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The twenty-second season (going under the name Big World! Big Adventures!) of Thomas & Friends was released in 2018 on Milkshake! in the UK, Nick Jr. in the US, ABC Kids in Australia and TVNZ 2 in New Zealand.

ProductionEdit

Season 22 marks the first major "reboot" of the franchise since the show switched to full CGI in the thirteenth season. The episodes will keep their eleven minute-long runtime, but will now be broken into seven minute-long stories, with an additional four minutes reserved for a variety of segments like sing-along karaoke songs, music videos or Thomas talking directly with the audience about lessons learned during a particular episode. Among many other changes, Edward and Henry are demoted from the Steam Team and are replaced by new female characters Nia and Rebecca in order to address complaints from feminist groups over a lack of female members in the main cast. The narrator has been replaced with Thomas talking to the audience (however, Mark Moraghan has said that he will still work on the series).

Season 22 will be set after Big World! Big Adventures!. The season will be split into two halves; the first half will see Thomas travelling around the world and visiting India, Australia and China, while the second half will take place back on the Island of Sodor.

Episodes Edit

  1. Number One Engine
  2. Forever and Ever
  3. Confusion Without Delay
  4. Trusty Trunky
  5. What Rebecca Does
  6. Thomas Goes to Bollywood
  7. Thomas in the Wild
  8. Thomas and the Monkey Palace
  9. An Engine of Many Colours
  10. Outback Thomas
  11. School of Duck
  12. Tiger Trouble
  13. Seeing is Believing
  14. Apology Impossible
  15. The Water Wheel
  16. Samson and the Fireworks
  17. Runaway Truck
  18. Thomas' Animal Ark
  19. Cyclone Thomas
  20. Kangaroo Christmas
  21. The Case of the Puzzling Parts
  22. Thomas and the Dragon
  23. Rosie is Red
  24. Hunt the Truck
  25. Banjo and the Bushfire
  26. Counting on Nia

Characters Edit

Characters Introduced Edit

Cast Edit

UK AUS and NZ Edit

  • John Hasler as Thomas
  • Keith Wickham as Gordon, Edward, Henry, Harvey, Whiff, Salty, Skarloey, Sir Topham Hatt and Dowager Hatt
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Toby, Bradford and the Fat Tiger Hunter
  • Nigel Pilkington as Percy and Trevor
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Lady Hatt, The Duchess of Boxford, Madeleine and Madeleine's Mother
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca, Isla and The Teacher
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Porter, Dart, Paxton, and some Workmen
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill, Philip, and a Workman
  • Matt Wilkinson as Ben, Spencer, Stanley, Rocky, Cranky, Kevin and The Duke of Boxford
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Nikhil Parmar as Rajiv and The Indian Director
  • Shane Jacobson as Shane
  • Dan Li as Yong Bao
  • Hugh Bonneville as Merlin
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel, Cyril the Fogman and Headkeeper Jack
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Bob Golding as Sidney
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Tim Whitnall as Jerome and Reg
  • Lucy Montgomery as Hannah and Carly
  • Su-Lin Looi as The Chinese Diesel
  • Chipo Chung as Hong-Mei and the Chinese Women
  • Siu-see Hung as An An
  • Windson Liong as Yin-Long, The Male Chinese Breakdown Train, Lei, the Chinese Guard, and the Chinese Men
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan and Charubala
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar and The Indian Actor
  • Rose Robinson as Tamika
  • Mark Moraghan as Dexter
  • Genevieve McCarthy as Aubrey
  • Tim Bain as Aiden, Madeleine’s Father, and some Passengers
  • Ian McCue as the Thin Tiger Hunter
  • Tariro Mavondo as Ranger Jill
  • Charlie Barnard as a Child
  • Damon Denton-Snape as a Child
  • Mia Hope Gaywood as a Child
  • Jessica Hann as a Child
  • Holly Hazelton as a Child
  • Innis Robertson-Pinnell as a Child

US and CAN Edit

  • Joseph May as Thomas
  • Kerry Shale as Gordon, Henry, Diesel, Kevin, Cyril the Fogman and Headkeeper Jack
  • Rob Rackstraw as James, Stanley, Bradford and the Fat Tiger Hunter
  • Christopher Ragland as Percy and Trevor
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Lady Hatt and The Duchess of Boxford
  • Yvonne Grundy as Nia
  • Rachael Miller as Rebecca, Isla and The Teacher
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Dart, Paxton, and some Workmen
  • Rasmus Hardiker as Bill and Philip
  • Matt Wilkinson as Ben
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Salty, Skarloey, Sir Topham Hatt and Dowager Hatt
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer and Cranky
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Annie, Clarabel, Judy, Madeleine and Madeleine's Mother
  • Nicola Stapleton as Rosie
  • David Menkin as Porter
  • Olivia Colman as Marion
  • Robert Wilfort as Samson
  • Rufus Jones as Flying Scotsman
  • Tina Desai as Ashima
  • Nikhil Parmar as Rajiv and The Indian Director
  • Sheena Bhattessa as Noor Jehan and Charubala
  • Sanjeev Bhaskar as Shankar and The Indian Actor
  • Dan Li as Yong Bao
  • Hugh Bonneville as Merlin
  • Tracy-Ann Oberman as Daisy
  • Bob Golding as Sidney
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Maggie Ollerenshaw as Henrietta
  • Tim Whitnall as Jerome and Reg
  • Lucy Montgomery as Hannah and Carly
  • Su-Lin Looi as The Chinese Diesel
  • Chipo Chung as Hong-Mei and the Chinese Women
  • Siu-see Hung as An An
  • Windson Liong as Yin-Long, The Male Chinese Breakdown Train, Lei, the Chinese Guard, and the Chinese Men
  • Shane Jacobson as Shane
  • Rose Robinson as Tamika
  • Genevieve McCarthy as Aubrey
  • Tim Bain as Aiden and Madeleine’s Father
  • Ian McCue as the Thin Tiger Hunter
  • Tariro Mavondo as Ranger Jill
  • Mark Moraghan as Dexter
  • Charlie Barnard as a Child
  • Damon Denton-Snape as a Child
  • Mia Hope Gaywood as a Child
  • Jessica Hann as a Child
  • Holly Hazelton as a Child
  • Innis Robertson-Pinnell as a Child

Trivia Edit

  • This episode marks the first of a lot of things:
    • This is the first season since the twelfth season to have a 7-minute episode runtime. 5 minutes are dedicated to the story itself, and the remaining parts consist of musical numbers and learning segments. International episodes feature The Journey Never Ends, and the Sodor episodes feature Engine Roll Call (Season 22 version).
    • The first season since the twentieth season where Thomas appears in every episode.
    • The first season since the nineteenth season where Thomas' name is titled in an episode.
    • The first season since the twentieth season not to have any returning engines.
    • The first season to not have Edward, Henry and Toby as part of the main cast. However, despite this, Edward spoke in every episode he appeared in during this season, while Toby was retained in the new version of Engine Roll Call.
    • This is the first season to have more than one female member in the main cast, in this case three - Nia, Rebecca and Emily. This was done in response to criticism from feminists over the lack of female members in the main cast.
    • This is the first season to feature the Big World! Big Adventures! Steam Team lineup - Thomas, Gordon, James, Percy, Emily, Nia and Rebecca.
    • This is the first season to have the show titled as Thomas & Friends: Big World! Big Adventures!
    • This is the first season to have Thomas speaking from his perspective.
    • This is the first production since Calling All Engines! to have the Steam Team gain new members.
    • This is the first season to not have a narrator, though Mark Moraghan said he will still be involved in the show in another capacity, notably providing the voice of Dexter in this season.
    • The first season to have Tina Desai and Rufus Jones as part of the voice cast, after joining the series in The Great Race.
    • The first season to have Yvonne Grundy, Rachael Miller, Dan Li and Chipo Chung as part of the voice cast, after joining the series in Big World! Big Adventures!.
    • This is the first season to be completely animated by Jam Filled, as Arc Productions animated some episodes in Season 21.
    • The first season since they joined the voice cast in King of the Railway in where Rebecca O’Mara, Miranda Raison and Mike Grady do not voice any characters.
    • The first season since they joined the voice cast in the eighteenth season in where Joe Mills and Tom Stourton do not voice any characters.
    • The first season since the nineteenth season to have episodes written by Becky Overton.
    • The first season since the twentieth season to have episodes written by Andrew Brenner.
    • Nia, Ashima, Yong Bao, Shane, Rajiv, Merlin, The Chinese Diesel, The Chinese Breakdown Crane and The Grey Tender Engine's first appearances in an episode, along with Shane and Rajiv’s first speaking roles in the series.
    • The first time the Aquarium cars appeared in the CGI Series.
    • Bradford’s first appearance and speaking role since the twentieth season.
    • The first season where Stephen does not speak since his introduction in King of the Railway.
    • The first season where Duncan does not speak since his introduction in the fourth season.
    • The first season since the twentieth season where Luke does not speak since his introduction in Blue Mountain Mystery.
    • The first appearance of Cyril the Fogman since the twelfth season, and his first appearance in full CGI.
    • The first season where Dart appears without Den.
    • The first season in which Bertie does not appear.
    • The first season since returning in Misty Island Rescue in where Harold does not appear since his introduction in the second season.
    • The first season since returning in the twenty-first season where Bulgy does not appear since his introduction in the third season.
    • The first season in where Mike does not appear since their introductions in Sodor's Legend of the Lost Treasure.
    • The first season in where Glynn does not appear since his introduction in The Adventure Begins.
    • The first season in where Stafford does not appear since his introduction in the sixteenth season.
    • The first season in where Captain Joe does not speak since his introduction in the twentieth season.
    • The first season in where Norman does not appear since his introduction in Day of the Diesels.
    • The first season to have dreams in every episode.
    • The first season not to receive any DVD releases in the United States.
    • The first season to have episodes written by Michael White, and the first and only season to have episodes written by Tim Bain.
    • The first season since he joined the voice cast in Journey Beyond Sodor not to have Colin McFarlane voice any characters.
    • The first season to have India, China and Australia.
    • The first season to not have Sodor featured in all the episodes.
    • Shannon Nettleton’s first season as “Head of Production”
    • Andrew Defty’s first season as “Production Operations”
    • Holly Churches’ first season as “Post-Production Co-Ordinator”
  • This is also the last season of a few things:
    • The last season to have 26 episodes.
    • The last season to have episodes written by Lee Pressman.
    • The last season to have Micaela Winter as producer.
  • Shane Jacobson, Tim Bain, Genevieve McCarthy, Rose Robinson, Tariro Mavondo, Nikhil Parmar, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Sheena Bhattessa, Jass Patel, Siu-See Hung, Windson Liong, Charlie Barnard, Damon Denton-Snape, Mia Hope Gaywood, Jessica Hann, Holly Hazelton and Innis Robertson-Pinnell join the voice cast.
  • This season introduced a new sequence used at least once every episode, featuring an engine backing up to the selected rolling stock, and a closeup of their couplings being hooked followed by a closeup of their whistle being blown (horns for diesels and a bell if they have one) before the start of the main plot.
  • Despite being demoted from the Steam Team, Toby is still retained in the new version of Engine Roll Call, in order to keep the song’s 8 lines at a time.
  • The mist surrounding the frame in the fantasy sequences are very similar to classic cartoon thought bubbles. Depending on who's having the fantasy, it is white for steam engines (and rolling stock) and black for diesels.
  • Several episodes from this season aired in Australia before the UK. This was due to Samson and the Fireworks and the Christmas episodes (Thomas' Animal Ark, Hunt the Truck and Kangaroo Christmas) being held off until Bonfire Night and Christmas respectively. Kangaroo Christmas was also the only episode to not air in the first run of the season in Australia, as ABC Kids is also holding it back to air during Christmas programming.

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