Gullane Entertainment

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Gullane Entertainment
In-Name-only unit
Industry Entertainment, Children's Programming
Fate Acquired by HiT Entertainment
Founded 1984; 33 years ago (1984) (as The Britt Allcroft Company)
Products Thomas & Friends
Art Attack
Fireman Sam
Guinness World Records
Captain Pugwash
Magic Adventures of Mumfie
Revenue N.A.
Owner HiT Entertainment (2002-present)

Gullane Entertainment (also known as The Britt Allcroft Company) was a British independent production company which produced children's programming, including Thomas & Friends, Shining Time Station, and The Magic Adventures of Mumfie, and the film Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

Original programming[edit]

  • Shining Time Station (1989–1995) - created by Britt Allcroft and Rick Siggelkow. A live-action situation comedy series about life in a train station called Shining Time and featuring a cast of characters such as Stacy Jones the Manager (Didi Conn), Schemer the Arcade Owner (Brian O'Connor), the Jukebox Band and the magical Mr. Conductor (Ringo Starr, George Carlin) who tells the stories taken from Thomas & Friends. Now owned by Britt Allcroft Productions in Santa Monica, California.
  • Britt Allcroft's Magic Adventures of Mumfie (1993–1999) - Based on the works of artist Katharine Tozer. Featuring the voice of storyteller Patrick Breen and a score of 26 original songs. Now owned by Britt Allcroft Productions.

Acquired programming[edit]

  • James the Cat (1998 series only - all voices provided by Alistair McGowan) - James is a black and white cat who lives in an old house, known as the "Cornerhouse", with his friends. Now owned by HiT Entertainment.
  • Fireman Sam (1987–present) - The adventures of Pontypandy's friendly fireman who is always there to save the day. Acquired by Gullane in 2001.
  • Art Attack (1990-2007) - An art and crafts show hosted by Neil Buchanan. Acquired by Gullane in 2000.
  • Sooty Heights (1999–2000) - Presented by Richard Cadell and Liana Bridges, Sooty Heights is a comedy puppet show featuring Sooty and his pals Sweep, Soo and Little Cousin Scampi, running a hotel. This was the replacement for Sooty & Co, which ended in 1998 due to former Sooty host, Matthew Corbett, retiring.
  • Sooty (2001–04) - Presented by Richard Cadell and Vicki Lee Taylor, Sooty was similar to Sooty Heights, but with some minor changes.
  • Captain Pugwash (1998) - Captain Pugwash and his mates search for treasure on the Black Pig against the evil Cut Throat Jake. This is based on the original characters by John Ryan.
  • Eckhart (2000–01, UK only) - A Canadian animated series about a little mouse and his friends who have a lot of adventures travelling around the world, based on the character created by David Weale.




  • Gullane Entertainment owned the Guinness Book of World Records when it was sold by Diageo.
  • In 2001, Gullane acquired the Fireman Sam franchise from Bumper Films, which closed down a year later.
  • In 2002, HIT Entertainment purchased Gullane, which is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Mattel.
  • In 2007, HiT Entertainment put the rights to Sooty up for sale, with his current presenter Richard Cadell purchasing the rights in 2008.
  • In 2008, Britt Allcroft re-acquired the whole of the Mumfie production library from HiT Entertainment.
  • For Thomas products, still being used today, copyright info refers to it as "Gullane (Thomas) Limited".

Key People[edit]

  • Britt Allcroft - Co Founder
  • Angus Wright - Co Founder
  • Adam Mills - Chairman of the Board
  • William Harris - Chief Executive Officer, Director
  • Charles Falzon - President, Director
  • Tim Hilton - Finance Director, Director
  • Helen Byme - Secretary

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