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ITV starts the Thunderbirds countdown with a doco straddling past and present.

British presenter Jessie Yates goes island-hopping

British presenter Jessie Yates goes island-hopping

Thunderbirds fan Reggie Yates, familiar to British audiences as an actor, presenter and radio DJ, will front a fanboy documentary to introduce the relaunch of the Thunderbirds franchise, which has already confirmed a second season.

Thunderbirds Are Go will premiere on the UK’s ITV in April, 50 years after the original series first played on the UK’s ITV. Here in NZ TV2, which wasn’t even a twinkle in anyone’s eye when Thunderbirds first screened, will air the show.

Yates will present a ‘making of’ sneak preview, including a tour of Weta Workshop with Richard Taylor and a good nosy at the physical components of the show, including Tracy Island.

Back in the UK, Yates also gets a look at voice recording sessions as the ITV publicity machine works on leveraging the memories of the now parents and grandparents to excite the kids it hopes will become a new generation of fans.

Returning half a century on are David Graham, the voice of Parker in the original Thunderbirds series, who’ll reprise his role; and show creator Sylvia Anderson, the original voice of Lady Penelope, who’ll put in a special appearance for the new series.

New kids on the Thunderbirds block include names more familiar to younger UK audiences: Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day, An Education, Gone Girl), who’ll be the new Lady Penelope, and Kayvan Novak (Four Lions, Fonejacker).

Reggie & Thunderbirds – No Strings Attached will screen in the UK on 2 April.

Thunderbirds Are Go is made by ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures.

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