BBC Two and the Sci Fi Channel UK are the two latest broadcasters to come aboard for ITV’s cult family series Thunderbirds. Along with the broadcast rebirth, ITV is looking to refresh a new L&M program for the property.
A popular episode will air on the Beeb on Sunday December 28 after a 60-minute documentary All About Thunderbirds, co-produced by ITV Global Entertainment and the BBC, which will repeat on New Year’s Day 2009.
Meanwhile, the 32 x 60-minute series will air on the Sci Fi Channel in spring 2009 as part of its primetime lineup with other fan faves such as Star Trek. The new broadcast deals present new consumer product opportunities for ITV, which it will seek to build on the property’s current licensing program that includes fashion, toys, DVD and gaming.