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The twentieth series of Thomas & Friends began production in 2014 and aired on television on 21st October 2016 in the US.

Episodes

  1. Sidney Sings
  2. Toby's New Friend
  3. Henry Gets the Express
  4. Diesel and the Ducklings
  5. Bradford the Brake Van
  6. Saving Time
  7. Ryan and Daisy
  8. Pouty James
  9. Blown Away
  10. The Way She Does it
  11. Letters to Santa
  12. Love Me Tender
  13. The Railcar and the Coaches
  14. Mucking About
  15. Cautious Connor
  16. All in Vain
  17. Buckled Tracks and Bumpy Trucks
  18. Tit for Tat
  19. Mike's Whistle
  20. Useful Railway
  21. Henry in the Dark
  22. Three Steam Engines Gruff
  23. Engine of the Future
  24. Hugo and the Airship
  25. The Missing Breakdown Train
  26. Skiff and the Mermaid
  27. The Christmas Coffeepot
  28. Over the Hill

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

  • Hugo
  • Bradford
  • Fergus Duncan
  • Willie
  • The Museum Manager
  • Franz
  • The Male Puppet Show Entertainer
  • The Fat Clergyman (not named)

Half Hour Format

Be Good to Your Friends

  • Sidney Sings
  • Song: Spring is Here!
  • The Earl's Quiz: King of the Railway and Kevin's Cranky Friend (PBS Kids)
  • Diesel and the Ducklings
  • Toad and the Whale (Nick Jr.)
  • Learn with Thomas Being Nice to Others (PBS Kids)
  • Guess Who Puzzles? - Timothy and Jack (PBS Kids)

Patience and Rules

  • The Railcar and the Coaches
  • Song: Troublesome Trucks
  • The Earl's Quiz: King of the Railway and Away From the Sea
  • Saving Time
  • Learn with Thomas Doing Too Much at Once
  • Guess Who Puzzles - Reg and Harvey

A Time for Sharing

  • Letters to Santa
  • Song: There's Snow Place Like Home
  • The Earl's Quiz: Cranes and The Thomas Way
  • Love Me Tender
  • Learn with Thomas Be There For Your Siblings
  • Guess Who Puzzles - Reg

Cast

UK and AUS

  • John Hasler as Thomas and Rheneas
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Harvey, Whiff, Glynn, Salty, Norman, Sir Handel, Bert, Harold, Captain, the Fat Controller, Dowager Hatt, Willie, the Bird Watcher, the Railway Inspectors, the Great Composer, the Welsh Bird Watcher, the Grumpy Passenger, the Great Railway Show Judge, the Male Puppet Show Entertainer, the Policeman, the Museum Manager, Franz, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Wellsworth Stationmaster, the Kellsthorpe Road Stationmaster, Some Washdown Workmen, Some Quarry Workers and Some Passengers
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy and Trevor
  • Rob Rackstraw as James (Tit for Tat only), Toby, Donald, Hugo, Flynn, Bradford, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, the Welsh Bird Watcher (Mike's Whistle only), Some Quarry Workers, Douglas' Driver and Some Passengers
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Porter, Ryan, Paxton, Peter Sam, Jack, Mike's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel, 'Arry and a Workman
  • Matt Wilkinson as Stanley, Rocky, Cranky, Kevin, the Duke of Boxford, Captain Joe, Bert's Driver, Rex's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Lady Hatt, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford, the Blond-haired Boy, the Ginger-haired Boy, the Female Puppet Show Entertainer and Some Passengers
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike, Jerome, Max and Oliver the Excavator
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan, Rex, the Fat Clergyman and Duck's Driver
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Bob Golding as Stephen, Sidney, a Railway Inspector and a Steamworks Worker
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • William Hope as Iron Bert
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip and Monty
  • David Menkin as Porter (Pouty James only)
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Jules de Jongh as Caitlin
  • Christopher Ragland as the Troublesome Trucks

USA and CAN

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Whiff, Iron Bert, Rocky, the Duke of Boxford and the Blond-haired Boy
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, 'Arry, Harold, Max, Kevin, a Signalman and a Dryaw Station Worker
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Donald, Stanley (Saving Time), Hugo, Flynn, Bradford, Monty, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, the Welsh Bird Watcher (Mike's Whistle only), Some Quarry Workers, Douglas' Driver and Some Passengers
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy, Trevor and the Troublesome Trucks
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Caitlin, Lady Hatt, the Duchess of Boxford and the Ginger-haired Boy (Pouty James)
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Ryan, Paxton, Peter Sam, Mike's Driver and Passengers
  • Joe Mills as Douglas, Oliver and Toad
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Glynn, Salty, Norman, Sir Handel, Bert, Captain, Sir Topham Hatt, Dowager Hatt, Willie, the Bird Watcher, the Railroad Inspectors, the Great Composer, the Welsh Bird Watcher, the Grumpy Passenger, the Great Railway Show Judge, the Male Puppet Show Entertainer, the Policeman, the Museum Manager, Franz, the Knapford Stationmaster, the Wellsworth Stationmaster, the Kellsthorpe Road Stationmaster, Some Washdown Workmen, Some Quarry Workers and Some Passengers
  • Matt Wilkinson as Captain Joe, Bert's Driver, Rex's Driver and Some Passengers
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Stephen Hatt, Bridget Hatt, the Female Puppet Show Entertainer and Some Passengers
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • David Menkin as Porter and Jack
  • Tim Whitnall as Mike, Jerome and Oliver the Excavator
  • Tom Stourton as Duncan, Rex, the Fat Clergyman and Duck's Driver
  • David Bedella as Victor and the Mayor of Sodor
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Bob Golding as Stephen, Sidney, a Railroad Inspector and a Steamworks Worker
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Philip
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • John Schwab as Stanley (Pouty James)
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Nathan Clarke as Alfie
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • John Hasler as Rheneas

Trivia

  • Five episodes of this series: Cautious Connor, All in Vain, Tit for Tat, Mike's Whistle, and Useful Railway, were incomplete at the time Arc Productions went bankrupt and were finished off by Jam Filled Toronto after Jam Filled Entertainment bought the aforementioned studio.
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman joins the voice cast.
  • Ballast is the only story from the Small Railway Engines volume not to be adapted into an episode.
  • Seven episodes of this series were produced by Robert Anderson, while the rest were produced by Tracy Blagdon. The seven episodes are Sidney Sings, Toby's New Friend, Henry Gets the Express, Letters to Santa, Henry in the Dark, Three Steam Engines Gruff and The Christmas Coffeepot. Of these seven episodes, Sidney Sings, Letters to Santa, Toby's New Friend and Henry Gets the Express have a copyright date of 2015. All the other episodes in this series are dated 2016.
  • Only seven episodes were licenced to PBS (Sidney Sings, Diesel and the Ducklings, Saving Time, Letters to Santa, Love Me Tender, The Railcar and the Coaches, and Mucking About). However, The Christmas Coffeepot aired on Nickelodeon along with Terence Breaks the Ice from the following series. Other episodes from the series were eventually aired there following its official move in March 2018.
  • The episodes The Christmas Coffeepot and Over the Hill were not included on The Complete Series 20. In addition, the next series' episode Hasty Hannah was originally part of this series but was pushed in to the aforementioned series to make way for the Small engines adaption episodes as well as Cautious Connorwhich was originally part of the twenty-first series but was pushed foward for this series instead, all written by Andrew Brenner.
  • This is the first series of multiple things:
    • The first series of the CGI Series since the sixteenth not to have any returning characters.
    • Donald, Douglas, Alfie, Oliver, Max, and Monty's first episodic appearances in full CGI.
    • The first series since the fourth series to have adaptations of the Railway Series stories.
    • The first series to have music composed by Chris Renshaw after Robert Hartshorne and Peter Hartshorne's contracts ended after production of the nineteenth series and Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
    • The first series to feature the Skarloey Railway, but not to have any episodes dedicated to them.
    • The first series to have episodes with animation by Jam Filled Toronto.
    • The first series since the sixteenth series where Thomas appears in every episode, but does not speak in all of them.
    • The first series in which where Ryan, Skiff, Rex, Mike, Bert, Glynn, Judy, and Jerome appear in an episode.
    • The first series since the fourteenth series that some episodes would be released in a past year during production with the rest being produced a year later.
    • The first Series since the fourteenth where Bertie appears, but does not speak.
    • The first series since she joined the voice cast in King of the Railway not to have Rebecca O'Mara as part of the voice cast. It is also the first series not to have Jonathan Broadbent as a part of the voice cast since he joined in the seventeenth series, due to him departing after The Great Race.
    • The first and currently only series since her debut in the tenth series in which Rosie does not appear, possibly due to her model being reworked.
    • The first series where Timothy and Reg do not appear since their introductions in Tale of the Brave.
    • The first series where episodes are not dubbed into Dutch since series 18.
  • This is the second series of two things:
    • The second series not to have Thomas' name titled in any of the episodes, with the first being the fifteenth series.
    • The second series to have 28 episodes, the first being the tenth series.
  • This is the only series for a few things:
    • The only series to date in where Spencer, Skarloey and Mavis appear, but do not speak since their introductions.
    • The only series in date where Bertie appears, but is never referred to by name.
    • The only series to date where Wellsworth Scrap Yard does not appear since its return in Tale of the Brave.
    • The only series to have episodes started to be animated by Arc and being finished by Arc/Jam Filled.
    • The only series to date in where Dart does not appear since his introduction in Day of the Diesels.
  • This is the last series of a few things:
    • Ian McCue's last series as producer for HiT Entertainment. Briefly serving as creator executive for the next two series, he would later return as producer in the twenty-third series.
    • Robert Anderson's last series as producer for Arc.
    • Kallan Kagan's last series as executive producer for Arc.
    • Boris Andreev's last full series as art director.
    • Karen Davidsen's last series as head of production for HiT Entertainment.
    • Nathan Clarke's last series as part of the voice cast.
    • The last series produced by HiT Entertainment. Mattel Creations took over from the twenty-first seriesand Journey Beyond Sodor onwards.
    • The last series where Keith Wickham voices James in the UK, as Rob Rackstraw takes over starting with Tit for Tat.
    • The last series to be aired on PBS Kids. Nick Jr. took over from the twenty-first series onwards.

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