Thunderbirds Are Go … Again

International Rescue – but will they look like this when we see them next?

The Guardian reported today that Gerry Anderson is preparing to bring Thunderbirds back to our screens some time in the future.

For those not in the know, Thunderbirds followed the adventures of International Rescue, a family of heroes who rescue people, er, internationally.  The stories were fairly standard stuff for the 60s, but it was the show’s medium that really grabbed the attention of its audience. Like most of Gerry Anderson’s shows, the cast was composed entirely of puppets. No attempt was made to conceal this; many of the strings were on show, adding to the charm.  Today Thunderbirds holds a very special place in the hearts of many people of all ages, despite an iffy recent attempt at big screen live-action success.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the Thunderbirds creator confirmed that a deal has been reached with ITV, who own the rights to the show, to produce an all-new season of the nation’s favourite puppet show.  He’s not at liberty to go into too many details due to signing a non-disclosure agreement, but he did offer the following tantalising tidbits:

“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 “¦ 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.”  (Source: BBC Radio 5 Live).

He also said that he wasn’t fond of working with the puppets as they “can’t do anything.”

Now I don’t know about you, but this puts me in mind of the CGI Captain Scarlett series of a few years ago.  That was “¦ rather less than good, if we’re honest. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the new series takes that exact route rather than, say, investing in developing better puppets. Hey, I like puppets. If the makers of Mongrels can craft puppets that are effective and make you care about the characters, then surely it’s worth a try for a project this close to the hearts of its fandom?

Thoughts? Opinions?

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