Fireman Sam is an originally Welsh animated comedy series written for television and for an audience of ages 3 and up. The show revolves around a fireman called Sam and the rest of the fire department of the fictional Welsh village Pontypandy. Many other residents of the town, such as Bella Lasagne, the Italian owner of the town's café, Ben Hooper, the town's coastguard, and Buck Douglas, the TV presenter and alien-hunter, also play major roles in the show. The idea for Fireman Sam was conceived by two ex-firemen from Kent, United Kingdom, who teamed up with several successful Welsh TV professionals, including Mike Young, the creator of SuperTed. It did not take long for the series to become an (international) success, illustrated by the fact that Fireman Sam has already been translated into more than 25 languages, including Mandarin.