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Fireman Sam Lost Cat is an animated children's television series about a fireman called Sam, his fellow firefighters, and other townspeople in the fictional Welsh rural town of Pontypandy (a portmanteau of two real towns, Pontypridd and Tonypandy, which are situated approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) apart in the South Wales valleys). The original idea for the show came from two ex-firemen from Kent, who took their idea to artist and writer Rob Lee who developed the concept, and the show was later commissioned by S4C.

Fireman Sam first appeared in Welsh on S4C as Sam Tân in 1987, and later in English on BBC1 in 1987. The original series finished in 1994, and a new series which expanded the character cast commenced in 2003. The series was also shown in Gaelic in Scotland, where it was known as Sam Smalaidh. The series was sold to over 40 countries and has been used across the United Kingdom to promote fire safety.

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Development Edit

The original idea came about from two ex-firemen from Kent – Dave Gingell and David Jones. They approached Mike Young, creator of SuperTed in Barry, Wales, and asked them to further develop their concept. The idea was then brought to S4C's Director of Animation, Chris Grace, who saw potential in the idea and commissioned the series. Grace had previously commissioned Superted, which had achieved success across the United Kingdom and worldwide. The characters and storylines were created by Rob Lee, an illustrator from Cardiff, and the program was produced using stop-motion. It could take up to 4 days to produce 1 minute of this form of puppet animation. Fireman Sam has to this day been translated into over 25 different languages including Mandarin.[1] In the first four series, all the character voices were performed by John Alderton (in English) and Gareth Lewis (in Welsh). The later series used several actors' voices. Voice direction in Welsh was by Pat Griffiths.

Series history Edit

Original series Edit

The series originally comprised 32 ten-minute episodes and a 20-minute Christmas special. The narration and character voices were done by John Alderton (and by Gareth Lewis in the Welsh version).

Sam is the protagonist in the show, and interacts with both colleagues at the fire station and local townspeople. He is seen as somewhat of a hero in the village. Despite being so small, and with so little activity, the town 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. Sam's colleagues are Elvis Cridlington and Station Officer Norris Steele (Station Officer Basil Steele in the original series). The townspeople are Bus Driver/Auxiliary Firefighter Trevor Evans, Italian Cafe Owner Bella Lasagne, Norman Price, Norman's mother Dilys Price, and the twins James and Sarah Jones. The objects include Bentley the Robot, trash can robot, and Mechanical Master Chef.

In the original television series produced by Bumper Films between 1987 and 1994, the firefighters had yellow and black uniforms, whereas in the new CGI television series produced by HIT Entertainment and Hibbert Ralph, the firefighters had yellow and blue uniforms.[clarification needed]

In 1988, the series was nominated for a BAFTA TV Award for Best Short Animated Film. The potential recipients were Ian Frampton and John Walker.[2]

2002 series Edit

In 2002 a new Fireman Sam series was produced by Siriol Productions (now known as Calon TV), comprising twenty-six episodes, each ten minutes in length. These episodes used more modern techniques of stop-motion animation including mouths that move with the dialogue. This series featured all the original characters, but also introduced some new faces, such as Tom Thomas, the Australian pilot of rescue helicopter Wallaby One and the Mountain Rescue 4×4 Jeep, an unnamed photographer/news reporter, and the Flood family; consisting of Mike the plumber, his wife Helen the nurse, and their daughter Mandy. The updated Jupiter has six wheels, loosely based on a Bedford 6×4, and Venus is loosely based on a Mini Cooper. The characters in this series were voiced by John Sparkes, Joanna Ruiz and Sarah Hadland.

The show's production companies were Bumper Films and Siriol Productions (2002–present), and its distributors were British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Sianel 4 Cymru (S4C).[3]

2008– series Edit

Pontypandy is now a seaside fishing village instead of a village set deep in the hills as in the early series, though most of the locations have retained their appearances. Another change in this series is that the twins' parents appear for the first time; their new-age mother Bronwyn, and fisherman father Charlie, Sam's brother, who run a cafe/fish-and-chip shop called 'Whole Fish Cafe'. The series is produced by SD Entertainment and Prism Leisure Group for HIT Entertainment.

Jupiter was upgraded again, now loosely based on a Volvo FL6 Fire Engine, with a grille between the sirens and rectangular headlamps on the bump. Venus was still the same vehicle like the 2002 series, but it can now shoot water out of a mounted water cannon. Trevor's bus was new but with triangular headlamps. New vehicles introduced were Mike Flood's Van in the sixth season onwards, and Mercury, Saturn, Pontypandy Flyer, and Bessie introduced from the eighth season onwards.

The outfits were updated throughout the series (except for Norman Price): Every firefighter have white lining on the sleeves and the fire badges on the left sleeves and on the back. Dilys Price has eye shadows, glasses, black hair, necklace, green shirt with pink polka dots, and blue trousers. James Jones, has a green sweater and olive green trousers. Sarah Jones has a pink shirt, sky blue vest, and bright blue trousers. Mike Flood has green overalls, white shirt and a blue cap. Tom Thomas has orange rescue suits. Mandy Flood has a yellow shirt with a blue tank top with flowers, and a purple skirt with flowers.

Many characters also had aspects of their personalities made more apparent. Norman Price is far more mischievous and inconsiderate than in the 2005 series where his pranks were often planned out and his accidents were due to badly planned ideas rather than outrageous schemes. For example, in the episode "Pontypandy Extreme", Norman gets trapped down a wishing well after attempting to climb down in order to retrieve the coins from the bottom. Other examples are Station Officer Steele's strictness and maturity and Elvis's decrease in general competence. For example, in one episode where a first aid training exercise is taking place, Elvis is told off by Steele for dancing with the dummy that is being used. At the same time, Steele is not afraid to unleash the child within him, showing an interest in kite flying and paper planes. He also occasionally causes emergencies himself, and always seems to gasp when an emergency comes in. Also Station Officer Steele's name has changed to Station Officer Norris Steele

Other changes include the removal of Bella, although her cafe can still be seen opposite Dilys' shop, now a 7-Eleven-esque convenience store called the "Cut Price Supermarket". It seems the Whole Fish Cafe and Bronwyn and Charlie have replaced them. Penny also now has another string to her bow, as she is a trained lifeguard and the driver of Neptune (the town's lifeboat). Also Rosa and Dusty have been replaced by Lion, Nipper, and Radar.

Since 2012, additional characters were introduced: a firefighter named Chief Fire Officer Boyce, one animal called Norris the Guinea Pig, five new townspeople named Derek Price, Moose Roberts, Gareth Griffiths, Lily, and Mrs. Chen, and two new objects were the ukelele named Marjorie, AKA Marjorie Stays With Me, and a thermal heating tracking device named Saturn.

In 2014, other characters were introduced: one lifeguard named Ben Hooper, one mechanic named Joe Sparkes with his wife Lizzie Sparkes, and their daughter Hannah Sparkes. Also, new vehicles were introduced: a jet ski named Juno and a fire boat named Titan. Also in "Ultimate Heroes" or "Heroes of the Storm" There is Ellie Phillips and Arnold McKinley, new firefighter members. There is Hydrus (later Catfish or Wildcat) the 6-wheeled vehicle boat, and an unnamed Mobile Command Unit too.

The characters in this series were voiced by Steven Kynman, Tegwen Tucker, David Carling, and Su Douglas. Also in 2014, John Hasler, Ifan Huw Dafydd, Alex Lowe and Nigel Whitmey joined the cast.

Main characters Edit

Firefighters Edit

  • Fireman Samuel 'Sam' Peyton Jones is referred to as the "hero next door", Charlie's older brother and Bronwyn's brother-in-law. He is the brave archetypal fireman

and protector, who remains composed in an emergency and unfailingly offers assistance to all those in need. Sam is single, but maintains a close relationship with his nephew, James, and niece, Sarah. He lives at 3 Vale Road next to Trevor Evans. Sam spends his spare time in his "inventing shed", in which he makes devices ranging from a potato picker made from old bicycle parts to a machine capable of replacing the town band. On occasion his inventive streak can undermine his emphasis on fire safety. His catchphrase is "Great fires of London." and "Action stations everybody."

  • Fireman Elvis Cridlington who is named after the King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley for his Pompadour hairstyle and his admiration of Rock n roll

provides a stark contrast to Sam in both competency and demeanour. His catchphrase is "Great balls of fire." (2008–present season).

  • Station Officer Norris Steele previously Station Officer Basil Steele is the chief of Pontypandy Fire Station. As a former army officer,

he insists upon a high standard of both hygiene and efficiency in the fire station. His catchphrase in the old series was "Now who needs the fire service." but in the new series it is "Action stations men.", which fell out of use in the CGI series.

  • Firefighter Penny Morris is the only female member of the Pontypandy fire brigade. In the original series, she only visited occasionally (hailing from Newtown fire station), although in the new series, she seems to work at Pontypandy full-time. Penny doubles as a mechanic.

Her ideas are often unconventional and at odds with her male colleagues, but she usually turns out to have been right. Penny is often known to go on adventures with the town's children – James and Sarah, Norman Price and Mandy Flood. A relationship between her and Elvis has been hinted more than once. It is also hinted that Penny is a vegetarian. Her catchphrase is: "Action stations at last" and "Stand by everybody".

  • Chief Fire Officer Boyce hails from Newtown, and visits Pontypandy.

Firefighter Ellie Phillips - Ellie Phillips is the new female firefighter introduced in the latest feature-length special Heroes of the Storm. She attended the Newtown Fire Academy and was one of the best in the batch.

Firefighter Arnold McKinley - Arnold McKinley is the new fireman introduced in the latest feature-length special Heroes of the Storm. It is him who gave the name "Hydrus" to the new rescue vehicle introduced at the end of this special. He attended the Newtown Fire Academy and was one of the best in his batch.

Townspeople Edit

  • Trevor Evans is a West Indian former auxiliary fireman with the Pontypandy brigade. His job is as the town's bus driver. He is known for his fondness for cricket,

his fear of heights, his awkward manner and general bad luck streak, but nonetheless exhibits a great devotion to the welfare of others (especially Dilys). In the 2005 and 2008 seasons, Trevor is no longer an auxiliary firefighter but is still the bus driver, and the spark between him and Dilys still holds strong.

  • Dilys Price runs the town grocery store. She is a well known gossip,

and has great affection for Trevor, the bus driver (something which poor Trevor is too shy to act upon). Dilys is the mother of town mischief-maker Norman Price, but is frequently blind to her son's troublesome ways. She dotes on her only child, or "Mummy's Little Darling" or My Little Treasure as she sometimes calls him. In earlier series', Dilys is shown to be more snobbish than later. She also appears to use Malapropisms in her speech (EG: 'Inhalation' becomes 'Installation', 'Hysterical' becomes 'Historical'). She is also known to be self-centered; when she and Bella think they are going to be abducted by aliens, Bella says "It's-a coming straight for us!", to which Dilys replies "Stands to reason, if they want an intelligent life forms." while looking disapprovingly at Bella.

  • Bella Lasagne (1985-2003) - Bella is the absent-minded town cafe owner, hailing from Italy. Bella appears to be based on the real Welsh Italians who ran cafes known as "Bracchis" in South Wales Valleys.
  • Charlie 'Charles' Jones (2008 onwards) - Charlie is a

fisherman, Bronwyn's husband, Fireman Sam's brother and father of Sarah and James. He is running his fishing boat.

  • Bronwyn Jones (nee Griffiths) (2008 onwards) - Bronwyn is a Pontypandy citizen who runs the Wholefish Café and is the mother of Sarah and James.
  • Gareth Griffiths (2012 onwards) - Gareth is Father of Bronwyn, Maternal Grandfather of Sarah and James and Charlie's Father-in-Law.
  • Helen Flood (2003 onwards) - Helen is the town's Nurse and mother of Mandy Flood.
  • Mike Flood (2003 onwards) - Mike is a handyman and father of Mandy Flood.
  • Tom Thomas (2003 onwards) - Tom is a helicopter pilot who

hails form Australia. He helps with certain emergencies if the firefighters need his assistance.

  • Moose Roberts (2012 onwards) - Moose is a famous mountain climber who hails from Canada and works at the Mountain Activity Centre.
  • Mrs. Chen (2012 onwards) - Mrs. Chen is mother of Lily.
  • Ben Hooper (2014 onwards) - Ben is the new coastguard who operates the ocean rescue center.
  • Joe Sparkes (2014 onwards) - Joe is the town's mechanic and father of Hannah Sparkes.
  • Lizzie Sparkes (2014 onwards) - Lizzie is Joe's husband and Hannah's mum.

Children Edit

  • Sarah & James Jones are the relatively

well-behaved five-year-old daughter and son twins of Charlie, niece and nephew of Fireman Sam. They are often more sensible in an emergency than Norman. When they grow up they want to be firefighters like their uncle Sam. They started acting more like naughty twins in the 2008 series (i.e. insulting each other, having arguments, and sometimes being the cause of an emergency, but it is made clear they still care for each other).

  • Norman Stanley Price is a seven-year-old boy with a love of practical jokes and skateboarding.

Unfortunately, Norman regularly fails to set appropriate limits on his own behaviour, and has been known to cause mischief and sometimes causes havoc at the fire station, and for many of Pontypandy's residents. He has shown interest in becoming a firefighter himself one day. In the 2008 series, his intelligence went down. In the same series, he received a palette-swap cousin, Derek (see below).

  • Mandy Flood is a seven year old girl and daughter to Helen and Mike Flood. She is good a friend to the other children of Pontypandy.
  • Derek Price is Norman's cousin, Mr. Price's Son.
  • Lily Chen is the three year-old daughter of Mrs. Chen and youngest child on the show.
  • Hannah Sparkes is an eleven year old girl and the daughter of

Joe and Lizzie's daughter. She is the only child in Pontypandy to use a wheelchair.

Episode list Edit

Series 1 (1987) Edit

Episode no. Series no. Title Original air date
1 1 "The Kite" 17 November 1987
On

a very windy day, strong winds bring down a telegraph pole. Sarah and James' kite gets stuck on Dilys' roof and Sam has to come to rescue it. But then Fireman Trevor Evans hurts his arm.

2 2 "Barn Fire" 19 November 1987
On

a very hot day, Sarah and James are picking potatoes for Bella. Fireman Sam wonders if he can help, but first he has to deal with a barn fire at Pandy Lane Farm.

3 3 "Trevor's Training" 24 November 1987
It's

routine drill for Fireman Trevor Evans on his first day in the fire service, until a message comes over the radio. Meanwhile Fireman Cridlington is busy cooking mashed potatoes.

4 4 "Flat Tyre" 26 November 1987
After

going to a boot-sale, Fireman Trevor Evans' tyre goes flat and invades Pontypandy, causing loads of delays. Luckily Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

5 5 "Camping" 1 December 1987
What

have a frog and an oily rag got to do with camping? Fireman Sam, Sarah and James soon find out. Meanwhile Fireman Trevor Evans' school bus breaks down, and then the campers' tent catches fire.

6 6 "Norman's Tricky Day" 3 December 1987
Norman

Price is up to his old tricks as usual, but this time he plays one too many. He causes havoc at the fire station, making a hoax 999 call to Bella's cafe, putting grease on the fire pole and setting of the station alarm. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

7 7 "Lost Cat" 8 December 1987
Saturdays

are busy enough for Bella, without having to deal with chip pan fires and lost cats. Meanwhile Fireman Trevor Evans gets stuck up a tree in Pandy Square. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue. Fireman Cridlington is painting the door red at Pontypandy Fire Station.

8 8 "Telly Trouble" 10 December 1987
TV

Stardom comes to Station Officer Steele and everyone in Pontypandy is all for watching his television speech on fire safety. Fireman Sam and Fireman Cridlington come to the rescue when the television catches fire at Bella Lasagnae's Cafe.

Series 2 (1988) Edit

Both the English and Welsh language versions of these episodes aired in 1988 at 5:00 pm on S4C.

Episode no. Series no. Title Original air date
9 1 "Safe With Sam" 1 November 1988
There

is a fireworks display being held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Pontypandy Fire Station. But there are many valuable lessons to be learned about safety.

10 2 "Treasure Hunt" 8 November 1988
Fireman

Sam introduces Sarah and James to his new metal detector, and they get hooked on looking for treasure. Unfortunately, they manage to burst a water pipe in the park while searching for Bella's keys. Norman Price's game of "Knights of the Round Table" backfires when his saucepan helmet gets stuck on his head. Overall, it's a busy day for Fireman Sam and the crew.

11 3 "Sam's Day Off" 15 November 1988
Fireman

Sam's popcorn machine is just the ticket for the cinemas, until it suffers from a touch of 'flumbustication'. Luckily, Fireman Cridlington, Trevor Evans and Station Officer Steele come to the rescue.

12 4 "Chemistry Set" 22 November 1988
Norman Price's dream of making the pongiest stink bomb in the world backfires when Dilys Price walks into the laboratory.
13 5 "The Wishing Well" 29 November 1988
Fireman Trevor Evans organises a search party when Norman Price doesn't come back from picking strawberries.
14 6 "The Great Inventor" 6 December 1988
Fireman

Sam is all set to win the Best Inventor in Wales competition, until Norman Price plays around with one of his inventions. Meanwhile Dilys Price leaves the iron on which causes Fire at the General Store. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

15 7 "Thief In Pontypondy" 13 December 1988
Fireman

Sam's mislaid his watch, Bella's necklace has disappeared and Dilys' earrings have gone missing. Can Sam solve the mystery? Then there's a chimney on fire at Bella Lasagnae's Café and Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

16 8 "Snow Business" 22 December 1988
All

Christmas preparations stop when the crew are called out to rescue Sarah and James who are trapped on ice. Fireman Cridlington is in the kitchen preparing the turkey for Christmas. Fireman Trevor Evans' bus gets stuck in the snow and Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

Series 3 (1990) Edit

Both the English and Welsh language versions of these episodes aired in 1990.

Episode no. Series no. Title Original air date
17 1 "Dilys' Forgetful Day" 15 October 1990
While

cleaning the windows, Dilys falls off the ladder and loses her memory, meaning Norman Price is having to do a lot of explaining. A new fire-fighter: Penny Morris comes to Pontypandy from Newtown, and Fireman Cridlington takes a shine to her. Later Trevor's bus gets stuck in a ditch and has to call Fireman Sam for help.

18 2 "Spot Of Bother" 22 October 1990
Norman

Price's double bluff backfires when chicken pox hits Pontypandy. Firefighters do training fitness in the morning hours, when there's a Fire at Pontypandy Fire Station in the kitchen. Norman Price gets red crayon on his face, so Fireman Cridlington and Trevor Evans remark he is not looking too good.

19 3 "Halloween" 29 October 1990
It's Halloween in Pontypandy and Firefighter Penny Morris is in for a nasty shock.
20 4 "Norman's Pitfall" 5 November 1990
Not

far from an old disused mineshaft at Pandy Lane farm Norman Price is fishing for chocolate cream eclairs at someone else's picnic!

21 5 "Lost Ring" 12 November 1990
Bella

is very happy about the diamond ring she inherited, until it goes missing. When there is a Flood at Bella's Cafe Fireman Sam and Fireman Cridlington comes to the rescue.

22 6 "All In A Good Cause" 19 November 1990
Fireman Sam is dumbstruck when all the charity money they've raised for a good cause goes missing.
23 7 "Brass Band" 26 November 1990
Only

practice makes perfect when it comes to playing music, but the Fire Service band needs something quicker than that. Fireman Trevor Evans gets stuck on the roof during a game of cricket and Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

24 8 "Lost In The Fog" 3 December 1990
Firefighter

Penny Morris becomes anxious when Sarah and James don't arrive for tea. But Sarah and James are lost in fog so Fireman Sam has to go to their rescue.

25 9 "Bentley The Robot" 10 December 1990
Fireman Sam's latest invention is almost superhuman, until it meets Norman Price.

Series 4 (1994) Edit

Both the English and Welsh language versions of these episodes aired in 1994.

Episode no. Series no. Title Original air date
26 1 "Home From Rome" 25 October 1994
Rosa

stows away in Bella's shopping trolley, when she goes to Bingles' Department Store. But disaster strikes when a lift gets stuck and it is up to the Pontypandy Fire Service to rescue Bella and her cat.

27 2 "Rich & Famous" 27 October 1994
Dilys

Price wishes she were rich and famous, so she goes off to do some treasure hunting in the attic. But she gets more than she bargained for when she knocks over a candle, setting the roof on fire. Fireman Trevor Evans gets out a video recorder and Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

28 3 "Quarry Rescue" 1 November 1994
When

Bella is making pizzas for Fireman Trevor Evans to deliver, James falls into an old quarry. Then Fireman Trevor Evans gets his finger stuck in the brake fluid chamber.

29 4 "Deep Trouble for Sam" 3 November 1994
Fireman

Sam has a week off, so he goes to weed Firefighter Penny Morris' cottage garden. But when he falls over, the ground swallows him up.

30 5 "Trevor's Bus Boot Sale" 8 November 1994
Trevor

Evans is holding a 'Bus Boot Sale', but then gets trapped at the old dump while suffering from the effect of some toxic fumes. Norman Price rescues Trevor and then gets a surprise from him.

31 6 "What Goes Up" 10 November 1994
Fireman Trevor Evans gets stuck in a hot air balloon and soon it is Fireman Sam who comes to the rescue.
32 7 "Steele Under Par" 15 November 1994
When

Station Officer Steele is given a letter of retirement, he decides to go golfing. But then there's a little trouble in Trevor's shed which catches fire. Fireman Sam and Fireman Cridlington come to the rescue.

33 8 "Disaster For Dinner" 17 November 1994
A

fire drill practice is being held at Bella's Cafe, but first there's trouble at 3 Vale Road when Fireman Sam's new robot chef catches fire. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

Series 5 (2003) Edit

Both the Welsh and English versions of these episodes aired in 2003.

Episode no. Series no. Title Original air date
34 1 "Danger Falling Sheep" 31 March 2003
Norman

wants to find fame by conquering the summit of Pontypandy Mountain but his ascent is stalled when Woolly, a falling lamb, lands on his head! Trapped on a ledge, Norman and Woolly nibble biscuits whilst their friends raise the alarm. Sam tries to reach Norman with Jupiter's extending ladder, but it won't reach!

35 2 "Twist Of Fate" 1 April 2003
Station

Officer Steele takes Norman Price and Mandy Flood pot-holing, the rest of the crew look forward to a restful afternoon. However, the peace is soon shattered when Station Officer Steele finds himself in a tight spot and the only way out is blocked.

36 3 "A Real Livewire" 2 April 2003
Mandy

Flood has her heart set on having a pet but her mum who's allergic to fur is not keen. However, when Mandy rescues a squirrel from Dusty's clutches, she decides to secretly smuggle him into her room. Left to his own devices, the little 'live wire' gnaws through the flex of Mandy's TV and starts a fire.

37 4 "Bug Eyed Boy From Venus" 3 April 2003
Fireman

Trevor Evans tells the children that there's no such thing as little green men from outer space, but Norman Price is determined to prove him wrong. Fireman Sam and Cridlington come to stop him in his antics.

38 5 "Bathtime For Dusty" 4 April 2003
Scruffy

dog Dusty is chosen to be the Fire Station mascot, but first he must have a bath. Not keen on the idea of a wash, he decides to flee. The twins are determined to find him and a game of hide and seek ensues. Meanwhile, accident-prone handyman Mike Flood starts a fire at the Mountain Rescue Station and has to radio for help.

39 6 "Neighbourhood Watch Out" 7 April 2003
Mandy

Flood, Sarah and James decide to start a junior neighbourhood watch scheme, but get rather carried away. They suspect Trevor Evans of stealing Dilys' fruit and veg, only to find that he's delivering it. Then they mistakenly administer first aid to Bella Lasagne before discovering that she's covered in ketchup, not blood. Finally they clear away an 'unattended' ladder, stranding Mike on the roof of the cafe.

40 7 "Twitchers In Trouble" 8 April 2003
Fireman

Trevor Evans is looking forward to his date with Dilys Price and decides to take her birdwatching. However, a fire at Trevor Evans' birdwatching hide ensures that the date is hotter than planned. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

41 8 "Carnival Of Junk" 9 April 2003
Mandy

is looking forward to the family holiday in Jamaica because she's longing to see the carnival, but she is taken ill and the holiday is called off. Meanwhile, the Twins are trying to keep Pontypandy tidy, but in their attempt to clear up, James gets trapped beneath an old boiler. When he escapes Mike manages to lay his hands on the boiler and turn it into a steel drum. He enlists Sam's help to bring a Caribbean carnival to Pontypandy.

42 9 "Mummy's Little Pumpkin" 10 April 2003
It's

Halloween and Fireman Sam gives Norman the biggest pumpkin in the pumpkin patch so he can make a Jack 'O Lantern. Norman is determined to go all out for scares and leaves his lighted lantern unattended while he takes to the streets as "Count Norman, the scariest vampire in all of Pontypandy". While he is trick-or-treating at the fire-station Norman discovers his mum's shop is on fire and she's inside.

43 10 "Joker Soaker" 11 April 2003
There's

a drought in Pontypandy. To everyone's horror, Naughty Norman Price has received a Joker Soaker, the most powerful water pistol in the world, and Sam reminds him not to waste water. He doesn't listen and takes to the streets to drench everyone. He's just about to give Dusty a drenching when he realises the dog has his head stuck in the railings. The reformed menace feeds the parched pooch water from his toy while Sam and the fire crew cut him free.

44 11 "Fit For Nothing" 14 April 2003
When

Fireman Sam invents a new exercise machine called the Joggalator, everyone wants a go. All the fire station wants to be picked to appear in the new Wales's Fittest Firefighter calendar, but who'll be the winner? Meanwhile, outside a thunderstorm is raging and Bella's cat Rosa is scared up a tree by a flash of lightning.

45 12 "Deepwater" 15 April 2003
Norman

Price is fascinated by Sam's Beep-o-matic, a high-tech metal-detector, in fact, he can't keep his hands off it. When Sam's back is turned, Norman and Mandy borrow the Beep-o-matic and go treasure hunting. But the children's over-zealous digging causes Mandy to tumble into a Celtic burial mound, and Norman is forced to run for help as the hole starts filling with water from the thunderstorm raging above.

46 13 "Beast Of Pontypandy" 16 April 2003
Practical

joker Norman Price gives his pet lamb Woolly a mudbath and passes him off as the Black Beast of Pontypandy. Mandy and James set off to track the beast, but Norman convinces them it's closing in on its hunters. Fireman Sam and his colleagues arrive to net the "Dangerous Monster" and get a surprise.

47 14 "Pizza Palaver" 17 April 2003
Bella

is as sick as a parrot when a bird's nest falls down the chimney and into her new oven - thanks to Norman Price's antics. Mandy and Norman gathers "tomatoes" from Sam's garden not realising they are chilli peppers, and Norman tries one. Sam comes to the rescue. Meanwhile as Norman and Mandy are having pizza making lessons, Bella's chimney catches fire because of the bird's nest stuck there.

48 15 "Fun Run" 18 April 2003
Today

in Pontypandy, a fun run has been organised for charity. Unfortunately Norman Price's cheating ways put James and the other competitors in danger. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

49 16 "Trouble And Squeak" 21 April 2003
Norman

Price has taken the school mouse home to look after and manages to make twenty-five of his mum's toilet rolls disappear. Station Officer Steele has trouble with golf balls and hurts his foot, and Fireman Sam has fun with a new invention. The mouse goes on the run and ends up stuck in Bella's chimney. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

50 17 "King Of The Jungle" 22 April 2003
As

a heatwave puts Pontypandy's haystacks at risk from spontaneous combustion, so Sam invents a special thermometer for taking a haystack's temperature. The Tarzanesque jungle cry of Norman Price raises the alarm when the twins get caught in such a blazing haystack.

51 18 "Norman's Invisible Friend" 23 April 2003
Norman

Price invents a fictitious friend to get double helpings of everything. Meanwhile, accident-prone Mike Flood is struggling to prepare a party buffet for his daughter when a fire starts, leaving Norman's 'friend' trapped inside. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

52 19 "High Jinx" 24 April 2003
Norman

rigs up a wind-powered skateboard to help his with his newspaper deliveries. Sam is busily repairing the inflatable pontoon which the fire crew use for rescues on water. When Norman's kite carries him away and dumps him in Pontypandy lake, the twins raise the alarm.

53 20 "The Case Of The Liquorice Shoelaces" 25 April 2003
Someone

has been stealing shoelaces from Dilys' shop and the prime suspect is Norman Price, but not surprisingly, he isn't to blame. He sets out to prove his innocence. There's a shop fire at Dilys Price's General Store. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

54 21 "Fiery Finale" 28 April 2003
There's

a talent show in Pontypandy and Norman Price is searching for an act. But whatever he tries, compère Trevor Evans "pours cold water" on it. Finally, when Norman tries to play Fireman Cridlington's electric guitar, he is asked to leave the stage. Then his eyes alight on a comic featuring 'Lasso Kid' and he decides to delight the crowd with his roping skills. However, Norman's rope tricks soon lead to a fire and Fireman Sam has to intervene.

55 22 "Birthday Surprise" 29 April 2003
It

is Fireman Sam's birthday and everyone is preparing for a surprise party for him. Norman Price has to keep him away until it is time. Meanwhile, Dusty is sniffing around the buffet table and knocks over the birthday cake. The candles start a fire in Bella's cafe.

56 23 "Firefighter Of Tomorrow" 30 April 2003
Norman

Price wants to be a fireman when he grows up but he can't wait that long. This episode shows clips from 'Joker Soaker', 'Twitchers in Trouble' and 'Beast of Pontypandy'. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

57 24 "Fields Of Fire" 1 May 2003
Sam

receives new equipment for fighting fires. It proves to be useful when careless campers fail to put out their fires in the fields. Trevor tries to take the children swimming but his bus breaks down on the way and whilst he fixes it, the youngsters go off to explore. When they try to lead Dusty back to the bus, they are swallowed up in a pall of smoke from the burning fields. Fireman Sam arrives with his new piece of equipment to save the day.

58 25 "Let It Snow" 2 May 2003
The

roads to Pontypandy are blocked with snow. When the villagers face a Christmas without a tree, one brave soul known as Norman Price, decides to try to get one. As a result. Fireman Sam ends up having to rescue him.

59 26 "The Big Freeze" 5 May 2003
There's

a cold snap in Pontypandy and Norman's pet lamb Woolly is freezing. Dilys won't allow Woolly to share Norman's bed so Norman decides to make the lamb a bed of his own from an old electric blanket - he doesn't realise the faulty blanket is a fire hazard. The smouldering blanket bursts into flames and Sam is called out to fight the fire. But a falling icicle punctures the fire-hose and Sam is forced to improvise.

Series 6 (2008) Edit

The English language version of these episodes first aired in 2008.

Episode no. Series no. Title Written by Original air date
60 1 "Blow Me Down" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 11 February 2008
Station

Officer Steele gets out his kite and pretends it's his nephew's. When he tries to fly it at the Flood's house, it gets stuck on the roof. Meanwhile Norman Price, Charlie Jones and Dilys Price are in need of help in the sea. Fireman Sam is in charge at the Fire Station, so he goes to the rescue.

61 2 "Pontypandy Extreme" Dave Ingham 12 February 2008
Norman

is upset when Trevor accidentally runs over his skateboard. Not prepared to wait until his birthday for a new board, Norman decides to retrieve coins from the bottom of a wishing well and buy one himself. When Norman becomes trapped, Sam must use the abseiling skills he has just learned from Tom to rescue him.

62 3 "Elvis Sings The Blues" Lee Pressman 13 February 2008
Fireman

Elvis Cridlington breaks his leg dancing around the Fire Station and begins to wonder if he is really cut out to be a fireman. But when Mike Flood ends up dangling precariously from his roof and Norman gets his head stuck in railings, it is up to Elvis to save the day.

63 4 "Fireworks For Mandy" Lee Pressman 14 February 2008
While

playing hide-and-seek in the mountains with Norman, Mandy finds a distress flare. Norman wants to let it off but Mandy resists, fearing that it could be dangerous. When they discover Penny stranded on the cliff, they use the flare to raise the alarm. It is up to Sam, Elvis and Tom to rescue Penny.

64 5 "Heap Of Trouble" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 15 February 2008
For

the Pontypandy Flower and Vegetable show, Mike is entering a marrow that he has been growing on his compost heap. But he did not heed Sam's advice about turning over his compost regularly, so when he removes his marrow the air gets into the heap and starts a fire!

65 6 "Stuck In The Muck" Dave Ingham 18 February 2008
There's

trouble for Trevor Evans as the school bus swerves off the road and breaks down in the Pontypandy hills. Unfortunately, mobile phones have no signal up in the Welsh hills and he is stranded - with a beast about. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

66 7 "Sausages Versus Shrimps" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 19 February 2008
Norman

Price gets Trevor Evans and Tom Thomas to have a competition to see whose food tastes better. Trevor Evans puts a lot of coal on to his barbecue, soon causing some trees to catch fire.

67 8 "Flood's Flood" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 20 February 2008
As

preparations are made for a Pontypandy Karaoke night, Sam and the other firefighters prepare for a drill while Mike Flood works on repairs for Bronwyn. He gets trapped in the Jones' basement, after he accidentally jams the door and causing a small leak to turn into a flood. Station Officer Steele jams the door in Pontypandy Fire Service it's in trouble. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

68 9 "Off Duty Sam" Lee Pressman 21 February 2008
It

is Fireman Sam's day off, but it doesn't last! He saves Mike Flood from the roof, and saves Norman Price from quicksand. He stops Trevor Evans' bus going off the road, and then puts out a fire in Dilys Price's store.

69 10 "Stranded" Dave Ingham 22 February 2008
Mandy

Flood and Norman Price head off to the beach with their buckets and nets challenging each other to see who will obtain the best catch of the day where Mandy finds a whale stranded on the beach and the crew have to try to rescue it.

70 11 "Sheepdog Trials" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 25 February 2008
Norman

Price practices his new career as a shepherd by rounding up Woolly with Radar. However, Woolly and her lamb run into the road and make Mike Flood's van tip over. Fireman Cridlington and Station Officer Steele get the hiccups.

71 12 "Norman's Ghost" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 26 February 2008
It's

Halloween and everyone in Pontypandy is looking forward to the big party at the Floods' house. Norman Price gets into the Halloween spirit by pretending Pontypandy is haunted by a ghost, but then manages to set the Floods' house on fire. Firemen Sam and Cridlington, and Station Officer Steele come to the rescue.

72 13 "Poorly Penny" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 27 February 2008
The

crew are inundated with the Jones' emergencies, on Fireman Sam's day off, while Firefighter Penny Morris has caught a cold, but she still tries to perform her firefighter duties.

73 14 "Pirates Of Pontypandy" Dave Ingham 28 February 2008
James

and Norman get trapped in a skiff when their pirating adventures get a little out of hand. Lion the cat is not allowed in the Fire Station so Fireman Sam takes him back to Bronwyn.

74 15 "The Pontypandy Pioneers" Lee Pressman 29 February 2008
With

Fireman Sam out on an emergency, Trevor Evans leads some young explorers on a nature walk to the Mountain Rescue Centre, but is he up to it? He gets himself stuck and Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

75 16 "Twitching The Night Away" Lee Pressman 3 March 2008
Fireman

Cridlington frets about his TV appearance and considers giving up firefighting. Norman Price and Trevor Evans spot a forest fire while walking in the woods. Station Officer Steele orders Fireman Cridlington in Pontypandy Fire Service. Fireman Sam and Firefighter Penny Morris coming to the rescue a long time.

76 17 "Double Trouble" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 4 March 2008
Norman

Price sends his cousin Derek on a wild goose chase to get some Pontypandy pansies but starts worrying he has got into some kind of trouble when he doesn't return. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

77 18 "Sailor Steele" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 5 March 2008
Fireman

Sam and the rest of the team are training Mike Flood and Charlie Jones to be reserve firemen, and Station Officer Steele is very pleased with their progress. Both Charlie and Mike are itching to fight a fire but the training has prevented Charlie from going out in his fishing boat and there is no fish for the Wholefish Cafe. So Charlie and Station Officer Steele they go out in the fishing boat, but are cast adrift after an engine fire leaves their boat stranded.

78 19 "Fireman James" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 6 March 2008
James

is keen to be a firefighter and listens to calls to Jupiter on his walkie-talkie. After one call he gets to Norman and Lion first and helps rescue them, but then a later call sees him trapped by fire at the Flood's house.

79 20 "Dilys' Big Surprise" Jennifer Upton 7 March 2008
Norman

Price tries to make his Mum's birthday special by making a cake with Mike Flood, but they end up causing a fire. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

80 21 "Day At The Seaside" Lee Pressman 10 March 2008
It

is Station Officer Steele's day off from the Fire Service. Elvis persuades Sam to let him be in charge at the fire station. Station Officer Steele, Trevor Evans, Nurse Helen, Mandy Flood, Norman and Dilys Price go to the seaside together, but will the SatNav get them there?

81 22 "Model Plane" Dave Ingham 11 March 2008
James

has a new model airplane which Norman has a go at but flies it into Station Officer Steele who demands that he not fly it in Pontypandy. Norman persuades James to take it to the Mountain Rescue Center and fly it but it lands in a tree and leads to them getting stuck.

82 23 "Three Legged Race" Dave Ingham 12 March 2008
In

the annual three-legged race in Pontypandy, Fireman Sam is partnered with a less-than-confident Dilys Price. But then Norman Price hurts his leg. Tom Thomas comes to the rescue in the helicopter and gets him to hospital.

83 24 "Norman's Ark" Dave Ingham 13 March 2008
During

the Pontypandy flood, Station Officer Steele is using the phone radio at the Fire Station, Fireman Sam and Tom Thomas the helicopter Pilot lend a hand where they can and Fireman Elvis Cridlington and Firefighter Penny Morris come to the rescue in the rescue boat. Meanwhile Norman Price goes off to look for Woolly and Lambykins.

84 25 "Open Day" Dave Ingham 14 March 2008
It

is open day at Pontypandy Fire Station and everyone is invited to visit and have a look around. Norman and James end up stuck on the roof when they want to see more and have to be rescued by Fireman Sam.

85 26 "Mike's Rocket" Jennifer Upton 17 March 2008
Mike

has built a rocket and is preparing to launch it. Norman has become fascinated by Mike's project and wants to build and launch one of his own!

Series 7 (2008) Edit

The English language version of these episodes first aired in 2008.

Episode no. Series no. Title Written by Original air date
86 1 "Paper Plane Down" Andrew Brenner 11 November 2008
Norman's paper aeroplanes really heat things up at the fire station kitchen.
87 2 "Hot & Cold Running Sniffer Dog" Andrew Brenner 12 November 2008
Mike

doesn't believe that Radar is a rescue dog, but he is soon proved wrong after he falls and breaks his arm in the Whole Fish Cafe cellar.

88 3 "Hearts On Fire" Andrew Brenner 13 November 2008
Norman,

Trevor, and Dilys go camping and see the sunset from the woods. Dilys panics thinking it is a forest fire, and she unwittingly knocks a log from the camp fire causing a real fire to start.

89 4 "Perilous Path" Andrew Brenner 14 November 2008
Norman,

Mandy, and Radar go out to find a golden eagle, but Norman ignores the danger signs and gets trapped on a crumbling cliff.

90 5 "The New Hero Next Door" Andrew Brenner 17 November 2008
Mandy

wants to film a rescue but the Fire Brigade don't have anyone to rescue so along with Sam, James and Norman, they make an attempt but Charlie wanting to be a hero hears Mandy's cries for help to be real, only to need rescuing himself.

91 6 "Santa Overboard" Andrew Brenner 18 November 2008
It

is nearly Christmas in Pontypandy and Norman is keen to have the best Christmas decorations, which leads to Dilys putting too many into one plug socket, leading to a fire.

92 7 "Best Foot Forward" Andrew Brenner 19 November 2008
Norman

Price goes mussel collecting with Charlie, Sarah and James. He attempts to get the most mussels, but ends up getting his foot wedged between two rocks.

93 8 "Baa Baa Baby" Andrew Brenner 20 November 2008
After

being fooled into thinking Woolly's lamb is a baby crying, Sarah decides to push the lamb around in her old pram to see if she can trick the townsfolk. When it rains, Sarah leaves her coat over a heater in the cafe, leading to a fire and Sam needing to rescue the "baby".

94 9 "Mother's Helper" Andrew Brenner 21 November 2008
Helen

goes away on a course, leaving Mike to do all of the housework. When he leaves the iron on whilst he goes out to fix Dilys' washing machine, a fire starts.

95 10 "Cat Magic" Andrew Brenner 24 November 2008
Bronwyn

takes Sarah and James to the wishing well to make wishes, but nobody notices Lion the cat get stuck in the well and soon he needs to be rescued.

96 11 "Seeing Red" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 25 November 2008
Bronwyn

takes Sarah and Nipper the dog out on a walk along the cliffs to tire out Nipper, but trouble strikes when Sarah falls on a rock and hurts her leg. Station Officer Steele orders Fireman Sam in Pontypandy Fire Service. Fireman Sam was taking off his duty in this afternoon.

97 12 "Going Out With A Bang" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 26 November 2008
While looking for Lion the cat, Mandy Flood knocks over a firework and starts a fire in Mike's workshop.
98 13 "The Wrong Smell" Lee Pressman 27 November 2008
Helen

Flood and Firefighter Penny Morris go on a mountain hike, until the fog rolls in and Firefighter Penny Morris hurts his ankle. Fireman Sam worries about Fireman Criddington that Radar the Rescue Dog rolls over the place. It's time for Fireman Sam, Radar the Rescue Dog and Tom Thomas comes to the rescue and get Firefighter Penny Morris.

99 14 "No Nurse Like You" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 28 November 2008
Mike

Flood and Helen Flood are having their anniversary party, but a storm and a power cut end up causing a fire. Station Officer Steele bumped hurt his nose.

100 15 "The One That Got Away" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 1 December 2008
Norman

Price goes fishing with Charlie, Sarah and James. They discover a baby whale heading for the beach and try to stop it, but land themselves into trouble when Norman makes the boat crash into the whale.

101 16 "Dinosaur Hunt" Andrew Brenner 2 December 2008
Norman

Price and Trevor Evans discover an ammonite on the beach which inspires Norman to create the illusion of real dinosaurs for James and Sarah. James chases the sound of Norman's "dinosaur growls" into a beach cave where both boys become stranded by the rising tide. Meanwhile, Sarah is stranded on a rock. Sam and Penny come to their rescue. Firefighter drills was complete. But until Station Officer Steele hurt his leg.

102 17 "Floating Kart" Andrew Brenner 3 December 2008
Norman

Price builds a go-cart with items he has collected from around Pontypandy. Some of these items are collected without permission, thus causing problems for others. He loses control of the cart on its maiden voyage and falls off the quay. Fireman Sam comes to his rescue.

103 18 "A Sticky Situation" Andrew Brenner 4 December 2008
Norman

Price doesn't follow the directions on his model airplane kit and ends up stuck to his bedroom door. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

104 19 "Cry Wolf" Andrew Brenner 5 December 2008
Norman

accidentally sets off Dilys' new fire alarm, so she confiscates his football. To get it back, he sets the alarm off again, and again when a fox enters the shop.

105 20 "Sheep On The Road" Dave Ingham 8 December 2008
Woolly

is sent to stay with Norman, who is ill, whilst Mike mends her field's gate. Unfortunately, Norman and Woolly go out, resulting in Trevor's bus swerving off the road and dangling over the edge of the cliff.

106 21 "Mam's Day" Andrew Brenner 9 December 2008
It's

Mother's Day, but Norman only wants to go skateboarding. He makes Dilys a very unsafe candle holder and when she takes it to the Whole Fish Cafe, a fire starts.

107 22 "Alarm On The Beach" Dave Ingham 10 December 2008
When James and Mandy find a crate on the beach, they try to open it, but end up trapping James' legs under the crate.
108 23 "Hot Air" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 11 December 2008
It's

a very hot day in Pontypandy and Trevor Evans refuses to accept that his old bus may not make it up the mountain. When the engine overheats, Trevor ignores Norman's advice, opens the bonnet, and starts a fire.

109 24 "Towering Inferno" Dave Ingham 12 December 2008
Norman

Price, Mandy Flood and the twins play hide and seek. But until Norman Price goes missing. Fireman Sam comes to the rescue.

110 25 "Danger By The Double" Mellie Buse and Jan Page 15 December 2008
James

and Sarah will not stop competing. When a fire starts in the forest they are too busy trying to out do each other to realize they are in danger.

111 26 "When Fools Rush In" Dave Ingham 16 December 2008
James

wants to get Bronwyn something special for her birthday, so he borrows Station Officer Steele's metal detector to find ancient coins, but he ignores Steele's advice and gets trapped by rocks near the cliffs.

Series 8 (2012) Edit

The English language version of these episodes first aired in 2012. This season was the first to be made in widescreen format.

Episode no. Series no. Title Written by Original air date
112 1 "Bronwyn's Millionth Customer" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 3 March 2012
When

Sarah and James discover that the Wholefish Café is about to have its one millionth customer, they convince Bronwyn that there should be a big celebration to mark the event.

113 2 "Runaway Train" Lee Pressman 10 March 2012
When

Bronwyn gives her father Gareth Griffiths a sausage sandwich for his lunch, she has no idea the lengths Nipper the dog will go to for a bite!

114 3 "Mandy's Mountain" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 17 March 2012
When

Mandy reads Moose Roberts’ book about his mountain climbing adventures, she decides that she wants to be a mountain climber when she grows up – and climb the highest mountain in the world!

115 4 "Water Tower Inferno" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 24 March 2012
It’s

a big day in Pontypandy, Gareth is opening the Pontypandy mountain railway line and station; he has refurbished the old engine, The Pontypandy Flyer, to take people up and down the mountain. But the water tower threatens to fall and put the train in danger.

116 5 "Jupiter On The Loose" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 31 March 2012
When

the Pontypandy Pioneers go to the fire station to complete their fire safety badge, Norman wants to prove to his cousin Derek that he can drive a fire engine.

117 6 "The Big Chill" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 7 April 2012
When the power goes out at the fire station, Sam has trouble lighting a fire.
118 7 "Boyce Will Be Boyce" Lee Pressman 8 April 2012
Station Officer Steele hurts his back and Chief Fire Officer Boyce fills in his role for the day.
119 8 "Elvis In Concert" Adam Long 14 April 2012
Pontypandy

is holding a Charity Concert and Elvis is to be the star act. Station Officer Steele orders Fireman Cridlington and Trevor Evans in Pontypandy Fire Service. Mike Flood and Fireman Cridlington leave at Fire Service. Fireman Sam worries that Station Officer Steele. Station Officer Steele sings but until bump his head and making very silly thing like that. Firefighter Penny Morris join concert long all night. Fireman Sam left in Pontypandy Fire Service and always keep eye on it. Mike Flood hanging off that cliff giant guitar. Fireman Sam and Tom Thomas comes to the rescue and always could to do.

120 9 "Mandy At Sea" Adam Long 15 April 2012
Mandy wants to be a round-the-world yachtswoman, but when her mast breaks she finds herself stranded at sea.
121 10 "The Great Guinea Pig Rescue" Simon Nicholson 16 April 2012
Sarah

and James have got a pet guinea pig and name him Norris, Station Officer Steele's real name, but then the guinea pig's taste for cables soon leads to a fire.

122 11 "The Pontypandyness Monster" Miranda Larson 3 August 2012
Sarah makes up a story about a monster to get more customers on her Grandad's railway.
123 12 "Disastrous Dilys" Lizzie Ennever 4 August 2012
Dilys tries her best to help her "little treasure" Norman get his Pontypandy pioneer fishing badge, with disastrous results.
124 13 "Charlie's Big Catch" Adam Long 11 August 2012
Charlie takes the schoolchildren on a fishing trip and catches the biggest shoal of fish ever.
125 14 "Bessie To The Rescue" Ian Carney 18 August 2012
Station Officer Steele discovers his old fire engine, Bessie, which turns out to be useful in a railway emergency.
126 15 "King Of The Mountain" Adam Long 25 August 2012
Tom and Moose take the Pontypandy Pioneers on a mountain climbing expedition.
127 16 "Lighthouse Lock Out" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 1 September 2012
Norman

spoils everyone's trip to the lighthouse by locking them all out on the balcony in a bid to avoid cleaning Mike's muddy van, which he ruined.

128 17 "Girls' Night In" Miranda Larson 8 September 2012
Mandy

offers to babysit Lily when Helen Flood invites Mrs Chen and Penny over for a girls' night in, but things take a dangerous turn when some curling tongs start a fire.

129 18 "To Outfox A Fox" Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 15 September 2012
When

Tom and Moose volunteer to help Mandy and Norman spot a fox, the animal scampers off with Moose's hat and Tom and Moose end up stuck in a fox hole. And now time for Fireman Sam, Criddington and Chief Fire Officer Boyce comes to the rescue. Fireman Criddington was driving test Jupiter with Chief Fire Officer Boyce.

130 19 "Lily Lost & Found" Lizzie Ennever 22 September 2012
Everyone

goes to the beach for a picnic but Lily needs help when she gets stranded on a sandbank. Fireman Criddington left behind in Fire Service with Radar the Rescue Dog was company.

131 20 "Sky Lanterns" Simon Nicholson 29 September 2012
Mrs

Chen's class make sky lanterns for Chinese New Year, but until Norman Price creates a disaster when he lets go of his too early.

132 21 "The Pontypandy Polar Bear" Lizzie Ennever 6 October 2012
Huge

footprints in the snow convince Sarah that there's a polar bear in the area. But she and James get into difficulties when they try to photograph it for a local newspaper competition.

133 22 "Ice Cold In Pontypandy" Lee Pressman 13 October 2012
Trevor Evans' bus gets stranded on thin ice.
134 23 "Snowball Of Doom" Lee Pressman 20 October 2012
Mike Flood gets hit by a runaway snowball.
135 24 "Floodlights" Miranda Larson 27 October 2012
Christmas is coming and there is to be a competition for the best Christmas lights in Pontypandy.
136 25 "Norman's Halloween Heist" Simon Nicholson 3 November 2012
Norman Price causes havoc on Halloween, when he tries to collect more sweets than the other children.
137 26 "Wheel Of Fire" Ian Carney 10 November 2012
Charlie

is so busy correcting Gareth's haphazard preparations for the firework display that he misses a Catherine wheel nailed too tightly to the door of Bessie's shed.

Series 9 (2014) Edit

Episode no. Series no. Title Written by Original air date
138 1 "All At Sea" Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson 5 April 2014
It's

the day of Pontypandy's new Ocean Rescue Centre launch and Station Officer Steele is taking the firefighters on a tour of the centre. As they arrive on the quay, so does the new coastguard, Ben Hooper.

139 2 "Battle Of The Birthdays" Adam Long 12 April 2014
As

twins Sarah and James can never agree on what kind of birthday party to have, Bronwyn has decided that this year they will have two parties. James' will be a science party and Sarah's will be a football party.

140 3 "Wild Cheese Chase" Tim Bain 19 April 2014
It's

the annual Pontypandy Cheese Roll Challenge (a race down a hill chasing a giant circular cheese) and Norman really wants the prize - the giant cheese! He sets out to win, but is it too late to enter the competition?

141 4 "On Thin Ice" Miranda Larson 26 April 2014
It's

a snowy day in Pontypandy when Moose announces he is opening his 'Winter Wonderland'. Norman, Sarah and James are very excited but unfortunately when they arrive there, they find that it's all about igloo building.

142 5 "Magic Norman" Tim Bain 3 May 2014
When

Norman Price decides to put on a magic show at the Floods' house, he wants it to be the most 'spec-tac-ular' magic show ever! But as he sets up, he realises he is going to need lots of effects for the show.

143 6 "Escape From Pontypandy Island" Miranda Larson 10 May 2014
When

the Pontypandy Pioneers go on a day trip with Trevor to Pontypandy Island, Norman, Mandy, James and Sarah are all desperate to prove that they will be the best explorers.

144 7 "Troubled Waters" Miranda Larson 17 May 2014
Station

Officer Steele takes the day off. Sam assures him that the filing will be done and tells him that he should relax and enjoy himself! Steele then sets off only to find that Sarah and James are having a fun day out.

145 8 "The Best Sleepover Ever" Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson 24 May 2014
Norman,

Mandy, Sarah and James are having a sleepover at Mandy's house. But when Dilys accidentally packs his Cuddly Sheep Pyjamas instead of his Army Bob Pyjamas he has to hide them.

146 9 "Whale Watch" Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson 31 May 2014
When

Bronwyn decides she needs to record some relaxing whalesong, Charlie offers to take her out on the skiff to find a whale. Ben turns up and Bronwyn suggests that as he knows so much about whales, he should come along too.

147 10 "Up, Up And Away" Adam Long 7 June 2014
Whilst

doing some kite flying with the other kids, Mandy is inspired to want to fly over Pontypandy Mountain. Hannah tells her that her dad, Joe Sparkes, has just the thing...which turns out to be a hot air balloon!

148 11 "Lights, Camera, Avalanche!" Tim Bain 14 June 2014
It's

snowy and Norman is directing his very first movie up in the mountains, starring Mandy and Sarah. Sam and Elvis are also up in the mountains, on their way to a skiing lesson with Penny.

149 12 "The Pontypandy Cup" Laura Beaumont & Paul Larson 21 June 2014
When

Joe and Mike discover that Norman is entering Pontypandy's big go-kart race, The Pontypandy Cup, they get very nostalgic about the go-karts they made when they were kids.

150 13 "Treehouse Trouble" Lizzie Ennever 28 June 2014
The

Pontypandy Pioneers are working towards their construction badges and what better way to do it than to build a treehouse under the supervision of Mike Flood! Norman is desperate to be the first one into the treehouse.

151 14 "Record Breakers" Lee Pressman 5 July 2014
152 15 "Pontypandy Heatwave" Adam Long 12 July 2014
153 16 "Norman's Big Fossil Adventure" Lee Pressman 19 July 2014
154 17 "Turtle Hunt" Simon Nicholson 26 July 2014
155 18 "The Treasure Trap" Miranda Larson 2 August 2014
156 19 "Rocky Rescue" Simon Nicholson 9 August 2014
157 20 "Pest in Show" Tim Bain 16 August 2014
158 21 "Hide and Seek" Lee Pressman 23 August 2014
Norman,

Mandy, Sarah and James decide to play hide and seek while the sausages are cooking, but disaster strikes. Meanwhile, Elvis and Mike try to fit in the new pole after Penny accidentally damages it, but Sam has a better idea.

159 22 "One Way Street" Lizzie Ennever 30 August 2014
160 23 "Stage Fright" Miranda Larson 6 September 2014
161 24 "Garden Force" Simon Nicholson 13 September 2014
162 25 "The Return of Norman-Man"
20 September 2014
Norman

is playing Superheroes with James – Norman is Norman-Man and James is his sidekick Atomic Boy. Suddenly Lion the cat floats off in a boat and James and Norman find they have a real rescue on their hands.

Movie Edit

Episode no. Series no. Title Written by Original air date
N/A N/A Fireman Sam: The Great Fire of Pontypandy Dave Ingham 5 April 2010

Fireman Sam is awarded for rescuing Charlie from the edge of the lighthouse cliff, making Fireman Cridlington want to be a hero too. Chief Fire Officer Boyce offers Sam a promotion to head the rapid response in Newtown. Fireman Sam promises to think about it. Meanwhile, James, Sarah, Norman, Dilys Price and Derek are on the way to the forest with Trevor Evans. Back at the Fire Station, Fireman Sam and Firefighter Penny Morris rescue Mike Flood from drowning in the harbour sea. Back at the forest, Norman Price decides to cook sausages that he brought earlier to the forest (ignoring the warnings that the forest is too dry to start fires) and sets fire to old wood using a sharp wood pin. Dilys finds them but fails to notice the fire. Meanwhile, Mike Flood forgets the phone and the hammer, and locks himself in the lighthouse after he mends the door. Meanwhile, Nurse Helen Flood and Mandy Flood are trying to find the campsite when Nurse Helen Flood steps into the mantrap that Trevor Evans set up minutes earlier. Luckily, she is later rescued by Fireman Cridlington and Radar Dog. The campsite group smell smoke and leave the campsite to get out of the forest. The fire reaches the campsite setting it on fire. Fireman Cridlington and Radar Dog find the group and follow the siren, getting out of the forest before the fire engulfs the whole place. Fireman Cridlington pushes Fireman Sam out of the way of a falling burning branch. The vehicles drive to the harbour. Luckily, the rain puts out the fire. Then Radar Dog finds the sausages from Norman's bag. A shocked Dilys Price and Station Officer Steele scold Norman for setting the forest on fire. At the end of the movie, Fireman Cridlington is awarded for saving Fireman Sam and the group. Derek blames Norman Price for bringing sausages and setting the forest on fire and they have an argument. Sam decides to reject the Chief's officer and stay in Pontypandy. The town has a huge party to celebrate.

Live performances Edit

Show title First performance date
Fireman Sam In Action 1 April 1996
Fireman Sam On Stage 15 January 2007[1]

Home media releases Edit

VHS Edit

Most of the original episodes have been made available on VHS previously (in the United Kingdom by BBC Video in 1988–1995 and in the United States and Canada by Family Home Entertainment), but apart from a VHS version of Action Stations, these are all now out of print. It was available on DVD by Hit Entertainment in the United Kingdom since 1996. Here is a list of the UK releases.

VHS name Release year Episodes BBCV code
Fireman Sam – Safe with Sam[2]
* Episode 9 – Safe with Sam
Fireman Sam – The Hero Next Door[3] 15 November 1985[3] * Episode 1 – The Kite

* Episode 4 – Flat Tyre
* Episode 3 – Trevor's Training
* Episode 6 – Norman's Tricky Day

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Fireman Sam 2 – Lost Cat[4] 9 December 1985[4] * Episode 7 – Lost Cat

* Episode 8 – Telly Trouble
* Episode 5 – Camping
* Episode 2 – Barnfire

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Fireman Sam 3 – Sam's Day Off[5] 3 October 1986[5] * Episode 11 – Sam's Day Off

* Episode 10 – Treasure Hunt
* Episode 15 – Thief in Pontypandy
* Episode 12 – Chemistry Set

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Fireman Sam 4 – Snow Business[6] 2 October 1988[6] * Episode 16 – Snow Business

* Episode 14 – The Great Inventor
* Episode 13 – The Wishing Well

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Fireman Sam 5 – Norman's Pitfall[7] 5 November 1991[7] * Episode 20 – Norman's Pitfall

* Episode 17 – Dily's Forgetful Day
* Episode 21 – Lost Ring
* Episode 18 – Spot of Bother

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Fireman Sam 6 – All in a Good Cause[8] 4 March 1993[8] * Episode 22 – All In A Good Cause

* Episode 23 – Brass Band
* Episode 24 – Lost In The Fog
* Episode 25 – Bentley The Robot

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The Very Best of Fireman Sam[9] 5 Janaury 1995[9] * Episode 12 – Chemistry Set

* Episode 4 – Flat Tyre
* Episode 17 – Dilys' Forgetful Day
* Episode 5 – Camping
* Episode 6 – Norman's Tricky Day
* Episode 10 – Treasure Hunt
* Episode 19 – Halloween

4870
The Very Best of Fireman Sam 2[10] 3 May 1995[10] * Episode 1 – Kite

* Episode 7 – Lost Cat
* Episode 2 – Barnfire
* Episode 11 – Sam's Day Off
* Episode 13 – The Wishing Well
* Episode 21 – Lost Ring
* Episode 25 – Bentley the Robot

5278
Fireman Sam – Treasure Hunt[11] 5 September 1996[11] * Episode 10 – Treasure Hunt

* Episode 15 – Thief In Pontypandy
* Episode 3 – Trevor's Training
* Episode 11 – Sam's Day Off
* Episode 1 – Kite
* Episode 12 – Chemistry Set

5464
Fireman Sam – Norman's Tricky Day[12] 5 September 1997[12] * Episode 6 – Norman's Tricky Day

* Episode 13 – The Wishing Well
* Episode 4 – Flat Tyre
* Episode 14 – The Great Inventor
* Episode 16 – Snow Business

5465
Fireman Sam – Spot of Bother[13] 5 September 1997[13] * Episode 17 – Dilys's Forgetful Day

* Episode 18 – Spot Of Bother
* Episode 8 – Telly Trouble
* Episode 21 – Lost Ring
* Episode 20 – Norman's Pitfall
* Episode 7 – Lost Cat

5466
Fireman Sam – Bentley the Robot[14] 5 September 1997[14] * Episode 25 – Bentley The Robot

* Episode 2 – Barnfire
* Episode 24 – Lost In Fog
* Episode 22 – All In A Good Cause
* Episode 5 – Camping
* Episode 23 – Brass Band

5467
The New Adventures of Fireman Sam[15] 3 October 1996[15] * Episode 29 – Deep Trouble for Sam

* Episode 28 – Quarry Rescue
* Episode 27 – Rich and Famous
* Episode 26 – Home from Rome

5404
The New Adventures of Fireman Sam – Disaster for Dinner[16] 12 June 1997[16] * Episode 33 – Disaster for Dinner

* Episode 32 – Steele Under Par
* Episode 30 – Trevor's Bus Boot Sale
* Episode 31 – What Goes Up

5625
Fireman Sam – 2 on 1[17] 5 February 1996[17] * Episode 1 – The Kite

* Episode 4 – Flat Tyre
* Episode 3 – Trevor's Training
* Episode 6 – Norman's Tricky Day
* Episode 7 – The Lost Cat
* Episode 8 – Telly Trouble
* Episode 5 – Camping
* Episode 2 – Barn Fire

5787
Fireman Sam In Action[18] 1 April 1997[18] Fireman Sam In Action 5807
Fireman Sam – Fireman Sam's Bumper Video[19] 4 August 1997[19] * Episode 22 – All in a Good Cause

* Episode 20 – Norman's Pitfall
* Episode 14 – The Great Inventor
* Episode 31 – What Goes Up
* Episode 29 – Deep Trouble for Sam
* Episode 15 – Thief in Pontypandy
* Episode 27 – Rich and Famous

6225
Fireman Sam – 2 on 1 – Tales from Pontypandy[20] 13 April 1998[20] * Episode 11 – Sam's Day Off

* Episode 10 – Treasure Hunt
* Episode 15 – Thief in Pontypandy
* Episode 12 – Chemistry Set
* Episode 16 – Snow Business
* Episode 14 – The Great Inventor
* Episode 13 – The Wishing Well

6354
Fireman Sam's Big Video![21] 1 February 1999[21] * Episode 28 – Quarry Rescue

* Episode 26 – Home from Rome
* Episode 32 – Steele Under Par
* Episode 30 – Trevor's Bus Boot Sale
* Episode 23 – Brass Band
* Episode 21 – Lost Ring

6771
Fireman Sam's Bumper Video - Telly Trouble![22] 7 February 2000[23] * Episode 8 – Telly Trouble

* Episode 17 – Dilys's Forgetful Day
* Episode 33 – Disaster for Dinner
* Episode 29 – Deep Trouble for Sam
* Episode 24 – Lost In Fog
* Episode 25 – Bentley the Robot
* Episode 3 – Trevor's Training

6917
Fireman Sam's Biggest Video Ever![24] 5 February 2001[24] * Episode 1 – Kite

* Episode 6 – Norman's Tricky Day
* Episode 2 – Barn Fire
* Episode 20 – Norman's Pitfall
* Episode 18 – Spot Of Bother
* Episode 24 – Lost In the Fog
* Episode 22 – All In A Good Cause
* Episode 27 – Rich and Famous
* Episode 31 – What Goes Up

7135
Fireman Sam – Action Stations[25] 31 May 2004[25] * Episode 4 - Flat Tyre

* Episode 5 - Lost Cat
* Episode 7 - Camping
* Episode 9 - Treasure Hunt
* Episode 10 - Sam's Day Off
* Episode 11 - Thief in Pontypandy
* Episode 12 - Chemistry Set
* Episode 14 - Wishing Well
*Episode 15 - Sam - The Great Inventor
*Episode 18 - A Spot of Bother
*Episode 21 - Lost Ring
* Episode 26 - Home from Rome

Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – To the Rescue![26] 9 May 2005[26]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – Saves the Day[27] 11 July 2005[27]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – Let it Snow[28] 7 November 2005[28]

DVD Edit

Region 2 UK Edit

The entire classic series was released on DVD in April 2007. Prior to that, only two other DVDs were available: Action Stations, containing what are believed to be some of the better episodes, and Snow Business, containing the Christmas special (which was noticeably absent in the classic series boxed set) and two other episodes: "Safe with Sam", which emphasizes fire safety and which has not been shown by the BBC since November 1990, and "Rich and Famous". A further DVD of original episodes was available from the newspaper The Sunday Mirror in 2006, but only contained two episodes. The majority of the 2005 season has been released in several DVD's.

Broadcast release DVDs Edit

Note that in several cases, titles have been reused in VHS and DVD releases with quite different content.

DVD Name Episodes Release Date
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – To The Rescue![29]

(Series 5)

* Episode 34 - Danger Falling Sheep

* Episode 35 - Twist of Fate
* Episode 36 - A Real Live Wire
* Episode 37 - Bug-Eyed Boy from Venus
* Episode 38 - Bathtime for Dusty

9 May 2005[29]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – Saves The Day[30]

(Series 5)

* Episode 39 - Neighbourhood Watchout

* Episode 44 - Fit for Nothing
* Episode 46 - The Beast of Pontypandy
* Episode 53 - The Case of the Liquorice Shoelaces
* Episode 56 - Firefighter of Tomorrow

11 July 2005[30]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – Let It Snow[31]

(Series 5)

* Episode 40 - Twitchers in Trouble

* Episode 43 - Joker Soaker
* Episode 47 - Pizza Palaver
* Episode 54 - Fiery Finale
* Episode 58 - Let It Snow[32]

7 November 2005
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – Fun Run[33]

(Series 5)

* Episode 41 - Carnival of Junk

* Episode 48 - Fun Run
* Episode 49 - Trouble and Squeak
* Episode 51 - Norman's Invisible Friend
* Episode 55 - Birthday Surprise[32][33]

27 February 2006[33]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – The Big Freeze[34]

(Series 5)

* Episode 42 - Mummy's Little Pumpkin

* Episode 45 - Deepwater
* Episode 50 - King of the Jungle
* Episode 52 - High Jinx
* Episode 57 - Fields of Fire
* Episode 59 - The Big Freeze

13 November 2006[34]
Fireman Sam – Snow Business[35]

(Series 1-4)

* Episode 16 – Snow Business

* Episode 13 - Safe with Sam
* Episode 27 - Rich and Famous

13 November 2006[35]
Fireman Sam - Norman's Tricky Day[36]

(Series 1-4)

* Episode 1 - The Kite

* Episode 2 - Barn Fire
* Episode 3 - Trevor's Training
* Episode 4 - Flat Tyre
* Episode 5 - Lost Cat
* Episode 6 - Norman's Tricky Day
* Episode 7 - Camping
* Episode 8 - Telly Trouble

16 April 2007[37]
Fireman Sam – Treasure Hunt[38]

(Series 1-4)

* Episode 9 - Treasure Hunt

* Episode 10 - Sam's Day Off
* Episode 11 - Thief in Pontypandy
* Episode 12 - Chemistry Set
* Episode 13 - Safe with Sam
* Episode 14 - Wishing Well
* Episode 15 - Sam - the Great Inventor
* Episode 17 - Dily's Forgetful Day

16 April 2007[37]
Fireman Sam – A Spot of Bother[39]

(Series 1-4)

* Episode 18 - A Spot of Bother

* Episode 19 - Halloween
* Episode 20 - Norman's Pitfall
* Episode 21 - Lost Ring
* Episode 22 - All in Good Cause
* Episode 23 - Brass Band
* Episode 24 - Lost in the Fog
* Episode 25 - Bentley the Robot

16 April 2007[37]
Fireman Sam – Rich and Famous[37]

(Series 1-4)

* Episode 26 - Home from Rome

* Episode 27 - Rich and Famous
* Episode 28 - Quarry Rescue
* Episode 29 - Deep Trouble
* Episode 30 - Trevor's Boot Sale
* Episode 31 - What Goes Up
* Episode 32 - Steele Under Par
* Episode 33 - Disaster for Dinner

16 April 2007[37]
Fireman Sam – The NEW Hero Next Door[40]

(Series 7)

* Episode 86 - Paper Plane Down

* Episode 87 - Hot and Cold Running Sniffer Dog
* Episode 88 - Hearts on Fire
* Episode 89 - Perilous Path
* Episode 90 - New Hero Next Door

24 November 2008[40]
Fireman Sam – Red Alert[41]

(Series 7)

* Episode 92 - Best Foot Forward

* Episode 93 - Baa Baa Baby
* Episode 94 - Mother's Helper
* Episode 95 - Cat Magic
* Episode 96 - Seeing Red

30 March 2009[41]
Fireman Sam – Sticky Situation[42]

(Series 7)

* Episode 97 - Going Out with a Bang

* Episode 98 - The Wrong Smell
* Episode 99 - No Nurse Like You
* Episode 100 - The one that got away
* Episode 103 - Sticky Situation

13 July 2009[42]
Fireman Sam – Towering Inferno[43]

(Series 7)

* Episode 101 - Dinosaur Hunt

* Episode 102 - Floating Kart
* Episode 104 - Cry Wolf
* Episode 105 - Sheep on the Road
* Episode 109 - Towering Inferno[44]

9 November 2009[43]
Fireman Sam – Danger by the Double[45]

(Series 7)

* Episode 106 - Mam's Day

* Episode 107 - Alarm on the Beach
* Episode 108 - Hot Air
* Episode 110 - Danger By the Double
* Episode 111 - Where Fools Rush In[44][46]

28 June 2010[45]
Fireman Sam – SOS Sam[47]

(Series 6)

Episode 63 - Fireworks for Mandy

* Episode 68 - Off Duty Sam
* Episode 70 - Sheep Dog Trials
Episode 83 - Norman's Ark
* Episode 85 - Mike's Rocket[48]

18 October 2010[44][47]
Fireman Sam – Choppy Waters[49]

(Series 6)

* Episode 60 - Blow Me Down

* Episode 69 - Stranded
* Episode 72 - Poorly Penny
* Episode 73 - Pirates of Pontypandy
Episode 77 - Sailor Steele
* Episode 80 - A Day at the Seaside[50]

24 January 2011[49]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – Ready for Action[51]

(Series 6)

* Episode 62 - Elvis Sings the Blues

* Episode 64 - Heap of Trouble
* Episode 67 - Flood's Flood
* Episode 78 - Fireman James
* Episode 79 - Dily's Big Surprise[52]

14 March 2011[51]
Fireman Sam – Helicopter Heroes[53]

(Series 6)

* Episode 65 - Stuck in the Muck

* Episode 66 - Sausages vs. Shrimps
* Episode 75 - Twitching the Night Away
* Episode 81 - Model Plane
* Episode 84 - Open Day[54]

5 September 2011[53]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam – Help is Here[55]

(Series 6)

* Episode 61 - Pontypandy Extreme

* Episode 71 - Norman's Ghost
* Episode 74 - Pontypandy Pioneers
* Episode 76 - Double Trouble
* Episode 82 - Three Legged Race[56][57]

23 January 2012[55]
Fireman Sam – Mountain Rescue[58]

(Series 8)

* Episode 112 - Brownyn's Millionth Customer

* Episode 113 - Runaway Train
* Episode 114 - Mandy's Mountain
* Episode 115 - Water Tower Inferno
* Episode 116 - Jupiter on the Loose
* Episode 119 - Elvis in Concert[57][59]

26 March 2012[58]
Fireman Sam – Snow Trouble[60]

(Series 8)

* Episode 117 - The Big Chill

* Episode 132 - The Pontypandy Polar Bear
* Episode 133 - Ice Cold in Pontypandy
Episode 134 - Snowball of Doom
* Episode 135 - Floodlights[57][61]

8 October 2012[60]
Fireman Sam – Pontypandy Gone Wild[62](Series 8) * Episode 118 - Boyce will be Boyce

* Episode 122 - The Pontypandyness Monster
* Episode 126 - King of the Mountain
* Episode 127 - Lighthouse Lock Out
Episode 129 - To Outfox a Fox

21 January 2013[62]
Fireman Sam – Hero at Sea[63]

(Series 8)

* Episode 120 - Mandy at Sea

* Episode 123 - Disastrous Dilys
Episode 124 - Charlie's Big Catch
* Episode 130 - Lily Lost and Found
* Episode 131 - Sky Lanterns

20 May 2013[63]
Fireman Sam – Brave to the Core[64]

(Series 8)

* Episode 121 - The Great Guinea Pig Rescue

* Episode 125 - Bessie to the Rescue
Episode 128 - Girls' Night In
* Episode 136 - Norman's Halloween Heist
* Episode 137 - Wheel of Fire

30 September 2013[64]
Selection / Best-of DVDs Edit
DVD Name Episodes Release Date
The Very Best of Fireman Sam: Action Stations![65]

(Series 1-4)

* Episode 4 - Flat Tyre

* Episode 5 - Lost Cat
* Episode 7 - Camping
* Episode 9 - Treasure Hunt
* Episode 10 - Sam's Day Off
* Episode 11 - Thief in Pontypandy
* Episode 12 - Chemistry Set
* Episode 14 - The Wishing Well
* Episode 15 - Sam - The Great Inventor
* Episode 18 - A Spot of Bother
* Episode 21 - Lost Ring
* Episode 26 - Home from Rome[32][65]

31 May 2004[65]
Fireman Sam – Sam's Greatest Rescues[66]
23 May 2011[66]
Compilation DVDs Edit

The following is a list of compilation DVDs that include fireman episodes as well as other shows.

DVD Name Episodes Release Date
Snow Days (Favourites)[67]
24 October 2011[67]

Region 1 US Edit

Complete series have not been released in the US on DVD. Some complete series were released online in the US (e.g., Series 7 was released on iTunes as "Season 6"[68]).

Note that in several cases, DVD titles have been reused in the US and UK releases with quite different content.

DVD Name Episodes Release Date
Fireman Sam: To the Rescue![69]

(Series 5)

* Episode 38 - Bathtime for Dusty

* Episode 39 - Neighborhood Watchout
* Episode 46 - Beast of Pontypandy
* Episode 48 - Fun Run
* Episode 49 - Trouble and Squeak

1 July 2008[69]
Fireman Sam Saves the Day![70]

(Series 5)

* Episode 47 - Pizza Palaver

* Episode 51 - Norman's Invisible Friend
* Episode 52 - High Jinx
* Episode 56 - Firefighter of Tomorrow
* Episode 57 - Fields of Fire

13 January 2009[70]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam: Hero Next Door[71]

(Series 5)

* Episode 35 - Twist of Fate

* Episode 36 - A Real Livewire
* Episode 41 - Carnival of Junk
* Episode 43 - Joker Soaker
* Episode 53 - The Case of the Licorice Shoelaces

19 May 2009[71]
Fireman Sam: Help Is Here![72]

(Series 7)

* Episode 86 - Paper Plane Down

* Episode 87 - Hot and Cold Running Sniffer Dog
* Episode 88 - Hearts on Fire
* Episode 89 - Perilous Path
* Episode 90 - New Hero Next Door

25 August 2009[72]
Fireman Sam: Ready for Action[73]

(Series 7)

* Episode 92 - Best Foot Forward

* Episode 97 - Going Out with a Bang
* Episode 103 - Sticky Situation
* Episode 107 - Alarm on the Beach
* Episode 108 - Hot Air

28 December 2010[73]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam: Brave New Rescues[74]

(Series 6, 7)

* Episode 60 - Blow Me Down

* Episode 79 - Dilys’ Big Surprise
* Episode 81 - Model Plane
* Episode 84 - Open Day
* Episode 85 - Mike’s Rocket
* Episode 104 - Cry Wolf

5 July 2011[74]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam: Rescue on the Water[75]

(Series 6, 7)

* Episode 69 - Stranded

* Episode 73 - Pirates of Pontypandy
* Episode 77 - Sailor Steele
* Episode 83 - Norman's Ark
* Episode 100 - The one that got away
* Episode 101 - Dinosaur Hunt

3 April 2012[75]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam: Heroic Rescue Adventures[76]

(Series 6, 7)

* Episode 61 - Pontypandy Extreme

* Episode 62 - Elvis Sings the Blues
* Episode 63 - Fireworks for Mandy
* Episode 76 - Double Trouble
* Episode 96 - Seeing Red
* Episode 109 - Towering Inferno

7 August 2012[76]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam: Holiday Heroes[77]

(Series 8)

* Episode 117 - The Big Chill

* Episode 132 - The Pontypandy Polar Bear
* Episode 133 - Ice Cold in Pontypandy
Episode 134 - Snowball of Doom
* Episode 135 - Floodlights

9 October 2012[77]
Fireman Sam/Firemen Sam: Mighty Mountain Heroes[78]

(Series 8)

* Episode 113 - Runaway Train

* Episode 114 - Mandy’s Mountain
* Episode 115 - Water Tower Inferno
* Episode 119 - Elvis in Concert
* Episode 125 - Bessie to the Rescue
* Episode 126 - King of the Mountain

3 April 2013[78]

Main theme song Edit

The series had an main theme song composed by Ben Heneghan and Ian Lawson. The lyrics were written by Robin Lyons, and sung by Maldwyn Pope. A full-length version was also released on BBC Records, which was the same as the TV series version, albeit without the slap bass which was heavily featured. The verse of the song alternates between notes a fifth apart – the intention being to suggest the sound of a fire engine siren.

The same composers wrote a new arrangement of the theme tune for the 2002 remake, although this time in straight quavers rather than the 'swung' twelve-eight of the original theme. Robin Lyons also updated the lyrics. This version was sung by Cameron Stewart, singer and guitarist with the Cardiff-based function band Session,[4] and also the originals outfit Calling Madison. It was shortened for the 2008 CGI series.

Spinoffs Edit

In 1996, a stage production was turned into a feature, Fireman Sam In Action, and released on BBC Video.

In 2009, Fireman Sam appeared with other animated children's television characters in a Children In Need single. The single was put together by Peter Kay.[5]

The show saw its first feature-length movie, The Great Fire of Pontypandy, released to DVD and iTunes in 2010, and was shown in select cinemas.

Fireman Sam was adapted into a live musical theatre show, which began touring the UK in June 2011.[6]

In 2015, the show's second feature-length movie "Heroes of the Storm" (also known as "Ultimate Heroes" in the USA) due to be released September 2015 however it was released for US audiences December 2014.[citation needed]

Chief Fire Officer Boyce announces that the old Pontypandy fire station will be closed down to make way for a new, more modern fire station and two new members of the firefighting crew. In the meantime, the team will have to co-ordinate rescues from a Mobile Command Unit whilst the new fire station is being built.

Up at the mountains, Penny is taking Norman, Mandy, Sarah and James on a pot-holing trip in the old mines. And at the Mountain Activity Centre, Moose and Tom are using Moose’s new amphibious vehicle to take wildlife photographs, but they haven’t quite mastered the controls and it’s not long before they’re swept out to sea and Sam has to come to their aid.

Elsewhere at sea, Charlie and coastguard Ben see a hurricane has rapidly developed and is heading straight for Pontypandy; they immediately warn Sam. So it’s action stations as Sam has to rescue Penny and the kids from the old mines, Elvis helps prepare Pontypandy for the storm and Station Officer Steele gathers everyone at the new fire station.

But when a fire breaks out at the new fire station, it’s a race against time as Sam has to hurry back to Pontypandy to help the rest of the team and save the day.

The hurricane passes, Pontypandy made it through. As life goes back to normal in Pontypandy, Moose donates the amphibious vehicle to Sam and the team – newly painted in fire station colours and re-named Hydrus.

Critical response Edit

The ABC website said of the series, "All the characters blend together into an appealing mixture of fun and entertainment for children everywhere."[7]

Common Sense Media recommended the 2004 series for ages 3 and up, praising it for showing how to "stay calm in a crisis" and rely on a team to solve problems. The American website found that the "distinctly Welsh characters, community, accents, and expressions may pose some minor comprehension problems for kids on this side of the pond", but considered it a useful example of life in another part of the world.[8]

Repeats Edit

Fireman Sam has been repeated several times on BBC1 and BBC2 in the 1980's, 1990's and 2000's at mornings, afternoons and lunchtimes, CBBC on Choice has also broadcasted Fireman Sam, the 1987 series premiered on the very first day on Monday 29th November 1999 twice, at 12.45pm and 3.25pm until Friday 31st December 1999. The 1996 series, it, premiered on Saturday 4th December 1999 at the same times, while been continued until Sunday 2nd January 2000. Like many series, This returned in a weekend afternoons timselot starting on Saturday 5th August 2000, airing the 1987 series once at 12.40pm and the 1996 one thrice at 1.55pm, 3.45pm and 5.20pm until Sunday 10th September 2000, then the 1987 series returned in weekdays from Monday 13st November 2000 to Friday 15th December 2000 at 11.10am and 3.30pm, The 1996 series returned on weekends on Sunday 19th November 2000 at the same times as summer until Sunday 17th December 2000. It has also appeared on Choosy Bits under viewer's request from 2001/02. The 1987 series repeated for the last time on weekday afternoons of summer 2001 at 5.45pm, and the 1996 series repeated all November-December long of 2001 right after Bitsa, at 1.55pm, 3.25pm and 5.55pm. Fireman Sam continued to be shown on BBC2 and CBeebies until 2007.

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