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CITV greenlights third series for Thunderbirds Are Go

ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures have revealed that a new third series of Thunderbirds Are Go has been commissioned by CITV.

Canada’s DHX Media has also snapped up the series in a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment ITVS GE, and will make its debut on its Family CHRGD and Family Channels this month.

In the US, the series will also premier exclusively on Amazon Prime Instant Video on April 22nd, with a sneak preview of the one-hour special Ring of Fire available on April 15th.

Steve Green, EVP of kids’ content and distribution at ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: “Thunderbirds Are Go goes from strength to strength, with this third series commission, Canadian sale and US premiere date following slot-winning ratings in every territory in which it has aired and a strong demand for consumer products.

“Thunderbirds Are Go is proving to be one of the most popular new brands in the international marketplace, and we’re looking to build on this success with new and existing partners this year.”

So far more than 75 licensees are already on board the consumer products programme globally for the series.

Plus, ITVS GE has also sold the series to more than 40 countries worldwide.

Jamila Metran, head of programming for CITV, added: “It’s a delight to be working with the wonderful cast and production team on this third series.

“We can look forward to meeting new characters, bigger rescues, more beautifully crafted models and much more of what has made Thunderbirds Are Go the big hit it is for CITV.”

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