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“The children and the engines all listened to the famous storyteller tell them the story of her wonderful adventures with Thomas and his friends on the magical Island of Sodor.”
―The narrator

Thomas and the Storyteller is the first episode of the eleventh series.


A famous storyteller is coming to the island to open a new library. Thomas is chosen to show her around Sodor to give her inspiration for a story she will read at the opening. Thomas collects her from Brendam and decides to take her to Pirate's Cove, but sees James with a broken coupling and pulls him and his train to Maithwaite.

Thomas decides to take the storyteller to the ruined castle instead, but meets Emily, who has broken her whistle while taking some flour to the bakery and it is not safe to work without one. Thomas pulls Emily to the bakery and tells the storyteller that he will take her to Misty Valley so she can make a story about magic. But then, he sees Percy stranded in an overflowing river and Thomas pushes him out. Unfortunately, it is time for the opening and Thomas only manages to get there with seconds to spare. Luckily, the storyteller has an idea for a story: Thomas' adventures from the day.




  • This is Christopher Skala's first episode as executive producer.
  • This is the first episode filmed in 1080i high definition.
  • This could have been inspired by Thomas Helps Out.
  • Going by production order, this is the ninth episode of the eleventh series.
  • In some close-up shots of Thomas, the famous storyteller's large scale model has been digitally added onto his cab.
  • A transition was used when Thomas switched tracks to help James.
  • At one point, the storyteller is seen holding a miniature page of a Thomas script.
  • The scene where Percy was stranded in the river after his fire in his firebox was being washed out is similar to the third season episode Percy's Promise.


  • Thomas pushes Percy out of the water, but he later states that he pulled Percy out. Also, the roof of Thomas' cab wobbled when he was pushing Percy.
  • James, Emily, and Percy are at the grand opening, but since they broke down, they should be getting repaired.
  • In a close-up of Thomas, his lamp irons are crooked.
  • When Thomas leaves the docks, his chuffing noise is heard before he starts moving.

In Other Languages

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Language Title
Chinese 托马斯和故事家
Czech Tomáš a Paní Spisovatelka
Danish Thomas og Historiefortælleren
Dutch Thomas en de Verhalen Verteller
Finnish Thomas ja Tekijä
German Thomas und die Geschichtenerzählerin
Hungarian Thomas és a Mesemondó
Japanese トーマスとしょうせつか
Korean 이야기를 들려주세요
Norwegian Thomas og Historiefortelleren
Polish Tomek i Gawędziarka
Portuguese Thomas e a Contadora de Histórias
Romanian Thomas și Povestitoarea
Russian Томас и рассказчица
Slovak Thomas a Pani Spisovateľka
Spanish Thomas y La Cuentacuentos
Swedish Thomas och Sagoberättaren
Thai เรื่องเล่าของหัวรถจักรคันพิเศษ

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