Thunderbirds Are Go - Thunderbird 2 launch area
Thunderbirds Are Go - Thunderbird 2 launch area on Tracey Island complete with bendy palm trees! ©ITV / Pukeko Pictures / Weta Workshop

Thunderbirds Are Go, the latest version of the classic series has it’s first airing next Saturday and we have got a look behind the scenes at the model makers at work.

Thunderbirds Are Go is a combination of model backgrounds and sets with CGI ‘puppets’. In the image gallery we can set Thunderbird 2’s ‘runway’ complete with folding palm trees!

There is also an insight to some of the upcoming episodes with one of them notably called Fireflash. Most of the episodes are original stories but some classic stories like the Fireflash one is being remade. Many of you will know that Fireflash is an advanced jet liner that Lady Penelope is invited on for it’s maiden voyage, but there is something amiss…

Ahead of Saturdays screening there is a documentary on Thursday called Reggie & Thunderbirds – No Strings Attached which will give UK viewers a first chance to glimpse the new series.

Thunderbirds Are Go – Models Gallery

Reggie & Thunderbirds: No Strings Attached – Lowdown


Thunderbirds super-fan Reggie Yates is given exclusive, behind-the-scenes access in this one-off documentary special, as one of the most-loved TV series of all time is sensationally re-launched.

Thunderbirds Are Go hits our screens this year, fifty years after the original series first played on ITV – and now Reggie is going to get a sneak preview behind the scenes of this brand new production.

In New Zealand, Reggie gets an exclusive tour of the world famous Weta Workshop (Avatar, King Kong and The Hobbit) by Oscar winning founder Sir Richard Taylor. Then he’s allowed access to the studios where the Weta team have secretly been recreating and reimagining Gerry Anderson’s TV classic – including the world famous Tracy Island.

In London, Reggie joins the all-star cast voicing the new series – including ex-Bond girl and Gone Girl Hollywood star Rosamund Pike (as the new Lady Penelope) and Four Lions / Fonejacker star Kayvan Novak… and gets the opportunity of a lifetime when he’s offered a part in the new series.

We see Reggie recording lines with the legendary David Graham – the voice of Parker in the original Thunderbirds series, who is returning to play the iconic rough diamond butler and chauffeur, half a century on.

Then life-long Thunderbirds fan Reggie is invited along to the recording of a special episode (penned by comedy star and fellow fan David Baddiel) featuring a cameo appearance by original series co-creator and voice of the original Lady Penelope – Sylvia Anderson.

Reggie & Thunderbirds – No Strings Attached will give fans a first chance to see this new series, combining live action backgrounds and sets with cutting edge CGI – and a fitting occasion to remember and celebrate the original ground-breaking series.


UK first air dates

Reggie & Thunderbirds – No Strings Attached April 2nd 2015

Thunderbirds Are Go April 4th 2015

UPDATED April 2nd 2015 To correct incorrect reference to “Firefly” to “Fireflash”


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online

2 replies on “Thunderbirds Are Go – Behind the scenes with the model makers”

  1. There was no episode called ‘Firefly’. The episode with the plane was called ‘Trapped in the Sky’ and the plane was called the ‘Fireflash’. There was an episode that featured a fire which had a vehicle called the ‘Firefly’.

    1. Thanks Phil. You’re quite right ‘Fireflash’ was what we meant. We seems have had Joss Whedon’s short lived 2002 series ‘Firefly’ in mind when writing this! Strange considering we had the word correct in the photo captions. Article text now corrected.

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