WHAT’S ON TV – Thunderbirds Are Go is about to hit ITV this evening (April 4th), and there are some new characters to look out who weren’t in the original 1960s series. One of them is a girl called Kayo, voiced by Angel Coulby, best known as Gwen in BBC1’s fantasy series Merlin…
“Kayo has kind of been adopted by the Tracy family and is a tough action kind of girl. She often has to get very hands on with fighting the bad guys and doesn’t mind doing a bit of martial arts or having fisticuffs if necessary,” Angel told What’s on TV.
“Kayo’s supposed to consult the team if she wants to go in and get the bad guys, but she kind of can’t be bothered to do that. She tends to get on board a spaceship, fly in there and get rid of them. Lots of viewers will be jealous of Kayo because she’s amazingly cool. Initially Kayo was supposed to be American, but because of something that happens later in the show we decided actually it was better if she was English.”
Angel is sure Kayo will be popular with the new generation of Thunderbirds Are Go fans watching the new 26-part series. She also reckons it’ll bring her back on to the sci-fi fantasy convention circuit soon…
“I did a few Merlin conventions which were great. There’s just this massive enthusiasm, which you don’t tend to see around other genres. People are so dedicated, they live for these conventions, and shows like Thunderbirds. I remember our first group of Merlin fans who turned up at the castle when we were filming Merlin. They were just there every year and they were like we just get together every year and we’re just so passionate about it. Generally it’s a really nice thing.”
The world of Thunderbirds Are Go, Tracy Island, miniature sets and craft have been lovingly made by none other than WETA Workshop – the model makers behind Lord Of The Rings, The Hobbit and Avatar. The series music has been specially composed by Ben and Nick Foster, best known for their work on Doctor Who and Torchwood.
The first brief teaser for ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures’ upcoming “Thunderbirds Are Go!” series has surfaced online and can be watched below. The teaser points fans to the official site at Thunderbirds.com, where we should be able to learn more about the 2015 series soon.
Featuring effects by Weta Workshop, the iconic series is coming back and features a cast led by Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) as Lady Penelope and David Graham (“Thunderbirds” 1965) reprising his role as chauffeur and International Rescue agent Parker.
Unstoppable inventor Brains will be voiced by Kayvan Novak, while Tracy brothers Gordon and John are both played by Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, “Game of Thrones”). Rasmus Hardiker voices both the youngest and oldest Tracy brothers, Alan and Scott. The fifth Tracy brother, Virgil, will be played by David Menkin. Tracy Island matriarch Grandma Tracy is voiced by Sandra Dickinson and master villain The Hood is played by Andres Williams.
“Thunderbirds Are Go!” will feature new characters including Kayo, the Tracy brothers’ friend and fellow island resident, who will be played by Angel Coulby, and Colonel Casey voiced by Adjoa Andoh (“Doctor Who”).
This re-invention of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s much-loved series will be produced using an innovative mix of CGI animation and live-action miniature sets. (source)
Portraits of Angel and the cast of Dancing on the Edge taken during the filming of the series have now been added to the gallery, with big thanks to Far Far Away. Enjoy them! :)
Wishing Angel a Happy 34th Birthday!