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"You said you would bring the best present of all. Now, Mr. Percival has no presents at all and we're all late!"
— Sir Handel
The Man in the Hills

Steve Asquith


Simon Spencer


Sharon Miller


Michael Angelis
Michael Brandon
Pierce Brosnan
(original cut)

Air date

September 22nd,
2008 (UK)
November 19th,
2008 (AUS)
November 29th,
2008 (US)

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The Man in the Hills is the sixteenth episode of the twelfth season.


Thomas arrives at the Wharf with a birthday tent for Mr. Percival's birthday party. Sir Handel tells Thomas about the "Man in the Hills", a tall white man who has never been seen before. Thomas decides to find the "Man in the Hills", but ignores Freddie and Rheneas' advice to help. Thomas takes the dairy manager and the miller to the wharf, but discovers that neither are the "Man in the Hills". Worse still, the dairy manager and the miller still have to make the food for the party. Quickly, Thomas tells Skarloey and Rheneas to take the birthday tent whilst he takes the miller and the dairy manager back to their workplaces. On his way back with the food, Thomas takes a short-cut and, at Green Hills Junction, discovers a chalk figure in the hillside - the Man in the Hills. Thomas tells Freddie to gather Mr. Percival and the engines together and bring them to see the Man in the Hills.




  • The "Man in the Hills" is based upon the Long Man of Wilmington, which is on a steep hillside north west of Eastbourne, East Sussex in Southern England.
  • Going by production order, this is the eleventh episode of the twelfth season.
  • This episode marks the last of a few things:


  • Thomas lacks a crew when the dairy man and the miller climb into his cab and in the shot of the cake inside his cab.


In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
German Der Mann in den Bergen The Man in the Mountains
French L'homme de la colline The Man on the Hill
Italian L'uomo delle Colline The Man of the Hills
Indonesian Pria di Bukit Men on the Hill

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