Thunderbirds, the iconic 1960s children’s TV series, is set to make a return to the small screen in 2015.

The new series, which has the working title, Thunderbirds Are Go!, will be produced in New Zealand’s special effects studio.

The puppet series will "affectionately pay tribute" to the classic show which first appeared on TV in 1965, created by Gerry Anderson, who died in December at the age of 83.

Speaking about the new 26-part series, ITV Studios UK managing director Denise O'Donoghue said: "Thunderbirds is a highly respected brand that continues to hold recognition around the world.

"This cult series is often credited as changing the history of animation and action-adventure, and we look forward to taking the show to another level while retaining the much-loved heritage that has endured over the past 50 years."