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Thunderbirds Are Go as Tracy Island returns to TV

The first glimpse of the new Thunderbird 1 has been unveiled to fans as the much-loved series is due to make a comeback to British TV screens as it airs on ITV next year.

Thunderbirds Are Go! will feature original and new cast members including David Graham from series 1, who will revive his role as chauffeur Parker.

Fans got a first look at the new Thunderbird 1- and it looks almost exactly as it did five decades ago. Credit: PA

Rosamund Pike will voice Lady Penelope, while Kayvan Novak - from Channel 4's Facejacker - plays inventor Brains and Thomas Brodie-Sangster from Game Of Thrones will be John Tracy.

While the original series, launched by the late Gerry Anderson in 1965, featured puppets the new version will mix CGI animation with live action sets.


New Thunderbirds TV voices revealed

Rosamund Pike and David Graham will feature in the new Thunderbirds TV series.

Rosamund Pike pictured at the premier of Simon Pegg's and Nick Frost's The World's End. Credit: PA

Pike will play Lady Penelope and Graham will return as her driver Parker.

Graham drove Lady Penelope's pink Rolls-Royce when he voiced chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker in the original 1965 series.

Thunderbirds Are Go! will be broadcast on ITV in 2015, 50 years after the cult show featuring the exploits of International Rescue first went on air.


Anderson 'fundamentally changed loads of people's lives'

"People can always sing the (Thunderbirds) theme tune or start walking around like puppets," the chairman of the Gerry Anderson appreciation society Fanderson has said, discussing the impact of his idol's most celebrated work.

Nick Williams told ITV News that Anderson's celebrated shows had a huge influence on both the TV industry and his widespread audience, even inspiring several generations of aerospace engineers.

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