SERIES 1 (1984)
"Once an engine attatched to a train, was afraid of a few drops of rain, it went into a tunnel, and squeaked through it's funnel, and wouldn't come out again!"
The Sad Story of Henry
Series 1 was originally filmed and broadcast in 1984 on ITV. It used the eight first Railway Series books written by the Rev W Awdry for purposes of continuity and was narrated by former Beatles Drummer, Ringo Starr.
The series was the culmination of five years of hard work and effort by canny business woman - Britt Allcroft, who made the large self-sacrifice of remortgaging her home to finance the series, convinced Wilbert Awdry to take a chance on her vision and persuade a reluctant Ringo Starr, who at the time admitted he'd prefer to do something relating to Dinosaurs instead...but what would the show have been without him in it's formative years?
In the beginning, there was one single breed of motive power on the Fat Controller's Railway - steam. And while particular steam engines didn't perform to the standard they should have, the only problem the engines seemed to have hanging over them was to try and keep out of trouble. But they couldn't seem to help themselves, and the Fat Controller thought they were "Really Useful" all the same!
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