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'''Thomas & Friends''' is a children’s show adapted from the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry’s “The Railway Series” stories, while this is certainly the most famous adaption of the Awdry’s stories it was not the first. The first attempt was a live broadcast on June 19, 1953 by the BBC, however, the broadcast didn’t fare well and caused a full series never to be produced.
Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends is a children’s show adapted from the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry’s “The Railway Series” stories. While this is certainly the most famous adaption of the Awdry’s stories it was not the first. The first attempt was a live broadcast in 1953 by the BBC. However the broadcast didn’t fare well and caused a full series never to be produced.
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==Background==
 
==Background==
   
In 1953 the BBC approached the Railway Series editor Eric Marriott and inquired about the possibility of adapting at least two stories from the Railway Series to television in June of that same year. The proposition was agreed to by the author. The broadcast was to be done using 00 Gauge Hornby Models, while the sets were reminiscent of the books illustrations. This was to ensure that authenticity to the Author and Publishers requests. The episode was broadcast live from Lime Grove Studios on Sunday June 14, 1953.
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In 1953 the BBC approached the Railway Series editor Eric Marriott and inquired about the possibility of adapting at least two stories from the Railway Series to television in June of that same year. The proposition was agreed to by the author. The broadcast was to be done using 00 Gauge Hornby Models, while the sets were reminiscent of the book illustrations. This was to ensure that authenticity to the Author and Publishers requests. The episode was broadcast live from Lime Grove Studios on Sunday June 14, 1953.
   
 
==Live Broadcast==
 
==Live Broadcast==
The story that the BBC chose to adapt was Wilbur's third story "The Sad Story of Henry". However the director had to deal with the 00 Gauge Models, Superimposed rain, effects, music , and a narration by Julia Lang. The script was 'freely adapted' to ensure the broadcasts meet the ten-minute broadcast limit. The models were reported to jerk around as they moved. Other than that the broadcast went fine until, the engine derailed. This was caused by the mistake of not switching the points before the engine arrived at them. To the surprise of the viewers, a hand picked up the engine and put it back on the rails!
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The story that the BBC chose to adapt was Wilbert Awdry's third story "The Sad Story of Henry". However, the director had to deal with the 00 Gauge Models, Superimposed rain, effects, music, and a narration by Julia Lang. The script was 'freely adapted' to ensure the broadcasts meet the ten-minute broadcast limit. The models were reported to jerk around as they moved. Other than that the broadcast went fine until the engine derailed. This was caused by the mistake of not switching the points before the engine arrived at them. To the surprise of the viewers, a hand picked up the engine and put it back on the rails!
   
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
The incident made the front of several newspapers a week later. This caused the June 28 broadcast to be put on hold and later cancelled and although numerous attempts were made to revive the series, but all were unsuccessful.
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The incident made the front of several newspapers a week later. This caused the June 28 broadcast to be put on hold and later canceled and although numerous attempts were made to revive the series, all were unsuccessful.
 
==Preservation==
 
==Preservation==
As the show was broadcast live and knowing the BBC's track record for preserving old content, it is no surprise that the broadcast is lost. It is highly unlikely that anyone recorded the single broadcast. Nothing is known to be left of this project and will probably never surface.
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As the show was broadcast live and knowing the BBC's track record for preserving old content, it is no surprise that the broadcast is lost. It is highly unlikely that anyone recorded the single broadcast. Nothing is known to be left of this project, will probably never surface, and there is very, very little evidence that this broadcast ever occurred in the first place.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
<gallery position="center">
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Possible filming props
ThomasandEdward1953.jpg|1953 models of Thomas and Edward
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<gallery>
Henry1953.jpg|A 1953 model of Henry
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File:Henry1953.jpg
Gordon1953.jpg|A 1954 model of Gordon
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File:Mm_1953_03_gordon.jpg
JamesandPercy1953.jpg|1953 models of James and Percy
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File:ThomasandEdward1953.jpg
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File:JamesAndPercy1953.jpg
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0_IMG-20200519-WA0028.jpg|Original television airing schedule from ''Radio Times''
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
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==Videos==
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[[File:The Sad Story of Henry (1953)|thumb|center|335px|Fan recreation of what the 1953 broadcast would have looked like. Probably the most accurate.]][[File:The Sad Story Of Henry UK-0|thumb|center|400 px]][[File:The Sad Story of Henry - 1953 BBC Style|thumb|center|400px|A fanmade reconstruction of the moment a train derailed and was put back on.]]
   
 
==References==
 
==References==
 
. http://www.sodor-island.net/thetvserieshistory.html
 
. http://www.sodor-island.net/thetvserieshistory.html
. http://thomas-the-tank-engine-and-friends-youtube-series.wikia.com/wiki/Thomas_and_Friends
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. [https://thomas-the-tank-engine-and-friends-youtube-series.fandom.com/wiki/Thomas_and_Friends http://thomas-the-tank-engine-and-friends-youtube-series.wikia.com/wiki/Thomas_and_Friends]
 
[[Category:Lost TV|Sad]]
 
[[Category:Lost TV|Sad]]
 
[[Category:Lost Recordings of Real Incidents|Sad]]
 
[[Category:Lost Recordings of Real Incidents|Sad]]
 
[[Category:Lost BBC]]
 
[[Category:Lost BBC]]
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[[Category:Lost Pilots]]
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[[Category:Lost UK]]
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[[Category:Lost Thomas the Tank Engine]]
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[[Category:Lost Britt Allcroft]]
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[[Category:Lost Kids shows]]

Revision as of 09:12, May 22, 2020

Thomas & Friends is a children’s show adapted from the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry’s “The Railway Series” stories, while this is certainly the most famous adaption of the Awdry’s stories it was not the first. The first attempt was a live broadcast on June 19, 1953 by the BBC, however, the broadcast didn’t fare well and caused a full series never to be produced.


Background

In 1953 the BBC approached the Railway Series editor Eric Marriott and inquired about the possibility of adapting at least two stories from the Railway Series to television in June of that same year. The proposition was agreed to by the author. The broadcast was to be done using 00 Gauge Hornby Models, while the sets were reminiscent of the book illustrations. This was to ensure that authenticity to the Author and Publishers requests. The episode was broadcast live from Lime Grove Studios on Sunday June 14, 1953.

Live Broadcast

The story that the BBC chose to adapt was Wilbert Awdry's third story "The Sad Story of Henry". However, the director had to deal with the 00 Gauge Models, Superimposed rain, effects, music, and a narration by Julia Lang. The script was 'freely adapted' to ensure the broadcasts meet the ten-minute broadcast limit. The models were reported to jerk around as they moved. Other than that the broadcast went fine until the engine derailed. This was caused by the mistake of not switching the points before the engine arrived at them. To the surprise of the viewers, a hand picked up the engine and put it back on the rails!

Aftermath

The incident made the front of several newspapers a week later. This caused the June 28 broadcast to be put on hold and later canceled and although numerous attempts were made to revive the series, all were unsuccessful.

Preservation

As the show was broadcast live and knowing the BBC's track record for preserving old content, it is no surprise that the broadcast is lost. It is highly unlikely that anyone recorded the single broadcast. Nothing is known to be left of this project, will probably never surface, and there is very, very little evidence that this broadcast ever occurred in the first place.

Gallery

Possible filming props

Videos

The Sad Story of Henry (1953)

The Sad Story of Henry (1953)

Fan recreation of what the 1953 broadcast would have looked like. Probably the most accurate.

The Sad Story Of Henry UK-0

The Sad Story Of Henry UK-0

The Sad Story of Henry - 1953 BBC Style

The Sad Story of Henry - 1953 BBC Style

A fanmade reconstruction of the moment a train derailed and was put back on.

References

. http://www.sodor-island.net/thetvserieshistory.html . http://thomas-the-tank-engine-and-friends-youtube-series.wikia.com/wiki/Thomas_and_Friends

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