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Thunderbirds 

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In the 21st century, the Tracy family operate a unique private mechanized emergency response service.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sylvia Anderson Sylvia Anderson ...  Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Peter Dyneley ...  Jeff Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
David Graham ...  Brains / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Shane Rimmer ...  Scott Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Matt Zimmerman Matt Zimmerman ...  Alan Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Ray Barrett ...  John Tracy / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
Christine Finn ...  Tin-Tin Kyrano / ... 32 episodes, 1965-1966
David Holliday David Holliday ...  Virgil Tracy / ... 26 episodes, 1965-1966
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Storyline

The year is 2065. The location is a secret island base. The Tracy family run International Rescue - a top secret organization whose ongoing mission is to aid humanity. With the support of five incredible THUNDERBIRDS craft, the London agent Lady Penelope Creighton-Ward, her butler and ex safe-cracker Parker and genius Brains, the Tracy family battle the forces of evil. Written by Back of Digitally Remastered DVD

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UK

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English

Release Date:

30 September 1965 (UK) See more »

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Donnervögel See more »

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(32 episodes)

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Stereo (re-mastered version)

Color:

Color (Videcolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Tracy's character design and mannerisms were a slightly altered redesign of Lt. Fisher from Stingray (1964). Gerry Anderson claims to have disliked the character's "all-American" quality, among numerous other reasons he has cited over the years, which is why John is so rarely seen in the series. See more »

Goofs

In five episodes, there are newspapers with the date Friday, 24 December 1964 on the front cover, and was clearly not intended to be seen by viewers. (Oddly enough, 24 December 1964 was a Thursday). See more »

Quotes

Virgil Tracy: Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
[Thunderbird One does not answer]
John Tracy: He's got to have made it, he's GOT to.
Virgil Tracy: Thunderbird Two to Thunderbird One, do you read me?
[static]
Scott Tracy: Loud and clear.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include scenes from that week's episode. Gerry Anderson would later reuse this gimmick in "Space: 1999" (1975) and "Space Precinct" (1995). See more »

Alternate Versions

According to ITC, the early 1990s Fox Network rebroadcasts had to have new vocal and music tracks recorded due to Michael Jackson owning the rights to ITCs music libraries. Edits were also made to remove scenes of characters smoking and drinking, and to shorten the individual episodes to 30 minutes from 60 due to the short attention span of American kids! In 1994, a completely altered version of the series was syndicated under the title "Turbocharged Thunderbirds." Live-action footage of two teenagers in Thunderbird 5 (renamed Hacker Command) was shot, while events from the 1964 series were said to be taking place on "Thunder-World." It was cancelled in 1995. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Episode #4.7 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Dangerous Game
Written by Barry Gray
Performed by The Barry Gray Orchestra
Sung by Lady Penelope (singing voice provided by Sylvia Anderson)
Episode: {"Cham-Cham, The" (1964) (ep. #25)}
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Find it, watch it, love it.
11 September 1999 | by RayBSee all my reviews

An ancient kids T.V. show featuring string puppets and models suspended on wires. Nobody's gonna watch this, right? Wrong.

From the superb intro sequence on you'll be hooked! It wins in every department: music, production, direction; even the model sequences, dated though the techniques now are, work brilliantly (and so they should - the guy who supervised them was Derek Meddings, who went on to do the effects for several of the Bond films, as well as Batman and Superman).

Find this series on tape or scan your T.V. listings. You won't regret it. There were 32 fifty-minute episodes and each was a little gem. There were also two cinematic feature films!

Thunderbirds Are Go!


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