"Fireman Sam" is an animated children's series about a friendly fireman, his fellow firefighters and other townspeople in the Welsh town of Pontypandy. Sam remains composed in any emergency and always offers assistance to anyone in need. When he is not putting out fires, he spends his spare time in his shed, where he makes devices such as a potato-picker assembled from bicycle parts and a machine capable of replacing the town's band. His catchphrase is "Great fires of London!" His colleagues are Fireman Elvis Cridlington, who aspires to be a rock star, Station Officer Basil Steele, the chief of Pontypandy Fire Station, Firefighter Penny Morris, the only female member of the brigade, and Auxiliary Fireman Trevor Evans, a West Indian fireman who is also the town's bus driver. Other characters include Dilys Price, who runs the local grocery store, Bella Lasagne, an absent-minded café owner, Sarah and James Jones, who are Sam's niece and nephew, and Norman Price, a boy who loves practical jokes and skateboarding. The original series of 32 episodes between 1987 and 1994 featured stop-motion animation. The latest series update in 2008 features computer-generated animation. It can be seen on Channel Five.