befits a modern series, and one intended primarily for children, the pace is utterly relentless throughout - a lack of incident is certainly not a problem that Thunderbirds Are Go! suffers from. »
Thunderbirds Are Go!: ITV, 5pm
Produced using a blend of CGI animation and live-action model sets, the returning Thunderbirds Are Go! features the vocal talents of Rosamund Pike, Angel Coulby and Kayvan Novak, with David Graham also reprising his original role of Parker.
The live conclusion of BBC One's singing competition sees finalists Emmanuel, Lucy, Sasha and Stevie perform one solo song and another with their coach. Who will be crowned this year's winner of The Voice UK and will they enjoy more success than past champions?
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway: ITV, 7pm
The Following: Sky Atlantic, 9pm
In the latest episode of Sky Atlantic's thrilling detective show, »
5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
Over the years, there have been several - mostly unsuccessful - attempts to bring back Thunderbirds.
However, where others failed, Thunderbirds Are Go! looks set to succeed.
Debuting 50 years after the original series first aired, Digital Spy sat down with the cast to talk comparisons to 24, why the show is "the opposite of naff" - and why fans of the original will be happy to see this incarnation of International Rescue back at work.
Lady Penelope - Rosamund Pike
"It was an easy 'yes' as soon as ITV asked me to voice Lady Penelope. It was a huge compliment and I knew it would be a very exciting adventure.
"Exploring the scenes with David Graham has been an absolute delight. The scripts are very modern, very fresh and very funny. I love working with him, and the bond between Parker and Penelope and the humour that is batted between them is really fun to play. »
ITV marks the return of the children’s TV show by sending a 15ft replica of Thunderbird 4 down the river
Thunderbirds were go on Thursday morning when one of the show’s famous vehicles hit London’s Thames.
The Thunderbird 4 model, which measures 15ft and is made from fibreglass, took a team of TV prop builders more than six weeks to build.
Related: Thunderbirds are go as TV series returns with a makeover after 50 years
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- Press Association
Thunderbird 4 took its maiden voyage on the River Thames this morning to mark the launch of the new series Thunderbirds Are Go!.
ITV's revamp of the classic '60s show will launch this Saturday (April 4) at 5pm with a special double episode.
A 15ft model of underwater rescue vehicle Thunderbird 4 departed from East London, passing iconic landmarks including Tower Bridge and the Houses of Parliament.
A team of TV prop builders took more than six weeks to design, construct and paint the model, which was made from fibre-glass.
In both the original and revamped Thunderbirds, Thunderbird 4 is piloted by aquanaut Gordon Tracy, and is often delivered to the danger zone by Thunderbird 2.
Thunderbirds Are Go! - produced using a blend of CGI animation and live-action model sets - features the vocal talents of Rosamund Pike, Angel Coulby and Kayvan Novak, with David Graham also reprising his original role of Parker. »
Thunderbirds Are Go! has an action-packed launch, but its script and CG are far from top-notch. Will the revamp live up to its potential?
This review contains spoilers.
1.1 Ring Of Fire
Not only are the Thunderbirds gang back, they’ve also been appended with “are go!” - and boy, do they ever go. Sylvia and Gerry Anderson’s much-loved show, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, screeches and blasts its way on to the small screen and doesn’t hold up for 45 minutes or so.
The puppets, and their charm it has to be said, may have been replaced by computer-generated characters, but the iconic ships and Tracy Island remain, for the most part, as beautiful standing-set models produced by Weta (The Lord Of The Rings).
This first instalment, which sees two episodes aired together as one, neatly introduces to the International Rescue troupe. All the Tracy brothers remain, though »
A pivotal character in the original '60s series, Jeff was the father of the Tracy brothers and head of International Rescue, but Hoegee recently confirmed in a Reddit Ama that he will not appear in ITV's new reboot.
Speaking at a press screening for Thunderbirds Are Go! last night (March 31), Hoegee clarified the decision, suggesting that Jeff's absence allows the show's younger characters to "shine".
"Jeff Tracy is not a character that can be sidelined or minimised in any way shape or form," he explained. "He is a huge presence - in the world of Thunderbirds and on the screen - [and] the show we're making right now couldn't be about Jeff Tracy - it has to be about the boys, and Kayo (Angel Coulby).
"Our feeling was… what would be a way »
ITV’s take on children’s favourite blends computer animation with models and miniature sets – and even the original voice of Parker is coming back
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ... Thunderbirds are go – but not quite how older viewers will remember. International Rescue has been given a makeover for the modern age, with the Tracy brothers, Brains, Lady Penelope and Parker smarter, fitter and with better gadgets than they ever had when the “supermarionation” show began on ITV half a century ago.
But fans fearful that its return, complete with Hollywood star Rosamund Pike voicing Lady Penelope, will trample all over their childhood memories can rest easy.
Related: Thunderbirds Are Go: first pictures of new Lady Penelope and Brains
Related: Gerry Anderson and his supermarionation superstars – in pictures
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- John Plunkett
Twilight Time is celebrating its 4th anniversary with a major promotion that sees some of their limited edition titles reduced in price through April 3. These are the titles on sale.
Retail price point: $24.95
Bell, Book, And Candle
Retail price point: $19.95
Roots Of Heaven
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Ahead of its premiere on Saturday, a batch of new images have been released for the upcoming animated reboot Thunderbirds Are Go!, which you can check out below along with video from New Zealand’s Sunday Tvnz, which goes behind-the-scenes of this new take on Gerry Anderson’s classic creation…
See Also: 10 TV21 Strips That Would Make Great Thunderbirds Are Go! Episodes
See Also: Watch the full trailer for Thunderbirds Are Go!
When disaster strikes and there’s no one else to help, International Rescue answers the call! From their secret island base, this family of highly trained responders can reach every corner of the globe – and beyond – in minutes. With their remarkable cutting edge Thunderbird Vehicles, brothers Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon and Alan Tracy along with head of security Kayo and lead engineer Brains pull off amazing feats of heroism. No rescue is too big and no journey too far to save a life. »
- Gary Collinson
Ridge said that while it would appeal to a modern audience, many of the original elements would be retained.
He said: "We had no intention of messing with what already worked.
"It's a classic for a reason - it's a show that has a lot of cultural relevance for a lot of people, and so the decisions and changes we have made were not entered into lightly.
"Equally though, the series needs to appeal to a new modern audience, so whilst the iconic characters… music and story elements are largely retained, they are realised with production values that deliver an even greater dynamic and emotional experience for today's audience."
Ridge also spoke about some of the new vehicles that would appear on the show, before saying that the characters' heroism held the key to its appeal. »
The new voice cast of ITV's Thunderbirds Are Go!, starting on Saturday the 4th of April, tell us about the updated version of the show...
Returning to the small screen, just in time for its 50th anniversary, is the much-loved television series, Thunderbirds. Under the moniker of Thunderbirds Are Go!, the puppets have been replaced by computer-generated realisations of the original characters but the model and standing sets remain - courtesy of Weta in New Zealand (The Lord Of The Rings).
Den of Geek sat down with the voice cast who were all very enthusiastic and excited to see their work finally hit screens across the world. Taking part in the interviews were: Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game Of Thrones) who plays John Tracy; Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Black Mirror), Alan and Scott Tracy; David Menkin, Virgil and Gordon Tracy; Sandra Dickinson (The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy), Grandma Tracy; Angel Coulby »
Fred McNamara with 10 TV21 strips that would make great ‘Thunderbirds Are Go’ episodes…
Amidst rumours that some episodes of the classic Thunderbirds series may be given a modern makeover for the upcoming remake, wouldn’t it be fun to examine which of the TV21 comic strips would suit a modernisation?
TV21 was the official comic spin-off for Thunderbirds, Stingray, Captain Scarlet and many other of Gerry Anderson’s sci-fi puppet shows. The reason for focusing on comics and not original episodes would be that Thunderbirds Are Go! is set to have a running time of 25 mins per episode, half of the original series’ episodes.
The original series had slow-burning feel to it, thanks to the lengthily duration of each episode. This new series promises to be shorter and snappier, which raises similarities between the new series and the TV21 strips. The strips themselves were often far more basic in terms »
- Gary Collinson
Thunderbirds Are Go will premiere at the beginning of April.
The reboot of the classic television series will launch on ITV on Saturday, April 4 at 5pm, according to Radio Times.
The show is also set to air on Citv on April 15.
The behind-the-scenes look at the revamped series will air on ITV on Thursday, April 2 at 8pm on ITV2.
Thunderbirds Are Go is based on the original '60s series and has been produced using both CGI animation and live-action model work.
David Graham is also reprising his original role of Parker the chauffeur.
Watch a trailer below: »
Self-confessed 'superfan' Yates will get a sneak preview of the Citv production, visiting the Weta Workshop studios in New Zealand where the show has been developed.
Yates also records lines with David Graham during the one-hour documentary.
A veteran of the Gerry Anderson original, Graham, who voices Lady Penelope's butler Parker, reprises the role in the rebooted show.
The former Radio 1 chart show host also joins fellow superfan David Baddiel at the recording of a special episode penned by the comedian, which features a cameo from Sylvia Anderson - series co-creator and the voice of the original Lady Penelope.
Thunderbirds Are Go! will land on April 15 on Citv. »
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