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Series 24 of Thomas & Friends began airing on 2 May 2020 in the UK.

Production

Mattel green-lit a new series and several specials for Thomas & Friends that will premiere in 2020 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the franchise. Production will consist of 20 x 11-minute episodes as well as three 22-minute specials following the recent revamp of the series[1].

David Stoten was announced as the new head writer for the series, succeeding Andrew Brenner [2]. This is also marks the final series animated by Jam Filled Toronto [3].

Unlike the previous two series, Series 24 does not have a half-and-half split between Sodor episodes and International episodes. Instead, there are five International episodes - one per country - while the rest of the episodes are based on the Island of Sodor. Additionally, some episodes from this series (such as Thomas and the Royal Engine, World of Tomorrow and Emily to the Rescue) lack the fantasy sequences which were present in every episode of the previous two series.

Episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Emily'sBestFriendpromoEmily's Best FriendCamille Ucan & Rose JohnsonTBATBA
Emily worries she doesn't have a best friend, but, when the other engines help her out of a tricky situation, she realises she's been surrounded by best friends all along.
Thomas'FuzzyFriendpromoThomas' Fuzzy FriendBecky OvertonTBATBA
Thomas discovers a missing dog on the railway and tries to find it a new home.
TheGreatLittleRailwayShowpromoThe Great Little Railway ShowMichael WhiteTBATBA
When a Railway Show for little engines comes to Sodor, an overly excited Percy finally sees his chance to shine.
ThomasandtheForestEnginespromoThomas and the Forest EnginesDavey MooreTBATBA
In Brazil, Thomas meets two wood-burning engines who've never travelled beyond their eucalyptus railway. Thomas agrees to swap jobs with them for the day, but this causes more trouble than he expects.
EmilytotheRescuepromoEmily to the RescueBecky OvertonTBATBA
When a pretend emergency turns into a real emergency, there's only one engine who can save the day!
Shankar'sMakeoverpromoShankar's MakeoverCamille Ucan & Rose JohnsonTBATBA
Thomas pushes Shankar into entering the Fancy Costume Contest even though Shankar doesn't want the spotlight on him.
NiaandtheUnfriendlyElephantpromoNia and the Unfriendly ElephantDavey MooreTBATBA
Nia is bringing a new animal to the Sodor Animal Park... but it's an elephant that doesn't like steam engines!
JamestheSuperEnginepromoJames the Super EngineDavid StotenTBATBA
When Rebecca tells James he could be a comic-book super-engine, he takes her seriously, and Rail Rocket is born.
Thomas'NotSoLuckyDaypromoThomas' Not-So-Lucky DayBecky OvertonTBATBA
When Thomas has a run of bad luck, he tries everything to get back on track... even if it means following Lorenzo's strange, superstitious advice!
Ace'sBraveJumppromoAce's Brave JumpCamille Ucan & Rose JohnsonTBATBA
Thomas helps his friend Ace overcome his fear of animals so that he can compete in the Super Stunt Rally.
Sonny'sSecondChancepromoSonny's Second ChanceBecky OvertonTBATBA
Sonny is trying to prove himself to be a useful engine so that he can stay working on Sodor, but nobody seems to trust him... nobody apart from Diesel, that is! But can Diesel be trusted?
ThomasandtheInventor'sWorkshoppromoThomas and the Inventor's WorkshopCamille Ucan & Rose JohnsonTBATBA
Thomas helps Ruth fix up an old windmill into her new, energy-efficient workshop.
TheInventor'sSpectacularBridgepromoThe Inventor's Spectacular BridgeDavid StotenTBATBA
When the Rickety Old Bridge collapses, trapping Toby and Henrietta on the other side of the ravine, Inventor Ruth is asked to build a new one.
YongBaoandtheTigerpromoYong Bao and the TigerIan McCue & David StotenTBATBA
Yong Bao tells Thomas the story of how he came to have a magnificent tiger emblem on his tender.
GordonandRebecca,ComingThrough!promoGordon and Rebecca, Coming Through!Davey MooreTBATBA
Gordon and Rebecca do the same work - but they go about it differently. When Rebecca tries to be more like Gordon, it doesn't go well... for Gordon!
KenjiontheRailsAgainpromoKenji on the Rails AgainPaul Larson & Laura BeaumontTBATBA
When Kenji hears that he must travel home to Japan alone, he gets scared and tries to hide. So, Thomas sets out to find him.
CleotheRoadEnginepromoCleo the Road EnginePaul Larson & Laura BeaumontTBATBA
When Ruth's new car, Cleo, takes to the rails to race Thomas, she soon discovers why she is designed to stick to the roads.
Nia'sBrightIdeapromoNia's Bright IdeaCamille Ucan & Rose JohnsonTBATBA
Nia uses what she learns about lighthouses to suggest covering a big wheel in Christmas lights, so that Harold can see where he's going in a storm.
Cleo'sFirstSnowpromoCleo's First SnowBecky OvertonTBATBA
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Thomas'AnimalFriendspromoThomas' Animal FriendsDavey MooreTBATBA
Thomas is asked to help at the animal park for the day and realises there's more to the job than he first thought.

Double-Length episodes

Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
ThomasandtheRoyalEnginepromoThomas and the Royal EngineMichael White2nd May 2020Special #01
Thomas is selected to take Sir Topham Hatt to London for a Royal Appointment, but with no knowledge of how to get there, their journey is filled with confusion and delay.
ANewArrivalpromoA New ArrivalPaul Larson & Laura BeaumontTBASpecial #02
When Thomas finds out that the Earl's Technology Fair will bring new inventions to Sodor, he sets out to prove that steam engines are the best inventions ever.
WorldofTomorrowpromoWorld of TomorrowLaura Beaumont & Paul LarsonTBASpecial #03
When a pair of crooks steal the plans for a great new invention, there is a high-speed chase to try and get them back.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
WorldofTomorrow323Party TrainIan McCue
Chris Renshaw
4th May 2020 (UK; DVD)
There's a celebration at every station
There's a party train coming down the line...
WorldofTomorrow110How Does it Work?Adam Damelin
David Conlon
Lorenzo Costeli
Rocco Gagliese
Steve D'Angelo
Terry Tompkins
5th June 2020
How does a steam train work?
How does it move up and down the tracks?...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Cast

UK and AUS

US

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Rocky and Farmer McColl
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, Diesel, Harold and Mr. Percival
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Owen, Fergus Duncan, the Thin Clergyman, Bernie, Professor Freidrich and the Elephant Carer
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill and Philip
  • Matt Wilkinson as Ben, Rusty and Merrick
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Salty, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Bert, Bertie, Sir Topham Hatt and Dowager Hatt
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Bridget Hatt and Stephen Hatt
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Lucy Montgomery as Marion and Carly
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Chris Lew Kum Hoi as Yong Bao and The Mean Engines
  • Nikhil Parmar as Rajiv
  • Anna Francolini as Gina
  • Federico Trujillo as Raul and Marcio
  • Shane Jacobson as Shane
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca, Little Thomas, Prince Charles and Dr. Hetty
  • Rose Robinson as Tamika
  • Monica Lopera as Gabriela
  • Vincenzo Nicoli as Lorenzo and Beppe
  • Rosamund Pike as Duchess
  • Joe Swash as Sonny
  • Laura Cucurullo as Marcia and Cassia
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan and Charubala
  • Francisco Labbe as Gustavo
  • Matt McCooey as Kenji
  • Steven Kynman as Peter Sam
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Genevieve McCarthy as Aubrey
  • Tim Bain as Aiden and an Australian Bus
  • Windson Liong as Lei
  • Colin McFarlane as Bulgy, Beresford and Dr. Holyfield
  • Jamie Campbell Bower as Skiff
  • Peter Andre as Ace
  • Flaminia Cinque as Ester
  • Harriet Kershaw as Cleo
  • Glenn Wrage as Cranky
  • Tim Whitnall as Reg
  • Gabriel Porras as Emerson
  • Sharon Miller as Queen Elizabeth II
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Dan Li as Railway Inspector
  • Montserrat Lombard as Mia
  • Dominique Moore as Ruth
  • Bob Golding as Baz
  • Siu-see Hung as Dr. Kim

Trivia

  • This series marks the first of several things:
    • The first series to have David Stoten as head writer.
    • The first series in which Porter and Paxton do not have a speaking role since their respective introductions.
    • The first series in which Kevin does not appear since his debut.
    • The first series in which Emily has a number.
    • Beresford's first appearance in an episode.
    • Queen Elizabeth II's first appearance in full CGI.
  • This is the final series animated by Jam Filled Toronto.
  • Sharon Miller, Rosamund Pike, Joe Swash, Matt McCooey, Dominique Moore and Chris Lew Kum Hoi join the voice cast.

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