Thomas & Friends (series 17)

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Thomas & Friends (series 17)
Country of origin United Kingdom, Canada
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel Channel 5, Nick Jr.(UK)
Original run 3 June 2013 – TBA
Series chronology
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List of Thomas & Friends episodes

Thomas & Friends (previously known as Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends) is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series books written by the Rev. W. Awdry.

This article lists and details episodes from the seventeenth series of the show, which was first broadcast in 2013. This series was narrated by Mark Moraghan for the UK and US audiences.

Note: Episodes 1 – 20 were first broadcast in the UK in 2013 by Channel 5 (20 single episodes). Episodes 21 - 24 were first broadcast in the UK in July 2014 by Nick Jr.(UK), in 2 two-episode programs. As at 27 August 2014, episodes 25 and 26 have still not had their first UK broadcast.

Production[edit]

During production of the sixteenth series, Sharon Miller stepped down as head writer, and Andrew Brenner, formerly head writer for Fireman Sam, was appointed as her successor. Brenner already had a previous history with the brand, having adapted the first two series and subsequently written several original stories for the Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends magazines published by Marvel Comics from 1987 until the early 1990s. Many of his stories were later adapted by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton for the third series (plus a further one for the fifth) without his knowledge or consent.

This also marked the first series since the fifth to include a railway consultant as part of the production team, with Sam Wilkinson in the role.

The CGI animation for this series was provided by Arc Productions, who took over from Nitrogen Studios following completion of Series 16 and Blue Mountain Mystery in 2012.

In April 2013, Walmart released their exclusive DVD "Railway Mischief" which featured five episodes from the new series (episodes 4, 1, 2, 3 & 6).

Episodes[edit]

# Total UK/US title Directed by Written by Original air date TV order
1 402 "Kevin's Cranky Friend" David Baas Lee Pressman 3 June 2013 401a
Sir Topham Hatt sends Kevin to the docks to help Cranky, but Cranky does not want any help.
2 403 "Scruff's Makeover" David Baas Lee Pressman 4 June 2013 401b
After being sent to be cleaned and repainted, Scruff does not want to work at the waste dump because he does not want to get dirty again.
3 404 "Wayward Winston" David Baas Lee Pressman 5 June 2013 402a
After Sir Topham Hatt forgets to put Winston's brake on, Winston begins to roll away without a driver. He enjoys it at first, but he soon realizes why he needs to have a driver.
4 405 "Gordon Runs Dry" David Baas Andrew Brenner 6 June 2013 402b
Gordon has a leak in his boiler, making him have to stop for water more frequently.
5 406 "Calm Down Caitlin" David Baas Davey Moore 7 June 2013 403a
Catlin spends a night on Sodor while the bridge that connects the island with the mainland is being repaired.
6 407 "Steamie Stafford" David Baas Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 10 June 2013 403b
Upset that he does not make much noise being an electric engine, Stafford starts imitating a steam engine.
7 408 "Henry's Hero" David Baas Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 11 June 2013 404a
Henry and Hiro take on some bad coal and start puffing black smoke. Hiro must figure out how to deliver the loads while Henry waits for new coal in the shed.
8 409 "Luke's New Friend" David Baas Davey Moore 12 June 2013 404b
Up at the Blue Mountain Quarry, Luke finds a scared young deer, so he tries to get the other engines to work quietly. However, that is not an easy thing to do.
9 410 "The Switch" David Baas Davey Moore 13 June 2013 405a
When Luke is sent to Ulfstead Castle to deliver stone, he meets Millie, the Earl's private narrow gauge engine. They decide to switch jobs for the day.
10 411 "Not Now, Charlie!" David Baas Davey Moore 14 June 2013 405b
Charlie is a small purple engine who likes to tell jokes. One day Charlie discovers an elephant on the line and tries to alert the other engines.
11 412 "The Lost Puff" David Baas Davey Moore 30 September 2013 406a
When Paxton the diesel overhears Toby saying that Thomas has lost his puff, he misunderstands and heads off across the Island of Sodor to look for it!
12 413 "The Thomas Way" David Baas Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 1 October 2013 406b
Thomas and Duck must learn how to work together when they help Harold after he breaks down near Callan Castle.
13 414 "The Phantom Express" David Baas Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 2 October 2013 407a
James tries to scare Percy and Stephen at Ulfstead Castle, but soon scares himself when he believes in his own story.
14 415 "Percy's Lucky Day" David Baas Davey Moore 3 October 2013 407b
A couple of mishaps involving a torn sack of mail and some cargo on the line make Percy feel that he is unlucky, so Stephen lends Percy a lucky charm to get him back on the right track.
15 416 "Bill or Ben?" David Baas Andrew Brenner 4 October 2013 408a
A new engine named Connor arrives on Sodor, but when Bill and Ben see him for the first time they decide to play a trick on him by challenging him to a race.
16 417 "Too Many Fire Engines" David Baas Andrew Brenner 5 November 2013 408b
When a team of railway inspectors come to the Island of Sodor, they question whether Sir Topham Hatt needs two fire engines. This causes concern for Sodor’s fire fighting team, Flynn and Belle.
17 418 "No Snow for Thomas" David Baas Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 23 December 2013 409a
It is a snowy day, but Thomas does not want to wear his snow plow, so he decides to hide it on a siding and pretends he does not know where it is.
18 419 "Santa's Little Engine" David Baas Andrew Brenner 24 December 2013 409b
Thomas is sent to bring a sleigh for Sir Topham Hatt to use when he plays Santa at the Ulfstead Castle Christmas Fair. When the sleigh accidentally slips down the hill, Thomas must rescue the sleigh with Sir Topham Hatt in it!
19 420 "The Missing Christmas Decorations" David Baas Andrew Brenner 25 December 2013 410a
No one knows who keeps taking the Steamies’ Christmas decorations from Tidmouth Sheds.
20 421 "The Frozen Turntable" David Baas Andrew Brenner 26 December 2013 410b
One cold evening the steam engines return to Tidmouth Sheds to discover that the turntable is frozen stuck, so the engines cannot reach their individual berths.
21 422 "Away from the Sea" David Baas Andrew Brenner 5 July 2014 411a
When Salty the dockside diesel develops engine troubles he worries he will be sent away from the docks. When a new steam engine, Porter arrives to help out, Salty becomes convinced that Porter has been sent to replace him.
22 423 "Gone Fishing" David Baas Andrew Brenner 5 July 2014 411b
Bill and Ben see Harvey the crane engine at Brendam Docks. They tease him about having a hook and ask 'is he going fishing?' Porter helps Harvey see the positive side of being both a crane and an engine.
23 424 "The Afternoon Tea Express" David Baas Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson 6 July 2014 412a
Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon tea at Ulfstead Castle.
24 425 "The Smelly Kipper" David Baas Andrew Brenner 6 July 2014 412b
One evening at Tidmouth Sheds, James is teasing Percy about being scared of the dark so Henry challenges him to take "The Flying Kipper" that night.
25 426 "No More Mr. Nice Engine" David Baas Laura Beaumont and Paul Larson TBA 413a
Hiro is one of the strongest engines on Sodor, and he is also very polite and gentle. Diesel tells Hiro that the only way to get the trucks to do what you want is to give them a biff and a bash, but Hiro is not convinced.
26 427 "Thomas' Shortcut" David Baas Andrew Brenner TBA 413b
Thomas and Bertie love racing, but Thomas gets annoyed when Bertie starts winning all the time. When Thomas discovers Bertie has been re-routed and takes a shortcut now, he decides to try to take a shortcut too.

Voices[edit]

Actor Region Role(s)
Mark Moraghan UK/US The Narrator
Martin Sherman US Thomas, Percy and Diesel
Ben Small UK Thomas and Toby
US Charlie
UK/US Rheneas, Flynn, The Troublesome Trucks and Owen
David Bedella UK/US Victor
Jonathan Broadbent UK/US Bill and Ben
Jonathan Forbes UK/US Connor
Teresa Gallagher UK Emily, Lady Hatt, The Children and The Duchess of Boxford
UK/US Belle, Mavis, Annie and Clarabel
Bob Golding UK/US Stephen and Sidney
Mike Grady UK/US Sir Robert Norramby
William Hope US Edward, Toby, Whiff, Farmer McColl, The Dock Manager and The Wellsworth Station Worker
UK/US A Railway Inspector
Togo Igawa UK/US Hiro
Jules de Jongh US Emily, Lady Hatt, The Children and The Duchess of Boxford
Steve Kynman UK Porter
US Butch
UK/US Duck, Peter Sam, Dart, Paxton and A Railway Inspector
Michael Legge UK/US Luke
David Menkin US Porter
Rebecca O'Mara UK/US Caitlin
Miranda Raison UK/US Millie
Kerry Shale US Henry, Gordon, James, Scruff, Harold, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt, The Zoo Keeper and A Workman
UK Diesel and The Zoo Keeper (Not Now, Charlie! only)
UK/US Some groaning passengers
Keith Wickham UK Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Whiff, Harold, The Fat Controller, The Wellsworth Station Worker and A Workman
UK/US Harvey, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Salty, Den, Norman, Stafford, Bertie, A Railway Inspector and The Maron Station Speaker
Matt Wilkinson UK Spencer, Charlie, Scruff, Rocky, Cranky, Butch, Kevin, Farmer McColl, The Dock Manager and The Zoo Keeper
UK/US Diesel 10, Rusty, Winston and Merrick
Glenn Wrage US Spencer, Rocky and Cranky

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