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Fab time for Thunderbirds fans as puppet show returns

Thunderbirds are back as three new episodes of the puppet show will be produced for its 50th anniversary celebrations.

A Kickstarter fund is in place to help raise the money for the Thunderbirds 1965 project and so far more than £150,000 has been pledged by more than 2,000 backers.

In order to see the new episodes, fans will have to click on to Kickstarter and pledge a minimum of £15 if they want to check them out.

The Thunderbirds team has returned to its "spiritual home" at Slough Trading Estate and the project will make use of audio recordings first released in 1966 which featured the series' original voice cast, as well as contemporary music and sound effects.

Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds was originally written, produced and filmed at SEGRO's Slough Trading Estate between 1964 and 1966.

Stephen La Riviere, 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."

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