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Thunderbirds Are Go takes-off for third series

Published on: 6th April 2016

ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures have been commissioned by CITV to create a third series of the show, which will air next year.

Thunderbirds-480Thunderbirds Are Go has been acquired by Canada’s DHX Media in a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) and will premiere on its Family CHRGD and Family Channels later this month.

In the US, the series will debut on Amazon Prime Instant Video on 22nd April, with a sneak preview of the one-hour special, Ring of Fire parts 1 and 2 available on 15th April. It will subsequently air on the service in the UK, Germany and Austria later this year.

ITVS GE has already sold Thunderbirds Are Go to more than 40 countries worldwide, and the series has enjoyed strong international ratings since it launched last year. In the UK, the series premiered on ITV and CITV in April 2015 to a consolidated audience of close to three million.

The show is also a licensing success, with more than 75 licensees on board the consumer products programme globally. In the UK, Vivid’s supersize TB3 playset was recently voted the best action toy at London’s Toy Fair.

Steve Green, EVP of kids’ content and distribution at ITVS GE, commented: “Thunderbirds Are Go goes from strength to strength with this third series commission, the Canadian sale and US premiere date following slot-winning ratings in every territory in which it has aired and a strong demand for consumer products. It’s proving to be one of the most popular new brands in the international marketplace, and we’re looking to build on this success with new and existing partners this year.”

Jamila Metran, head of programming for CITV, added: “It’s a delight to be working with the wonderful cast and production team on this third series. We can look forward to meeting new characters, bigger rescues, more beautifully crafted models and much more of what has made Thunderbirds Are Go the big hit it is for CITV.”

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