Shout! Factory TV and ITV Studios launch 34-hour Thunderbirds marathon

In celebration of International Thunderbirds Day on September 30th, Shout! Factory TV and ITV Studios will livestream a 34-hour Thunderbirds marathon exclusively on social video service Twitch. The global event can be enjoyed by fans around the world, who will be able to watch all 32 episodes from the show’s original run, complete with bonus content including the three recent Thunderbirds 1965 episodes based on original Century 21 audio recordings.

The marathon begins on Sunday, September 30th at 7AM PT / 3PM BST on Shout! Factory TV’s official Twitch channel. International Thunderbirds Day celebrates the anniversary of the first TV broadcast of Thunderbirds in the UK, over 50 years ago on September 30th, 1965.

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ITV announces new Gerry Anderson licenses

ITV Studios Global EntertainmentITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE)  has revealed that it is expanding its licensing programme to celebrate the upcoming anniversaries for some of Gerry Anderson’s most famous creations. The new Gerry Anderson product lines, aimed at adult fans and collectors, will span key categories including collectibles, figurines, adult apparel and gifting.

Targeting the collectors market across the UK and Ireland, Robert Harrop will unveil a range of collectibles based Captain Scarlet, Fireball XL5, Joe 90, Space: 1999, Stingray, Supercar and UFO. The lines will feature high-quality bronze figurines, character figures, resin figures, vehicles and pewter figures.

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Plastichead will launch a collection of adult apparel, accessories, mugs and mug sets across the UK and Ireland, whilst leading greetings cards publisher, Hype Associates, is also on board for a range of high-end greetings cards, gift wrap and bags.

Anderson Entertainment will showcase a quirky range of limited edition gifts including apparel, replica models, badges, limited edition paintings and posters based on both Classic Thunderbirds and Gerry Anderson properties. Tree Frog will also roll out its line of collectible cards inspired by Classic Thunderbirds and the Gerry Anderson properties Captain Scarlet, Space: 1999, Supercar, Joe 90, Fireball XL5, UFO. The range will launch internationally across key territories including UK and Ireland, United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Japan and European markets France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

Trudi Hayward, SVP, Head of Global Merchandising at ITVS GE said: “As we approach the 50th anniversary of Thunderbirds, it’s important for us to explore the entirety of Gerry Anderson’s extraordinary portfolio and celebrate his incredible skill, determination and diversity through a variety of unique product ranges.”