Thomas and Friends - Season 17

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The seventeenth season of the television series premiered in the UK on June 3rd, 2013. In the US, the season started airing on October 7th. This season was the first of a new writing style for the series and ran for twenty-six episodes.


  1. Kevin's Cranky Friend
  2. Scruff's Makeover
  3. Wayward Winston
  4. Gordon Runs Dry
  5. Calm Down Caitlin
  6. Steamie Stafford
  7. Henry's Hero
  8. Luke's New Friend
  9. The Switch
  10. Not Now, Charlie!
  11. The Lost Puff
  12. The Thomas Way
  13. The Phantom Express
  14. Percy's Lucky Day
  15. Bill or Ben?
  16. Too Many Fire Engines
  17. No Snow for Thomas
  18. Santa's Little Engine
  19. The Missing Christmas Decorations
  20. The Frozen Turntable
  21. Away From the Sea
  22. Gone Fishing
  23. The Afternoon Tea Express
  24. The Smelly Kipper
  25. No More Mr. Nice Engine
  26. Thomas' Shortcut


  • Thomas
  • Edward
  • Henry
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Percy
  • Toby
  • Duck
  • Bill and Ben
  • Harvey
  • Emily
  • Spencer
  • Whiff
  • Hiro
  • Charlie
  • Scruff
  • Belle
  • Stephen
  • Connor
  • Caitlin
  • Diesel
  • Mavis
  • Diesel 10
  • Salty
  • Den
  • Dart
  • Norman
  • Paxton
  • Sidney
  • Skarloey
  • Rheneas
  • Sir Handel
  • Peter Sam
  • Victor
  • Luke
  • Millie
  • Rusty
  • Flynn
  • Stafford
  • Winston
  • Annie and Clarabel
  • Rocky
  • Bertie
  • Harold
  • Cranky
  • Butch
  • Kevin
  • Merrick
  • Owen
  • Sir Topham Hatt
  • Lady Hatt
  • Farmer McColl
  • The Duchess of Boxford
  • Sir Robert Norramby
  • A Zoo Keeper
  • Some Children
  • Workmen
  • The Duke of Boxford (does not speak)
  • Rosie (cameo)
  • Henrietta (cameo)
  • Stephen Hatt (cameo)
  • Bridget Hatt (cameo)
  • The Bird Watcher (cameo)
  • Dowager Hatt's Friends (cameo)
  • The Knapford stationmaster (cameo)
  • Mr. Percival (mentioned)
  • Cora (learning segment)
  • Bash (learning segment)
  • Daisy (mentioned in a learning segment)

Characters Introduced

  • Porter


UK and AUS

  • Mark Moraghan as the narrator
  • Ben Small as Thomas, Toby, Rheneas, Flynn, the Troublesome Trucks and Owen
  • Keith Wickham as Edward, Henry, Gordon, James, Percy, Harvey, Whiff, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Salty, Den, Norman, Stafford, Bertie, Harold, Sir Topham Hatt, the Maron Station Speaker, the Wellsworth station worker, a Railway Inspector and a workman
  • Matt Wilkinson as Spencer, Charlie, Scruff, Diesel 10, Rusty, Winston, Rocky, Cranky, Butch, Kevin, Merrick, Farmer McColl, the Dock Manager, and the Zoo Keeper
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Porter, Peter Sam, Dart, Paxton, and a Railway inspector
  • Teresa Gallagher as Emily, Belle, Mavis, Annie, Clarabel, Lady Hatt and the children
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Kerry Shale as Diesel, some groaning passengers and the Zoo Keeper (Not Now, Charlie! only)
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • William Hope as a Railway Inspector
  • Michael Legge as Luke
  • Jonathan Broadbent as Bill and Ben
  • Bob Golding as Stephen and Sidney
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Rebecca O'Mara as Caitlin
  • Miranda Raison as Millie


  • Mark Moraghan as the narrator
  • Martin Sherman as Thomas, Percy and Diesel
  • Jules de Jongh as Emily, Lady Hatt and the children
  • Kerry Shale as Henry, Gordon, James, Scruff, Harold, Kevin, Sir Topham Hatt, some groaning passengers, the Zoo Keeper and a workman
  • Glenn Wrage as Spencer, Rocky and Cranky
  • Keith Wickham as Harvey, Skarloey, Sir Handel, Salty, Stafford, Den, Norman, Bertie, a Railway Inspector, and the Maron Station Speaker
  • Matt Wilkinson as Diesel 10, Rusty, Winston, and Merrick
  • Steven Kynman as Duck, Peter Sam, Dart, Paxton, Butch, and a Railway Inspector
  • William Hope as Edward, Toby, Whiff, Farmer McColl, the Wellsworth station worker, and a Railway Inspector
  • Ben Small as Charlie, Rheneas, Flynn, the Troublesome Trucks and Owen
  • David Bedella as Victor
  • Togo Igawa as Hiro
  • Teresa Gallagher as Belle, Mavis, Annie and Clarabel
  • Michael Legge as Luke
  • Jonathan Broadbent as Bill and Ben
  • Bob Golding as Stephen and Sidney
  • Mike Grady as Sir Robert Norramby
  • Jonathan Forbes as Connor
  • Rebecca O'Mara as Caitlin
  • Miranda Raison as Millie
  • David Menkin as Porter


  • From this season onward, the writers are credited on the episode title cards.
  • For the first several episodes of the season, PBS used an opening title from earlier seasons, with Michael Brandon listed as the narrator and Greg Tiernan listed as the director.
  • This is the last season where Henrietta does not have a face.
  • This season marked numerous milestones for the series, including:
    • Andrew Brenner's first season as head writer.
    • Mark Moraghan's first season as narrator.
    • The first season animated by Arc Productions.
    • The first season not to feature Misty Island, Bash, Dash, or Ferdinand since their introduction, excluding Bash's stock footage cameo in a Mr. Perkins segment.
    • The first season since the twelfth season in which Thomas does not appear in every episode.
    • The first season since the second season to have the same narrator for both the UK and US for the majority of the season.
    • The first season since the eleventh season to have 26 episodes.
    • The first season to be produced by a separate production team from that producing the season's special.
  • In the UK, this season was released in several stages across a two-year period, rather than being aired all together:
    • The season premiered on June 3rd, 2013 with a run of ten episodes.
    • Another week of new episodes aired from September 30th, 2013. One episode aired on November 5th and four more aired in December.
    • The final six episodes went straight to DVD in March 2014.
    • Four of the final six episodes aired on July 5th and 6th, 2014.
    • The final two episodes aired on November 21st, 2014.
  • In Norway, this season was shown on the website TV 2 Sumo before airing on television.
  • The final eleven episodes of this season were released in Australia and Japan before their UK debuts.

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