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Britt Allcroft is the multi- award-winning creator of a trio of children's entertainment produced in the 1980s and 1990s: "Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends", (now retitled "Thomas and Friends"), "Shining Time Station" (with co-creator Rick Siggelkow) and "Britt Allcroft's Magic Adventures of Mumfie".

She was born Hilary Mary Allcroft, in Worthing, England and, at 16, changed her name to Britt as her career in British radio and TV gained momentum. She went on to create a string of shows for the BBC and ITV networks, including "Moon Clue Game", "Get it, Got it, Good", "Dance Crazy", "Keepsakes" and "Mothers by Daughters" . She worked in live theatre staging shows at the London Palladium and Drury Lane Theatres.

In 1979, Allcroft was making a five-minute film for the Central Office of Information about the resurgence of interest in steam railways. One inspiration for the film was A Guide to the Steam Railways of Britain, a book compiled by the Rev. W. Awdry and Dr Christopher Cook, and published by Eric Marriott, the former editor of The Railway Series. As Awdry would be taking part in the programme, Allcroft was prompted to read some of the volumes of the Railway Series, for the first time. She said: "it really didn't take me long to become intrigued by the characters and the relationships between them and the simplicity of the stories. I was equally intrigued by the illustrations, the landscape in them and the nostalgia they invoked." She met Awdry, saying she wanted to make a TV series, based on his stories. Although Awdry was initially reluctant, a deal was eventually done. It took Britt three years to raise the finance and find all the people who could make her dream come true. The first episode of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, was aired in the UK in September 1984.

In 1984 she co-founded the Britt Allcroft Company with her then husband, Angus Wright, formulating cover of all merchandising and television rights in Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends. The company went public in 1996 and was renamed Gullane Entertainment.

Once Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends had become a critical and commercial success in the UK, Allcroft and her production company looked to promote the brand in North America. As the Thomas films were only 5 minutes long, initially, the company found it difficult in placing the series in the USA, as generally, the networks preferred 30 minute formats and so in 1988 the Britt Allcroft Company teamed up with PBS Station WNET in New York to produce and distribute Shining Time Station, where every episode of the show would include a couple episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends.

She wrote and directed the movie "Thomas and the Magic Railroad", released in 2000, as well as providing the voice for the character Lady.The film was not a critical success, and Allcroft resigned in September 2000. Her resignation followed many years of internal stress within the company.In 2007, news surfaced on a Thomas fan site that the released version of the Thomas movie was a drastically edited version of Allcroft's original script and shot film - in effect, the claim was that production of the film had been taken out of her hands.

Gullane was subsequently acquired in 2003 by Hit Entertainment, which was taken over by Apax Partners in 2005.

Wright and Allcroft are divorced.

Britt Allcroft is now living and working in Santa Monica, California. She re-acquired Mumfie from HiT Entertainment in 2008. She is on the advisory council of Southern California Public Radio and the Audrey Hepburn Children's Fund.
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Total Books: 21
James and the Red Balloon And Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories
2009 - James and the Red Balloon and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories [Thomas and Friends Pictureback] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9781439563670
ISBN-10: 1439563675
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The Cranky Day and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories
2001 - The Cranky Day and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories [Random House Picturebacks] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780613272353
ISBN-10: 0613272358
Genre: Children's Books
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A Better View for Gordon and other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories
2001 - A Better VIew for Gordon and Other Thomas the Tank Engine Stories (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780613835404
ISBN-10: 0613835409
Genre: Children's Books
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Magic Adventures of Mumfie
2001 - Magic Adventures of Mumfie (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375800979
ISBN-10: 0375800972
Genre: Children's Books
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Diesel 10 Means Trouble
2000 - Diesel 10 Means Trouble [Thomas and the Magic Railroad] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780613248303
ISBN-10: 0613248309
Genre: Children's Books
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Little Engines Can Do Big Things
2000 - Little Engines Can Do Big Things [Thomas and the Magic Railroad] (Other)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780613260251
ISBN-10: 0613260252
Genre: Children's Books
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Little Engines Can Do Big Things
2000 - Little Engines Can Do Big Things [Thomas the Magic Railroad] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780375805530
ISBN-10: 0375805532
Genre: Children's Books
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Thomas and the Animals
1998 - Thomas and the Animals [Thomas the tank engine friends, lift listen] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780785337140
ISBN-10: 0785337148
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Beginning of Things
1995 - Beginning of Things [Magical Adventures of Mumfie] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780721417813
ISBN-10: 0721417817
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Queen of Night
1995 - Queen of Night [Magical Adventures of Mumfie] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780721417820
ISBN-10: 0721417825
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Pirates Ahoy
1995 - Pirates Ahoy [Magical Adventures of Mumfie] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780721417837
ISBN-10: 0721417833
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Treasure Beyond Price
1995 - Treasure Beyond Price [Magical Adventures of Mumfie] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780721417844
ISBN-10: 0721417841
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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1995 - Under the Sea [Mumfie Copy Colouring] (Paperback)
The Pirates
1995 - The Pirates [Mumfie Colouring] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780721434704
ISBN-10: 0721434703
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Friends
1995 - Friends [Mumfie Copy Colouring S.] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780721434681
ISBN-10: 0721434681
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This Old Band
1994 - This Old Band [Shining Time Station] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781884336003
ISBN-10: 1884336000
Genre: Children's Books
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Thomas and Friends Tales From the Tracks
Thomas and Friends Tales From the Tracks (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780375855450
ISBN-10: 0375855459
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Queen of Night's Palace
Queen of Night's Palace [Mumfie Colouring] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780721434711
ISBN-10: 0721434711
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Thomas  Friends Learning Collection with Over 700 Stickers
Thomas Friends Learning Collection with Over 700 Stickers [Learning Series] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781601393586
ISBN-10: 160139358X
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I'Ve Been Working on the Railroad
I've Been Working on the Railroad [Shining Time Station] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781884336010
ISBN-10: 1884336019
Genre: Children's Books
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