The first annual Thunderbirds Day will take place on 30th September 2017. To launch this historic celebration of the beloved Thunderbirds franchise and the premiere of new episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go on CITV this September, ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) and Transport for London (TfL) are partnering on a Thunderbirds Are Go takeover of TfL’s iconic Emirates Air Line cable car in east London.
The activity will run from Friday 22nd September to Sunday 29th October offering families and visitors the chance to travel through the Tracy Island themed cable car terminal featuring large models of Thunderbird 1 and Thunderbird 2, and take off in one of the themed cabins amidst the palm trees to the iconic 5-4-3-2-1 countdown. The cable car terminals and all the cabins will be fitted with plenty of selfie opportunities for all the family to enjoy. On Thunderbirds Day (30th September) and in the October half term visitors will also get the chance to meet Virgil, one of the stars of the show, and have the opportunity to bag one of the exclusive giveaways and mementoes.
Emirates Air Line family tickets will be available at the discounted price of £27.50 for two adults and up to three kids. For more information visit https://tfl.gov.uk/thunderbirds-are-go
Dave Fisher, TfL’s Head of Emirates Air Line, said: “What better way to celebrate new episodes of Thunderbirds Are Go than to bring the fun of Tracy Island to the iconic Emirates Air Line cable car for all to enjoy. Taking off to the legendary 5-4-3-2-1 countdown, visitors can soar over the Thames and immerse themselves into the world of International Rescue. With clips from the show being played during the flight, entertainment for the kids and exciting giveaways, especially around half term holidays, it’s going to be a FAB day out at the Emirates Air Line.”
To complement the activity at the Emirates Air Line, InterContinental London – The O2 will be hosting a Lady Penelope-themed Afternoon Tea. Visitors will be able to relax in the stylish and decadent surroundings of the Meridian Lounge as they sample delicious themed treats fit for International Rescue’s most stylish field agent including Tracy island coconut pineapple verrine, FAB 1 pink bonbon torte and Lady Penelope macarons. Two specially created Lady Penelope cocktails will also be on offer providing the perfect finishing touch to a decadent afternoon. The event will also be attended by the Lady Penelope and Parker puppets themselves, as seen on TV recently in the Halifax Savers Are Go adverts. The Meridian Lounge will display bespoke prints from cult pop art studio Art & Hue. Guests will receive a welcome card with a special message from her Ladyship, signed by Rosamund Pike as Lady Penelope, her role in CITV’s reboot Thunderbirds Are Go.
The Lady Penelope-themed afternoon tea event will run from 15th September until 30th October and tickets can be booked through http://bit.ly/MeridianLounge
Vue Entertainment will also be helping fans across the UK celebrate with a programme of exciting exclusive Thunderbirds Day screenings. This unique event will take place in 52 venues nationwide and will include a never-before nationally screened episode of Thunderbirds in the style of the classic series followed by two brand new episodes of the hotly anticipated new season. Tickets are available at https://www.myvue.com/film/thunderbirds-are-fab (see local Vue Cinemas for details).