This is all part of a timeline I'm working on that begins in 1967, and continues into the present day. This is a smaller portion of the timeline focusing on an alternate history to Thomas and Friends. This is copied from a post I wrote up on SiF's "What would you change about the show's history?" thread. You need an account just to see it.
History Part 1: 1979-1984
Apple Television was founded in 1979; among the key people were David Mitton, Robert D. Cardona, and Monty Python member Terry Jones whilst Monty Python's Life of Brian was concluding production. One of the first programs under Apple TV was Not the Nine O'Clock News, a Python-esque sketch series featuring Rowan Atkinson and Mel Smith. Later shows would include Blackadder, The Young Ones, 'Allo 'Allo!, Red Dwarf, Only Fools and Horses, and most famously, Britt Allcroft Presents The Rev. W. Awdry's Thomas the Tank Eng