Fireman Sam celebrates 30th anniversary with special ‘royal’ episode

Fireman Sam celebrates 30th anniversary with special ‘royal’ episode

Fireman Sam celebrates 30th anniversary with special ‘royal’ episode

Fireman Sam is celebrating 30 years on TV screens with a special royally themed one-off episode in a nod to their most famous fan.

A kind prince will visit the show’s town of Pontypandy on official duties but will end up using his helicopter rescue skills to save the day with Fireman Sam.

The anniversary episode will air in the UK next year as part of Fireman Sam’s eleventh series and is a nod to Prince George, who is said to be a fan of the show.

Kate holds a Fireman Sam book for Prince George during her visit to open a new charity shop for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, in Holt, Norfolk (Arthur Edwards/The Sun)
Kate holds a Fireman Sam book for Prince George during her visit to open a new charity shop for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, in Holt, Norfolk (Arthur Edwards/The Sun)

Last year Kate Middleton bought a Fireman Sam book during a trip to a charity store in Norfolk where she explained the character was George’s favourite.

Originally created by ex-firemen Dave Gingell and Dave Jones, the show’s first ever episode aired on BBC Wales on November 17 1987 and has since been broadcast in more than 155 territories across the world in 36 different languages.

Since his launch onto children’s TV three decades ago, Sam has put out 91 fires and rescued 155 people from 246 incidents.

Of the special episode, producer Ian McCue said: “Fireman Sam has been enjoyed by generations over the past 30 years and is a true icon of children’s television around the world.

“The show and brand continues to go from strength to strength with stories of bravery and action all rooted in the small and caring community of Pontypandy based in Wales.”


More in this Section

Martin Scorsese’s self-shot film about being stuck in isolation to air on BBCMartin Scorsese’s self-shot film about being stuck in isolation to air on BBC

Bob Geldof: ‘Bizarre’ Boomtown Rats publicity stunt ended hopes of US successBob Geldof: ‘Bizarre’ Boomtown Rats publicity stunt ended hopes of US success

Elton John leads tributes to playwright and Aids activist Larry KramerElton John leads tributes to playwright and Aids activist Larry Kramer

Minions and Gru in WHO public health announcement for childrenMinions and Gru in WHO public health announcement for children


Lifestyle

Cork author Conal Creedon tells Richard Fitzpatrick about some of his influences, from characters in his family’s shop to Ian Dury and Jim JarmuschCulture That Made Me: Conal Creedon on showbands, punk rock and playing the saw

A new thriller on Netflix is already causing a stir, and JK Rowling has set the internet alight with chapters of her fairytale, writes Des O’DriscollOnline Entertainment Tips: Snowpiercer, JK Rowling's new tale, and two films on Repeal

She's been sorting out Cork people for ages likeAsk Audrey: Normal People is basically a Maeve Binchy novel with mobile phones

Every evening, volunteers set out on bikes from Penny Dinners, delivering food and supplies to Cork’s homeless community. Donal O’Keeffe accompanied the Knight Riders on their rounds.Knight Riders bike around Cork city to deliver food to the homeless for Cork Penny Dinners

More From The Irish Examiner