New ‘Thunderbirds’ TV series to land in 2015

It's being made by ITV in collaboration with the special effects studio behind 'The Hobbit'

A new 26-part Thunderbird TV series is in the works.

The remake will feature a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets. It is being made by ITV in collaboration with Weta Workshop, the renowned New Zealand special effects studio that worked on Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit.

The new series has been given the working title Thunderbirds Are Go!. According to an ITV press statement, it will “deliver 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”.

Experienced animation writer-producer Rob Hoegee will serve as head writer on the new series, which will air on ITV and the CITV channel in 2015. Popular characters from the classic 1960s TV series including Lady Penelope, Parker and the Tracy brothers will all be back.

Created by the late Gerry Anderson, the original puppet Thunderbirds series ran for 32 episodes in 1965 and 1966. A live-action film version was released in 2004 but flopped at the box office. Anderson later dismissed it as “the biggest load of crap I have ever seen in my life”.