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The sixth series of Thomas & Friends was first broadcast in September 2002. Michael Angelis and Alec Baldwin narrated the twenty-six episodes for the UK and US respectively. Angelis also narrated two episodes for the US release of New Friends for Thomas and Other Adventures. Later, six episodes were redubbed along with music composed by Robert Hartshorne for the UK on Nick Jr. and the US for PBS Kids in 2005 which featured Michael Brandon as the narrator. It was the first produced by Gullane Entertainment, after its rebrand from The Britt Allcroft Company.

Production

After the critical and commercial flop, but successful merchandising and nominations of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Britt Allcroft was forced to step down as both deputy chairman and director of the company, only to retain sharing responsibilities and become Executive Producer despite being uncredited. On the other hand, David Mitton turned over as a camera operator and a script consultant for all script writers during production. The series was filmed in September 2001 and Phil Fehrle took the liberty in creating what was supposed to be the first Thomas & Friends spin-off - Jack and the Sodor Construction Company (filmed two years later) directed by Steve Asquith. Two episodes were to be the gateway to the twenty-six episodic series, but it was cancelled because of financial difficulties, how similar the concept is to Bob the Builder, and the acquisition of HiT Entertainment, so only thirteen episodes were filmed in 2002 and the later half was stored away before the spin-off series could even be finished. However, the thirteen episodes were eventually released on DVD on 2nd October 2006.

From September to November 2005, Michael Brandon and Michael Angelis re-dubbed six episodes: No Sleep for Cranky, A Bad Day for Harold the Helicopter, James and the Red Balloon, Gordon Takes a Tumble, Toby Had a Little Lamb and Edward the Very Useful Engine, with music composed by Robert Hartshorne on PBS Kids in the US and Nick Jr. in the UK, to make them series nine-styled when they chose episodes from this series for the airings.

Episodes

(Note: * means an episode that was not only narrated by Michael Brandon and re-narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK, but with new music).

(Note: ** means an episode that was re-narrated by Michael Angelis in the US).


Screenshot UK title (top)
US title (bottom)
Written by Original UK release date Episode number #
Salty'sSecret80.png Salty's Secret Robin Kingsland 16th September 2002 #01
A dockyard diesel named Salty arrives on Sodor and is dismayed when he is sent to work at the quarry.
HarveytotheRescue83.png Harvey to the Rescue Jonathan Trueman 17th September 2002 #02
A new engine with a crane on his boiler named Harvey arrives, but the engines think he does not look anything like a normal engine.
NoSleepforCranky77.png No Sleep for Cranky * Paul Larson 18th September 2002 #03
A story by Salty makes Cranky angry enough to knock down a shed, forcing him to be stuck with Salty, Bill and Ben for the night.
ABadDayforHaroldtheHelicopter.JPG A Bad Day for Harold (the Helicopter) * David Mitton
Simon Nicholson
19th September 2002 #04
When Percy reaches a broken signal, Harold comes to take his mail onwards - with disastrous results.
ElizabeththeVintageLorry56.jpg Elizabeth the Vintage Lorry
Elizabeth the Vintage Quarry Truck
Paul Larson 20th September 2002 #05
Thomas is hauling a heavy special when his siderods fall off near an old shed. Inside, his crew discovers a disused vintage Sentinel lorry named Elizabeth.
TheFogmanphotographicstill1.png The Fogman David Mitton
Jonathan Trueman
23rd September 2002 #06
Cyril the Fogman puts detonators on the tracks to warn engines of oncoming mist. The Fat Controller replaces him with a foghorn, which turns out to be more trouble than it is worth.
JackJumpsIn61.jpg Jack Jumps In ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
24th September 2002 #07
A new front loader named Jack is eager to be really useful but foolishly tries to take a load of rocks up a hill himself, leading to disaster.
AFriendinNeed96.png A Friend in Need ** Phil Fehrle
Jonathan Trueman
Abi Grant
25th September 2002 #08
Ned the Steam Shovel knocks the keystone out of a bridge. It begins to fall as Thomas approaches it, so Jack tries to hold it up with his bucket.
It'sOnlySnow.JPG It's Only Snow David Mitton
James Mason
26th September 2002 #09
Thomas is told to deliver a Christmas tree to the Mountain Village with Toby but becomes cross when he has to use his old snowplough.
TwinTrouble56.jpg Twin Trouble Brian Trueman 27th September 2002 #10
Donald and Douglas crash into Trevor's cart and blame the other for the accident. They become so heated that they refuse to work together.
TheWorld'sStrongestEngine72.jpg The World's Strongest Engine David Mitton
Paul Larson
30th September 2002 #11
Henry has an unfortunate accident, leading to Diesel returning to the railway. Diesel is insistent on proving that he is the strongest engine in the world, much to the troublesome trucks' amusement.
ScaredyEngines.jpg Scaredy Engines David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
1st October 2002 #12
Halloween rolls around and Thomas, Percy and Duck are sent to the Smelters to collect a special load, where Thomas teases Percy when he gets scared.
PercyandtheHauntedMine69.jpg Percy and the Haunted Mine David Mitton
Robyn Charteris
2nd October 2002 #13
While collecting some trucks, Percy is spooked by a mine that sinks into the ground. Donald and Douglas make him even more frightened when they proclaim it is the naughty gnomes.
MiddleEngine.JPG Middle Engine David Mitton
Brian Trueman
3rd October 2002 #14
'Arry and Bert play a trick on Percy by shunting trucks in front of him. But when he's accidentally bumped onto the coal tipper, James takes over.
JamesandtheRedBalloon72.png James and the Red Balloon * David Mitton
Jenny McDade
4th October 2002 #15
Thomas and James worry a hot air balloon will steal their passengers.
JackFrost14.jpg Jack Frost David Mitton
Paul Larson
7th October 2002 #16
Thomas warns Percy and James of Jack Frost. James is dismissive, but Percy becomes worried. While spending the night in a siding, snow and ice pile around him and James mistakes him for Jack Frost.
GordonTakesaTumble70.png Gordon Takes a Tumble * David Mitton
Robin Kingsland
8th October 2002 #17
Gordon tells Salty it would not be dignified for him to pull trucks. That night, Gordon is sent to collect some from the Docks. He is angry and ends up sent down a rickety, old branch line by mistake.
Percy'sChocolateCrunch73.png Percy's Chocolate Crunch David Mitton
Brian Trueman
9th October 2002 #18
Percy gets angry that he has all the dirty jobs. He desperately tries to not get dirty but has an unfortunate run-in with a chocolate factory.
BufferBother60.jpg Buffer Bother Ross Hastings 10th October 2002 #19
Ben needs new buffers and Bill becomes jealous. This makes him careless and he ends up damaging his own buffers.
TobyHadaLittleLamb67.PNG Toby Had a Little Lamb * Jenny McDade 11th October 2002 #20
During a snowstorm, Toby is flagged down by Farmer McColl, whose sheep are due to give birth and urgently need a vet. Duck tries to help clear the line, but so much snow has fallen, that Toby must use his old branch line to get to the farm.
Thomas,PercyandtheSqueak22.jpg Thomas, Percy and the Squeak David Mitton
Jenny McDade
14th October 2002 #21
The famous opera singer Allicia Botti is coming for a concert and Thomas is chosen to take her. Along the way, Thomas and his crew hear a consistent squeak but think nothing of it, until they discover what it really is.
ThomasandtheJetEngine.PNG Thomas the Jet Engine
Thomas and the Jet Engine
David Mitton
Ross Hastings
15th October 2002 #22
Thomas is given the job of taking a jet engine to Dryaw, but Cranky carelessly turns it on.
EdwardtheReallyUsefulEngine.PNG Edward the Very/Really Useful Engine * David Mitton 16th October 2002 #23
The big engines believe Edward should be retired but he proves himself useful when both Duck and Gordon need help.
DunkinDuncan19.jpg Dunkin Duncan Simon Nicholson
Jenny McDade
17th October 2002 #24
Skarloey, Rheneas and Rusty are sent to work with Duncan at the quarry. Duncan gets too impatient at the incline and ends up falling into a muddy ditch.
RustySavestheDay54.jpg Rusty Saves the Day David Mitton
Paul Larson
18th October 2002 #25
The Fat Controller closes Rheneas and Skarloey's line down and sends them to the quarry. But when the quarry will be blasting for two weeks, Rusty decides to use that time to help Elizabeth repair the line.
FaultyWhistles44.jpg Faulty Whistles David Mitton
Ross Hastings
21st October 2002 #26
Peter Sam's whistle has been knocked off by a branch. Duncan finds this funny and remarks that an engine is not one without a whistle, unaware his own whistle has become loose.

Songs

Screenshot Title Composers Original release date
JamestheReallySplendidEngine8.png James the Really Splendid Engine Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
24th September 2002 (US/CAN; VHS/DVD)
He's a really splendid engine, everybody knows,
But he does go on and on and on, always telling us so...
WinterWonderland2.png Winter Wonderland Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
7th October 2002 (UK; VHS/DVD)
It's a winter wonderland
See the snow lay all around...
Trucks20.png Little Engines Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
25th February 2003 (US/CAN; VHS/DVD)
Main Line Engines always boast how big they are,
Superior by far...
HorridLorry1.png Down by the Docks Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
22nd July 2003 (US/CAN; VHS/DVD)
Down by the docks, that's the place to be,
Down by the docks, gateway to the sea...
Boo,Boo,Choo,Choo1.png Boo! Boo! Choo-Choo Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
16th March 2004 (US; VHS)
What's that moving in the corner
What's that shadow on the wall...
Never,Never,NeverGiveUp20.png Never, Never, Never Give Up Mike O'Donnell
Junior Campbell
16th March 2004 (US; VHS)
If you climb the highest mountain,
Cross the river deep...

Characters

Characters Introduced

Trivia

  • This was the first series of many things:
    • The company is renamed to Gullane Entertainment.
    • It was eventually bought by HiT Entertainment in late 2002 after the production of Series 6. Despite this, Britt Allcroft was not done with her involvement yet, she was only executive director behind the series. The series is also the first to have various writers like Ross Hastings, Jenny McDade, Robin Kingsland, and Paul Larson. Brian Trueman written episodes for the show, and it was the last time that he have written episodes for tv shows before he retired. Series 6 is broadcasted on Nick Jr. in 2002 and then a year later in 2003 on CiTV when the show returned there for the first time since they have broadcasted Series 3 in 1993.
    • The first series filmed in 16:9 widescreen. However, most of the first six episodes were matted from full screen, but whenever they use Tidmouth Sheds, The Seaside Village, Tidmouth Beach and the church for locations, the scenes are filmed in widescreen.
    • The first series that Thomas' original chuckling face appeared as his new grinning face.
    • Phil Fehrle's first series as producer.
    • Peter Urie's first series as executive producer.
    • The first series to have a writing team.
    • The first time Robin Kingsland, Paul Larson, Abi Grant, James Mason, Brian Trueman, Robyn Charteris and Jenny McDade wrote episodes for the series.
    • Abi Grant's first series as script editor, as well as head writer.
    • The first series to feature Steve Asquith as a director.
    • The first series made by Gullane Entertainment under its current name.
    • The first series to feature Toby's unused pre-fourth series depressed face.
    • The first series to have more than two narrators in the English dubs.
    • The first series not dubbed in Brazilian Portuguese, German and Greek.
    • The first series to use a Proteus 3 and Virtuoso 2000 to compose the music.
    • The first series where Annie and Clarabel do not speak in any of their appearances.
    • The first series to premiere on Nick Jr. in the UK.
    • The first series since the third series to appear on CITV, marking the television series' return to terrestrial television. Though it made it's UK television debut on Nick Jr. the year before.
    • The first series to see incomplete episodic VHS releases in the UK and Australia.
    • The first series not to release every episode on home video before the complete series in the UK.
    • The first series not to release every music video on home media in the UK and Australia.
    • The first series released music video on VHS and DVD by C4U Media in South Korea.
    • The first series released music video on VHS in South Korea.
    • The first series that not released on DVD by DVD Acadamy in South Korea.
    • The first series that not have voice over English dub in South Korea.
    • The first series that released music video completely on DVD in South Korea.
    • The first series that not have two dubs until the thirteenth series in South Korea.
    • The first series not to feature Wellsworth since its introduction in the first series.
    • The first series where the Fat Controller says "confusion and delay", though the second to feature the phrase because the narrator and other characters said it in two fifth series episodes.
    • The first series where the narrator says, "Luckily, no one was hurt," a phrase that also becomes very iconic for the show.
    • The first series in which where Stepney and George appear since their introductions, but do not speak.
    • The first series in which Oliver does not speak since his debut.
    • The first series where BoCo, Derek, Bertram, Toad, S.C. Ruffey, Old Slow Coach, The Horrid Lorries, Caroline and Thumper do not appear since their debuts. However, BoCo and Toad do appear in music videos, whilst the latter appeared in a deleted scene photo of this series.
    • The first series released in the 21st century and the third millennium, as well as the first series released in the 2000s.
    • The first series in which Thomas does not appear in the finale.
    • The first series to have no episodes titled with just one word.
  • This was the last series of several things as well:
    • The last series to feature the old Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends logo in the intro.
    • The last series to feature the runaway theme until The Adventure Begins.
    • The last series until the eleventh series where Mavis speaks in more than one episode.
    • The final series where Duncan only appears in two episodes until the twentieth series.
    • The last series in which all episodes were released in the classic series format in the US, as seventh series features new music and intro in the US dub to make it fit in with later series of the show. However for New Friends for Thomas & Thomas & the Jet Engine seven episodes from seventh series were released in the classic series format in the US and Original Music by Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell. It should be noted that this series did get a similar treatment as seventh series when aired on PBS Kids, where the music and dub were changed to fit with the other episodes being aired at the time, but only a select few episodes got this treatment and these versions haven't been released since.
    • Britt Allcroft's third and last series as executive producer. She would later be a script consultant in the seventh series despite the former being uncredited.
    • Alec Baldwin's last series as the US narrator.
    • The last production produced solely by Gullane Entertainment prior to its acquisition by HiT Entertainment in 2002.
    • The last series to have John L. Wright as editor.
    • The last series where Thomas' laughing face from the second series (with added teeth) appears.
    • The last series to not feature Emily, since she appeared in every series since her debut, but not every special since her debut.
    • The last series to have more than half its episodes released on VHS in Australia.
  • Prior to the airings on PBS Kids, this series was only available on home video in the US.
  • This series had the most narrators in it out of all series.
  • Despite the title of the show being shortened to Thomas & Friends in 2000, this series, for unknown reasons, uses the original name on some releases and on others the shortened logo.
  • From this series onwards, all stories were written by individuals on a writing staff.
  • Starting with this series and the next series, due to it started being filmed in 16:9 widescreen, whenever stock footage from previous seasons is used (all made in 4:3 fullscreen), they were matted into widescreen (except in 4:3 fullscreen versions of these episodes on home video).
  • This series was broadcast on Nick Jr. in the UK in late 2002, before airing on CiTV on 6th January-10th February 2003. Middle Engine was repeated on 28th February 2003 alongside the final episode of Ripley and Scuff.
  • On masters of episodes that feature the Gullane endboard, Britt Allcroft is credited as executive producer alongside Peter Urie. On masters that end with either the Nick Jr. UK or HiT Entertainment endboard, Britt Allcroft is not mentioned in the end credits at all.
  • Originally, the small scale narrow gauge models were set to appear but were replaced by the larger scale versions.
  • In the European Portuguese, Romanian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Serbian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Korean DVDs, Chinese Mandarin, Taiwanese Mandarin and Cantonese dubs, credited Michael Angelis as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed their respective languages.
  • In the Spanish and French dubs, credited Alec Baldwin as the narrator, even though they were re-dubbed their respective languages.
  • In the Vietnamese dub, Michael Angelis' dub can be heard in the background as a dubbing track was not used.
  • This is the only series of several things:
    • The only model series to have more than one director.
    • The only series in which Thomas does not speak in the premiere (not counting Jack and the Sodor Construction Company).
    • The only series until the twelfth series in which Max appears without Monty.
    • The only series until the thirteenth series to contain episodes that have three English narrators.
    • The only series in which Donald, Douglas and Duncan do not have Scottish accents in the US dub. However, in Michael Brandon' re-dub of James and the Red Balloon, he gives Donald and Douglas Scottish accents.
    • David Mitton's only main series as model consultant.
    • The only series to have Jonathan Trueman, Phil Fehrle and Ross Hastings as part of the writing team (not counting Jack and the Sodor Construction Company).
    • The only time Simon Nicholson wrote episodes for the series until the tenth series.
    • The only series not to feature Thomas' scared face after its return in Thomas and the Magic Railroad.
    • The only series in which Harold's sad face is slightly combined with his happy one.
    • The only series in the Classic Series to not feature Wellsworth.
    • The only series until the twenty-fourth series in which Oliver does not speak or appear with Toad.
    • The only series in the Classic Series to have special intro.
    • The only series in the Classic Series to not feature the scene of Thomas passing the windmill from Thomas and Bertie in the intro. Instead, a deleted scene from Thomas and Percy's Christmas Adventure, as well as a scene from Percy's Promise are used.
  • Leah Charles King and Michael Underwood introduced the series on CiTV in 2003.



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