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Thomas and Friends (previously known as 'Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends) is a children's television series about the engines and other characters working on the railways of the Island of Sodor, and is based on The Railway Series of books written by Rev. W. Awdry.

This article lists and details episodes from the eighth season of this series, which was first broadcast in August 1, 2004 and last broadcast October 17, 2004. This season is narrated by Michael Angelis, although Michael Brandon narrates the episodes for American audiences.


A number of significant changes took place. Britt Allcroft was no longer involved with the product. The series was taken over by HIT Entertainment (the owners of Bob the Builder).

Beginning with this season, the episodes, originally 4 and a half minutes, were extended to 7 minutes.

The series was produced using digital video camera, which creates a somewhat different look for the show. The production took place in HIT Entertainment's subsidiary HOT Animation, but the show credits still listed Shepperton Studiosmarker as production studio.

Other changes include the additions of CGI sequences in mini-segments between episodes, transition effects, book opening intro section.

30-minute episode version

This is an episode format that includes 2 to 3 mini-episodes, with 3-episode version including a shorter episode in the middle. In addition, it also includes segments introducing elements of Sodor railways using stock footage or additional song, and CGI mini-segments.


# Total Title Writer(s) Original airdate TV order

Returning Characters


  1. How Thomas the Tank Engine Works

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