ITV Studios Sells 'Thunderbirds Are Go!' to Australia's Nine Network
ITV Studios Global Entertainment has sold Thunderbirds Are Go!, the reinvention of the iconic children’s show being made by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures, to Australia’s free-to-air Nine Network.
The deal, which marks the first international sale for the combined live action and CGI series, will see Thunderbirds Are Go! air on Nine’s youth-skewing digital channel, GO!, in its children’s programming block. The series will also be available for viewers to catch-up via 9jumpin’s VOD service. Thunderbirds Are Go! will air on GO! from spring 2015, shortly after the U.K. world premiere, which comes 50 years after the TV debut of the original series.
Maria Kyriacou, managing director of ITV Studios Global Entertainment said: “Thunderbirds is an iconic and much-loved show … The show has long been close to the hearts of Australian audiences, so we are delighted that new and existing fans alike will have the opportunity to enjoy the new series.”
The Nine Network has been the broadcaster of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic Thunderbirds series since it first aired in the 1960s.
Martin Hersov, director of commercial development at Nine Network added: “We are extremely pleased to be working with ITV Studios Global Entertainment on this exciting new series. We look forward to working with the full range of partners for this iconic property within the Australian market.”
The re-imagining of the five Tracy brothers, their incredible vehicles and their famed International Rescue squad, is being produced in New Zealand by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures with Weta Workshop, using a unique mix of CGI animation and live-action model sets, which aims to bring a new level of action-adventure animation for today’s audience while paying tribute to the legacy of model locations from the original series.
The Thunderbirds Are Go! cast is led by Rosamund Pike (The World’s End, Gone Girl) as Lady Penelope and David Graham, who is reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker. Inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Facejacker). Tracy brothers Alan and Scott are voiced by Rasmus Hardiker (Saxondale, Lead Balloon), while David Menkin will voice both Virgil and Gordon Tracy. The fifth Tracy brother, John, will be played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, Game of Thrones).