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“It's a bit dark and gloomy around here. Isn't it Reg?"
"Not really, Percy. It's no different from usual."
"Exactly! And this is a special time of year, when the rest of the island does look different from usual. All twinkly, and lovely, and magical.”
―Percy and Reg

The Perfect Gift is the twentieth episode of the eighteenth series.

Plot

The whole island is celebrating Christmas and there are decorations everywhere. But it does not look very festive at the scrap yard. Percy starts to worry that Reg is missing out and he tries to find something to give Reg to cheer him up. But Reg only seems happy about scrap. Percy discovers that Reg is celebrating Christmas in his own way and has been making decorations from the scrap‏.

Characters

  • Thomas
  • Percy
  • Reg
  • The Teacher
  • The Bird Watcher
  • Two Schoolgirls
  • Sir Topham Hatt (does not speak)
  • Edward (cameo)
  • Henry (cameo)
  • Gordon (cameo)
  • James (cameo)
  • Emily (cameo)
  • One of Dowager Hatt's Friends (cameo)
  • The Blond-haired Boy (cameo)
  • The Ginger-haired Boy (cameo)
  • The Welsh Bird Watcher (cameo)
  • The Grumpy Passenger (cameo)
  • The Lady with the Big Hat (cameo)
  • The Postman (cameo)
  • The Great Railway Show Judge (cameo)
  • The Knapford Stationmaster (cameo)
  • The Wellsworth Stationmaster (cameo)

Some children and passengers also speak.

Locations

  • Town Square
  • Knapford Station
  • Crocks Scrap Yard
  • Tidmouth Sheds
  • Wellsworth Station

Cast

UK, AUS and NZ

  • Mark Moraghan as The Narrator
  • Ben Small as Thomas
  • Keith Wickham as Percy and the Passengers
  • Tim Whitnall as Reg
  • Teresa Gallagher as School children and the Passengers

US and CAN

  • Mark Moraghan as The Narrator
  • Martin Sherman as Thomas and Percy
  • Tim Whitnall as Reg
  • Keith Wickham as the Passengers
  • Teresa Gallagher as School children and the passengers

Trivia

  • This is the last episode produced by Robert Anderson, and the first produced by Brian Lynch.
  • In Australia, this episode was first available to view on the ABC iView online service on 21st December before its television broadcast.
  • The traditional song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," is heard instrumentally three times throughout the episode. Percy and the passengers sing it to Reg at one point.
  • Going by production order, this is the fourteenth episode of the eighteenth series.
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