Thomas and Friends

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Thomas & Friends
Format Children's television series
Created by Wilbert Awdry
Britt Allcroft
Robert D. Cardona (1984-1986)
David Mitton (1984-2003)
Simon Spencer (2004-present)
Steve Asquith (2004-present)
Starring Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends
Narrated by Ringo Starr (1984–1986) (UK and U.S. series)
Michael Angelis (1991–2012) (UK and U.S. series)
George Carlin (1991–1995) (U.S. series)
Alec Baldwin (1998–2002) (U.S. series)
Michael Brandon (2003–2012) (U.S. series)
Pierce Brosnan (2008) (UK and U.S. series; guest narrator)
Composer(s) Junior Campbell & Mike O'Donnell (1984–2003)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
No. of episodes 302
Production
Running time four and a half minutes (season 1-7) seven minutes (season 8-12)
Broadcast
Original channel

United Kingdom ITV (1984-1992) CITV (2002-2004), Cartoon Network (1994-2001), Nick Jr. (1999-present), Noggin (2000), Milkshake! (2004-present), Five (2004-2011) and Channel 5 (2011-present)
United States PBS (1989-1993), PTV (1993-1996), PBS Kids (2004-present), PBS Kids Sprout (2005-present) and Nickelodeon (1998-present)
Australia ABC, Nick Jr. Australia
Japan NHK
Brazil Rede Manchete,
Canada TVO, BBC Kids, Treehouse TV
Germany Super RTL
Italy Rai Due, Rai Tre
Malaysia RTM2, Astro Ceria
Mexico Azteca 7, Azteca 13, Proyecto 40 Discovery Kids
Netherlands Nick Jr.
New Zealand TV3
Norway NRK 1
Philippines 3ABN
Russia Telenyanya (First Channel Worldnet)
Poland TV4, MiniMini
Spain Cadena Tres

Denmark TV2
Original run September 4, 1984Present

Thomas & Friends (it used to be Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a British children's television series. It was first broadcast on Anglia Television in September of 1984. It is based on The Railway Series books by the Rev. W. Awdry and his son, Christopher. The main character is Thomas the Tank Engine, a tank engine that is painted blue. The show takes place on the made-up island of Sodor. There are two main railways there. One of them is run by Sir Topham Hat. The other one is a different size. Thomas runs on the main one (the one that is run by Sir Topham Hat).

Characters[change | change source]

The show is mainly about the machines and people who populate the fictional Island of Sodor. Since 2004, the show has had eight main characters:

Supporting characters are described in detail on other pages:

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