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The twenty-second season (going under the name Big World! Big Adventures!) of Thomas & Friends was released in 2018 on Milkshake! in the UK, Nick Jr. in the US, ABC Kids in Australia and TVNZ 2 in New Zealand.

ProductionEdit

Season 22 marks the first major "reboot" of the franchise since the show switched to full CGI in the thirteenth season. The episodes will keep their eleven minute-long runtime, but will now be broken into seven minute-long stories, with an additional four minutes reserved for a variety of segments like sing-along karaoke songs, music videos or Thomas talking directly with the audience about lessons learned during a particular episode. Among many other changes, Edward and Henry are demoted from the Steam Team and are replaced by new female characters Nia and Rebecca in order to address complaints from feminist groups over a lack of female members in the main cast. The narrator has been replaced with Thomas talking to the audience (however, Mark Moraghan has said that he will still work on the series).

Season 22 will be set after Big World! Big Adventures!. The season will be split into two halves; the first half will see Thomas travelling around the world and visiting India, Australia and China, while the second half will take place back on the Island of Sodor.

Episodes Edit

  1. Number One Engine
  2. Forever and Ever
  3. Confusion Without Delay
  4. Trusty Trunky
  5. What Rebecca Does
  6. Thomas Goes to Bollywood
  7. Thomas in the Wild
  8. Thomas and the Monkey Palace
  9. An Engine of Many Colours
  10. Outback Thomas
  11. School of Duck
  12. Tiger Trouble
  13. Seeing is Believing
  14. Apology Impossible
  15. The Water Wheel
  16. Samson and the Fireworks
  17. Runaway Truck
  18. Thomas' Animal Ark
  19. Cyclone Thomas
  20. Kangaroo Christmas
  21. The Case of the Puzzling Parts
  22. Thomas and the Dragon
  23. Rosie is Red
  24. Hunt the Truck
  25. Banjo and the Bushfire
  26. Counting on Nia

Characters Edit

Characters Introduced Edit

Cast Edit

UK AUS and NZ Edit

US and CAN Edit

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon, Henry, Diesel, Kevin, Cyril the Fogman, and Headkeeper Jack
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Stanley, Bradford and the Fat Tiger Hunter
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy and Trevor
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Lady Hatt and The Duchess of Boxford
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca, Isla and The Teacher
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Whiff and the Duke of Boxford
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Dart, Paxton, and some Workmen
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill and Philip
  • Matt Wilkinson as Ben and Rusty
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Salty, Skarloey, Bertie, Sir Topham Hatt and Dowager Hatt
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer and Cranky
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, Madeleine, and Madeleine's Mother
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Nikhil Parmar as Rajiv and The Indian Director
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan and Charubala
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar and The Indian Actor
  • Dan Li as Yong Bao
  • Shane Jacobson as Shane
  • Hugh Bonneville as Merlin
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Bob Golding as Sidney
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Tim Whitnall as Jerome and Reg
  • Lucy Montgomery as Hannah and Carly
  • Tom Stourton as the Fat Clergyman (uncredited)
  • Su-Lin Looi as The Chinese Diesel
  • Chipo Chung as Hong-Mei and the Chinese Women
  • Siu-see Hung as An An
  • Windson Liong as Yin-Long, The Male Chinese Breakdown Train, Lei, the Chinese Guard, and the Chinese Men
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan and Charubala
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar and The Indian Actor
  • Rose Robinson as Tamika
  • Mark Moraghan as Dexter
  • Genevieve McCarthy as Aubrey
  • Tim Bain as Aiden, Madeleine’s Father, and some Passengers
  • Ian McCue as the Thin Tiger Hunter
  • Jass Patel as the Indian Concessions Worker
  • Tariro Mavondo as Ranger Jill
  • Charlie Barnard as a Child
  • Damon Denton-Snape as a Child
  • Mia Hope Gaywood as a Child
  • Jessica Hann as a Child
  • Holly Hazelton as a Child
  • Innis Robertson-Pinnell as a Child

Trivia Edit

  • This season marks the first of several things:
    • The first season to use the new intro, credits and Set Friendship in Motion as an intro song.
    • The first season to feature the newly updated Engine Roll Call.
    • The first season to feature Thomas as the narrator. Because of this:
      • This is the first season since the sixteenth to have a different narrator in both the UK and US dubs.
      • This is the first production since Thomas and the Magic Railroad to have a first-person narrative.
    • The first season to feature the new Steam Team - Thomas, Gordon, James, Percy, Emily, Nia and Rebecca. Nia replaces Edward, and Rebecca replaces Henry, due to demand from feminist groups to have more female members in the main cast. Toby was also demoted due to the focus on the new gender ratio.
    • The first season not to have Edward, Henry and Toby as part of the main cast. However despite this, Edward speaks in every episode he appears in this season (not counting a stock footage cameo in Kangaroo Christmas), while Toby is retained in the Engine Roll Call though his position is less prominent in order to focus on the new gender ratio.
    • The first season since the eleventh season to have Rosie speak in more than one episode.
    • The first season in which Dart appears without Den.
    • The first season in which Rasmus Hardiker and Matt Wilkinson voice Bill and Ben since Jonathan Broadbent's departure from the series.
    • The first season since the twelfth to have seven minute long episode story segments.
    • Flying Scotsman's first appearance in an episode since the third and first speaking role in an episode.
    • Ashima, Rajiv, Shane, Yong Bao, Merlin, Nia, The Chinese Diesel, Shankar and Charubala's first appearances in an episode.
    • Rajiv, Shane, Shankar and Charubala's first speaking roles in the franchise.
    • Cyril the Fogman's first appearance in full CGI.
    • The first time the Aquarium Trucks appear in the CGI Series.
    • The first series to feature Learn with Thomas segments at the end of every episode.
    • The first season to have episodes written by Michael White and Tim Bain. It is also the first season to have episodes written by Becky Overton since the nineteenth season.
    • The first season since the eighteenth season to not have episodes written by Helen Farrall.
    • The first season not to receive any DVD releases in the United States.
    • The first season to in which Stephen and Sir Robert Norramby appear, but do not speak since their introductions.
    • The first season in which Glynn, Millie, Ryan, Mavis, Den, Norman, Stafford, Rex, Mike and Bert do not appear since their debuts. However, Stafford still appears in the newly updated Engine Roll Call.
    • The first season in which Terence, Bulgy, Harold and Farmer Finney do not appear since their returns in Misty Island Rescue and the twenty-first season respectively. However, Terence's caterpillar treads do appear in Dexter's fantasy scene in School of Duck. It is also the first season in which Rheneas and Sir Handel do not appear since the twentieth season.
    • The first season since they joined the voice cast in King of the Railway not to have Mike Grady and Miranda Raison as part of the cast. It is also the only season to date since he joined the voice cast in the eighteenth season not to have Joe Mills as part of the cast.
  • This is the last season of a couple of things:
    • The last season to have Lee Pressman on the writing team.
    • The last season to have Micaela Winter as producer.
  • Although they did not appear in the main episodes and only appeared in the end segments, Donald, Douglas, Oliver, Connor, Caitlin, Timothy, Ryan, Iron 'Arry, Iron Bert, Den, Hugo, Flynn, Millie, Bert, Rex, Mike, Toad, Harold, Oliver the Excavator, Max and Monty all appear in stock footage of several episodes:
    • Hugo makes a stock footage appearance in Forever and Ever.
    • Oliver, Toad, Oliver the Excavator and the Ffarquhar Policeman make stock footage appearances in Trusty Trunky.
    • Ryan makes two stock footage cameo in Trusty Trunky and Kangaroo Christmas.
    • Millie makes three stock footage appearances in The Water Wheel, Thomas and the Dragon and Rosie is Red.
    • Caitlin makes a stock footage appearance in Cyclone Thomas.
    • Connor, Flynn, Bert, Rex, Mike and Harold make stock footage appearances in Kangaroo Christmas
    • Timothy makes a stock footage appearance in The Case of the Puzzling Parts.
    • Den makes two stock footage cameo in Hunt the Truck and Counting on Nia.
    • Max and Monty make stock footage appearances in Hunt the Truck.
    • Iron 'Arry and Iron Bert make stock footage cameos in Banjo and the Bushfire.
    • Donald and Douglas make stock footage cameos in Counting on Nia.
  • Tina Desai and Hugh Bonneville return to the voice cast.
  • Nikhil Parmar, Siu-see Hung, Windson Liong, Sheena Bhattessa, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rose Robinson, Genevieve McCarthy, Tim Bain, Tariro Mavondo, Shane Jacobson, Jass Patel, Jessica Hann, Charlie Barnard, Mia Hope Gaywood, Holly Hazelton, Innis Robertson-Pinnell and Damon Denton-Snape join the voice cast.
  • This season introduced a new sequence used at least once in almost every episode, featuring an engine backing up to the selected rolling stock, and a closeup of their couplings being hooked followed by a closeup of their whistle being blown (horns for diesels and a bell if they have one) before the start of the main plot.
  • The mist surrounding the frame in the fantasy sequences is very similar to classic cartoon thought bubbles. Depending on who is having the fantasy, it is white for steam engines (and rolling stock) and black for diesels.
  • Emily is the only New Steam Team member to not get a starring role this season. Gordon, James, Percy and Nia had one episode each, Rebecca had two episodes, and Thomas had fourteen (including all thirteen international episodes).
  • Apart from Thomas reading the titles aloud and talking directly to the audience before and after the stories, Forever and Ever, What Rebecca Does and Apology Impossible are the only episodes this season to not feature narration.
  • China is the most featured foreign country this season, appearing in five episodes, while Australia and India got four episodes each.
  • Yong Bao and Rajiv are the only returning characters from The Great Race to feature in every episode of their season set in their respective country. Ashima and Shane featured in three out of four episodes for their respective countries

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