A modern makeover for 1960s puppet show, Thunderbirds Are Go!

By James Whittle

Thunderbirds Are Go! (TV)

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In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Thunderbirds are Go! Again! An all-new live-action and CGI version of Thunderbirds, the iconic British sci-fi show, will be launching this spring, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the show's debut.

The series followed multi-millionaire Jeff Tracy and his five sons, Scott, John, Virgil, Gordon, and Alan, who were the secret operators of International Rescue (IR), a top secret organisation dedicated to saving human lives and protecting the world from natural and man-made disasters.

The original Thunderbirds was created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, who used puppetry and scale models to create a totally unique brand of entertainment called "Supermarionation". The programme, though short-lived, was distributed to more than 30 countries at the time, and is credited for inspiring Japanese shows like Ultraman and Himitsu Sentai Gorenger.

It also inspired the creation of the real life International Rescue Corps in 1981, a disaster relief charity agency that responds to earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, gas explosions, train crashes, and most recently the Ebola crisis.

The new show will feature the voice talents of Thomas Brodie-Sangster (The Maze Runner, Game of Thrones), Angel Coulby (Merlin), David Menkin (Zero Dark Thirty), Kayvan Novak (Paddington), and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). And we know the show will look awesome, because the special effects are being handled by Weta Workshop (Lord of the Rings).

If you can't wait for the series to air, check out this trailer, as well as several other videos introducing the brothers, on YouTube.