Original Lady Penelope and David Baddiel to make Thunderbirds Are Go! special

Plus brand-new pictures reveal new-look Lady Penelope, Brains and Parker

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Sylvia Anderson, otherwise known as the original Lady Penelope, will be heard in ITV’s upcoming Thunderbirds reboot. 

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Anderson, who created the much loved 1960s children’s series with her husband Gerry, will voice a new character –the fittingly named Lady Penelope’s Great Aunt Sylvia. 

Lady Penelope herself has had a makeover for the new series (although she’s retained her iconic FAB1 pink car) and is being voiced by Gone Girl star Rosamund Pike. 

She’s still got her trusty driver-cum-bodyguard Parker by her side, who is being voiced by original actor David Graham. Inventor Brains will be voiced by comic actor Kayvan Novak (Fonejacker, Cuban Fury).

Anderson’s cameo will be in an episode entitled Designated Driver, which is being written by comedian David Baddiel. 

The new children’s series – a collaboration between ITV and CITV – will use a mix of CGI animation and live-action models to bring Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s much-loved 1960s series bang up to date. Now titled Thunderbirds are Go!, the show is due to launch in spring.

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