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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’ In Oz; France v Honduras Woos Auds; Rohrwacher On Venice Jury Duty

Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’ In Oz; France v Honduras Woos Auds; Rohrwacher On Venice Jury DutyThunderbirds Are Go! in Australia. ITV Studios Global Entertainment has signed its first international TV broadcast deal for the re-invention of the classic kids’ series. The pact with Oz’s with Nine Network will see the new show air, rather fittingly, on youth-skewing digital channel GO! Nine Network and GO! have already been the Australian home of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s original Thunderbirds series since it first aired in the 1960s. The new series starts on GO! from spring 2015, shortly after the UK world premiere on ITV and CITV. Produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures in collaboration with Weta Workshop, the new series of 26 episodes will incorporate a mixture of CGI animation and live-action model sets. The cast is led by Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope, and David Graham reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. Inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak. Tracy brothers Alan and Scott are both played by Rasmus Hardiker. David Menkin has also been cast as both Virgil and Gordon Tracy. The fifth Tracy brother, John, will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

france honduras world cupFrance’s first match of the World Cup tournament scored for the team, and for broadcaster TF1. Defeating Honduras, Les Bleus drew 15.8M viewers for a 57% share at home on Sunday night, and with a peak of 17M viewers at one point for the match that … Read More »

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‘Thunderbirds Are Go!’: ITV Studios To Reboot Classic Series

By | Monday February 4, 2013 @ 1:23am PST

The UK’s ITV Studios is teaming with New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop to co-produce Thunderbirds Are Go!, an update of the classic kids series that debuted in 1965. Twenty-six half hours have been ordered for air on ITV and CITV in the UK in 2015. The original Thunderbirds was created by Gerry Anderson, who passed away in December. Although it aired for just two seasons on ITV in the 60s, it became an international sensation. In syndication, the high-tech tales of adventurers rocketing around the world to fight evil-doers became a staple of Saturday morning and weekday afternoon programming in the U.S. The series also spawned feature films and inspired South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Team America: World Police.

The new series will be produced using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets while also paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from Anderson’s original. Thunderbirds Are Go! will see the return of the five brave Tracy brothers as they pilot their incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the globe. Estelle Hughes is exec producing for ITV Studios, Giles Ridge for ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Richard Taylor and Andrew Smith for Pukeko Pictures. Read More »

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R.I.P. Gerry Anderson

By | Wednesday December 26, 2012 @ 5:42pm PST

Gerry Anderson, creator of UK television series Thunderbirds and other marionette and live-action shows, died today in a nursing home near Oxfordshire, England. Anderson had suffered from Alzheimer’s since 2010, and his condition had recently worsened significantly, his son Jamie wrote on his website. Anderson was 83. Although Thunderbirds aired for just two seasons on Britain’s ITV after debuting in 1965, it became an international sensation. In syndication, the high-tech tales of adventurers rocketing around the world to fight evil-doers became a staple of Saturday morning and weekday afternoon kids programming in the U.S. Anderson’s first work with puppets was Granada TV’s The Adventures of Twizzle, about a doll that could “twizzle” his arms and legs to greater lengths. Anderson and his associates developed a technique that became known as Supermarionation. The system used audio signals from recordings of the actors’ voices to trigger electronics in the puppets’ heads that enabled synchronization of dialogue with the puppets’ lip movements. Anderson’s other productions included Space: 1999, UFO, The Day After Tomorrow, Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons, Supercar and Fireball XL5, but he was best known for Thunderbirds. Read More »

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