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by KK » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:41 am

Guardian wrote:It has been 46 years since Thunderbird 1 first erupted in a cloud of smoke from under the swimming pool on Tracy Island and Parker drove Lady Penelope around in a pink Rolls-Royce, number plate FAB1.

But Thunderbirds could be about to go again after its creator, Gerry Anderson, said a deal had been done for a new series of the 1960s children's classic.

Thunderbirds might be coming back but the puppets won't, after Anderson said "everything will be changed" using "today's technology" and "all the mod cons".

But fear not – the Tracy brothers will return along with Parker and Lady Penelope and all five Thunderbirds.

"It will certainly be modernised. It will be a brand new show, keeping all the main characters, all the machines and all the locations. Everything will be changed, updated, with all the mod cons," Anderson told BBC Radio 5 Live's Drive programme.

"It will have all the elements that made Thunderbirds popular in the first place but will be made with today's technology and today's thinking and today's pace."

But like the puppets, there may be some strings attached. The rights to the series are owned by ITV Studios and the broadcaster stopped short of confirming a new series was in development.

Anderson said he had signed a non-disclosure agreement so was unable to discuss the project in any further detail.

An ITV source said: "Clearly it's an important property for us and we are looking at ways of taking it forward and a series is one of the things we are looking at."

Thunderbirds was turned into a live action film in 2004 but the Hollywood production was poorly received by fans and critics. Anderson described it as "the biggest load of crap I have ever seen in my life".

He said he was confident the new series would be rather better. "I don't want to sound conceited but I'm going to make it, as opposed to the movie which was made by other people, and I am confident it's going to be a smash hit," he told Radio 5 Live.

He said he "hated working with puppets ... they can't walk, they can't do anything".

The programme was this week celebrated by the Royal Mail with a special set of "motion stamps" featuring characters from the children's show.

An ITV spokesman said: "There is nothing we can discuss currently but obviously Thunderbirds is a hugely important property in our portfolio and we are delighted to be working with the Royal Mail to celebrate the phenomenal work of Gerry Anderson."

Anderson and ITV collaborated on a new CGI version of another of his 1960s "supermarionation" puppet shows, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, broadcast in 2005. Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet was filmed in "hypermarionation" – a combination of CGI and motion capture special effects.

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I have no faith in ITV at all. To do this properly would require a lot of money, the voices are so synonymous with the old actors anyone else is automatically going to seem a bit wrong (it'd be like Wallace from Wallace & Gromit without Peter Sallis) & personally, I'd prefer physical props over one big average CGI-fest.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Oh Teh Noes » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:42 am

WHY CAN'T THEY JUST LEAVE IT THE strawberry float ALONE
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Alvin Flummux » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:44 am

strawberry float off ITV. Just... strawberry float off.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Mafro » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:44 am

The live-action movie :fp:
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by KK » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:44 am

The techniques used in the original were so good, the series has barely aged at all. With current tech, you could easily remove the strings if you wanted to - even clean it up visually.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Jax » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:50 am

That Captain Scarlet remake was alright, I guess. It was ok.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by KK » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:55 am

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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by ~Earl Grey~ » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:20 am

I thought Gerry Anderson died years ago.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Iron Nan » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:36 am

The new Captain Scarlet show was ok but not exactly memorable. :|
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Lotus » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:42 am

~Earl Grey~ wrote:I thought Gerry Anderson died years ago.

Nope.

And in response to this story...no. NO.

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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Sirus » Thu Jan 13, 2011 1:52 am

Is there anything TV execs wont dig up and defile? HOW ABOUT COMING UP WITH SOMETHING NEW, YOU HACKS!
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by Preezy » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:07 am

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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Tafdolphin » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:14 am

KKLEIN wrote: (it'd be like Wallace from Wallace & Gromit without Peter Sallis)


Actually, Peter Sallis hasn't voiced Wallace for a while now.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by The Pirate » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:54 am

Tafdolphin wrote:
KKLEIN wrote: (it'd be like Wallace from Wallace & Gromit without Peter Sallis)


Actually, Peter Sallis hasn't voiced Wallace for a while now.


Well that's a load of rubbish.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Jax » Thu Jan 13, 2011 8:57 am

Well, there hasn't been any new Wallace and Gromit stuff for a while, so I can believe that. I know they got someone else to do it for the recent adventure games but apparently he wasn't very good.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Pedz » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:07 am

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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by The Pirate » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:20 am

Well Sallis is credited on that world of invention thing, that's pretty recent.
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PostRe: Thunderbirds set to return in new TV series?
by Tafdolphin » Thu Jan 13, 2011 9:23 am

Last I heard Sallis had taken a break and wasn't doing Wallace at all anymore.

EDIT: Seems he made his return in World of Invention.
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