Fireman Sam (S4C, 1987)
Fireman Sam was a Welsh animated comedy children’s TV series. The show (which aired in 10 minute segments) is about a fireman named Sam, his fellow firefighters and residents of the fictional Welsh rural village of Pontypandy (a portmanteau of real Welsh towns Pontypridd and Tonypandy). The idea for the show came from two real life firefighters from Kent, who took the idea to artist and writer Rob Lee to develop. Fireman Sam first appeared on the Welsh language channel, S4C in 1987, arriving on BBC1 later that same year. The original series ended in 1994. A new series with an expanded character cast began in 2003. Fireman Sam was also broadcast in Gaelic across Scotland. It should be no surprise that the series was used across the United Kingdom to promote fire safety. It has also been broadcast in 40 other countries around the world.