Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends is a British children's television series, first broadcast on ABC-TV in 1987. It is based on The Railway Series of books by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry and his son Christopher Awdry. These books deal with the adventures of a group of anthropomorphised trains and road vehicles who live on the fictional Island of Sodor. The books were based on stories Awdry told to entertain his son Christopher during his recovery from measles. Many of the stories are based on events from Awdry's personal experiences.


In 1979, the Reverend Awdry was interviewed for a feature on steam trains. The producer, Britt Allcroft, had read some of the books before the interview. She had became fascinated with the characters and after getting funding from her local bank, acquired the series so she could adapt it for television. Allcroft rounded up a production crew, which included model director David Mitton, narrator Ringo Starr, and composers Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell. The first season premiered in 1987 and, after its success, was followed by a second season in 1988.

Transmission GuideEdit

  • Series One: 6 April - 28 December 1987
  • Series Two: 18 April - 26 December 1988
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