Thunderbirds are go again

The new series will 'affectionately pay tribute' to the classic show. Photo: ITV

Thunderbirds are back for a brand new series on ITV.

The cult series will return to our screens in 2015, 50 years after it first went on air.

Called Thunderbirds Are Go!, the new series will combine CGI animation and live-action model sets, and will "affectionately pay tribute" to the classic show.

It will be broadcast on ITV and CiTV in 26 half-hour episodes.

Thunderbirds Are Go! promises "a whole new level of action-adventure animation for today's audience" according to co-producers ITV Studios, with the five Tracy brothers piloting their "incredible vehicles into impossible rescues across the world."

The Tracy brothers inside Thunderbird 1
The Tracy brothers inside Thunderbird 1 Credit: ITV

The original show was created by Gerry Anderson and his wife Sylvia in the 1960s. Anderson was famous for the innovative use of puppetry or "supermarionation" and is best-known for creating TV shows Captain Scarlet and Stingray. He died last December at the age of 83.

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Thunderbirds was first broadcast in 1965 and featured the exploits of the Tracy family, who ran an emergency rescue services, aided by London agent Lady Penelope and her butler, Parker.

Agent Lady Penelope and her butler Parker. Credit: ITV News

In 1966, Thunderbirds was made into a major feature film, Thunderbirds Are Go, which was followed by a sequel two years later, Thunderbird 6.

The classic show followed the adventures of the Tracy family.
The classic show followed the adventures of the Tracy family. Credit: ITV News

The new series will be a co-production between ITV Studios and New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures, in collaboration with the Weta Workshop, famous for Avatar, King Kong, and Lord Of The Rings.

Richard Taylor, co-owner of Pukeko Pictures and Weta Workshop said he was "thrilled" to work on a show that had such an impact on him as a child:

Thunderbirds was a hugely influential television series in my childhood. It is thrilling therefore to think we have the opportunity to work with ITV on this new series inspired by this most wonderful of British shows. I look forward to designing and creating an inspirational world that will engage the imagination of a whole new generation as it did for us nearly half a century ago.

Thunderbirds 2.
Thunderbirds 2. Credit: ITV News

ITV Studios UK managing director Denise O'Donoghue said they were looking forward to taking the show to "another level."

This cult series is often credited as changing the history of animation and action-adventure, and we look forward to taking the show to another level while retaining the much-loved heritage that has endured over the past 50 years.

Watch classic episodes of Thunderbirds on the ITV Player here.