Gullane Entertainment

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Gullane Entertainment
In-Name-only unit
Industry Entertainment, Children's Programming
Fate Acquired by HiT Entertainment
Founded 1983; 34 years ago (1983) (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 (2003-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]

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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