Thunderbirds return to Slough - three new episodes
PUBLISHED: 10:55 30 July 2015
Gerry Anderson’s Thunderbirds was originally written, produced and filmed at SEGRO’s Slough Trading Estate between 1964 and 1966. Now as part of the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations the Thunderbirds team has returned to its original home to produce three new episodes.
A project created by Stephen La Riviere and supported by ITV, Sylvia Anderson, and the Gerry Anderson estate as represented by his son Jamie Anderson.
The project makes use of audio recordings first released in 1966 which featured the series’ original voice cast as well as contemporary music and sound effects. Thunderbirds 1965 will see La Rivière and company film faithfully recreated puppets and sets using all of the classic Supermarionation techniques, and combine this with the original audio recordings to create three brand new video episodes in the distinctive Thunderbirds style.
Stephen La Rivière, producer of Thunderbirds 1965, said:
“Technology has moved on in five decades, but our goal is to produce an unashamedly retro episode made with many of the same Supermarionation techniques used to bring the puppets and models to life in the 1960s. So in my mind it made sense to return to the show’s original home in Slough to inspire us in the same way it did the original production team.
“To achieve our goals we started a Kickstarter fund, Thunderbirds1965, to allow us to raise the money for this anniversary project. Anyone who contributes to the fund has a unique opportunity to be part of the project and receive specially created Thunderbirds merchandise, from being inducted into the Thunderbirds Hall of Fame to receiving a limited edition DVD of the finished episodes.
“The raising of the money we needed to make the first three new episodes of Thunderbirds for 49 years has proved very popular and we are now three quarters of the way towards raising all the money we need.”
Jamie Anderson – son of the late Gerry Anderson, said:
“Knowing that Thunderbirds will return to the Slough Trading estate – its spiritual home – fills me with pride, and I cannot wait to see these new episodes being shot on Stirling Road, which was the site of the original studio building where the classic series was filmed.”
The special anniversary production will be made by the team behind Filmed in Supermarionation – the critically acclaimed documentary about Thunderbirds released last year.
To become involved in the Thunderbirds1965 Kickstarter project visit www.kickstarter.com/projects/1558089494/thunderbirds-1965-new-episodes-from-1960s-recordin