CITV has commissioned a third series of 26 Thunderbirds Are Go episodes from ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures. With series 2 currently under production, this means a commitment to a total of 78 episodes, and reflects the growing commercial success of the Thunderbirds Are Go brand.
2016 has already seen the series marching into new markets. A new trailer was unveiled at Wondercon in Los Angeles in March to mark the show’s roll out into the on-demand media space. Thunderbirds are Go is scheduled to premiere on Amazon Prime Video on April 22nd, with the first 13 episodes available for streaming. Ahead of the launch, Prime members will get a sneak preview with the one-hour special Ring of Fire: Parts 1 and 2.
Building on a consolidated audience of 3 million people in the UK, the series has since been sold to over 40 countries, and had notable successes in New Zealand, where it was the most-watched children’s show across all channels in 2015.
Meanwhile, Vivid Imaginations continues to expand their impressive range of Thunderbirds Are Go toys. The latest additions include an articulated Kayo action figure, a Brains and M.A.X action figure twin pack, and FAB 1, with retractable wings and sound effects.