fires of London - It's Sarah and James!"
It's Christmas Eve, and Pontypandy's
got four inches of festive snow to keep
the kids entertained. They're playing snowballs,
and everyone around town is
enjoying the cold snap, except for Dylis Price.
She's not happy shovelling
snow from her shop front and ducking the great
hanging icicles above her
head. She wonders why the Christmas tree isn't
up in the park yet. Why, the
Council have been a bit late this year. She
suspects they couldn't afford
one. Her comments give Fireman Sam a jolly idea...
The Pontypandy kids - Sarah, James and Norman
Price - decide to continue
their snow games out of town and Trevor Evans
gives them a lift in his bus to
a high hill, for sledging, before promptly
getting stuck in a snowdrift. Sam,
Elvis and Station Officer Steele are called
out to tow him free. And then,
Sam's able to put his jolly plan into gear.
He's got permission to
cut down a Christmas fir tree for the townsfolk.
But what's this? There's
an emergency call coming in. The kids are
in trouble. Norman's lead them
on a record-breaking sled run, and Sarah and
James are now stuck in the
middle of a frozen pond!...
It's surely no surprise to reveal that the
kids are duly saved, and there
are sausage rolls all round, and a little
ginger wine for the adults - courtesy
of kindly Bella Lasagne. Pontypandy gets its
twinkling tree just in time for
the big night, and Sam gets to muse on life
in this friendly family village as
he draws his curtains. Mind you, there's no
rest for our next-door hero.
He's even on call Christmas Day, poor chap...
Needless to say, if you're a fan of the original
series then this double-length
episode is the perfect Christmas pressie.
There are lots of familiar little details
in the set dressing to admire - like the condiments
on Sam's breakfast table,
and those Daily Mirror-style headlines on
Trevor's newspaper. When the kids
are on his mini-bus, the steamy windows are
smudged with handprints.There's
also some great sound detail to listen out
for; from the crunching of the snow
underfoot to the varying thrums of Sam's engine.
And better still, there's some
lovely adult banter to enjoy. The way that Dylis
and Bella "feud" over Trevor
is just delightful.
Above all, there's the Pontypandy location itself,
with its steeped rows of
grey semis, straight out of a Breconshire
guidebook. In this story, everything's
topped with cotton ball snow and icicles.
There's even a chirruping Robin,
twittering around the streets.
Bumper Films have once more presented us with
a lovely little postcard from
Wales, circa the late 80's. And viewers are
reminded of the way kids
tv has changed since this film was produced. At
the end of the tale, Dilys
Price has drunk herself silly on Bella's ginger
wine, much to Norman's
embarrassment. Imagine the furore if you did
Sam (original series)
Business on DVD
The film has had its own standalone
UK release. Don't be
put off by the cover, though, which
sports a picture of new-look
Sam from the Siriol revival:
Sam: Snow Business
2 / special + two episodes / HIT / Nov 2006
Now, just to confuse
things further. The film has also been issued
as one half of a double-bill with Siriol's
seasonal story "The Big
Sam: Snow Business/The Big Freeze
2 / two disc box-set / HIT / Nov 2007
created by Rob Lee
original idea by Dave Gingell and Dave
assisted by Mike Young
produced and directed by
Ian Frampton and John Walker
story line: Rob
Heneghan, Ian Lawson
sung by: Maldwyn
Knowlden, Linda Thodesen
Frampton, Alison Johnston
Oswald, Jane Murrell
Cross, Steve Stockford
told by: John