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When it was launched in 1987, the original series aired on S4C, on BBC One, during Children's BBC timeslots. In 1988, the original series was nominated for a BAFTA Award for the Best Short Animated Film. The potential recipients were Ian Frampton and John Walker. [2] In April 2016, Mattel announced a new Fireman Sam special for a May 2017 delivery to coincide with the franchise's 30th anniversary. [19] Jupiter's trailer comes loose on a cobbled street, but when it goes into the garage, the road is made of tarmac. When the power goes out at the Fire Station, Sam has trouble lighting a fire. Meanwhile, Norman and Mandy are building a snowman at the Floods' house and Norman decides to borrow Dilys' best scarf, but when he gets coal on it, he tries to clean it up, but ends up freezing it, and then he starts a fire in the Floods' oven while trying to melt the scarf.

Fireman Sam is the main character and interacts with both colleagues at the fire station and fellow villagers. Despite being so small, and with so little activity, the village sees its fair share of fires, which Sam and his team can easily handle. The vehicles at the fire station include a four-wheeled Bedford TK fire engine called Jupiter, a six-wheeled 1982 Range Rover Rescue Tender named Venus, and Trevor's Bus, a 1985 Ford Transit Dormobile. Fireman Sam's colleagues are Elvis Cridlington, Station Officer Basil Steele (renamed Norris Steele in the new CGI series) and later Penny Morris (who hailed from Newtown with the fire tender). The villagers are bus driver/auxiliary firefighter Trevor Evans, Italian café owner Bella Lasagne, troublemaker Norman Price, Norman's single mother Dilys Price, and the twins Sarah and James Jones. The objects include M.O.P., Bentley the Robot, and Mechanical Master Chef. In 1998, Mitchells Children Rides (formerly R.G. Mitchell) re-made the Fireman Sam kiddie ride with a new Dashboard, and Penny took Station Officer Steele's Place.

On 14 October 2016, Mattel Creations and DHX Media announced that an eleventh series was greenlit for a 2018 delivery. [20] It is a hot day in Pontypandy, and Joe invents many solar-powered gadgets, including a ridiculous-looking hat with a fan on it, which embarrasses Hannah. It proves to be useful when Hannah accidentally leaves a bottle in the sun, which catches fire, trapping everyone on the cliff. The Why Fi

Fireman Samuel "Sam" Jones [1] [2] is the title character of the series. He is a senior firefighter for the Pontypandy Fire Service. He is a competent and brave firefighter, who helps keep the people of Pontypandy safe. He considers his job to be 'the best job in the world' and often helps out in emergencies even on his days off. However, he does have an inventive streak which sometimes gets him in trouble when one of his inventions goes haywire: since the sixth series, he has stopped inventing, though he can be creative from time to time, such as fashioning a barbecue out of an oil drum in the episode Sausages vs. Shrimps. He has been a mascot for British fire services used to promote fire safety to children. [3] In the original series, he lives alone in Pontypandy and his niece and nephew Sarah and James. Has a large fire engine called Jupiter, based on a Bedford TK, receiving elements of a Bedford 6x4 in Series 5 and elements from the Volvo FL6 in Series 6 and entirely a Rosenbauer Panther in Series 15. He also has an all-terrain vehicle called Mercury. Additionally, there is an Animal Rescue Crane called Phoenix, but it has been driven by multiple characters.When Sarah, James and Bronwyn find a wishing well in the woods, they are so busy making wishes that they do not notice that Lion the cat has fallen in!

James' fireman's radio connects to Jupiter, so he ends up solving emergencies before the crew arrives at each one. He then finds himself in deep trouble when he attempts to rescue Mike from a real fire. A Go-Kart Challenge goes topsy-turvy when Peter's Go-Kart catches fire and sets ablaze everything in its path! Norman gets stranded in the caves when attempting to finish his Sea Life spotting project by the rising tide. Bronwyn Jones is a Pontypandy citizen who runs the Wholefish cafe. She is married to Charlie Jones, the daughter of Gareth Griffiths, the sister-in-law of Fireman Sam and is the mother of Sarah and James Jones. Although she was raised in the city, she feels much more at home in Pontypandy. When a fire starts in the forest, James and Sarah are too busy competing with each other to realise they are in danger.

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Fireman Sam first appeared on S4C on 1 November 1987, [4] and a few weeks later on BBC1 on 17 November. The original series finished in 1994, and a new series that expanded the character cast commenced in 2003. The series was also shown as Sam Smalaidh in Scottish Gaelic in Scotland. The series was sold to over 40 countries and has been used across the United Kingdom to promote fire safety. It is a very hot day in Pontypandy and Trevor refuses to accept that his old bus may not make it up the mountain. Between series 1-3 Jupiters siren was a Whelen Alpha style siren, although no emergency services used this siren until the mid-90s. On September 30, 2019, WildBrain and Mattel Television announced that a twelfth series was greenlit for a Summer 2020 delivery. [21] In 2009, Sam appeared with Penny, Elvis and Station Officer Steele in Peter Kay's Animated All Star Band music video on "Children in Need". Although the models from the fifth series were reused for this video mainly made up of stop-motion television characters, the characters retained their voices from the recently established CGI series.

Trevor Evans is looking forward to his date with Dilys Price and decides to take her birdwatching. However, Norman Price accidentally leaves a lemonade bottle in the sun, which sets fire to the grass around it, and eventually, Trevor's birdwatching hide. At one point Sarah mistakenly refers to her Uncle Sam as "Fireman Sam", though she did correct herself later on.This is the first series to have its animation production done by DHX Studios Halifax as part of a new co-production deal between both companies. This is also the first CGI season to only feature 13 episodes instead of the usual 26. TV Stardom comes to Station Officer Steele and everyone in Pontypandy is eager to watch his interview on fire safety. Norman and Krystyna's younger brother Peter get lost at sea when their ship starts to sink, but Krystyna is here to save the day.

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