CITV has commissioned ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures, in collaboration with Weta Workshop, to produce a third season of the increasingly popular revamped series Thunderbirds Are Go.
In addition, Canada’s DHX Media has picked up the series, which is aimed at kids ages five to 11, and will premiere it on its Family CHRGD and Family Channels later this month.
In other upcoming launches, Thunderbirds Are Go will make its US debut exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video on April 22. It will also subsequently become available on the streaming service in the UK, Germany and Austria later this year.
Currently airing in more than 40 countries, the CGI/live-action remake has enjoyed strong international ratings since it launched last year—50 years after Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s classic Thunderbirds Are Go series first bowed.
In the UK, Thunderbirds Are Go premiered on ITV and CITV in April 2015 to a consolidated audience of nearly three million viewers, and the show continued to be the most-watched in its slot. On New Zealand’s TV2, it was the most-watched children’s show across all channels in 2015. In Australia, the series launched as the most-watched multi-channel program of the evening on GO!
The on-screen success of the five heroic Tracy brothers has spilled over to the licensing world, with more than 75 licensees now on-board the brand from markets including the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Within the UK particularly, Thunderbirds Are Go toys were the second-highest-selling new licensed toys last year.