The twenty-second series of Thomas & Friends started airing on TBA Stephen Patton narrated all twenty-eight episodes.


Production

Series 22 was filmed around the time HiT Entertainment had put themselves for sale because of straining toy firms. Private equity investment group Apax Partners decided to purchase HiT to save them from any possible downfall. Sharon Miller was enlisted to be Script Editor.


title                  Episode number #

Rosie is Red #1

After the engines tease Percy that Rosie is his "special friend", he acts rudely towards her.

What Rebecca Does                     #2

Rebecca is worried that, unlike the other engines, there is nothing special about her.

An Engine of Many Colours/An Engine of Many Colors #3

After a crash, James is waiting at the Steamworks to be repaired and gets worried he will be repainted a different color.

The Afternoon Tea Express                         #4

Stephen is given the job of collecting ingredients for the afternoon tea at Ulfstead Castle.

School of Duck #5

When a storm destroys a classroom at Harwick School, Duck tries to find a coach to take the children in.

Lobster On The Line #6

Daisy is jealous and thinks that the idea of a service is good for her. However she soon thought different when she had a special passenger on board.

Daisy and the Spiteful Diesel #7

Sir Topham Hatt sends Daisy to run a shuttle service along the Mainland where she meets Burdock who boasts that Diesels and steam engines are obsolete but it's Daisy who gets the last laugh.

Apology Impossible #8

Philip learns that sometimes even the smallest engine's actions can make them the bigger engine.

First Class Coach #9

TBA

Samson and the Fireworks #10

Samson is terrified of fireworks and when he mistakes the sound of a warning detonator for fireworks, he is so frightened that he races off into the fog and gets lost.

Oliver & The Enthusiast #11

Oliver has to deal with an enthusiast who was rather impatient with other people who like the same hobby as him.

Stand Your Ground #12

TBA

Stuck #13

While Dustin is at the Steamworks, Donald and Douglas get stuck in the snow and it will take a lot of work to free them.

Highly Sprung #14

Sir Topham Hatt brings another member of Daisy's class on trail for the Harwick Branch Line, and history repeats itself.

Lady Takes the Horse! #15

TBA

Diesels and Dragons #16

Diesel 10 is up to his old bullying antics, but Percy might have a way to get him to make a fool out of himself.

The Case of the Puzzling Parts #17

Sidney is shunting a flatbed of engine parts, but he cannot remember what he is supposed to be doing with them. Paxton thinks this sounds like a kind of mystery that can only be solved by a Special Agent.

Gordon's Finest Hour #18

Thomas gets an idea for Gordon to get a second tender.

Daisy and the Lorry/Daisy and the Truck #19

When Daisy out on her journeys, she comes across a truck named Elizabeth.

Hunt the Car/Truck            #20

Bill and Ben's latest game consists of hiding cars and making other engines hunt for them.

Culdee, It's Cold Outside       #21

TBA

Eira the Mouse               #22

A diesel named Eira joins the railway, though Patrick is not too impressed.

Eric and the Tea Train               #23

Eric takes the fancy "Tea Train" with Mr. Percival, Sir Topham Hatt, and Mr. Duncan on board.

Corina and the Ghost Engine     #24

Corina begins to have terrible nightmares, everyone knows that something must be done.

Gordon Pops In         #25

Gordon has a nasty accident after slipping on ice.

Ivo Hugh's Safari         #26

A hippo from the zoo gets loose and wanders into the hills of the Skarloey Railway. Ivo Hugh must catch it, but he is quite scared of how ferocious it may be.

Pip and The Cars/Trucks                     #27

Pip is a runaway and the cars are pushing her.

No More Mr. Nice Engine                     #28

Diesel tries to get Peter to misbehave with the trucks.


Double-length episodes

1. Corina and the King

When Corina is put onto the Peel Godred line to help out, she meets the mountain engines and finds one who needs her help.

2. Sodor's Gold Rush

Corina discovers a small mine at the end of Steven's branch line which turns out to be Sodor's one and only gold mine. But things go wrong when she meets Albert, Scrooge and their boss. A gold mad engine called Midas.

3. Albert and Thomas

So Albert can relearn his branch line skills, Sir Topham Hatt parents him up with Thomas. What trouble can these two get up too?

4. Being Really Useful Again

Albert and Scrooge have another chance to be really useful again, but Midas has other plans. Can Thomas and his friends stop his plans before it's too late?


Fire Engine Sam Special

The Monster of Shed 17

Sam warns Thomas and CoCo not to go inside the unsafe shed.

Thomas and Friends Crossover: TUGS

The New Beginning

Ten Cents tells the story how did he and his Friends get to Sodor. However, when the Big City Port closed, Ten Cents decides to get a new home.

Songs

Characters

Character Introduced

Characters from TUGS

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, Harvey, Whiff, Peter, Bear, Salty, Den, Office Steele, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Godred, Ernest, Patrick, Sir Topham Hatt, Mr. Percival, Dowager Hatt, the Stationnmaster, the Foreman, the Harbor Master, the Fisherman, Pip's Driver, Ivo Hugh's Driver, Ivo Hugh's Fireman, the Crovan's Gate Policeman and Frank Star
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Toby, Flynn, Donald, Bradford, James' Driver and Fergus Duncan
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy and Trevor
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Sam, Porter, Albert, Dustin, Dart, Paxton, Ivo Hugh, Culdee, Shane Dooiney, Diesel 10's Driver, Lady's Driver and Headkeeper Jack
  • Joe Swash as Douglas, Oliver, Steven, Wilfred and a Passenger (uncredited)
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Belle, Bianca, Mavis, Annie, Clarabel, Aurora, Ariel, Anna, Lyla, Judy, Elizabeth, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford and Madeleine's Mother
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie and Corina
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca and Co-co
  • Matt Wilkinson as Stanley, Ben, Diesel 10, City of Truro, Spencer, Midas, Rusty, Eric, Rocky, Cranky, Kevin, the Duke of Boxford, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Crovan's Gate stationmaster, Walter Richards, Headkeeper Jack and David Johnson
  • Tegwen Tucker as Sally
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Lucy Montgomery as Samantha, Harriet, Hannah and Carly
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Darren Boyd as Roger
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill, Philip and the Angry Man
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel, 'Arry, Burdock, Diesel Tug, Cyril the Fogman, Walter Richards and Headkeeper Jack
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy, Burnadette, Rose and Eira
  • William Hope as Bert
  • Bob Golding as Sidney

US and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Whiff, Bert, Rocky and the Duke of Boxford
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, 'Arry, Burdock, Kevin, Mr. Percival, Walter Richards, Cyril the Fogman and Headkeeper Jack
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Donald, Stanley, BoCo, Flynn, Bradford, Zebedee, James' Driver and Fergus Duncan
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy and Trevor
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Albert, Dustin, Paxton, Dart, Ivo Hugh, Diesel 10's Driver and Lady's Driver
  • Joe Swash as Douglas, Oliver, Steven, Culdee and a Passenger (uncredited)
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Victoria, Helena and the Duchess of Boxford
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca and CoCo
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Richard, Peter, Bear, Salty, Den, Office Steele, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Godred, Patrick, Harriet, Sir Topham Hatt, Dowager Hatt, the Stationnmaster, the Foreman, the Harbor Master, the Fisherman, Pip's Driver, Ivo Hugh's Driver, Ivo Hugh's Fireman, the Crovan's Gate Policeman, the Fisherman and Frank Star
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Frieda, Mavis, Eira, Annie, Clarabel, Aurora, Ariel, Anna, Lyla, Judy, Elizabeth, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt and Bridget Hatt
  • Tegwen Tucker as Sally
  • David Menkin as Porter and Hercules
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Darren Boyd as Roger
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill, Philip and the Angry Man
  • Matt Wilkinson as Ben, Diesel 10, City of Truro, Rusty, Alaric, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Crovan's Gate stationmaster, Walter Richards, Headkeeper Jack and David Johnson
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer and Cranky
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy, Burnadette, Rose and Eira
  • John Hasler as Basil and Rheneas
  • Bob Golding as Sidney
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan
  • Nigel Pilkington as Ivo Hugh
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Tim Whitnall as Eric, Jerome and Reg
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Lucy Montgomery as Hannah and Carly
  • Mark Moraghan as Dexter
  • Jessica Hann as a Child
  • Charlie Barnard as a Child
  • Mia Hope Gaywood as a Child
  • Holly Hazelton as a Child
  • Innis Robertson-Pinnell as a Child
  • Damon Denton-Snape as a Child

Casts from TUGS

UK, AUS and NZ

  • John Hasler as Ten Cents
  • Keith Wickham as Big Mac, O.J., Top Hat, Warrior, Hercules and Frank Star
  • Bob Golding as Zebedee
  • Nigel Pilkington as Sunshine
  • Rachael Miller as Ariel
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel Tug
  • Steven Kynman as Lucky & Captain David Star III

US and CAN

  • Kerry Shale as Ten Cents, Big Mac, O.J., Top Hat, Warrior & Diesel Tug
  • Bob Golding as Zebedee
  • William Hope as Hercules
  • Christopher Ragland as Sunshine
  • Rachael Miller as Ariel
  • Steven Kynman as Lucky & Captain David Star III
  • Keith Wickham as Frank Star

Trivia

⦁ This series marks the first of several things:

⦁ The first series since the twelfth series to introduce more than one engine.

⦁ The first series since the nineteenth series to have 26 episodes.

⦁ The first series since the fourteenth series dubbed in Swedish.

⦁ The first series since the fifteenth series dubbed in Finnish.

⦁ The first series since the eighteenth series dubbed in Danish.

⦁ The first series since the nineteenth series dubbed in Norwegian.

⦁ The first series in which Dart appears, but without Den.

⦁ The first series in which Rasmus Hardiker and Matt Wilkinson voice Bill and Ben respectively, since Jonathan Broadbent's departure from the series.

⦁ The first series since the twelfth series to have seven-minute-long story segments.

⦁ Cyril the Fogman's first appearance since the sixth series episode Fog Man.

⦁ Vicarstown Sheds' first appearance in full CGI.

⦁ The first time the Aquarium Trucks appear in the CGI Series, as well as their first appearance in the series overall.

⦁ The first series to feature Learn with Thomas segments at the end of every episode.

⦁ The first series to have episodes written by Michael White and Tim Bain. It is also the first series to have episodes written by Becky Overton since the nineteenth series.

⦁ The first series not to receive any DVD releases in the United States.

⦁ The first series to use a fantasy sequence in every episode.

⦁ The first series in which Big Mickey's face is permanent, as it was absent throughout Series 21, apart from the episode New Crane on the Dock.

⦁ The first series where the engines are more sentient, having them move their frames around rather than remaining stationary.

⦁ This is the only series for a few things:

⦁ The only series to date in which Caitlin does not appear since her debuts. However, Caitlin appear in four Music Videos, along with Ryan and Norman.

⦁ The only series to date in which Terence, Harold, Bulgy, Oliver, Max, Monty and Farmer Finney do not appear since their returns in Misty Island Rescue, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and the previous series. However, Terence's caterpillar treads do appear in Dexter's fantasy scene in School of Duck.

⦁ The only series to date where Ffarquhar, Terence's Field, Dryaw, Dryaw Airfield and Dryaw FC do not appear since their returns in the seventeenth series, The Adventure Begins, the nineteenth series, Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure and the previous series.

⦁ The only series to date 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 series to date since he joined the voice cast in the twenty-first series and Journey Beyond Sodor not to have Colin McFarlane as part of the cast.

⦁ The only series where the beginning of the ending sequence does not have any music.

⦁ The only series where the director's credit is shown after the episode title and writer's credit. In the next series, all three would be shown together.

⦁ This series marks the return of Pegasus since his debut in the seventh series and the Chinese Dragon since the tenth series episode, Percy and the Carnival.

⦁ This is the final series of a couple of things:

⦁ The last series where the characters are not credited with the voice actors to show who voiced which character in the end credits and where the title "Voice Artists" is shown above the names.

⦁ The last series to have Lee Pressman on the writing team.

⦁ The last series to have Micaela Winter as a producer.

⦁ The last series where Thomas appears physically in all the episodes.

⦁ The last series to have episodes written by Andrew Brenner before leaving his position as head writer.

⦁ This series introduced a new sequence used at least once in almost every episode, featuring an engine backing up to the selected rolling stock and a close-up of their couplings being hooked, followed by a close-up of their whistle being blown (horns for diesels and a bell if they have one) before the start of the main plot.

⦁ Davey Moore wrote the most episodes in the total of nine episodes written, whilst Andrew Brenner and Michael White wrote only two episodes, making both write only two episodes each this series.

⦁ 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 current Steam Team member to not get a starring role in this series.

⦁ Apart from Thomas reading the titles aloud and talking directly to the audience before and after the stories, Tender Engines Don't Shunt, What Rebecca Does and Apology Impossible are the only episodes this series to not feature narration.

⦁ Many episodes from this series have been released in audio format on Amazon's US website and on Spotify. An unknown narrator explains what is happening during some scenes of each episode. The only episodes that have yet to have audio versions released are Tender Engines Don't Shunt, Dungeons and Dragon, Ivo Hugh's Safari, Culdee, It's Cold Outside, Gordon's Finest Hour and Lady Takes the Horse.

⦁ The series was planned to be released on Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, but ultimately wasn't, likely because of the Nickelodeon deal.

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