First Annual Thunderbirds Day Announced 


ITV Studios Global Entertainment has announced that the first annual International Thunderbirds Day will take place on 30th September 2017, providing fans all over the world with a date to mark their love of the original Thunderbirds TV series as well as its new-generation revival Thunderbirds Are Go.

The iconic British TV series first aired in the UK on 30th September 1965 and has remained a family favourite for over 50 years; International Thunderbirds Day celebrates the date that Gerry Anderson’s creation first appeared in homes across the UK.


Vue Entertainment will be helping fans across the UK celebrate with a programme of exciting exclusive Thunderbirds Day screenings.

This unique event, held at 2.00pm on Saturday 30th September, in 52 venues nationwide (in honour of 52 years of Thunderbirds), will include a never-before nationally screened episode of Thunderbirds (The Abominable Snowman, from the Thunderbirds 1965 project) in the style of the classic series, filmed in Supermarionation and using audio recordings starring the original cast.

This will be followed by two brand new episodes of Season 2, Part 2 of Thunderbirds Are Go coming to CITV this Autumn.

Suitable for the whole family, fans old and new, or those looking for an introduction to the world of International Rescue, this is a one-off event that is not to be missed.


Fans are encouraged to go dressed as their favourite character (which could be Virgil Tracy, Brains, Parker or Lady Penelope) and post their photos using the hashtag #FAB@Vue to win exclusive prizes! Tickets are available at www.myvue.com/film/thunderbirds-are-fab (see local Vue Cinemas for details).

• Further FAB activities to celebrate all things International Rescue on Thunderbirds Day will be announced soon. Web: www.thunderbirds.com @ThunderbirdsHQ / #FAB

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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