Thomas the Tank Engine: the runaway success turns 70
After 70 years on the tracks, Thomas the Tank Engine remains a multi-million pound franchise. Paul Kendall explores the cheeky locomotive’s enduring appeal.
By Paul Kendall1:14PM BST 12 May 2015
It's a long article, but here is the excerpt with a quote from Pierce ...
Throughout his writing career, the primary concern of Awdry, who died in 1997 aged 85, was to infuse children with his own love of steam trains and entertain them with stories about friendship, responsibility, resilience and loyalty. ‘They all deal with kindness and being a good citizen and doing good things in your community and to each other,’ says the actor Pierce Brosnan, who enjoyed a brief stint as narrator of the television series in 2008. ‘It also allows you, as an actor, to have a whale of a time hamming it up. You had to play it with a generous heart. You can’t demean it in any way.’
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