Thunderbirds Are Go (TV series)
|Thunderbirds Are Go|
by Gerry &
|Written by||Rob Hoegee|
|Country of origin||
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||61 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Distributor||ITV Studios Global Entertainment|
|Original release||4 April 2015– present|
|Related shows||Thunderbirds (1965–66)|
Thunderbirds Are Go is a British animated science fiction television programme produced by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures. It is a continuation of the 1960s television series Thunderbirds created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and follows the exploits of the Tracy family: five brothers who form the front-line of International Rescue, a specialist life-saving organisation equipped with technologically advanced crafts for sea, land, air and space rescue; central to these is a fleet of five vehicles named the Thunderbirds.
The programme premiered on 4 April 2015. Three series have broadcast so far.
- 1 Background
- 2 Premise
- 3 Cast
- 4 Production
- 5 International broadcasts
- 6 Episodes
- 7 Reception
- 8 Accolades
- 9 Marketing
- 10 Home media
- 11 References
- 12 External links
A revival of the 1960s science fiction television series Thunderbirds was approved by co-creator Gerry Anderson when the founder of Weta Workshop, Richard Taylor, visited him while he was working on New Captain Scarlet at Pinewood Studios at the time. On 4 February 2013, ITV Global Entertainment and Pukeko Pictures officially announced the revival with under the title Thunderbirds Are Go! Production began in June 2013 at Weta Workshop, while the principal voice cast was announced on 30 September 2014.
Each series consists of 26 episodes split in two parts. The first series aired between 4 April–20 June 2015, resuming on 31 October 2015 and concluding 23 January 2016. A second series was greenlit on December 18, 2014 and broadcast between 22 October 2016–7 January 2017 and 30 September–16 December 2017. A third series was confirmed on 5 May 2016 and premiered on 31 March 2018.
Set in the year 2060, Thunderbirds Are Go follows the exploits of the Tracy brothers: Scott, Virgil, John, Gordon, and Alan. Together, they form the front-line of International Rescue (IR), an organisation dedicated to saving people from disaster using technologically advanced machines for land, sea, air and space rescue. The most important of these are five vehicles named the Thunderbirds, each piloted by one of the brothers:
- Thunderbird 1 – first response rocket plane, piloted by First Responder and Team Leader Scott Tracy
- Thunderbird 2 – auxiliary equipment transporter, piloted by Demolition, Heavy Lifting and Logistics Expert Virgil Tracy
- Thunderbird 3 – space rescue rocket, piloted by Astronaut Alan Tracy
- Thunderbird 4 – underwater search and rescue mini-submarine, piloted by Aquanaut Gordon Tracy
- Thunderbird 5 – communications and logistics satellite space station, manned by Space Command Communicator and Dispatcher John Tracy
Aided by Head of Security Kayo Kyrano (also the pilot of Thunderbird Shadow, a stealth aircraft used for covert operations), engineer Brains, his robot assistant MAX, and the brothers' Grandma, the Tracy family reside on Tracy Island, their hidden base in the Southern Pacific Ocean from where they operate International Rescue. The organisation also enlist the help of English aristocrat Lady Penelope and her chauffeur Parker as their London field agents, whose primary mode of transportation is FAB 1, a six-wheeled car fitted with gadgets and weaponry – as well as flying and underwater capabilities – for espionage missions.
IR's main adversary is the Hood, a criminal master of disguise who steals technology and seeks possession of the Thunderbirds. Secretly the uncle of Kayo, the Hood is also responsible for the assumed death of the Tracy brothers' father, ex-astronaut and IR founder Jeff Tracy, after his ship crashed into the ocean. After the Hood is arrested and imprisoned by the Global Defence Force (GDF), IR face a new adversary called "the Mechanic", a mysterious and immensely threatening villain who uses highly advanced machinery to steal resources. Originally under the Hood's influence, the Mechanic breaks free of his control after breaking him out of prison, but is later arrested by the GDF. Meanwhile, the Hood renews his quest for global chaos with the aid of the Chaos Crew.
- Kayvan Novak, Rosamund Pike and Teresa Gallagher also voice for various guest characters.
- Archive audio of Peter Dyneley (voice actor of Jeff Tracy in the original Thunderbirds series) announcing the 5–1 countdown from the programme's title sequence is featured during the vehicles' launch sequences.
The series is created in-house at Weta Workshop in New Zealand using a combination of scale model miniature effects (headed by Steven Saunders) and CGI. The revived series features updated character, vehicle, and set designs while retaining most features from the original series. In total, it takes roughly a year to produce a single episode.
The series is executive produced by Estelle Hughes, Giles Ridge, Richard Taylor and Andrew Smith, while David Scott acts as Series Director with Theo Baynton as Episode Director. The head writer is Rob Hoegee, while Benjamin Townsend and Patrick Rieger contribute scripts regularly. Anthony Cox is a film editor on the programme, and Ben Milsom does production design.
The production of each episode begins with a physical set design. The sets are created using methods similar to those employed in the original series, including the use of household objects as components. For example, the Thunderbird 1 launch bay of the original series featured an orange hand juicer, while the bay in the revived series features the same object. A film crew then devises camera setups for scenes to match with the movement and positions of the CGI characters and crafts that are to be later imposed upon the filmed footage, this also includes any special effects used on set, such as smoke and wind.
All CGI sequences are storyboarded before getting superimposed onto the live footage of the miniatures. Each set is then individually scanned as a 3D print to provide reference for the CGI elements to be accurately registered within the environments. This is followed by rough computer modelling of CGI elements needed for the sequence. Details are then introduced, including as textures, craft setup, atmospheric particles and flying debris. The UK-based company Milk VFX is responsible for the final composition.
The musical score is composed by brothers Ben and Nick Foster. The revived series's opening theme and certain cues remain faithful to Barry Gray's score for the original series, albeit with a modern orchestral style.
On 16 June 2014, ITV Studios Global Entertainment announced it has signed its first international TV broadcast deal with Australia's free-to-air Nine Network (9Go!). The second series premiered on 13 November 2016 on 9Go! The third series move to the ABC and premiered on ABC Me from 2 June 2018.
On 28 April 2015, ITV Studios Global Entertainment announced that Tohokushinsha Film Corporation had acquired the television and licensing rights for Thunderbirds Are Go. The Japan broadcast for the first series was premiered in NHK (NHK General TV) on 2016-08-05 (as サンダーバード ARE GO). French broadcasts were premiered in September 2015 on Canal J (as Thunderbirds), followed by Gulli later this year (as Thunderbirds), with Nelvana as French licensing agent.
On 10 February 2016, ITV Studios Global Entertainment announced 13 episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go (series 1, split up) would premiere in the United States on Amazon Video on 22 April 2016. The premiere of the second series at Prime Video was also announced.
Canadian broadcasts premiered on CHRGD and Family Channel in April 2016. Taiwan broadcast was premiered in PTS Taiwan on 14 September 2016 (as 新雷鳥神機隊). In Brazil, the show has broadcast on Gloob since 4 July 2016. In Latin America, the show broadcasts on Disney XD. The Nordic broadcasts were premiered in SVT (SVT Barnkanalen) in Sweden (as Thunderbirds), NRK Super in Norway (as Thunderbirds), DR (Ramasjang and Ultra) in Denmark (as Thunderbirds), MTV Juniori in Finland (as Thunderbirds), with Alicom appointed as the Nordic licensing agent.
The series was also premiered in TVNZ (TVNZ 2) in New Zealand, Noga in Israel (with LDI as the agent), MBC (MBC3) in pan-Arab (as ثندربيردز انطلق), NPO Zapp in Netherlands, Télé-Québec in Canada (as Thunderbirds : Les sentinelles de l'air), ABC in Australia, Ketnet in Flemish Belgium (with License Connection appointed as the agent for Benelux) (as Thunderbirds), Minika TV in Turkey, Gloob in Brazil. The Noga premiere began in summer 2015 on Kids Channel. The TVNZ premiere began on 12 April 2015 on TV2.
The second series' world premiere took place at BAFTA in London on 1 October 2016.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||26||13||4 April 2015||20 June 2015|
|13||31 October 2015||23 January 2016|
|2||26||13||22 October 2016||7 January 2017|
|13||30 September 2017||16 December 2017|
|3||26||9||31 March 2018||26 May 2018|
Series 1 (2015–16)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Original AUS
|1||1||"Ring of Fire - Part 1"||David Scott||Rob Hoegee||4 April 2015||12 April 2015||2-2131-6|
A powerful underwater seaquake turns a busy day for International Rescue into a perilous one, when it causes a research team to be trapped in an undersea lab. As they attempt to rescue them, they quickly discover a seismic de-stabiliser to be the source of the quake, and with Lady Penelope's help, learn the person responsible for this is the phantom figure known only as the Hood, who soon puts the world in danger, triggering more quakes along the notable feature of the Pacific Ocean, "The Ring of Fire."
|2||2||"Ring of Fire - Part 2"||David Scott||Rob Hoegee||4 April 2015||12 April 2015||2-2131-7|
With more quakes being made, John and Brains must track down the control source for the seismic de-stabilisers, in a race against time, after the Hood orders International Rescue and the World Council to give up the Thunderbirds. Meanwhile, Scott and Virgil race to Taiwan when one of the undersea quakes destabilises a solar collector dish in Taipei, causing the dish to be positioned in such a way that when the sun rises, it will reflect on the city and burn it to the ground.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Lord Parker's 'Oliday".
|3||3||"Space Race"||Theo Baynton||Ian Carney||11 April 2015||19 April 2015||2-2131-8|
Alan is on "space junk duty" but things take a turn for the dangerous when one of the pieces of debris he attempts to clear away, turns out to be a heat-seeking SAT-MINE that activates and locks onto Thunderbird 3's heat signature. While Alan is forced to keep the mine locked onto his craft to safeguard other ships in orbit, Lady Penelope and Parker attempt to sneak into a top-secret storage facility and find the final digit to the mine's deactivation code, having only thirty minutes until the mine's nuclear charge detonates.Guest star: Reggie Yates as Ellis the Security Guard.
|4||4||"Crosscut"||David Scott||Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler||18 April 2015||26 April 2015||2-2131-3|
|When Thunderbird 5 picks up an unusual radiation spike from a remote corner of Africa, John discovers a former uranium mine has reopened, leading to Scott rushing there in Thunderbird 1 to investigate, with Virgil following. When Scott arrives and enters the mine, he discovers a source of unstable uranium, and is attacked by a mysterious woman, who claims that the mine belongs to her family. During their confrontation the mine soon begins to crumble, and she and Scott must work together to escape and reseal the mine, before a storm spreads the leaking radiation to the nearest city with serious consequences.|
|5||5||"Fireflash"||David Scott||Andrew Robinson||25 April 2015||3 May 2015||2-2131-4|
Kayo is riding aboard Fireflash, a supersonic airliner that was recently improved by Brains, unaware that the Hood is planning to hijack it in mid-flight. While International Rescue notices the plane has suddenly vanished from their monitors and attempt to locate it, Kayo manages to avoid a powerful gas attack that has knocked out both the passengers and the crew, and is forced to not only confront the Hood, but also safely land the airliner when the craft is accidentally damaged and the landing gear fails to deploy.This episode is an adaptation of the original Thunderbirds pilot episode, "Trapped in the Sky", and features music from the original series.
|6||6||"Unplugged"||Theo Baynton||Scott Sonneborn||2 May 2015||10 May 2015||2-2131-10|
|An anti-technology group calling themselves The Luddites power up an electromagnetic pulse device underneath London, crippling everything that uses electricity, including Thunderbird 2, which is forced to make an emergency landing. Both Virgil and Grandma Tracy, along with Lady Penelope and Parker, must stop the Luddites' plan to cause a worldwide blackout, while at the same time rescuing a construction worker from a damaged crane.|
|7||7||"Runaway"||David Scott||Stan Berkowitz||9 May 2015||17 May 2015||2-2131-1|
A high-speed test train on a Japanese Maglev line suddenly goes out of control, and is in danger of running into the back of a passenger train. Only Brains can stop it, so he sets out with Scott on Thunderbird 1 to board the train. But in doing so, he discover the train is under the control of an Artificial Intelligence program, which John determines is playing a game. Scott and Brains must find a way of stopping it before it crashes into a station terminal.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Brink of Disaster".
|8||8||"EOS"||Theo Baynton||Ken Pontac||16 May 2015||24 May 2015||2-2131-5|
|The childlike A.I. encountered in Japan suddenly takes control of Thunderbird 5, trapping John outside of it. The program, created by John as a game, believes it is defending itself from being shut down and is sending false monitor images to Tracy Island to deceive the others. Running out of air, John finds a way to reach Lady Penelope, who warns his brothers. Alan and Thunderbird 3 are soon sent to rescue John, with instructions to destroy Thunderbird 5 if the A.I. cannot be stopped.|
|9||9||"Slingshot"||David Scott||Rob Hoegee||23 May 2015||31 May 2015||2-2131-2|
A large solar flare causes a malfunction at a mining operation on an asteroid, sending it careening towards the sun and endangering its only crewman, Ned Tedford. Alan and Kayo deploy Thunderbird 3, but another solar flare knocks out their sensors and communications. Although they land in the mine, using the asteroid (now too close to the sun) as a shield, they soon have to find a way to alter the asteroid's trajectory so that it slingshots around the sun instead of crashing into it - which is further complicated by the discovery that Thunderbird 3's low fuel supply from the second flare, could make it impossible to return to Earth.This episode is a loose adaptation of the original Thunderbirds episode "Sun Probe".
|10||10||"Tunnels of Time"||Theo Baynton||Dan Berlinka||24 May 2015||7 June 2015||2-2131-12|
A few months after International Rescue uncover an ancient temple in South America, Lady Penelope, as a representative of World Heritage, visits it along with Parker, Gordon, and Professor Harold, an archaeologist of a dubious reputation whom Penelope suspects of stealing artefacts. On entering the temple, everyone become trapped inside except for Harold, who manages to escape but refuses to call for help, not wishing the temple to be destroyed. Suspecting something is wrong, Scott and Virgil head to the scene to provide assistance, as Gordon, Penelope and Parker attempt to escape from the temple's many traps.Guest star: Matt Zimmerman as Professor Harold.
|11||11||"Skyhook"||David Scott||Paul Giacoppo||6 June 2015||14 June 2015||2-2131-11|
CRUS (Climate Research of the Upper Stratosphere), a weather station built cheaply with a lack of safety features, has a sudden failure in its stabilising fans, causing its balloons to lift the station higher into the atmosphere. Attempts at rescuing the crew by Thunderbirds 1 and 2 are thwarted by both the station's lack of protective equipment and it rising above the limits of the Thunderbirds' working altitude. Thunderbird 3 also fails when it is damaged by the station's fans breaking away, leaving John in Thunderbird 5, using the space elevator as a fishing hook, as the weather station's last hope.Guest star: Rhys Darby as Langstrom Fischler.
|12||12||"Under Pressure"||David Scott||Danny Stack||13 June 2015||21 June 2015||2-2131-9|
A giant heavy metal extraction plant, moving along the Pacific seabed and collecting toxic waste, has a sudden compartment fire, leaving it out of control and heading for a undersea chasm. Thunderbird 2 is dispatched with Thunderbird 4 to effect the rescue of the only crewman, Ned Tedford once again, and safeguard the toxic waste it is carrying. Meanwhile, Lady Penelope investigates the company that owns the extraction plant, when both John and Gordon suspect the owner was more concerned for the cargo than the crew, and soon has trouble from the Hood.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Path of Destruction".
|13||13||"Heavy Metal"||Theo Baynton||Benjamin Townsend||20 June 2015||28 June 2015||2-2131-14|
|Brains and Alan visit the Quantum Research Center, adjacent to New Geneva in Switzerland, to visit Brains' old friend Professor Moffat and the Supreme Hadron Collider. Disaster soon strikes when the collider suddenly creates a gravity well of extreme power which soon pulls a satellite down towards New Geneva. International Rescue quickly mobilises when both an aircraft and the World Wide Space Station are also drawn into the gravity well, threatening the city. The only craft that can withstand the gravitational pressure is Thunderbird 4, which Gordon must pilot out of its normal undersea environment.|
|14||14||"Falling Skies"||Theo Baynton||Rob Hoegee||31 October 2015||1 November 2015||2-2131-15|
Designed by Brains, the Estrella Grand is a self-constructing luxury hotel in Earth orbit. During a visit by Lady Penelope and Parker, the hotel suffers a mysterious hull breach that will not repair itself, sending the hotel plummeting to Earth. Thunderbirds 2 and 3 are quickly launched to rescue the guests, while Kayo boards the hotel in search of a saboteur.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Ricochet".
|15||15||"Relic"||David Scott||Patrick Rieger||7 November 2015||8 November 2015||2-2131-17|
When a meteor shower is projected to hit the decommissioned Shadow Alpha One moon base, concern arises with the discovery the base is still inhabited by a lone crew member - Captain Lee Taylor, an old friend of Jeff Tracy. Scott and Alan take Thunderbird 3 on a rescue mission after attempts to warn him fail, but when Scott boards the base, he's surprised to find Taylor attempting to maintain its defence system against meteors. After initial attempts to defend the base against continuing waves of meteors start to fail, both Scott and Taylor are forced to abandon the base to meet Thunderbird 3 at a rendezvous on the moon's surface that is itself threatened by the meteor shower.Rich Hall as Captain Lee Taylor.
|16||16||"Breakdown"||David Scott||Benjamin Townsend||14 November 2015||15 November 2015||2-2131-13|
While everyone is organising a surprise birthday party for Virgil, John directs his brother in Thunderbird 2 to a glacial ice shelf to investigate a 'breakdown' emergency call. Virgil quickly discovers that the lone figure he finds on arrival is part of a larger expedition trapped in a cavern beneath the ice. The expedition's leader, a scientist seeking a rare bacterium he desperately needs to cure his daughter of a serious disease, refuses to leave as the glacier begins to crumble, leaving Virgil no choice but to assist before time runs out.Guest star: Ramon Tikaram as Doctor Peck.
|17||17||"Heist Society"||Theo Baynton||Peter Briggs||21 November 2015||22 November 2015||2-2131-16|
On an underwater hyper loop train, Lady Penelope and Parker are escorting Professor Moffat to a rendezvouses with the Global Defence Force in Iceland in order to safely deliver a particle born from the Supreme Hadron Collider disaster - Centurium 21. However, the Hood is keen to get his hands on the particle and plots an elaborate robbery in order to steal it for himself. Thunderbirds 1, 2, and 4 are soon dispatched to not only rescue the trapped train and its passengers, but also attempt to foil the Hood's plan.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "The Perils of Penelope".
|18||18||"Recharge"||David Scott||Amy Wolfram||28 November 2015||29 November 2015||2-2131-19|
|High in the Arctic, a machine designed to harness the energy of the Aurora Borealis has gone haywire, and could permanently disrupt the magnetic field protecting the Earth if not repaired. Despite Virgil's insistence that they both need a break, Scott answers the call with Virgil and MAX in tow. Complicating matters are both the machine's interference with Thunderbird 1 and 2's flight capabilities (forcing Scott and Virgil to configure pods with skis to cross the treacherous ice), and Scott's alarming displays of impatience which are leading him to recklessly cast safety aside to complete the mission.|
|19||19||"Extraction"||Karl Essex||Matt Wayne||5 December 2015||6 December 2015||2-2131-20|
Seismologist Robert Williams and his son Aidan alert the authorities to the presence of a rogue hydromethane mining vehicle, only for the machinery to trigger an earthquake that swallows both them and the equipment. Gordon must attempt a daring underground rescue of the boy and his injured father while Virgil must find a way to shut down the out-of-control rig.
Guest star: William Wright-Neblett as Aidan Williams and Paterson Joseph as Robert Williams.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episodes "Cry Wolf" and "Terror in New York City".
|20||20||"The Hexpert"||Andrew McCully||Kevin Rubio and Charlotte Fullerton||12 December 2015||13 December 2015||2-2131-23|
A scientist accidentally locks herself inside a vault housing a destabilizing anti-matter reactor. There is only one person who has successfully broken into a vault like this before - Parker. Colonel Casey of the GDF recruits Parker for the job, but moments after getting through the outer vault door, both he and Lady Penelope become trapped as well. Virgil and Scott must transport the vault to an isolated area on Thunderbird 2, while Parker and Penelope must try and free themselves and the scientist before the anti-matter explodes.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Vault of Death".
|21||21||"Comet Chasers"||David Scott||Randolph Heard||19 December 2015||20 December 2015||2-2131-22|
Halley's Comet is passing close to Earth, and businessman Francois Lemaire goes on an ego trip with his unimpressed wife Melanie aboard his space yacht Solar Wind, so as to send live pictures back to Earth. Disaster strikes when Francois flies into the comet's tail, damaging his ship and causing it to lose contact with Earth. Thunderbird 3 is dispatched for search and rescue with Alan and Scott on board, Alan being particularly keen to see Halley's comet as it will be another 75 years before the comet passes Earth again.Guest star: Jack Whitehall as Francois Lemaire
|22||22||"Designated Driver"||David Scott||David Baddiel||26 December 2015||27 December 2015||2-2131-21|
Parker gives Alan driving lessons at the Creighton-Ward estate in FAB 0, the car in which Parker had taught the other brothers, while Lady Penelope has tea with her Great Aunt Sylvia. Progress is slow until a pair of bumbling intruders attempt to kidnap the ladies in FAB 1. A chaotic chase involving the two cars ensues round the estate with Alan at the wheel, as Parker has broken his arm earlier in Alan's lesson. When the vehicles take to the air, Alan has the advantage until FAB 0 runs out of petrol, and a teapot is needed to save the situation.Guest star: Sylvia Anderson as Great Aunt Sylvia.
|23||23||"Chain of Command"||David Scott||Joe Kuhr||2 January 2016||3 January 2016||2-2131-24|
During a joint operation between International Rescue and the Global Defence Force, a series of mishaps nearly end in disaster. In the wake of the botched mission, Colonel Martin Janus takes over the GDF, imposing a strict set of restrictions on International Rescue. As the Tracys become increasingly frustrated at being kept from rescuing innocents, Lady Penelope and Parker attempt to reason with the colonel, and begin to realize that he is not quite what he seems.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "The Imposters".
|24||24||"Touch and Go"||David Scott||Jim Krieg||9 January 2016||10 January 2016||2-2131-25|
|A facility known as CATCH, responsible for controlling all air traffic in the USA, is sabotaged. Scott and Virgil launch a rescue mission to thwart a mid-air plane collision while Kayo infiltrates CATCH using Thunderbird Shadow. Kayo soon discovers that the crisis is a diversion from a larger plan by the Hood, and endangers herself by disobeying Scott and John's instructions regarding International Rescue's mission to save people and not act as policemen.|
|25||25||"Undercover"||Tim Gaul||Benjamin Townsend||16 January 2016||17 January 2016||2-2131-18|
|An undercover operation involving Lady Penelope and Parker to recover a stolen Repulser Magnetic Array for the Global Defence Force gets blown prematurely. Parker is taken prisoner by the thief aboard a stolen GDF flyer, with Kayo in pursuit in Thunderbird Shadow. The flyer crash lands on a factory roof and International Rescue must intervene to help save Parker and a factory worker. Kayo confronts the thief to find he knows her secret relationship with the Hood, and must weigh letting him escape against her secret coming out in the open.|
|26||26||"Legacy"||David Scott||Rob Hoegee||23 January 2016||24 January 2016||2-2131-26|
A range of equally timed disasters involve everyone at International Rescue. Kayo deduces that the Hood is behind these acts in an attempt to capture the Thunderbird crafts and Tracy Island. As the Hood and his men take the island and Brains and Grandma Tracy retreat to a bunker, Kayo arranges with Lady Penelope the activation of W.A.S.P. (Wide Area Safety Protocol) from Creighton Ward Manor, before going to confront the Hood. As his plan unravels the Hood openly states his relationship to Kayo and proclaims that she is working for him, in an attempt to undermine the Tracy's trust in her.This episode uses elements adapted from the original Century 21 comic story "Brains is Dead" and the 2004 film Thunderbirds.
Series 2 (2016–17)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original UK
|27||1||"Earthbreaker"||Tim Gaul||Rob Hoegee||22 October 2016||13 November 2016||2-2131-34|
A geological survey team becomes trapped when a huge earth-breaking vehicle, controlled by a villain known only as the Mechanic, causes them to fall into a narrow crevice. International Rescue launches Thunderbirds 1, 2 and Shadow while the Global Defence Force attempt to tackle the Mechanic. When Thunderbird 2 is badly damaged and must return to Tracy Island, and the GDF is neutralised by the Mechanic, Kayo is left to stop him and his drones while Scott must rescue the survey team. Meanwhile Lady Penelope and Parker visit the Hood in solitary confinement in Parkmoor Scrubs prison, as they believe he is behind the mysterious Mechanic.Guest star: Jenna Coleman as Baines.
|28||2||"Ghost Ship"||Theo Baynton||Joseph Kuhr||22 October 2016||13 November 2016||2-2131-27|
A distress call is received from Captain Ridley O'Bannon, a GDF astronaut, on the abandoned interstellar ship Eden orbiting between the Earth and the Moon. John attempts a rescue from Thunderbird 5 wearing an exo-pod, but is trapped with O'Bannon by mysterious spider-like robots. Alan attempts a rescue in Thunderbird 3, and they discover two salvage workers are posing as pirates.
Guest star: Vas Blackwood as Reece.The name "Ridley O'Bannon" alludes to the protagonist Ellen Ripley of Alien and that film's screenwriter, Dan O'Bannon.
|29||3||"Deep Search"||David Scott||Rich Fogel||29 October 2016||20 November 2016||2-2131-28|
On Jupiter's moon Europa, the stars of Gordon's favourite explorer program (Buddy and Ellie Pendergast) are searching for extra-terrestrial life. When they begin drilling into the ice, pressure from geysers cause the ice to crack and they plunge into an underground ocean ten miles below. Alan (in command) and Gordon blast off to the rescue in Thunderbird 3, with Thunderbird 4 stored aboard and modified with skis, powerful engines and a heat drill to penetrate the ice, which they lose due to strong underwater currents. They find the Pendergasts, who have taken shelter in their rover, but before they leave they detect a life form in the sea.
Guest star: Adam Hills as Buddy Pendergast.This episode uses elements adapted from the original Century 21 comic story "Solar Danger"
|30||4||"City Under the Sea"||Simon Godsiff||Jim Krieg & Jeremy Adams||5 November 2016||27 November 2016||2-2131-33|
At Bay City, a town that was flooded due to global warming, the Mechanic, in a crab-like submarine, searches through the ruins of the Creighton-Ward building for a safe containing the plans for Parkmoor Scrubs prison so he can break the Hood out. As he smashes his way through some of the debris he collides with a rental sub hired by the Sullivan family causing it to crash onto the seabed. While Gordon and Kayo work together to rescue the family, Lady Penelope and Parker, using FAB 1's submarine mode, must reach the safe before the Mechanic gets there first.Guest star: Sanjeev Bhaskar as Ethan Sullivan.
|31||5||"Colony"||David Scott||Patrick Rieger||12 November 2016||4 December 2016||2-2131-32|
A proton storm causes a systems malfunction aboard the Helius, a space vehicle transporting families to a colony base on Mars. The ship overshoots the red planet and heads straight for the asteroid belt. Kayo recruits Captain Lee Taylor to join Alan and Scott aboard Thunderbird 3 to fend off the asteroids. The Helius is damaged further and International Rescue must find a way to land the ship on Mars, even though it was only designed to orbit the planet.
Guest star: Rich Hall as Captain Lee Taylor.This episode uses elements adapted from the original 1966 film Thunderbirds Are Go
|32||6||"Up from the Depths - Part 1"||Andrew McCully||Benjamin Townsend||19 November 2016||11 December 2016||2-2131-29|
|Deep in the Mariana trench a survey team encounter the TV-21, a prototype Thunderbird vehicle designed and flown by Jeff Tracy. When a systems failure causes the survey sub to be stranded on the seabed, International Rescue arrives to rescue the crew, but the Mechanic suddenly takes control of the surveyor and uses it to crush Thunderbird 4. Gordon escapes just as his ship is destroyed and must find another way to rescue the crew. Meanwhile, Lady Penelope and Parker investigate into how the Hood is communicating with the Mechanic.|
|33||7||"Up from the Depths - Part 2"||Tim Gaul||Benjamin Townsend||26 November 2016||18 December 2016||2-2131-30|
|The Mechanic's remotely operated ship flees the scene with the TV-21. Scott pursues in Thunderbird 1 but is unable to capture the enemy ship and suffers damage. The Mechanic then steals a GDF vault containing iridium, with Ned Tedford inside, and sends his ship into space. With two Thunderbirds out of commission Thunderbird 3 is modified with weapons so that Alan, with help from MAX, can fight the ship while Scott tries to recover the vault and the TV-21. Meanwhile, Kayo, Penelope and Parker head for Scotland to search for the Mechanic.|
|34||8||"Lost Kingdom"||Theo Baynton||Elly Brewer||3 December 2016||25 December 2016||2-2131-39|
After a seaquake near the coast of Greece reveals the lost city of Atlantis, Francois Lemaire ignores International Rescue's warning about aftershocks and with his wife, Melanie, venture below the depths to explore the area. When their submarine becomes stuck, Virgil and Gordon are called to assist. Brains and MAX go with them so that they could see the Solar Kythera, an ancient device used to view the stars.Guest star: Jack Whitehall as Francois Lemaire.
|35||9||"Impact"||Theo Baynton||Len Uhley||10 December 2016||1 January 2017||2-2131-36|
Using a remote controlled rocket booster Langstrom Fischler tries to bring a comet into Earth's orbit so he can mine it. When the rocket doesn't fire the comet ends up on a collision course with both the Earth and Globe One, a GDF space station with Captain Ridley O'Bannon aboard. While Alan and Virgil take Thunderbird 3 up to the comet and find a way to destroy it John must use Thunderbird 5 to help O'Bannon move Globe One out of the comet's path.Guest star: Rhys Darby as Langstrom Fischler.
|36||10||"High Strung"||Andrew McCully||Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler||17 December 2016||8 January 2017||2-2131-37|
John detects a high altitude balloon heading straight for the Southern Alps in New Zealand and is unable to contact the pilot. At first everyone suspects that Francois Lemaire is at the controls but when Scott boards the craft he discovers that the pilot is a teenager named Brandon Berrenger, who works for Lemaire. When the balloon crashes on top of a mountain Scott and Brandon have to use Brains' new invention, Rapid All-terrain Descender, to get down.Guest star: Jack Whitehall as Francois Lemaire and Tom Rosenthal as Brandon Berrenger.
|37||11||"Weather or Not"||Chad Moffitt||Len Uhley||24 December 2016||15 January 2017||2-2131-31|
Langstrom Fischler has invented some weather drones, designed to fire supercharged ions to created storm clouds. During a demonstration the drones malfunction and concentrate the storm around the observation tower, which is in danger of collapsing due to getting zapped by the drones. Thunderbirds 2 and Shadow race to the danger zone to rescue Fischler and his guests, while Parker's flying skills are put to the test as he uses FAB 1's flight mod to lure the drones away from the tower.
Guest star: Rhys Darby as Langstrom Fischler.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Edge of Impact".
|38||12||"Fight or Flight"||Karl Essex||Dan Berlinka||31 December 2016||22 January 2017||2-2131-38|
|A cargo zeppelin called Baross suffers damage and is on a collision course with a city. To make matters worse two crew members are unable to abandon ship because one of the ship's loading claws has malfunctioned and has started to attack anything that moves in the cargo bay. Scott and Virgil must try and pull the ship up from its crash course while Kayo takes on the claw and rescues the crew.|
|39||13||"Escape Proof"||Theo Baynton||Rich Fogel||7 January 2017||29 January 2017||2-2131-35|
A tunneling vehicle belonging to the Mechanic leaves a plumber trapped in its wake and it is up to Virgil and Gordon to get him out. Lady Penelope and Parker track down the Mechanic's vehicle and discover that he's heading straight for Parkmoor Scrubs prison, where the Hood is being held. Although the breakout is successful the Hood double crosses the Mechanic and leaves him to be arrested by the GDF while he slips away. The Mechanic also escapes and programs his vehicle to self-destruct.
Guest star: Omid Djalili as Horse Williams.This episode uses elements adapted from the original Century 21 comic story "Operation Earthquake"
|40||14||"Volcano!"||Karl Essex||Benjamin Townsend||30 September 2017||1 October 2017||2-2131-44|
Professor Quentin Questa has inaccurately predicted the eruption of a volcano in Iceland for the last decade. This time however, he invokes a special science code of honour (Newton's Fourth Law) that brings Brains and MAX out to his location. Brains discovers that Questa is right: the volcano is going to blow and it's threatening to destroy a local hot spring resort.Guest star: Mark Gatiss as Quentin Questa.
|41||15||"Power Play"||Ben Milsom||Rob Hoegee||7 October 2017||8 October 2017||2-2131-42|
|The Mechanic takes over the Grand Sequoia Dam in North America and steals power for a project the Hood abandoned because he considered it to be too extreme. When the turbines are pushed to the limit the dam starts to break up. Scott crawls inside to rescue the trapped workers while Virgil, Alan and Gordon attempt to seal a growing crack.|
|42||16||"Bolt from the Blue"||Theo Baynton||Elly Brewer||14 October 2017||15 October 2017||2-2131-49|
An orbiting solar energy station malfunctions and fires plasma bolts towards the North Pacific ocean. A cargo plane, carrying a rare animal, is struck by the bolts and International Rescue is called to rescue the crew and cargo. At the same time Lady Penelope and Parker are on board the station and must find a way to shut it down.
Guest star: Ruby Wax as Hayley Edmonds.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Operation Crash Dive".
|43||17||"Attack of the Reptiles"||Theo Baynton||Patrick Rieger||21 October 2017||22 October 2017||2-2131-48|
Buddy and Ellie Pendergast venture into the Mulokamba valley in Africa to search of an elusive creature. When they fail to return, Scott and Gordon fly out in Thunderbird 1 to look for them. After Gordon parachutes down into the valley he finds Ellie and both get chased by giant lizards. They also discover giant fruits and they find Buddy at an abandoned research complex, which had been developing a growth serum. They must now find a way to get out of the valley without getting eaten by the reptiles.
Guest star: Adam Hills as Buddy Pendergast.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Attack of the Alligators".
|44||18||"Grandma Tourismo"||Andrew McCully||Amy Wolfram||28 October 2017||05 November 2017||2-2131-46|
Virgil and Grandma are out resupplying the island when they receive a distress call from the Sahara Desert. A rockfall at a granite quarry has trapped three workers in the main office and it's in danger of collapsing. When Virgil goes to help the workers he gets caught in a massive sandstorm and it is up to Grandma to save the day, but can she fly Thunderbird 2?Guest star: Kathryn Drysdale as Kate.
|45||19||"Clean Sweep"||Theo Baynton||David Baddiel||4 November 2017||12 November 2017||2-2131-51|
A SpaceCleanX atmospheric scrubber malfunctions and a helijet with a crew of two is trapped inside. Scott, Virgil and John go to rescue but the only way to save the crew is to shutdown the machine using a digi-key. The scrubber's operator, a former companion of Parker's misspent youth known as Light-Fingered Fred, refuses to break the rules.Guest stars: Sinead Keenan as Dolly and Alan Ford as Light-Fingered Fred.
|46||20||"The Man from TB5"||Theo Baynton||Paul Giacoppo||11 November 2017||19 November 2017||2-2131-45|
|Lady Penelope brings John as her guest to a charity event at the Chateau Traverse. John is out of his element in the large social setting but his obscurity pays off when the Hood crashes the party when he threatens to destroy the chateau unless the guests allow him to rob them. Meanwhile, Alan and Gordon take over the watch aboard Thunderbird 5 despite the fact that EOS doesn't trust them.|
|47||21||"Home on the Range"||Andrew McCully||Rob Hoegee and Patrick Rieger||18 November 2017||3 December 2017||2-2131-47|
|All of International Rescue take a retreat for training at their family ranch off the main island. During training the equipment malfunctions, MAX goes crazy and both the Thunderbird ships and FAB 1 stop working. John, Brains and EOS work together to trace the fault and discover that they have an intruder, The Mechanic!|
|48||22||"Inferno"||Tim Gaul||Benjamin Townsend||Unaired||26 November 2017||2-2131-41|
In London the Crystal Spire, the tallest building in the world, catches fire due to an electrical overload and the local firefighters are rendered helpless. Virgil and Alan are called to extinguish the flames and rescue everyone trapped inside.
Guest star: Sharon D. Clarke as Fire Chief Cass McCready.
This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "City of Fire".Due to featuring elements similar to the Grenfell Tower fire incident, this episode was not transmitted in the UK and was omitted from its DVD release, however, it remains available from streaming platforms.
|49||23||"Long Haul"||Karl Essex||Dan Berlinka||25 November 2017||10 December 2017||2-2131-50|
An emergency space docking goes wrong and the reactor of the orbiting Spacehub transit terminal goes into meltdown. A young traffic controller named Conrad is trapped inside and Alan is unable to reach him. With Thunderbird 3 being used to keep Conrad alive International Rescue's only hope is to modify Thunderbird 2 for space flight in order to transport a new cooling system to the hub.Guest star: Asa Butterfield as Space Controller Conrad.
|50||24||"Rigged for Disaster"||Chad Moffitt||Patrick Rieger||2 December 2017||17 December 2017||2-2131-43|
Lady Penelope, Parker and Kayo arrive at a massive semi-submersible ocean oil rig to decommission the polluting relic. However, supervisor Malloy has other plans. After starting a fire and locking the rest of the crew below decks he escapes. International Rescue now have their hands full trying to stop the rig from fulling apart and coursing an oil leak.
Guest star: Emilia Clarke as Doyle.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Atlantic Inferno".
|51||25||"Hyperspeed"||Simon Godsiff ||David Slack||9 December 2017||24 December 2017||2-2131-40|
On the maiden journey of his brand new hyper-car Tycho Reeves and his passengers are horrified when the vehicle begins to speed up. As Brains tries to work out where the problem is Scott uses another hyper-car to reach the speeding vehicle.Guest star: David Tennant as Tycho Reeves.
|52||26||"Brains vs. Brawn"||Chad Moffitt||Benjamin Townsend||16 December 2017||31 December 2017||2-2131-52|
|The Mechanic finally completes Project Sentinel and puts its destructive capabilities to the test by making The Hood his first target. As the International Rescue team scrambles to save an old foe Brains and MAX, using Thunderbird 5's space elevator, embarks on a dangerous mission to shutdown the satellite and neutralise the Mechanic once and for all.|
Series 3 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original UK
|53||1||"Chaos - Part 1"||Karl Essex||Rob Hoegee||31 March 2018||2 June 2018||2-2131-53|
|With the Mechanic in prison the Hood sends out his new friends, Havoc and Fuse of the Chaos Crew, to cause terrorist attacks across the globe, leaving International Rescue with their hands full. After one such rescue the GDF begin testing a squadron of automated machines known as R.O.BOTS to assist with low priority rescues. Virgil and Gordon test one of the bots out in an Arctic rescue while Kayo and newly assigned GDF agent Captain Rigby go after Havoc.|
|54||2||"Chaos - Part 2"||Karl Essex||Rob Hoegee||7 April 2018||3 June 2018||2-2131-54|
|Two days have pasted since Havoc's arrest and the fleet of R.O.BOTS are deployed, leaving International Rescue with very little to do. However, when a flying platform for a commercial space elevator breaks down the R.O.BOTS are unable to assist and Thunderbirds 1, 2 and 3 blast off to the rescue. To make matters worse, Havoc escapes from the GDF, steals a remote control device and uses it to cause the R.O.BOTS to malfunction.|
|55||3||"Path of Destruction"||Ben Milsom||Patrick Rieger||14 April 2018||4 June 2018||2-2131-55|
A truck carrying Nutrezine, a highly volatile fuel, is trapped by a rock slide and International Rescue are called to assist. They soon discover that the rock slide was not an accident and that Fuse is trying to hijack the truck. Virgil and Gordon must escort the truck through the treacherous mountain pass to its destination and stop Fuse from causing more chaos.Guest stars: Ruth Jones as Road Hog Renee and Karla Crome as Sophie.
|56||4||"Night and Day"||Theo Baynton||Jonathan Callan||21 April 2018||5 June 2018||2-2131-56|
On the dark side of the planet Mercury the Houseman and Gray mining crawler breaks down after a rocket capsule explodes. The crew are unable to evacuate and if the crawler fails to get moving again it will be destroyed by the sun's blazing heat. Alan and Brains arrive in Thunderbird 3 to help with the repairs but one problem leads to another and it's a race against time before the sun rises.Guest stars: Richard Ridings as Bob Gray
|57||5||"Growing Pains"||Theo Baynton||Patrick Rieger||28 April 2018||6 June 2018||2-2131-57|
|Ned Tedford is now the caretaker of the Global Seed Vault, a GDF complex at the North Pole that stores millions of seeds should the world ever have a food shortage. Havoc infiltrates the vault and intends to steal the Orchard Industries growth serum from Gordon's Mulokamba mission. John, Kayo and Rigby respond along with a portable drive for EOS, but things take a turn when a computer virus infects EOS and the serum touches Ned's pet geranium, turning her into Giant Gladys.|
|58||6||"Life Signs"||Ben Milsom||Jonathan Callan||5 May 2018||7 June 2018||2-2131-58|
Deep in an underground cavern on the planet Mars Captain Taylor and runaway scientist, Professor Karim, are trapped after a cave in. Karim's space suit is damaged and moving the rocks on top of him would make the tear worse. Alan and Virgil fly to the red planet and assist with the aid of a space POD and a modified exo-suit. However, the POD is crushed by another cave in and the only way to save Karim is for Virgil to seal himself in the tunnel and fill it full of air using oxygen tanks. This leaves Alan very little time for him to dig them out with Thunderbird 3's drill.Guest stars: Rich Hall as Captain Lee Taylor and Nabil Elouahabi as Professor Karim.
|59||7||"Rally Raid"||Theo Baynton||Benjamin Townsend||12 May 2018||8 June 2018||2-2131-59|
Lady Penelope and Parker compete in a desert motor race with FAB 1 and a racer named Jensen Hunt. All seems well until the Chaos Crew steal a turbo computer from the leading car known as the BR2. The team must rescue the BR2 driver, steal back the BR2 engine and outrace Chaos Crew's Spoiler.
Guest star: Ben Bailey Smith as Jensen Hunt.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "Move, and You're Dead".
|60||8||"Crash Course"||Theo Baynton||Amy Wolfram||19 May 2018||9 June 2018||2-2131-60|
When two space freighters crash in low-earth orbit, Alan and John must evacuate the hotheaded pilots from a dangerous debris field.Guest star: Adam Howden as Barrett Bell.
|61||9||"Flame Out"||Karl Essex||Benjamin Townsend||26 May 2018||10 June 2018||2-2131-61|
When gas from a dangerous hydro-methane reserve begins to leak, Virgil and Gordon team up with a retired well-capping specialist to plug the leak. Gordon soon discovers the Chaos Crew siphoning off fuel - and moves to stop them.
Guest star: Ramon Tikaram as Kip Harris.This episode features elements adapted from the original Thunderbirds episode "The Mighty Atom".
Fans and critics reacted very positively to the new series, despite some negative reactions from fans of the original version, claiming the show was clearly made to attract a new generation of fans instead of appealing to nostalgia. ITV started to air episodes at 8 am (other than the pilot, which aired at 5 pm). Series 2, however, has been airing the show at 4pm on ITV and repeat it the following day at 8:30am on CITV. From the episode Volcano on 30 September 2017, it aired on CITV's Scrambled on Saturday at 8:30am, with it being repeated on ITV the same day at 3:30pm.
|2015||British Academy Children's Awards||BAFTA Kids Vote - Television||Thunderbirds Are Go||Nominated|
|2016||British Academy Television Craft Awards||Original Music||Ben Foster, Nick Foster|
|British Academy Children's Awards||BAFTA Kids Vote - Television||Thunderbirds Are Go|
Since 2016, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) is launching consumer products programs for Thunderbirds Are Go at France, Benelux and the Nordics.
Since 2016, Bernard Matthews has released a range of Thunderbird craft shaped turkey.
As part of the second series launch in the UK, a fleet of five ThunderCabs taxis with Thunderbirds vehicle themes (including Thunderbirds 1-4, FAB 1) could be booked between 22 and 23 October 2016 between 9am and 5pm via the now-defunct Karhoo app, with rides costing a flat rate of £1 for any journey within central London. All proceeds were donated to The Children's Trust, the UK's leading charity for children with brain injury.
On 13 May 2015, ITV Studios Global Entertainment announced its appointment of Vivid as its master toy partner in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. As of Licensing Expo 2014, Vivid Imaginations had master toy licensee with worldwide rights, excluding US and Asia.
On 24 April 2015, ITV Studios Global Entertainment announced tha Global Licensing (NZ) Ltd had been appointed as licensing agent for Thunderbirds Are Go in New Zealand. As part of the new deal, Global worked with Vivid Imaginations, the master toy partner for Thunderbirds Are Go, to appoint Planet Fun as the local distributor in New Zealand, which was expected to see toys roll out across the territory from S/S 2015.
The Thunderbirds Are Go master toy line from Vivid Imaginations and distributed by HeadStart was launched in Australia in June 2015. Additional toy rights went to Vivid France and Vivid Holland in respective regions, with Takara Tomy as Japan distributor. The toy launches in France, Benelux and the Nordics began in September 2016, with TOPTOY as pan-Nordic distributor from late summer 2016.
An official Thunderbirds board game was published in 2015. Its designer is Matt Leacock (designer of the Pandemic boardgame). Three expansions for the core game were published in 2016: Above & Beyond, The Hood, and Tracy Island.
An official Thunderbirds app was launched in October 2015 to accompany the second half of season 1.
An official app was also released on 20 May 2015 as an add-on to the features on the website. This free app is available on both Google Play and Apple's App Store. Behind the Story developed the app.
An official magazine was published by D. C. Thomson & Co. on 15 October 2015. It features comics, facts, puzzles and more. Each issue includes a free gift. The first six issues had small plastic replicas of Thunderbird 1 - 5 and Thunderbird S. After that the gifts were generic front-of-magazine gifts with Thunderbirds Are Go branding, such as notebooks and 'invisible ink' pens.
License Connection became a representative for the brand in the Benelux territories and signed Meis & Maas as master publishing partner to launch a range of books and magazine formats in 2017.
All episodes are available to purchase digitally in full 1080p HD on Amazon Video and iTunes.
|Series||DVD title||Episodes||Total running time||Release date|
|1||Volume 1||1–13||286 mins approx||22 June 2015|
|Volume 2||14–26||286 mins approx||1 February 2016|
|Complete Series One||1–26||572 mins approx||1 February 2016|
|2||Series 2, Volume 1||1–13||286 mins approx||6 February 2017|
|Series 2, Volume 2||14–26 (22 omitted)||264 mins approx||5 February 2018|
|Series||DVD title||Episodes||Total running time||Release date|
|1||Volume 1||1–7||162 mins approx||24 June 2015|
|Volume 2||8–13||133 mins approx||24 June 2015|
|Volume 3||14–20||162 mins approx||20 January 2016|
|Volume 4||21–26||132 mins approx||3 February 2016|
|Complete Series (Limited Edition)||1–26||574 mins approx||1 June 2016|
|2||Series 2, Volume 1||1–13||288 mins approx||5 April 2017|
|Series 2, Volume 2||14–26 (22 omitted)||264 mins approx||7 March 2018|
|Series||Blu-ray title||Episodes||Total running time||Release date|
|1||Volume 1||1–13||286 mins approx||11 May 2016|
|Volume 2||14–26||286 mins approx||9 November 2016|
|CD title||Track count||Total running time||Release date|
|Volume 1 (Original Television Soundtrack)||57||77:20||4 December 2015|
|Volume 2 (Original Television Soundtrack)||52||78:09||24 November 2017|
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