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Fireman Sam is a British animated comedy children's series about a fireman named Sam, his fellow firefighters, and other residents in the fictional Welsh rural village of Pontypandy (a portmanteau of two real towns, Pontypridd and Tonypandy). The original idea for the show came from two ex-firemen from London, England, who took their idea to artist and writer Rob Lee who developed the concept, and the show was commissioned.

Fireman Sam first appeared as Sam Tân (Fireman Sam in Welsh) on S4C on 1 November 1987, and a few weeks later on BBC One on 17 November.

It is rumoured that a pilot episode aired on S4C possibly on the 26th of December, 1985 in Wales but it is lost as of today as it never re-released in either a re-run or a home video release.

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