Fireman Sam (Welsh: Sam Tân) is a Welsh children's television series. It is based around fireman Sam Jones, his fellow firefighters, and other residents in the fictional Welsh rural village of Pontypandy (a portmanteau of two real-life towns, Pontypridd and Tonypandy).

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 and broadcast by the Welsh language channel S4C, in Welsh.

The show originally ran from 1987-1994 on the CBBC in the United Kingdom, and was later revived in 2003 under HiT Entertainment, using more modern stop-motion techniques including moving mouths and complete voice cast, before transitioning to full CGI in 2008. While the original series was dubbed into English from Welsh, the new series is in English first.


Image Character Welsh Voice English Voice
Narrator / Character Voices Gareth Lewis John Alderton


  • The classic series' vocals were done in a similar style to Thomas & Friends, with a single person providing narration and character voices.


Date(s) Channel Country
1987-2002 CBBC United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
BBC Enterprises 1998-2001 VHS Various Episodes PAL United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
HiT Entertainment 2007 DVD The Complete Series 2

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