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Brit television outfit ITV has announced the return of the Tracy family in Thunderbirds Are Go! - a fresh take on Gerry Anderson's classic puppet series promising "a whole new level of action-adventure animation for today's audience". Out goes Supermarionation and in comes "CGI animation", although we're promised "live-action …

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  1. AndrueC Silver badge
    Meh

    Great to see originality in the TV industry :-/

    Ah well - hopefully it'll be fun for the kiddies anyway.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      There are plenty of new shows on kids tv, some remind me of my youth, but many are new and interesting, don't diss an entire genre just for bringing back something great....

  2. cyborg
    Thumb Up

    The Captain Scarlet effort on CITV was good

    Let's hope that it can be reproduced. I may have a reason to watch ITV again.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The Captain Scarlet effort on CITV was good

      Nevr did get to see that remake, neither did my 7 year old son (at time of first broadcast). I remember the idiots running ITV scheduling took what ought to have been a popular series and inserted it into the middle of some Saturday morning moronic studio crap; guaranteed to minimise audience.

      1. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

        Re: The Captain Scarlet effort on CITV was good

        I only watch the first DVDs worth (four episodes?) of the Captain Scarlet remake, and I was very disappointed. They messed with the format so much that only the fundamental details survived.

        It appeared to be the case that they went completely down the action route, whereas the original series demanded that the kids follow the story. I wonder how much of 'kids have short attention spans' is reinforced by providing programs that need no degree of attention to watch. Possibly a self-fulfilling statement.

        IIRC it was billed as "Gerry Anderson's New Captain Scarlet", so I wonder what Gerry actually thought of it. The reason why he hated the live-action movie so much was he had lost control of the franchise (he sold the complete rights to finance one of the later series), and so had no input at all. I agree that it was barely worth watching, apart from the cameo reverse-format puppet hand at the Thunderbird 1 controls, which was the sole amusing bit of the film.

    2. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

      Re: The Captain Scarlet effort on CITV was good

      It was ok but felt like it focused on graphical cgi wowness :(

      1. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

        Re: The Captain Scarlet effort on CITV was good

        But to me it never had CGI wow.

        Maybe I need to watch it again, but to me it looks to have been animated using the Max Steel or Action Man CGI rendering engine, which make movements look unrealistic. I know it was probably a different company doing it, but the Starship Troopers CGI series looked better.

        Hopefully, they will use a better engine for the Thunderbirds remake.

  3. TRT Silver badge

    I'm worried...

    Only 30 minute episodes? The original episodes were a shade under 60 minutes long which allowed for much greater story development and the extended launch sequences that we all love. When they re-edited the shows down to 30 minute jobs with cliff-hangers and "Last time..." they became almost unwatchable.

    1. jai

      Re: I'm worried...

      apparently tv execs are convinced that kids have no attention span.

      this is probably because no one makes tv shows for kids that are any longer than 30 minutes so they're not used to the idea of paying attention to a developing plot.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: I'm worried...

        I don't know if it's attention span... I think the new Doctor Who format suffers from lack of story development because of the time constraints. The old 4x30 minute story is, IMHO, better than the 1x55 minutes story. Do you remember Jon Pertwee sitting around in a lab trying a dozen revisions of gadgets and potions? Much more real-world than "oh, let's wave the sonic and resurrect 1/3 of the population" we've seen of late.

        1. Wize

          Re: I'm worried...

          "The old 4x30 minute story is, IMHO, better than the 1x55 minutes story."

          I used to think that, then I saw The Invasion of Time again and noticed so much padding (eg The Doctor and companions wandering round the inside of the Tardis aimlessly while pursued by the Sontarans) that didn't add anything to the storyline.

          But on the other hand, it did leave the kids hanging and they 'had' to remember the previous episode to watch the next. A bit of brain training for them. Helps them focus over a longer period of time.

          1. Peter Gathercole Silver badge

            Re: I'm worried... @Wize

            There are some very good insights into the production problems that Doctor Who had in the 30 minute-an-episode days contained in a book and audio-book by one-time Dr Who producer Barry Letts, called "Who and Me". It is serialised on BBC Radio 4 Extra on their rotation. It's a good read/listen.

            There were so many scheduling, budget and logistical issues around this production format (like the sets had to be taken down every week during the episode filming - no wonder they were flimsy) that once you know, you wonder how the show was ever made!

            My personal feeling is that the episodic story line was both a benefit and a curse, but I think that it was good training for handling long-running issues in life, and definitely made it more of an event in the week than the current self contained stories.

          2. graeme leggett Silver badge

            Re: I'm worried...

            @Wize

            Invasion of Time can be seen as two stories - the 4-part Vardan one and the 2-part Sontaran one. Doesn't make it any the better, though. But then it was written in under 3 weeks and shot around a strike at the BBC. (The story of the original run of Doctor Who is one of working on little resources and around problems.)

            The 4x25 minute Who episode format could be its own straitjacket. Requiring three cliff-hangers at cerrtain points. It took a good writer/script editor combination to get the format to work without (obvious) padding.

            1. Wize

              Re: I'm worried...

              It can be a tricky balance to pad one part out and tighten in something else so the potential cliff hanger moments land at the right spot.

              The old black and white serials spring to mind with the effort it would have taken to get all those cliff hangers over the space of a 20 part show. It was quite a clever format. You have to watch it each week to find out how the hero escaped from certain doom, but if you missed an episode, you could still catch up on the story line.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: I'm worried...

        Er, no. Dr Who, Merlin, Primeval etc. all 45 minutes (=1hour+ on commercial channels). Back in the 60s we only got to watch half hour Dr Who episodes. Children today watch more complex and longer stories. Lessof the fact-unrelated grumpy!

        1. deshepherd

          Re: I'm worried...

          Back in the 60s we only got to watch half hour Dr Who episodes

          Except a single story was told over several episodes so you had to be able to follow a storyline for several weeks .... and each episode started off where the last ended - you didn't get 5 mins of "previously on ..." intro to remind you what had happened. Whereas now you get 45-60mins self contained episodes (occasionally you get some 2-part stories but in current Dr Who series think they've said that they have abandoned this).

          1. Neil B
            Stop

            Re: I'm worried...

            @deshepherd "Except a single story was told over several episodes so you had to be able to follow a storyline for several weeks"

            Yes and it was mostly tedious, IMO, having watched a few of them in recent years. It was obviously (?) a cost-saving exercise for which the plots were rarely up to the job. Shorter formats give so much more freedom to explore the Who-verse, I would never want to go back to that absurd serial format.

            1. AndrueC Silver badge
              Go

              Re: I'm worried...

              I have to say that I bought the boxed set of Saphire and Steel a couple of years ago and was a bit underwhelmed. The nostalgia was there but I was amazed that it seemed to just consist of them wandering aimlessly around trying one thing after another until they happened to eventually hit on the solution.

              Rose tinted spectacles I suppose.

              Still - it passed a few hours and I'm glad I bought it. It's just that not everything back then was as good as we might like to think when we look back from 30+ years :)

              Apart from Joanna of course. She still looked good :D

        2. Aggrajag

          Re: I'm worried...

          Doctor Who was almost always a multi-episode storyline, very often 4 or 6 making stories last 2 or 3 hours.

      3. Robert Carnegie Silver badge

        "no one makes tv shows for kids that are any longer than 30 minutes"

        Well, the BBC has [Doctor Who], [Merlin], and sometimes [The Sarah Jane Adventures] and [Wizards Vs Aliens] are shown as one hour (nearly) instead of two half-hours. Of course most of those shows are Russell T. Davies and/or Welsh in some degree. And two of them aren't being made any more, since they ruled out regenerating Sarah Jane Smith or doing her in CGI. At least, they didn't do it... actually they -did- bring in a replacement one time, but she turned out to be an alien with a nasty evil plot. Come to think - do the BBC not still have the identical android Sarah Jane Smith that was in [The Android Invasion]? ...What? Oh. :-)

    2. the-it-slayer

      Re: I'm worried...

      Stuff the fact they'll be 30 minute episodes. Look at what they did to Postman Pat. CGIed it, PCfied it and all the magic around the original was gone.

      1. Dave 126 Silver badge

        Re: I'm worried...

        >CGIed it, PCfied it and all the magic around the original was gone.

        With luck, WETA Studios won't do that.. the company that gave us Brain Dead and District 9 might do well!

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        re: Look at what they did to Postman Pat. CGIed it, PCfied it ...

        Surprised they didn't rename it 'postperson pat' in that case. :-)

  4. SuperHoopMango
    Pint

    Originality?

    There is no such thing in TV and films anymore, it seems.

    had a friend who has just come back from 4hr each way flights and he said that out of 6 films he saw, 5 were part of a franchise/sequel/prequel.

    Oh, to have SOME originality!

    (Mind you....has anyone seen Utopia on Ch4? Well worth a watch....imho)

    <<<<< cos it's the only way to get through most films....

    1. The last doughnut
      Pint

      Re: Originality?

      <<< getting up every ten minutes to pee is far more preferable to having to sit through the moronic dross that passes for entertainment these days. And that's why I drink.

    2. Graham Dawson

      Re: Originality?

      Originality died with Homer. Everything since then has been fanfiction.

      1. Wize
        Coat

        Re: Originality?

        "Originality died with Homer."

        D'oh

    3. illiad

      Re: Originality?

      the point about Thunderbirds, is it is NOT going to be 'original'!!! unless you mean EXACTLY like the original???

      If you are an old fan of StarTrek, the new 'prequel' film ripped most of the heart out of it.. the kids loved it of course, but not the fans...

      I can only wonder what freakishly new designs, backstory, characters they will make up to make the 'kids' happy, but not the old fans.... :( :(

  5. jai

    with any luck...

    Fuzzbox will reform and re-release their sublime International Rescue single to go along with the show! :)

    1. Code Monkey
      Happy

      Re: with any luck...

      Instant (and welcome) earworm for me!

  6. taxman

    No strings attached

    "CGI animation" - Pah! They'll ban the 'puppets' from smoking next.

    Oh and I found that a lot of the 'incidental' music in TB appears to have been started up first in Fireball XL5. Gerry sure did re-use good things.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: No strings attached

      I want the strings!!! Shall miss them if they're not there. :-(

      CGI those in if you must.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Happy

      Re: No strings attached

      I dunno - I liked the Thunderbird series, when I was really young....

      But as my good friend Malcolm McLaren said, "That old Necrophiliac - Rock and Roll."

      I think some things that were a part of some peoples lives, a LONG time ago, really ought to stay dead and buried.

      I think when it's hustlers reanimating the corpse, and pushing it to sell advertising with the show, while the initial idea is good, recycling it, generally isn't.

      The models on strings that fly better than obviously fake UFO's, the glitchy special effects like rockets firing and all the crap-tastic effects that made it so good.... well that was great for a preteen audience.

      But polishing it up and making it all CGI - unless it's a technically superb job, with a really intelligent plot and all that to make it a decent show, vs. using a recycled idea to create a crap show.....

      Then it's probably and hopefully doomed to fail.

      I mean the originals like "Bill and Ben - the Flower Pot Men" and "The Magic Roundabout" - were great - and it was their shittiness and basicness and simplicity that made them great.

      To me it's all just ratings, marketing, sales, and hype and bullshit - usually by original non-thinkers, or was that non-original thinkers....

      I think the only way to use the original material is to replay the original material.... as hour long shows, and not as some other writer commented, "To fuck it all up by putting it in little bits in some Saturday morning kids show."

      As far as the music and special effects /sounds thereof go - Gerry Adams, recycled the lot, from Space 1999, UFO, Fireblade, Thunderbirds etc....

      Forgive me if I am a touch vauge.... Twas such a long time ago.

  7. Jay Holmes

    Hopefully this will stay more faithful to the original than the film did. Even my son who tried watching the film a few months ago said it was rubbish compared to the tv show version that we had watched earlier in the day! This from a 7yr old, says a lot really doesnt it

    Look forward to seeing this, just hope after the first episode I can look forward to the second and so on!!

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Yes, well...

      Look at what happened when they moved Thomas from model to CGI.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        More to the point...

        More to the point, look at what happened when they moved Thomas from the original books.

        I swear that the only decent adaption of the Railway Stories was the old 45" recordings of Johnny Morris (of Animal Magic fame) reading the stories.

        1. Steve the Cynic Silver badge

          Re: More to the point...

          God, I remember having all 26 of the original books, and the Johnny Morris LP-sized recording of Three Railway Engines: "There once was an engine attached to a train..."

          Oh, and I doubt it was a 45 *inch* recording, nor 45 *seconds*. 45 *rpm*, maybe...

          And I also had the fold-up (Ordnance Survey style) map of Sodor... Does that make me a geek?

          1. John Robson Silver badge
            Thumb Up

            Re: More to the point...

            "And I also had the fold-up (Ordnance Survey style) map of Sodor... Does that make me a geek?"

            Only if you still have it

            1. davidp231
              Happy

              Re: More to the point...

              "And I also had the fold-up (Ordnance Survey style) map of Sodor... Does that make me a geek?"

              "Only if you still have it"

              And in mint condition, still in packaging.

              1. Steve the Cynic Silver badge

                Re: More to the point...

                >"Only if you still have it"

                >And in mint condition, still in packaging.

                OK, that's a relief. It disappeared somewhere probably around 30 years ago, maybe more. Whew!

          2. Peter Gathercole Silver badge
            Happy

            Re: More to the point... @Steve

            The records were unusual. They were 7" discs, but were played a 33 1/3 RPM. I'm fairly certain that my father still has the records somewhere.

            When I was reading the stories to my children several decades ago, I found myself mimicking Johnny Morris' vocalisations. I guess that it must have had a profound effect on me.

            IIRC, Rev. W Audry actually wrote 32 or 33 of the original books, before his son Christopher picked up the reigns. Each of the stories in the original books was said to have been inspired by real events on the railways, and I always though that made them much more believable. Once Britt-Alcroft started getting more stories written, it all went to pot, and the Rev. is probably spinning in his grave at the latest stories.

            What I would like to know is whether the Chris Payne, who appears in the titles of the original TV series is the same Chris Payne who worked on computer controlled railways for his final year project at Durham University in 1980/81. If it is, then I knew him.

            Listening to records of Johnny Morris reading the Railway Stories, and Ian Carmichael reading Winnie-the-Pooh, also on 33 1/3 7" discs are probably are some of my most enduring childhood memories.

            BTW. There were also Century 21 Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet stories on vinyl disc. You've got to remember that there were no home video players back in the 1960s. Records and reel-to-reel tape were all there were.

        2. MJI Silver badge

          Re: More to the point...

          I have seen a few.

          Early good, late total shit

        3. JB
          Happy

          Re: More to the point...

          Johnny Morris...am I the only one who feels a little sad and wistful whenever I hear recordings of him now? The way he read stories on Listening Corner or Schools Radio, or did the zoo keeper on Animal Magic, just brings it all back for me. One of the greatest pleasures when I was a kid was having a story told to me, and Johnny Morris was the best.

          Makes me sad that kids today (bah!) don't have anyone like old Johnny to listen to, with kids' TV presenters being your cool older brother/sister rather than an esteemed uncle or aunt.

          Oh, and i think this Thunderbirds remake is rather pointless...old fans won't like it, and young 'uns will be mystified by it!

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Riker

    Let's see if they muster something any better than Riker did ten years ago.

    1. Vulch
      Go

      Re: Riker

      How could they not?

  9. SiempreTuna
    Thumb Down

    How ..

    .. are they going to replicate that essential jerky movement of the characters in the orginal?

    Without that: what's the point?

    1. fandom Silver badge

      Re: How ..

      When they first make the CGI Joda for the newer films they realized that somehow he didn't look right, so they simulated the puppet imperfections.

      Anyway, I hardly think jerky movements were the best thing about the thunderbirds.

  10. Richard Wharram
    Unhappy

    No puppets?

    I suspect we could solve the UK energy crisis by attaching a turbine to the late Gerry's grave :(

    1. John 62

      Re: No puppets?

      He'll be spinning if it's crap, but not for the lack of puppets. Gerry Anderson is on record as saying that the only reason he used 'supermarionation' was because it allowed him to realise his vision and that he would have used CGI at the time if it was available.

      1. Charlie Clark Silver badge
        Go

        Re: No puppets?

        @John62

        Absolutely, it was just a means to an end for Anderson who didn't get to do want he really wanted, work with real actors, until Space 1999 (and the other series, the name of which escapes me). Puppets let them tell the stories they wanted to tell and, like Aardman, they put had the gumption to pay the attention to detail that made the all too obviously puppet world come alive for viewers.

        They'll have to work on some of the scripts to make them slightly less twee, give the women some better roles but kidnapping high-speed planes and putting bombs on them "Flight 787" could cause the biggest mass panic since the 1937 War of the Worlds broadcast!

  11. Avatar of They Silver badge
    Happy

    Review.

    Gerrys comment is the best film review for anything ever. :)

  12. MJI Silver badge

    Could be good could be crap

    Could be like the CGI Captain Scarlet killed by being on a shit TV programme. The reboot was rather good and I remember the original.

    Or it could be like the film I have seen enough clips of to KNOW it will be crap, I do not dare see it.

    Main issue it is on shITV with their new moronic stupid permanent onscreen logo of utv.

  13. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Meh

    Might brilliant.

    Might be crap.

    Thunderbirds were made as a short feature film. The way the X-files were

    Both sets of creators wanted (to a certain extent) their results to be viewed as an "Event." Something you looked forward to seeing specifically rather than a piece of something bigger.

    I will not that digital TV and DVRs with decent EPG's can help you pin a series together by time shifting to a reasonable time.

    We'll see.

    1. electricmonk

      Re: Might brilliant.

      Not entirely. Thunderbirds was conceived as a half-hour show and Anderson and team were halfway through production of the first series when their backer Lew 'Low' Grade decided the length should be doubled. Which helps explain why certain TB episodes slow to a crawl in the middle as they desperately splice in offcuts to fill up the time. (Let's have another long shot of the meter edging towards critical... now a close-up of a bead of perspiration on Alan's forehead and his eyebrows set to "Frown"... now back to the meter getting infinitesimally nearer critical... back to Alan...)

      On the other hand it did give them space to build up the characters a bit more, which was where TB really scored over (half-hour) Captain Scarlet.

  14. King Jack Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Ruined by targetting and timeslot

    However good it might be. It will be turned to crap by showing it in-between other shows on CITV. With the idiotic hosts explaining what you just watched 3 minutes ago before the ads. Then they'll play a non related game, then back to the show. Just show the full episode... please.

    Thunderbird fans are middle-aged now, they would be the best target audience for this show. Kids will watch it regardless. But we all know it has to be cut up and re-packed to make it blend with the crap that will surround it.

    I'll wait for the DVD so I can watch uninterrupted. By which time it will be cancelled.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Ruined by targetting and timeslot

      "Thunderbird fans are middle-aged now, they would be the best target audience for this show. Kids will watch it regardless. But we all know it has to be cut up and re-packed to make it blend with the crap that will surround it."

      I've gone AC, as I know this is dodgy ground, but, I have to admit, I have found myself imagining how the Tracy boys would have tackled 9/11 and Fukushima etc. I know, I know, fantasy/reality, but has anyone else done this? Would it be wrong to make this kind of programme?

      1. aui
        Thumb Up

        Re: Ruined by targetting and timeslot

        They/he did both - one episode covered people trapped beneath a burning skyscraper that collapsed, and another was a radioactive cloud spreading across Australia following a nuclear reactor accident.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Ruined by targetting and timeslot

        I think it would be a good idea to bring in a few incidents like that.....

  15. KeGoMacK

    Just re-show the originals

    I'm serious.

    A few weeks ago, I showed my 4-year-old son an old Thunderbirds DVD which belonged to his older brother. I thought that he'd be unimpressed. Quite the opposite: he's hooked. I've had to get the Tracey Island and thunderbird vehicles down from the loft, buy new batteries and search ebay for missing parts.

  16. Code Monkey
    Black Helicopters

    Timing

    Is it coincidence that this announcement was made a few weeks after Gerry Anderson's death?

  17. thondwe

    Lew had a point

    "Gerry, this is not a series, this is a feature film!" - So 30 miin (20 mins after adverts) isn't gonna work for me. I'll go back to dreaming that someone will grab the franchise, and do with it what Marvel have managed with the Avengers etc - two hour big scale entertainment. film, CGI + "Real" Actors + a proper Rescue plot ... Not the rubbish that Riker produced.

    Another lost opportunity :(

  18. David 45

    Originality?

    Does it need to be original? I have a suspicion that all the little quirks that gave the original series the character it undoubtedly had and made it eminently watchable will be ironed out. Some do NOT succeed in a re-make or film. Take Hitch-hikers Guide, for instance. They were struggling to make characters that didn't look like the TV ones (Marvin, the paranoid robot, for instance) and they failed miserably, in my opinion.

  19. Eponymous Cowherd
    Happy

    UFO

    If they are going to remake anything, remake that!

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Re: UFO

      There is already a film in production. And has been for several years.

      1. Faceless Man

        Re: UFO

        It won't be the same without Ed Bishop's hair.

    2. aui
      Thumb Up

      Re: UFO

      Here here.

    3. taxman

      Re: UFO, closely followed by

      Space 1999

    4. FutureShock999
      Alien

      Re: UFO

      Far and away the best, and most mature, of Gerry's output. It actually dealt with really involved human problems, sexual situations, and very bizzare situations (not puzzling in a "Dr. Who" way, but truly bizarre things like time warps, mental illnesses, psychoses, etc.). And the aliens were both believable and somewhat scary. It was the most adult of them all, and as such doesn't look THAT dated - because people still have the same issues. Well, except for time-warping aliens....

  20. The FunkeyGibbon
    Unhappy

    Kid's will watch it.

    They'll watch any old crap. My girlfriend's 6 year old is addicted to Inspector Gadget on Netflix and that's an unmitigated pile o'shite.

    Personally I think the problem is that nobody is prepared to take a chance on something new. Much easier to resurrect stuff for which there is at least some brand recognition. Inception proved that movies need not be dumb to make money and the same is true of TV, but who is going to be responsible if they take a chance and bomb? The fear of failure is too high, so nobody will risk it.

    1. IsJustabloke Silver badge
      Facepalm

      Re: Kid's will watch it.

      catchy tune though :D

      There was a rather annoying contractor who had it as his ringtone and even though he was often away from his desk, he left his 'phone there and would receive many calls.

      As it rang he would lope across the office... we all found it so annoying that eventually we started "dah dah"'ing the tune whenever he moved regardless of the phone; he became known as "Inspector gadget" and was entered into the minutes of meets as such too :D

  21. Sarah Davis
    Coat

    Intriguing,..

    I'm intrigued by the "live-action model sets", hope they don't just been scene sets. I'd love to see some Anderson style non-cgi vehicular models - the detail of the original models inspired a billion imaginations.

    and as others have commented, 30 mins is to short.

    1. Dodgy Geezer Silver badge
      Holmes

      Re: Intriguing,..

      "...I'm intrigued by the "live-action model sets", hope they don't just been scene sets. I'd love to see some Anderson style non-cgi vehicular models - the detail of the original models inspired a billion imaginations...."

      If you want to see where they got the basis for most of the models - look here:VIP/Thunderbird Models

  22. Rustywarrior
    Go

    Future plots

    Sam Fisher (aka Michael White) has already written the screenplays (errr "novels") for a successful franchise reboot. Part Thunderbirds, part Alpha's, and all gung ho, State Of Emergency and it's follow ups (2 so far) have it all for the post 9/11 generation. Bring it on please

    1. Sutekh
      Coat

      Re: Future plots

      Sam Fisher was voice acted by Michael Ironside.

      Mine's the one with the FN F2000 strapped to its back.

  23. adam payne Silver badge

    Well I can't really complain about more Thunderbirds, how about more Captain Scarlet?

  24. Tony Paulazzo
    Happy

    Having watched it originally in black and white, it was only years later that I discovered the full and rich world...

    Same here, it wasn't until our neighbour (and my suddenly new best friend), got a colour TV and it was like the Wizard of Oz revelation (B&W Kansas to technicolour Oz) - mindblowing!

    Er, no. Dr Who, Merlin, Primeval etc. all 45 minutes (=1hour+ on commercial channels). Back in the 60s we only got to watch half hour Dr Who episodes.

    The old Dr Who's had storylines running for four or more episode, (as previously noted), generally with dire cliffhangers - I was traumatised when Sarah Jane fell off a rocket and I had to wait a week to see if she survived - I was a pretty naive kid.

    But back to Thunderbirds, it's a shit shame they couldn't of done this when G Anderson was still with us, pretty sure he was fighting right up to his death to bring it back.

    1. davidp231

      He was, that's the sad part of it all.

  25. gaz 7
    Thumb Up

    Hopeful and excited

    If they can get the stories right and not make it americanised patronising nonsense like the film, then this has great potential.

    I would love to see the run time increased to about 45 minutes though, which equates to an hour with adverts.

  26. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    While I regret the lack of originality in today's TV schedule, I suppose we should be thankful that this project does not involve werewolves, vampires or Simon Cowell in any way.

    Just goes to show all the good ideas have been used and now they are just making hamburger out of sirloin that's well past its prime.

    1. SuperHoopMango
      Joke

      Well, that's just a load of horsemeat....

      OR IS IT????

  27. LesC
    FAIL

    Thunderbirds Are No Go

    Please, spare us. Unless the scripts have been written by Brian Clemens and it's been done by Sylvia Anderson. No Frakes, please.

  28. Brian Morrison
    Boffin

    But what inquiring minds want to know...

    ...is will there be Bulgin panel lamps flashing merrily away to tell us that the reactor has gone sub-critical because the ship is floating over a large quantity of dog-food ingredient?

  29. RainForestGuppy
    Joke

    Supermarionation.... Wobbly sets, wooden acting, stillted scripts...... Oh sorry that was Crossroads

  30. A J Stiles
    Joke

    Finally I get the chance to use this .....

    This joke has been waiting over 20 years for the right audience.

    Q. What kind of grass grows on Tracy Island?

    A. International fescue!

    1. C 18
      Trollface

      Re: Finally I get the chance to use this .....

      It's a shame you didn't have the necessary patience.

    2. Dave Walker
      Facepalm

      Re: Finally I get the chance to use this .....

      ...Mown....

  31. Ben Holmes
    Meh

    I can't be the only person who would love to see a 'proper' adult version of Thunderbirds made. In the sense that it would be Christopher Nolan's 'Batman Begins' to the camp antics of the original Batman TV series. I'd watch that.

    None of this 'appealing to children' rubbish. Give me a decent film, and please, try not to fsck it up.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Team America...

      Suitably adult enough for you?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        F**** Yeah!

        Somebody had to...

        1. Ben Holmes
          Thumb Up

          Re: F**** Yeah!

          I DID enjoy Team America...

  32. Stevie Silver badge

    Bah!

    Prediction: Suckage front moving in.

  33. Marketing Hack Silver badge
    Go

    Thunderbirds are go--ing!!

    A) To bingo night at the local church

    B) To see their gerontologist

    C) To watch the "Murder She Wrote" marathon

    D) To call the local police about "those damn kids" playing in the street

    OK, having a little fun at the expense of a TV classic that I even managed to catch growing up in the US of A. I wish big media would show a little more originality than bringing back The Transformers/Chipmunks/Thundercats/Thunderbirds every couple years, but it is what it is, and hopefully the new Thunderbirds will be of better quality than the Bill Paxton movie that got such lousy reviews back in 2004-2005 or so.

    So let us hope for the best, and some quality programming for a new generation of Thunderbirds fans!!

    "Go" icon for obvious reasons......

  34. Captain Mainwaring
    Pint

    F-A-B

    I often wondered what the exact meaning of the expression " F-A-B " was, usually uttered after a command from one of the senior puppets on the film set. It's probably equivalent to "aye aye", " yes sir " or perhaps the word " jawohl " in the German language.

    Does anyone know the exact meaning of the expression or is it a made up term designed to sound hip and trendy in the swinging sixties?

    1. Graphsboy

      Re: F-A-B

      Funderbirds Are Bo

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: F-A-B

        It was made up.

        1. Brian Morrison
          Thumb Up

          Re: F-A-B

          By Sylvia Anderson I believe, she thought it sounded cool and so decided that Lady P would say it, so it stuck.

          1. Faceless Man

            Re: F-A-B

            I was pretty sure it was just a way of saying "Fab!" that might fit with a para-military operation. Still comes in handy in SMS conversations..

  35. jon 72
    Devil

    Mumblings of an old fart

    Just keep those responsible for Terrahawks abomination as far away as possible.

  36. Ralph B
    IT Angle

    Idle Curiosity

    I don't suppose Vanessa Hudgens will be reprising her role from the movie version ... ?

  37. markw:
    Unhappy

    Made in Britain...

    The original was but apparently this series has to be off-shored to New Zealand. Why?

    1. LINCARD1000
      Trollface

      Re: Made in Britain...

      "The original was but apparently this series has to be off-shored to New Zealand. Why?"

      Uh, perhaps because that's where Pukeko Pictures is based? Just a thought :-)

      1. markw:

        Re: Made in Britain...

        It depends who has the rights. I assume ITV are leading. The could have chosen UK based company...

  38. Anonymous Coward
    Meh

    I wonder...

    Is this going to be the usual sort of animation that makes everything look fake in that airbrush-perfect-finish way? Whilst it might be a technological marvel, after the first few minutes of marvelling at the technology ...I hate it.

    I prefer my "fake" as in supermarionation. Or cartoons, even.

    1. TRT Silver badge
      Windows

      Re: I wonder...

      Hell, who's for a CGI remake of Crown Court? Yeah. That'll rock the Law & Order boat.

  39. Alex Bailey

    I'd like to see this but ITV have a habit of either ruining or killing anything they touch... partly through being inconsistent with schedules, usually allowing unimportant sporting events, soaps and reality TV to take priority and not telling people when it is on. I've yet to see the remake of The Prisoner because of this. I even lost track of Law and Order UK for the same reason!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Once upon a time there used to be serials. Yes, I'm old: I am talking about the days when such things had signature tunes!. One could rely on a number of episodes being broadcast, same time each week, on a given day.

      Then came the mini-series, expecting people to devote an hour or so on consecutive days. Even thought the VHS recorder had been invented well before this, it was a format that never worked for me.

      These days, only soaps are scheduled reliably. Changing this for any reason short of a royal death would be about the only thing sure to cause revolution in apathetic Britain.

      And I read books.

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