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The eighth season of Thomas & Friends was the first season produced by HiT Entertainment and the first season of the New Series narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US. It first premiered on DVD and VHS in May 2004 before airing on television in August 2004 in the UK. It was also broadcast in September 2004 in the US.

Episodes

Screenshot Title Written by Original UK
release date
Episode number #
ThomasandtheTuba13 Thomas and the Tuba Dave Ingham 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)
1 August 2004
#01
Thomas is so excited to collect the brass band that he leaves the tuba player behind.
Percy'sNewWhistle34 Percy's New Whistle James Mason 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)
1 August 2004
#02
Percy blasts his whistle louder and louder, not realising he's causing trouble for Thomas and Bertie.
ThomastotheRescue60 Thomas to the Rescue Abi Grant
Paul Larson
24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)
8 August 2004
#03
Diesel gives Thomas a hard time at the quarry.
HenryAndTheWishingTree19 Henry and the Wishing Tree Abi Grant
Paul Larson
24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)
8 August 2004
#04
Henry wishes that he could pull the express, but he soon learns to be careful what you wish for.
JamesGetsANewCoat8 James Gets a New Coat Abi Grant 15 August 2004 #05
After James gets repainted, he is too busy showing off to help Percy at the coaling plant.
ThomasSavesTheDay75 Thomas Saves the Day James Mason 15 August 2004 #06
Thomas tries to tackle a dangerous bend without Annie and Clarabel's assistance.
Percy'sBigMistake70 Percy's Big Mistake Abi Grant 22 August 2004 #07
Percy is frightened he will be sent to the scrapyards.
Thomas,EmilyandtheSnowplough55 Thomas, Emily and the Snowplough Abi Grant 22 August 2004 #08
Thomas ignores Emily's advice to put on his snowplough.
Don'tTellThomas79 Don't Tell Thomas Paul Larson 29 August 2004 #09
Thomas feels underappreciated for clearing the lines of snow, not realising the engines are organising a party for him.
Emily'sNewRoute76 Emily's New Route James Mason 29 August 2004 #10
Emily is scared of a monster in Black Loch.
ThomasandtheFireworkDisplay80 Thomas and the Firework Display Abi Grant
Paul Larson
24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)
5 September 2004
#11
Thomas is upset that James gets the task of delivering fireworks instead of him.
GordonTakesCharge29 Gordon Takes Charge Paul Larson 5 September 2004 #12
Percy is taking passengers for the first time in a long time, so Gordon teaches him how to treat coaches.
SpicAndSpan79 Spic and Span Marc Seal 12 September 2004 #13
Thomas and Percy try to beat the big engines in a cleanliness competition.
EdwardtheGreat24 Edward the Great Abi Grant 12 September 2004 #14
Edward races Spencer to The Duke and Duchess of Boxford's Summer House.
SqueakRattleAndRoll27 Squeak, Rattle and Roll Marc Seal 24 May 2004 (VHS/DVD)
19 September 2004
#15
Gordon tries to go slowly so his squeaking and rattling won't be heard.
ThomasAndTheCircus93 Thomas and the Circus Abi Grant 19 September 2004 #16
Thomas is told to take the circus train and to share the load due to its weight. Thomas wants all the glory, so he tries to pull the circus train all by himself.
ThomasGetsItRight60 Thomas Gets it Right Robin Rigby 26 September 2004 #17
Thomas wants to make multiple journeys but is disappointed when he has to deliver eggs for Farmer McColl.
AsGoodasGordon73 As Good as Gordon Abi Grant 26 September 2004 #18
Emily gets a chance to pull the express and tries to do as good of a job as Gordon.
Fish(Season8)21 Fish Paul Larson 3 October 2004 #19
Thomas is sent to help Arthur on the coastal branch and is told to take only five trucks at a time, but Thomas wants to get the job over and done with.
Emily'sAdventure55 Emily's Adventure Paul Larson 3 October 2004 #20
Emily learns to use her manners whilst collecting timber for repairing Farmer McColl's barn roof.
Halloween4 Halloween Dave Ingham 10 October 2004 #21
Emily accidentally scares herself as well as Thomas, 'Arry, and Bert.
YouCanDoItToby57 You Can Do it, Toby! Paul Larson 10 October 2004 #22
Toby has to look after Wellsworth while Edward is at Brendam, but is nervous about being Gordon's banker.
JamesGoesTooFar53 James Goes Too Far James Mason 17 October 2004 #23
James refuses to help his friends when given an important job.
ChickensToSchool59 Chickens to School Paul Larson 17 October 2004 #24
Lack of sleep gets the better of Thomas as he mixes up his jobs.
TooHotForThomas48 Too Hot for Thomas Paul Larson 18 October 2004 (VHS/DVD)
24 October 2004
#25
Thomas gets delayed continuously whilst delivering ice cream ingredients.
PercyandtheMagicCarpet34Percy and the Magic Carpet Abi Grant 18 October 2004 (VHS/DVD)
24 October 2004
#26
Percy is disappointed about delivering a carpet until Salty suggests it could be magic.

Songs

Characters

Characters Introduced

Half Hour Format

Season 8 was the first season to use a half hour format to air Thomas & Friends, airing in the UK on Nick Jr., PBS Kids in the US and Treehouse in Canada. In the airing, two Season 8 episodes, one Season 7 episodes, a few Learning Segments and a song is paired. In the Nick Jr. airings in the UK, Michael Angelis' narrations of Season 7 episodes are paired with Robert Hartshorne's music replacing Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell's music.

Sounds

Differences

Personality

  • James Gets a New Coat
  • Learning Segment: Guess the Engine - Percy
  • Song: Emily
  • Best Dressed Engine
  • Learning Segment: Being Blue
  • Thomas Saves the Day

Listening

Surprises

Responsibility

Determination

Sharing

Patience

Difficulties

Confidence

Helping

Weather

Trivia

  • This was the first season of several things:
  • This was also the last season of several things as well:
    • Abi Grant's second and last season as script editor.
    • The last season broadcast on CiTV in the UK, who would lose the license to Channel 5 in 2006.
    • The last season narrated by Leo Morimoto in Japan, as well as the last season to feature the original Japanese voice cast.
    • The last season to use stock footage from the Classic Series.
  • This was also the only season of several things as well:
    • Paul Larson's only season as script editor.
    • The only season Dave Ingham and Robin Rigby were apart of the writing team (not counting Rigby's canceled Jack and the Sodor Construction Company episodes).
    • The only season to use an extended version of the theme for the end credits.
    • The only season to not have any narrow gauge engines since their introduction in Season 4.
  • This season contained the 200th episode of the television series which was As Good as Gordon.
  • Original show composers Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell started to write themes for this season before they realised that their contract for the show wouldn’t get renewed.
  • When broadcast on CiTV from 2005-2006, the episodes were shown with a different theme arrangement and lacked the Engine Rollcall before the credits.
  • Due to seasons 5-7 never being shown in Finland, the viewers who live there would not have known who Emily, Harvey, Arthur, Spencer, 'Arry and Bert, Salty, Elizabeth, Cranky, Farmer McColl, Murdoch and Allicia Botti are.
  • A deleted scene from Squeak, Rattle and Roll suggests that Thomas would have appeared in the episode. Had he actually appeared, this would have been the first season where Thomas appears in every episode instead of the ninth. Regardless of whether he would have spoken in the episode or not, the thirteenth season would still be the first season where Thomas speaks in every episode.