Thomas & Friends (series 3)

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Thomas & Friends (series 3)
Thomas and Friends DVD Cover - Series 3.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Release
Original network CITV
Original release 25 February (1992-02-25) –
14 July 1992 (1992-07-14)
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 third series of the show, which was first broadcast for the U.S. in 1991 as part of Shining Time Station, and followed a year later for the U.K. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis for the U.K. audiences, while George Carlin narrated the episodes for the U.S. audiences.

Some episodes in this series have 1 title: the original from the American titles are shown underneath.

Production[edit]

Filming[edit]

Series 3 was produced in 1991 and 1992 by The Britt Allcroft Company in association with Japanese television station Fuji Television. It was divided into two parts, one part having 16 episodes and the other having 10. 16 episodes aired in the United States in 1991 as part of Shining Time Station, and the last 10 episodes aired on the same program in 1992. It was made at a cost of £1.3 million (approximately $9.3 million in U.S. dollars).[1] Before production of series 3, Clearwater Features closed down, with The Britt Allcroft Company becoming the sole producer. Producer Robert D. Cardona left before series 3, and Britt Allcroft took his place as co-producer alongside David Mitton. According to Robert Gauld-Galliers, "Gordon Goes Foreign" was originally planned to be filmed into an episode, but it wasn't because of high budgets. Stock Footage Theme Music From Season 1-2.[2]

Stories[edit]

The series was a combination of episodes derived from The Railway Series, stories in the Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine (written by the series' current head writer, Andrew Brenner), and a couple of original stories by Allcroft and Mitton. One of the primary reasons for diverging from the original books was that many of the stories not yet used featured large numbers of new characters, which would be expensive to produce. Another was that the producers wanted more stories about Thomas, the nominal main character. Awdry worried that the new stories would be unrealistic (see Henry the Green Engine for more details).[1]

Episodes[edit]

Total # US title (bottom) Directed by Source Original air date
53 1 "A Scarf For Percy" David Mitton Henry the Green Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Percy and the Trousers")
12 September 1991 (1991-09-12)
Percy doesn't like the cold, so he wants a scarf for his funnel to keep warm. But he gets more than he bargained for, when he accidentally crashes into a luggage trolley at the station, and winds up covered in jam, and with Sir Topham Hatt’s trousers wrapped around his funnel.
54 2 "Percy's Promise" David Mitton Percy the Small Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
14 September 1991 (1991-09-14)
Percy promises to take the Sunday School class home, but a thunderstorm makes it very difficult to get there. Before long, Percy runs into a severe flood that leaks in and douses his fire. Nonetheless, Percy persists and is hailed by everyone when he gets home.
55 3 "Time For Trouble" David Mitton The 8 Famous Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Double Header")
20 September 1991 (1991-09-20)
When Sir Topham Hatt gives Gordon a break, and gives the Express job to James, James lets it go to his head, boasting about being as reliable as clockwork. Meanwhile Toby goes to be repaired, but runs out of water on the main line. James must reluctantly push Toby to the station, whilst pulling the train.
56 4 "Gordon And The Famous Visitor" David Mitton Duck and the Diesel Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Domeless Engines")
24 September 1991 (1991-09-24)
Gordon is jealous of a visiting engine who has gone a hundred miles an hour, and wants to prove that he is just as special. But Gordon's dome simply cannot stand handling such dangerous speeds in the wind.
57 5 "Donald's Duck" David Mitton Oliver the Western Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
29 September 1991 (1991-09-29)
Duck is conceited about his new branch, and Donald says that he might lay an egg as he "quacks" so much. Duck and his crew play a trick on Donald by hiding a duck in his water tank.
58 6 "Thomas Gets Bumped" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
2 October 1991 (1991-10-02)
Thomas is proud of his branch line, but he is very disappointed when he is forced to shunt freight cars because of track repair, while Bertie takes his passengers home.
59 7 "Thomas, Percy And The Dragon" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
7 October 1991 (1991-10-07)
Percy teases Thomas about being scared. But the next night, Thomas has to take a paper Chinese Dragon to the carnival. Percy has to stay in a siding overnight, and is terrified by the dragon when Thomas chuffs past. The next day, Thomas and Percy settle their quarrel.
60 8 "Diesel Does It Again" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
12 October 1991 (1991-10-12)
Duck and Percy are very displeased when Diesel comes to work at the harbor, even though Sir Topham Hatt promised that he would be gone for good for his last visit. Diesel proves to be disruptive, prompting Duck and Percy to go on strike, until Sir Topham Hatt sends Diesel away following an incident with some china clay cars.
61 9 "Henry's Forest" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
17 October 1991 (1991-10-17)
Henry loves going to the forest to admire the scenery. But one night, a storm damages the trees there, making him sad. In order to make Henry feel happy again, new trees must be planted to replace the damaged ones.
62 10 "The Trouble With Mud" David Mitton Gordon the Big Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Leaves")
21 October 1991 (1991-10-21)
Gordon is too muddy to pull the Express, and is ordered to shunt in the yard instead. James is very boastful about getting the job, but he pays no attention to Gordon's warning about the muddy leaves on the hill and ends up getting stuck. Gordon comes to the rescue, and as a reward is permitted to pull coaches again.
63 11 "No Joke For James" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
30 October 1991 (1991-10-30)
When Gordon tells James that he is not as good as he is, James lies to Thomas that he will be pulling coaches while Gordon has to take freight cars. When his lie is exposed, it's up to James to regain his dignity.
64 12 "Thomas, Percy And The Mail Post Train" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
2 November 1991 (1991-11-02)
Thomas and Percy like taking the mail post, but one evening a boat delays them, so Harold is given the new job for being more efficient. But the engines soon find another useful job.
65 13 "Trust Thomas" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
5 November 1991 (1991-11-05)
Thomas agrees to help Bertie, but James does not want to do Percy's work and, with advice from Gordon, fakes sickness to get out of work and gets Thomas to take his trucks. However, the freight cars thinking one engine is as good as another put Thomas in a sticky situation.
66 14 "Mavis" David Mitton The Tramway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
11 November 1991 (1991-11-11)
The quarry has hired a young diesel engine named Mavis who wishes she had better things to do instead of listening to Toby. With advice from Diesel, she ignores Toby's advice about a frozen crossing, and soon she gets stuck with her freight cars.
67 15 "Toby's Tightrope" David Mitton The Tramway Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
24 November 1991 (1991-11-24)
Mavis wants to run on Toby's line again, but the trouble she caused forbids her to do so. So she makes a plan with the freight cars that gets her on the line, but things go wrong when Toby takes the freight cars instead and they push him onto a collapsing bridge.
68 16 "Edward, Trevor And The Really Useful Party" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
29 November 1991 (1991-11-29)
The Vicar is planning a garden party, and Trevor tells Edward about it. Edward wants to help. Despite the fact that Bertie is teasing Trevor for being slow, the party becomes successful for both Edward and Trevor.
69 17 "James Goes Buzz Buzz" David Mitton The Main Line Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
12 May 1992 (1992-05-12)
James boasts to Duck and Boco about not being afraid of bees, but later James gets a surprise when a bee hive breaks and the bees cause havoc, resting on his hot boiler and stinging him on the nose.
70 18 "All at Sea" David Mitton Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
19 May 1992 (1992-05-19)
While watching the local regatta, Duck tells Percy he wishes about going overseas to different places. But soon Duck must help an injured sailor to the hospital in order to show that engines are really useful.
71 19 "One Good Turn" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
26 May 1992 (1992-05-26)
Bill and Ben work hard all day, and finally get to go on the turntable in the yard. But Bill and Ben end up being face to face. They argue with each other and split up. But Edward comes up with an idea to save their friendship
72 20 "Tender Engines" David Mitton The Enterprising Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Tenders for Henry")
2 June 1992 (1992-06-02)
A double-tendered visitor unknowingly causes trouble. Although Gordon overcomes his problem about doubting steam engines' usefulness, Henry wants more than one tender, and his dream comes true in a very bizarre fashion.
73 21 "Escape" David Mitton The Enterprising Engines
by Rev. W. Awdry
12 June 1992 (1992-06-12)
Edward tells Douglas about the time he saved Trevor from scrap. That night, as Douglas delivers a goods train to the scrapyard, he does the same by rescuing a Great Western Engine named Oliver and his brake van Toad.
74 22 "Oliver Owns Up" David Mitton Oliver the Western Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry (based on "Resource and Sagacity")
19 June 1992 (1992-06-19)
Oliver is new to Sodor, and all the engines complimenting his courage is making him conceited. He pays no attention to Duck's warning about freight cars and they push him into the turntable well.
75 23 "Bulgy" David Mitton Oliver the Western Engine
by Rev. W. Awdry
23 June 1992 (1992-06-23)
Duck and Oliver meet Bulgy, a double-decker bus who does not like rails. He tries to take Duck's passengers away by pretending to be a "railway bus" and taking them on an attempted shortcut. Duck finds him later, stuck under a collapsed bridge, and rescues his passengers, whilst Bulgy is punished.
76 24 "Heroes" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
30 June 1992 (1992-06-30)
The Freight Cars at the harbour cause trouble for Bill and Ben, but while working at the Quarry the next day, they are the workers' only hope during a rockslide.
77 25 "Percy, James And The Fruitful Day" David Mitton Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends magazine story
by Andrew Brenner
7 July 1992 (1992-07-07)
James is collecting some fruit from the harbor. He breaks down, so Percy is forced to take it himself, but he goes so fast that he winds up squashing it all.
78 26 "Thomas And Percy's Christmas Mountain Adventure" David Mitton Original
by Britt Allcroft and David Mitton
14 July 1992 (1992-07-14)[3]
Thomas looks forward to delivering his mail to the people of the mountain village. But a blizzard delays the journeys, which means that Thomas and Percy (along with Terence and Harold) must work together.

Characters[edit]

Introduced[edit]

Recurring character cast[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b Sibley, Brian (1995). The Thomas the Tank Engine Man. Heinemann. p. 318. ISBN 0-434-96909-5. 
  2. ^ http://www.sodor-island.net/episodeguide/rgg.html
  3. ^ "Thomas the Tank Engine - CITV Trust Thomas Video Promo, 14th July 1992". Youtube. Retrieved 10 November 2014.