Thomas & Friends

thomas – calling all engines

Thomas fans are in for a real treat this Christmas Eve, with this special extended episode. All the trains are busy preparing for the construction of a new airport, but tension between the steam engines and the diesels threatens to ruin everything. Will they manage to pull together in time to build the airport and welcome lots of holidaymakers to Sodor?

It is summertime on Sodor, and a busy period for all the engines. At this time of the year, they collect lots of holidaymakers from the docks and show them all of the island’s spectacular sights like the seaside, the Scottish castle and the splendid Sodor suspension bridge. This summer, however, a new airport is to be built which will bring more visitors than ever before –and this means that there are lots of jobs for the excited engines to do.

Unfortunately, trouble soon starts when Arry and Bert bump into Thomas and Percy, making them cross. Thomas decides to play some jokes on Arry, Bert and Diesel, but his tricks end up causing lots of problems during the day. By the end of the day, the airport is only half-finished, the bridge isn’t painted and… Tidmouth Sheds, where the steam engines sleep, have been knocked down!

The next day, there is a new crisis: a hurricane has hit Sodor, causing untold disaster! The bridge has collapsed, the airport building site is in chaos and there is more work than ever to be done. But with the diesels and steam engines refusing to talk to each other, let alone work together, how will it all get finished in time?

thomas & friends
hide and peep (1/26)

The popular children’s animation returns this morning with a new string of railway adventures. In this series, Thomas and his friends venture across the Island of Sodor to a range of new locations. Along with some old favourites, a number of new characters make their debut, including Whiff the rubbish engine and a big, black truck named Hector the Horrid! In this morning’s episode, Thomas suggests a game of Hide and Peep while he and Percy are waiting for an important cargo ship at the docks.

In tomorrrow’s episode, ‘Gordon and the Engineer’, Gordon must take an important engineer to repair some points but ends up picking up the wrong person at the station! Later in the morning there is a chance to see the special extended episode ‘Thomas –Calling All Engines’ [see Monday Must See for details].

On Tuesday, there is a double bill beginning with ‘Thomas Sets Sail’. It’s a windy day on Sodor, and Thomas is given the job of taking the mayor’s new sailing boat to the docks for a special launch ceremony. Following this is ‘Thomas and the Storyteller’, in which a famous storyteller comes to the island to open a new library.

Kicking off Wednesday’s Thomas fun is ‘Emily’s Rubbish’. When Emily starts working with Whiff, a friendly rubbish-collection engine, the other engines tease her about her smelly new friend. This episode is followed by ‘Thomas and the Lighthouse’, where Thomas is entrusted with taking a new light bulb to the Sodor lighthouse.

On Thursday, the action begins with ‘Dream On’. When Spencer boasts about being faster, shinier and stronger than Thomas, Thomas vows to prove him wrong. Concluding the double bill is ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, in which Thomas is sent to pick up some important items for a magician.

Friday’s double bill begins with ‘Thomas and the Spaceship’. While Thomas is pushing him back to the sheds, Percy thinks he sees a spaceship. And concluding the week’s fun is ‘Henry’s Lucky Day’, in which a successful day of deliveries in the snow convinces Henry that he has lucky trucks.

thomas & friends – too hot for thomas
Monday feb 26 – Friday mar 2 08.25–08.40

This week sees more new episodes of the timeless preschool animation. Based on the books by the Reverend W Awdry, the programmes follow the adventures of Thomas the tank engine and his friends who live on the imaginary island of Sodor.

In this morning’s episode, it is a very hot day on Sodor and all the engines are taking children to the seaside. Unfortunately, the ice-cream lady has run out of ice-cream…

Tuesday’s episode is‘ James Gets a New Coat’. After receiving a brand new coat of paint, James heads to the canal to admire his reflection instead of doing his work!

Wednesday’s episode, ‘Thomas to the Rescue’, finds Thomas afraid when Diesel tells him that old-fashioned engines are to be phased out.

Thursday’s episode is ‘As Good as Gordon’. When Emily is given the job of pulling Gordon’s express, she tries too hard and makes mistakes.

The final episode of the week is ‘Halloween’ on Friday. When Thomas and Emily collect a delivery of iron from the Smelter’s yard, they are spooked by what they think is a ghost.

Weekdays (Monday 19 – Friday 23 February) 08.25–08.35 on FIVE

This week sees more new episodes of the timeless preschool animation. Based on the books by the Reverend W Awdry, the programmes follow the adventures of Thomas the tank engine and his friends who live on the imaginary island of Sodor.

When the Fat Controller announces some new routes in this morning’s episode, Emily is pleased to be assigned the flour-mill run. The troublesome trucks, however, seem to have other ideas…

On Tuesday, in ‘Chickens to School’, a tired Thomas is asked to perform three tasks. He is meant to take some chickens to the market, some sheep to the farm, and the children to school, but everything gets muddled up!

Wednesday’s episode is ‘Gordon Takes Charge’. When asked to show the other engines what to do, Gordon begins to show off – with disastrous consequences!

Thursday’s episode, ‘Thomas and the Tuba’, sees Thomas collect a brass band from the docks. But has he left someone behind?

The final episode of the week is ‘Henry and the Wishing Tree’ on Friday. Henry makes a wish to swap jobs with Gordon, but when his wish comes true, he is not so excited…

Monday 12 – Friday 16 February: 08.25–08.35

This week sees more new episodes of the timeless preschool series. Based on the books by the Reverend W Awdry, the programmes follow the adventures of Thomas the tank engine and his friends who live on the imaginary island of Sodor.

When Toby is given the job of taking milk across Sodor in this morning’s episode, his journey takes him up Gordon’s Hill. Gordon gets stuck behind the struggling Toby and tells him that he’s not a proper engine.

On Tuesday, in ‘Percy and the Magic Carpet’, Percy is proud to be chosen to collect an important package from the docks, but is disappointed to learn that his cargo is just a carpet.

Wednesday’s episode is ‘Thomas and the Circus’. The circus is coming to Sodor and all the engines are excited – especially Thomas, who is asked to collect the trucks from the docks.

Thursday’s episode, ‘Percy’s Big Mistake’, finds Percy jumping to a wrong conclusion when he overhears Sir Topham Hatt mention the words ‘Percy’ and ‘scrap’.

Rounding off the week’s episodes is ‘Don’t Tell Thomas’ on Friday. Thomas feels left out when he hears the other engines whispering to each other. But little does he know that they are planning to surprise him with a huge Christmas tree!

Monday 5 – Friday 9 February: 08.25–08.35

This week sees more new episodes of the timeless preschool series. Based on the books by the Reverend W Awdry, the programmes follow the adventures of Thomas the tank engine and his friends who live on the imaginary island of Sodor.

In this morning’s episode, Thomas gets himself into trouble after having a fight with Emily.

On Tuesday, in ‘Edward the Great’, Spencer is in town to take the Duke and Duchess of Boxford to their summer house. When Edward is chosen to transport the passengers’ furniture, a race ensues…

Wednesday’s episode is ‘Spic and Span’. The railway inspector is coming to the island of Sodor to give a special prize to the smartest engine, so all the engines strive to look their best.

Thursday’s episode is ‘James Goes Too Far’. When the Fat Controller gives James the job of delivering coal to all the stations in Sodor, James decides he is too busy and important to help the other engines.

Rounding off the week’s episodes is ‘Thomas Gets It Right’, on Friday. Thomas is given the job of transporting eggs across Sodor and is disappointed to learn that he must go extra slowly.

Weekdays, Monday 29 January-Friday 2 February: 08.25–08.35

This week sees more new episodes of the timeless preschool series. Based on the books by the Reverend W Awdry, the programmes follow the adventures of Thomas the tank engine and his friends who live on the imaginary island of Sodor.

In this morning’s episode, Percy is causing trouble with his new whistle. When Percy’s whistling nearly causes an accident with Elizabeth, Thomas tells Percy to stop. Percy promises but decides to have one more really loud whistle – with disastrous results! But later, Percy’s loud whistle proves to be very useful indeed…

On Tuesday, in ‘Fish!’, the Fat Controller gives Thomas the job of taking the fishermen’s catch of fish to the docks. It’s their biggest catch ever and it’s going to take three trips. Thomas hates the smell of fish and decides that he can take all 15 trucks in one go – but has he taken on too much?

Wednesday’s episode is ‘Emily’s Adventure’, in which a fierce storm sweeps across Sodor and blows the roof off Farmer McColl’s barn. The Fat Controller sends Emily to fetch some timber for a new roof – but that’s not as easy as it sounds!

Thursday’s episode is ‘Thomas Saves the Day’. A new station is being built and it is Thomas’s job to ferry the workmen to the new station and back again. Annie and Clarabel always help Thomas with a difficult bend on the way to the new station, so when the Fat Controller announces that they are to be refit, Thomas panics. How will he get round the difficult bend without them?

Rounding off the week’s episodes is ‘Squeak, Rattle and Roll’ on Friday. Gordon is worried when he hears a squeaking noise coming from his engine – is he for the scrapheap?

22 – 26 January: 08.25–08.35
Continuing this week is the timeless preschool series based on the books by the Reverend W Awdry. The programmes follow the adventures of Thomas the tank engine and his friends who live on the imaginary island of Sodor.

In the week’s first episode this morning, it is announced that the first of the engines to finish his jobs will be allowed to pull the presents train. James is desperate to get the job but must first work with Edward to clear the tracks.

On Tuesday, ‘Thomas and the Statue’ finds Thomas heading to the docks to collect a special monument celebrating the Sodor Railway.

In ‘Skarloey the Brave’ on Wednesday, Skarloey sets out to prove that he is the bravest engine in the world but soon realises that helping people is a more worthwhile endeavour.

Thursday’s episode is ‘Thomas and the Golden Eagle’. A golden eagle has been spotted on Sodor and Thomas and Percy concoct a truck-sharing plan so that they will both be able to see the magnificent bird.

And in ‘Thomas and the Rainbow’ on Friday, there has been a storm, and Thomas’s job is to take some workmen to fix the telephone lines. On the way he sees a beautiful rainbow, and when Edward tells him that something magical is supposed to be at the end, Thomas becomes transfixed.

Continuing the week of January 15-19 is the timeless preschool series based on the much-loved books by the Reverend W Awdry. The programmes follow the adventures of Thomas the tank engine and his friends who live on the imaginary island of Sodor. When a new toy shop opens on the island in this morning’s episode, Thomas is desperate to get involved. He is very proud when Sir Topham Hatt asks him to transport children to the opening, but along his route, Thomas spots Henry who is stuck on a blocked line.

In ‘Saving Edward’on Tuesday, Edward attempts to hide his wheezing and leaking from Sir Topham Hatt so as not to be scrapped. When Edward is given an important job, he confides in Thomas, who offers to help out.

Wednesday’s episode is ‘Thomas Tries his Best’. The carnival has come to Sodor and Thomas is entrusted with the important task of taking some chickens to the dock. When his little charges are late arriving, Thomas worries about missing out on all the fun, so James tries to persuade him to go straight to the carnival. Will Thomas forget about the chickens and let Sir Topham down?

On Thursday, ‘Duncan and the Old Mine’ finds the narrow-gauge engines carrying coal from the mountains down to the island when Duncan decides that pulling coal trucks is not very exciting. When he comes across an old disused track, he sees the opportunity for an adventure but is soon in all kinds of trouble.

And in ‘Thomas’s Day Off’ on Friday, a new diesel engine called Dennis arrives on the island. He is given the job of taking some roof tiles to the school while Thomas has the day off, but Dennis proves to be a very lazy engine! Will the Sodor principle of hard work prevail?

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