The iconic Thundebirds puppets are to return to Slough Trading Estate to celebrate their 50th anniversary.
British puppet show, Thunderbirds, is to return to the Slough Trading Estate, where Gerry Anderson wrote, produced and filmed the original series 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.”
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.”
Paul Lewis, SEGRO’s Regional Director for the Thames Valley, said: “It is really exciting to welcome Thunderbirds back to their original home and to be able to help them celebrate their 50th anniversary. Thunderbirds is a British brand that is known worldwide and which produced all its original shows from our Slough Trading Estate.”