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Gullane Entertainment Limited was a British independent production company which produced children's programming, including Thomas & Friends, Shining Time Station and The Magic Adventures of Mumfie, as well as the film Thomas and the Magic Railroad. The company today is an in-name only subsidiary of HIT Entertainment and an IP holder for Thomas & Friends.

Gullane Entertainment Limited
  • Burginhall 126 Limited (1987)
  • The Britt Allcroft Company PLC (1987-2000)
  • Gullane Entertainment PLC (2000-2002)
In-Name-only Subsidiary
IndustryEntertainment, Children's Programming
FateAcquired by HiT Entertainment
Founded1987; 32 years ago (1987)[2]
ProductsThomas & Friends
Art Attack
Fireman Sam
Guinness World Records
Captain Pugwash
Magic Adventures of Mumfie
ParentHIT Entertainment (2002-present)
SubsidiariesGullane (Productions) Limited
Gullane (Distribution) Limited
Gullane (Development) Limited
Gullane (Thomas) Limited
HIT Attractions Limited
The Magic Railroad Company Limited


Original programmingEdit

Acquired programmingEdit

  • 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 (1987–2018) - The adventures of Pontypandy's friendly fireman who is always there to save the day. Acquired by Gullane in 2001 from Bumper Films, which closed down a year later.
  • 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 (2001–2004) - 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 (2000–2001, 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.
  • Yoko! Jakamoko! Toto! (2003–2005) - An animated series about Yoko the bird, Jakamoko the armadillo and Toto the mischievous monkey living in the African country who sing and only communicate by using each other's names. Co-produced with Collingwood O'Hare. Was only acquired by Gullane whilst the series was in production until 2002 when the company was bought by HiT. Now owned by HiT Entertainment.




  • 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.
  • Thomas products still refer to the Gullane subsidiary "Gullane (Thomas) Limited."

Key PeopleEdit

  • 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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