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Thomas & Friends
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Release
Original network Channel 5
Original release 3 September 2018 (2018-09-03) – 15 May 2019 (2019-05-15)
List of Thomas & Friends episodes

The 22nd series of the children's television show Thomas & Friends, based on The Railway Series books written by the Reverend W. Awdry, began airing on 3 September 2018 in the UK, and on 17 September 2018 in the US.

Now re-titled as Thomas & Friends: Big World, Big Adventures!, series 22 sees the first major changes since the show switched to full CGI animation in the thirteenth series. The episodes keep their eleven minute-long runtime, but have now been divided 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 episodes.

Production

Series 22 introduces new characters Nia and Rebecca and retires the narration, with Thomas now talking directly to the audience. In addition, the show has a brand new theme song.

The series is set directly after the events of the Big World! Big Adventures! movie. Episodes are split into two halves; the first half sees Thomas travelling around the world, while the second half takes place back on the Island of Sodor. The series was released on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu in the fall of 2018.

Voice cast

The following voice actors were listed in the closing credits for the series:

The following are also considered main characters but were not listed in the credits:

  • Yvonne Grundy voices Nia, a steam train from Kenya. She is based on the East African Railways’ ED1 class steam train.
  • Rachael Miller voices Rebecca, a yellow steam train from mainland Britain. Her design is based on a Southern Railway West Country 4-6-2 Pacific steam train .

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date TV Order
513 1 "Number One Engine" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 3 September 2018 (2018-09-03) ʁ ʁ 37a
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514 2 "Forever and Ever" ʁ Dianna Basso Andrew Brenner ʁ ʁ 4 September 2018 (2018-09-04) ʁ ʁ 37b
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515 3 "Confusion Without Delay" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 5 September 2018 (2018-09-05) ʁ ʁ 38a
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516 4 "Trusty Trunky" ʁ Dianna Basso Becky Overton ʁ ʁ 6 September 2018 (2018-09-06) ʁ ʁ 38b
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517 5 "What Rebecca Does" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 7 September 2018 (2018-09-07) ʁ ʁ 39a
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518 6 "Thomas Goes To Bollywood" ʁ Dianna Basso Becky Overton ʁ ʁ 10 September 2018 (2018-09-10) ʁ ʁ 39b
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519 7 "Thomas in the Wild" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 11 September 2018 (2018-09-11) ʁ ʁ 40a
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520 8 "Thomas and the Monkey Palace" ʁ Dianna Basso Becky Overton ʁ ʁ 12 September 2018 (2018-09-12) ʁ ʁ 40b
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521 9 "An Engine of Many Colours"
"An Engine of Many Colors"
ʁ Dianna Basso Michael White ʁ ʁ 13 September 2018 (2018-09-13) ʁ ʁ 41a
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522 10 "Outback Thomas" ʁ Dianna Basso Tim Bain ʁ ʁ 14 September 2018 (2018-09-14) ʁ ʁ 41b
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523 11 "School of Duck" ʁ Dianna Basso Lee Pressman ʁ ʁ 17 September 2018 (2018-09-17) ʁ ʁ 42a
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524 12 "Tiger Trouble" ʁ Dianna Basso Becky Overton ʁ ʁ 18 September 2018 (2018-09-18) ʁ ʁ 42b
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525 13 "Seeing is Believing" ʁ Dianna Basso Andrew Brenner ʁ ʁ 19 September 2018 (2018-09-19) ʁ ʁ 43a
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526 14 "Apology Impossible" ʁ Dianna Basso Becky Overton ʁ ʁ 20 September 2018 (2018-09-20) ʁ ʁ 43b
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527 15 "The Water Wheel" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 21 September 2018 (2018-09-21) ʁ ʁ 44a
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528 16 "Samson and the Fireworks" ʁ Dianna Basso Lee Pressman ʁ ʁ 5 November 2018 (2018-11-05) ʁ ʁ 44b
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529 17 "Runaway Truck"
"Runaway Car "
ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 3 December 2018 (2018-12-03) ʁ ʁ 45a
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530 18 "Thomas' Animal Ark" ʁ Dianna Basso Lee Pressman ʁ ʁ 10 December 2018 (2018-12-10) ʁ ʁ 45b
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531 19 "Cyclone Thomas" ʁ Dianna Basso Tim Bain ʁ ʁ 17 December 2018 (2018-12-17) ʁ ʁ 46a
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532 20 "Kangaroo Christmas" ʁ Dianna Basso Tim Bain ʁ ʁ 22 December 2018 (2018-12-22) ʁ ʁ 46b
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533 21 "Thomas and The Dragon" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 5 February 2019 (2019-02-05) ʁ ʁ 47a
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534 22 "Rosie is Red" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 14 February 2019 (2019-02-14) ʁ ʁ 47b
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535 23 "The Case of The Puzzling Parts" ʁ Dianna Basso Davey Moore ʁ ʁ 18 February 2019 (2019-02-18) ʁ ʁ 48a
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536 24 "Banjo and the Bushfire" ʁ Dianna Basso Tim Bain ʁ ʁ 19 February 2019 (2019-02-19) ʁ ʁ 48b
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537 25 "Counting on Nia" ʁ Dianna Basso Lee Pressman ʁ ʁ 20 February 2019 (2019-02-20) ʁ ʁ 49a
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538 26 "Hunt the Truck"
"Hunt the Car"
ʁ Dianna Basso Michael White ʁ ʁ 15 May 2019 (2019-05-15) ʁ ʁ 49b
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