International Rescue – Thunderbirds

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Gerry Anderson who created Supercar and Fireball XL5 (which feature in my own interests and blog posts) produced a range of TV shows for children (and others) especially using puppets, but also live action shows, and more recently had been involved in CGI productions like the New Captain Scarlet. Gerry died in 2014, but his creations live on.

His best known creation is “Thunderbirds”, which first aired on TV in the mid 1960s using puppets, and was later repeated for a new generation of fans in the 1990s. Now ITV is producing a new show using a mixture of physical models and CGI using the WETA Workshop in New Zealand for the production.

The show is set in 2060 with the International Rescue team based on a spectacular island in the Pacific and using a range of rescue vehicles to give assistance where it is required. The Tracy brothers and their associates pilot and operate the vehicles on land, in the air, underwater and in space.

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Join International Rescue

The series is accompanies by social media and a web site where fans can join International Rescue and be part of the excitement and fun… join at Thunderbirds HQ

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Premier on 4th April 2015 – Ring of Fire – Missions Open

The new Thunderbirds are Go premiered in the UK at 5pm on 4th April 2015 with the double length “Ring of Fire” story. Around that time the Thunderbirds.com/International Rescue web site missions also became available…

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Week 2 – Space Race

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Week 3 – Crosscut

Week 4 – Fireflash

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Week 5 – Unplugged

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Week 6 – Runaway

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Week 7 – EOS

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Week 8 – Slingshot

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This week, an Apple iPad/iPhone or Android scanner application was introduced, which unlocked craft interiors…

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Week 9 (Premiere on Sunday 24th May 2015) – Tunnels of Time

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Week 10 – Skyhook

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Week 11 – Under Pressure

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Week 12 – Heavy Metal

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Final Scores – Season 1 Part 1 (as at 1st August 2015)

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Week 13 – Transmission Break

The second half of season 1 started in UK on ITV and CITV on 31st October 2015. A Thunderbird 2 “Rescue Challenge” online game was included…

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Week 14 – Falling Skies

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Week 15 – Relic

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Week 16 – Breakdown

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Week 17 – Heist Society

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Week 17 also included a Design Challenge to design the “Ultimate Space Hotel”…

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Week 18 – Recharge

An overrunning “Aurora Generator” in the Arctic is fixed by International Rescue..
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Week 19 – Extraction

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Week 20 – Hexpert

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Week 21 – Comet Chaser

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Week 22 – Designated Driver

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Week 23 – Chain Of Command

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Week 24 – Touch and Go

Introducing Kayo’s vehicle – Thunderbird Shadow – and it’s launch sequence on Tracy Island.

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Week 25 – Undercover

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Week 26 – Legacy

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Thunderbirds Season Two

Season two will be broadcast sometime later in 2016.

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One Response to International Rescue – Thunderbirds

  1. bat says:

    WETA Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand produced the Thunderbirds are Go TV episodes and the special model and GCI effects included in them.

    Behind the Scenes Web Site – http://wetaworkshop.com/projects/thunderbirds-are-go/

    Studio Tour 2015-2016 – http://wetaworkshop.com/visit-us/workshop-tours/tour/thunderbirds-are-go-behind-the-scenes-experience

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