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Britt Allcroft (born Hillary Mary Allcroft, on 14th December 1943 in Worthing, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom) is an English producer, writer, director, and actress who is the multi-award-winning creator and adapter of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends (based on the Railway Series by Wilbert Awdry) and Shining Time Station.
She founded "The Britt Allcroft Company" with then-husband Angus Wright (they were married from 1973 to 1997), known as Britt Allcroft Limited (later renamed Gullane Entertainment) which was sold and acquired by HiT Entertainment in 2002.
She was also the screenwriter, a producer, and director of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, and supplied the voice of Lady. She also created the American animated television show "The Magic Adventures of Mumfie" and in the late 1990's remade the classic series "Captain Pugwash".
Allcroft served as executive producer for the first two series. She took Robert D. Cardona's place as producer from the third to fifth series after Clearwater Features closed down in 1990. In May 2000, Allcroft was a director and advisor of Gullane and she returned for the sixth series as executive producer alongside Peter Urie and had script consulting duties on the seventh series after the performance of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. By 2003, (a year after Gullane Entertainment was sold and acquired by HiT Entertainment, as well as the same year when Series 7 was released), Allcroft had resigned from her remaining positions with the company and did not return for the eighth series after HiT had brought the rights to Thomas. This was attributed to the poor reception and successful merchandising of Thomas and the Magic Railroad. She also served as "Storyteller Director" for the show.
She also worked on a live-action kids show called "The Scoobs" and created a British-American animated show for Disney and Disney Junior called "Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets", a spinoff to the "Disney Princesses" franchise.
Allcroft, along with Rick Siggelkow, are currently trying to get Shining Time Station onto DVD or back on television. She is also working on reviving "The Magic Adventures of Mumfie".
- Thomas' Christmas Party (co-written with David Mitton)
Both episodes were co-written with David Mitton.
- Rusty to the Rescue (co-written with David Mitton)
All 26 episodes were co-written with David Mitton; these nine episodes were co-written with Mitton and David Maidment.
- A Better View for Gordon
- Lady Hatt's Birthday Party
- James and the Trouble with Trees
- Gordon and the Gremlin
- Haunted Henry
- Double Teething Troubles
- Busy Going Backwards
- Duncan Gets Spooked
- Series 1
- Series 2
- Series 3
- Series 4
- Series 5
- Series 6 (as executive producer)
- Series 7 (as script consaultant)
- Thomas and the Magic Railroad
- Lady (Thomas and the Magic Railroad)
- "Thomas and the Magic Railroad" (2000)
- "Mumfie's Quest" (2000)
- "Magic Adventures of Mumfie" (1995-1999)
- "Storytime with Thomas" (1999)
- "Whisker Haven Tales with the Palace Pets" (2015-2017)
- "Thomas And Friends" (1984-2002)
Awards and nominations
- Honouree - The WIFTS Television Pioneer Award, 2015, for "Thomas & Friends".
- Won - Gemini Awards - Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series, 1993, for "Shining Time Station", shared with Rick Siggelkow and Nancy Chapelle. Two times.
- Nominated - British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Animated Film, 1985, for "Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends", shared with David Mitton and Robert D. Cardona.
- Allcroft mortgaged her house to fund the pilot episode's production.
- According to Allcroft, Thomas and the Magic Railroad was partially inspired by the fourth series episode, Thomas and the Special Letter.
- Allcroft has revealed that "P.T." in P.T. Boomer's name stands for "Passing Through".
- Similar to how Wilbert Awdry was critical of "Henry's Forest", Allcroft was critical of Thomas and the Royal Engine, and criticised its marketing, particularly where Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex was involved. The next day, however, she quickly clarified that her "concern was, in no way, about the actual writing of this story", and passed on good wishes to the writer, Michael White.
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