Everybody’s Hero Next Door turns 30 – Happy Birthday Fireman Sam!
Published: November 20, 2017
Whether you know him as Sam Le Pompier, Feuerwehrmann Sam or Sam el Bombero, Fireman Sam is a worldwide household name. This week his adventures in Pontypandy turn 30. He has been watched by millions of children across the world, including one Prince George! To commemorate the occasion is a special episode entitled “The Prince in Pontypandy” . The episode features not only a royal guest, but every character featured in the first episode back in 1987. Below is an exclusive sneak peek on the official Fireman YouTube channel.
A global preschool hit
The show was originally created by two ex-firemen Dave Gingell and Dave Jones. The first stop-motion episode of Fireman Sam was aired on Welsh television on 17th November 1987. Fireman Sam has since become one of the most popular pre-school television shows globally: being shown in 155 territories across the globe and translated into 36 languages. WildBrain now manages 11 localized Fireman Sam YouTube channels that feature episodes in German, Spanish, French, Polish, as well as channels for both the US and the UK. Fireman Sam has hit half a billion minutes of watch time per month – putting it in the top 5% for kids content on YouTube.
Senior Producer of Fireman Sam, Ian McCue, says: “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. We can’t wait for fans to see the special Royal episode and the new series which will be out next year.”
Subscribe to the official Fireman Sam YouTube channel for an exclusive look at the extra special 30th Anniversary episode!