David Nelson Godfrey Mitton (27 February 1939 - 16 May 2008) was a Scottish-English director, producer, writer, model maker and special effects technician. He was the writer, producer, and director of Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends and the co-creator of TUGS.

He worked on the show from 1984–2003.


Mitton began his career as a special effects technican on Gerry Anderson shows such as "Thunderbirds", "Captain Scarlet" and "Joe 90" before founding Clearwater Features with Robert D. Cardona in 1983.

Mitton worked on various TV advertisements through his company before he was approached by Britt Allcroft to produce a series known as Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. Although some episodes were based on the Railway Series books, some of the scripts had been written down by him and Britt Allcroft.

Mitton wrote six episodes of his own live-action model series "TUGS" in 1988 and directed nine of them. When Clearwater Features closed down in 1990, he joined the Britt Allcroft Company.

After the death of the Reverend W. Awdry in 1997, Mitton and Allcroft decided to create stories of their own. He provided stories for episodes of the sixth and seventh series. His last episode as writer was Toby's Windmill, but he continued as director until Three Cheers for Thomas before retiring. Steve Asquith replaced him as director from then on. David also worked as model unit creative consultant for Thomas and the Magic Railroad.

David Mitton suffered a heart attack and died on 16 May 2008, at the age of 69. His death was announced on 28 May 2008.

He was working with Gerry Anderson producer David Lane with their own company "Pineapple Squared Entertainment", which was due to launch a new CGI Animation series "Adventures On Orsum Island". Only a few episodes of "Orsum" were semi-completed before his death.

Episodes Written

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Both episodes were co-written with Britt Allcroft.

Series 4

Series 5

All episodes are co-written with Britt Allcroft and nine episodes were co-written with Allcroft and David Maidment.

Series 6

Series 7





Awards and nominations

  • Nominated - British Academy of Film and Television Arts - Best Animated Film for "Thomas The Tank Engine & Friends", 1985, shared with Britt Allcroft and Robert D. Cardona; 1987 shared with Robert D. Cardona



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