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Thomas & Friends
Thomas and Friends DVD Cover - Series 8.jpg
DVD cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 26
Release
Original network Nick Jr./CITV
Original release 1 August (2004-08-01) – 24 October 2004 (2004-10-24)
List of Thomas & Friends episodes

Thomas & 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 Reverend W. Awdry.

This article lists and details episodes from the eighth series of the show, which was first broadcast in 2004. This series was narrated by Michael Angelis for the United Kingdom audiences, while Michael Brandon narrated the episodes for the United States audiences.

This is the first series produced by HIT Entertainment.

Production

Starting with this series, Thomas & Friends broadcast in the United States for the first time as a whole television programme. It had first appeared as sequences from the American television show Shining Time Station from 1989 to 1995.

For the eighth series, Steve Asquith (after 20 years as a crew member) took over as director from David Mitton (who had directed the show since its first series) and Simon Spencer became the producer. In addition, Robert Hartshorne and Ed Welch took over as composers and songwriters after Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell departed. Paul Larson and Abi Grant were the script editors for this series.

This was the first series to introduce a new opening and closing credits, plus a brief description of the Island of Sodor before each episode began.

Also starting with this series, the length of the episodes were increased to seven minutes from the original four-and-a-half minutes.

The series was produced using digital Betacam Sp video cameras, which created a somewhat different look for the show. There was also a subtle shift towards the use of CGI elements, provided by HiT Entertainment's subsidiary HOT Animation, although filming remained at Shepperton Studios.

For the United States broadcasts, other changes include the additions of CGI sequences in mini-segments between episodes, transition effects, and a book opening intro section.

This series was also the first series that saw the use of The Steam Team, the centralised cast of eight characters including Thomas, Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Toby and Emily.

30-minute episode version

This is an episode format that includes 2 episodes of Series 8 and a short episode from Series 7 in the middle of the airing. In addition, it also includes educational segments and additional songs.

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date TV Order
183 1 "Thomas and the Tuba" ʁ Steve Asquith Dave Ingham ʁ ʁ 1 August 2004 (2004-08-01) ʁ ʁ 101a
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184 2 "Percy's New Whistle" ʁ Steve Asquith James Mason ʁ ʁ 1 August 2004 (2004-08-01) ʁ ʁ 101b
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185 3 "Thomas to the Rescue" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant and Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 8 August 2004 (2004-08-08) ʁ ʁ 102a
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186 4 "Henry and the Wishing Tree" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant and Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 8 August 2004 (2004-08-08) ʁ ʁ 102b
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187 5 "James Gets a New Coat" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant ʁ ʁ 15 August 2004 (2004-08-15) ʁ ʁ 103a
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188 6 "Thomas Saves the Day" ʁ Steve Asquith James Mason ʁ ʁ 15 August 2004 (2004-08-15) ʁ ʁ 103b
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189 7 "Percy's Big Mistake" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant ʁ ʁ 22 August 2004 (2004-08-22) ʁ ʁ 104a
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190 8 "Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant ʁ ʁ 22 August 2004 (2004-08-22) ʁ ʁ 104b
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191 9 "Don't Tell Thomas" ʁ Steve Asquith Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 29 August 2004 (2004-08-29) ʁ ʁ 105a
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192 10 "Emily's New Route" ʁ Steve Asquith James Mason ʁ ʁ 29 August 2004 (2004-08-29) ʁ ʁ 105b
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193 11 "Thomas and the Firework Display" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant and Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 5 September 2004 (2004-09-05) ʁ ʁ 106a
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194 12 "Gordon Takes Charge" ʁ Steve Asquith Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 5 September 2004 (2004-09-05) ʁ ʁ 106b
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195 13 "Spic and Span" ʁ Steve Asquith Marc Seal ʁ ʁ 12 September 2004 (2004-09-12) ʁ ʁ 107a
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196 14 "Edward the Great" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant ʁ ʁ 12 September 2004 (2004-09-12) ʁ ʁ 107b
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197 15 "Squeak, Rattle and Roll" ʁ Steve Asquith Marc Seal ʁ ʁ 19 September 2004 (2004-09-19) ʁ ʁ 108a
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198 16 "Thomas and the Circus" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant ʁ ʁ 19 September 2004 (2004-09-19) ʁ ʁ 108b
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199 17 "Thomas Gets It Right" ʁ Steve Asquith Robin Rigby ʁ ʁ 26 September 2004 (2004-09-26) ʁ ʁ 109a
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200 18 "As Good as Gordon" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant ʁ ʁ 26 September 2004 (2004-09-26) ʁ ʁ 109b
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201 19 "Fish" ʁ Steve Asquith Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 3 October 2004 (2004-10-03) ʁ ʁ 110a
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202 20 "Emily's Adventure" ʁ Steve Asquith Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 3 October 2004 (2004-10-03) ʁ ʁ 110b
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203 21 "Halloween" ʁ Steve Asquith Dave Ingham ʁ ʁ 10 October 2004 (2004-10-10) ʁ ʁ 111a
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204 22 "You Can Do It, Toby!" ʁ Steve Asquith Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 10 October 2004 (2004-10-10) ʁ ʁ 111b
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205 23 "James Goes Too Far" ʁ Steve Asquith James Mason ʁ ʁ 17 October 2004 (2004-10-17) ʁ ʁ 112a
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206 24 "Chickens to School" ʁ Steve Asquith Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 17 October 2004 (2004-10-17) ʁ ʁ 112b
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207 25 "Too Hot for Thomas" ʁ Steve Asquith Paul Larson ʁ ʁ 24 October 2004 (2004-10-24) ʁ ʁ 113a
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208 26 "Percy and the Magic Carpet" ʁ Steve Asquith Abi Grant ʁ ʁ 24 October 2004 (2004-10-24) ʁ ʁ 113b
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Characters

  • Thomas the Tank Engine
  • Edward the Blue Engine
  • Henry the Green Engine
  • Gordon the Big Engine
  • James the Red Engine
  • Percy the Small Engine
  • Toby the Tram Engine
  • Emily
  • Spencer the Grand
  • Arthur
  • Harvey the Crane Engine
  • Devious Diesel
  • Mavis the Quarry Diesel
  • 'Arry and Bert
  • Salty the Dockyard Diesel
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Bertie the Bus
  • Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry
  • Harold the Helicopter
  • Cranky the Crane
  • Sir Topham Hatt / The Fat Controller
  • Farmer McColl
  • Murdoch (does not speak)
  • Trevor (not named)
  • Allicia Botti
  • The Duke and Duchess of Boxford
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt
  • Bridget Hatt
  • Tiger Moth