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Friday, 31 May 2013

Mark Moraghan talks Thomas on BBC Radio Merseyside

New storyteller Mark Moraghan has talked candidly about his new role in Thomas & Friends on BBC Radio Merseyside.

Tweeting before his arrival, the actor and singer was interviewed by Simon Hoban near the end of Tony Snell in the Morning, where he spoke of his enthusiasm on joining the show.

I have pinched myself really, its a cracking job, I'm absolutley over the moon to be doing it and I've just had a ball really and I've been recording it now for... it'll be a year in June so its gone so quickly and I'm having a great time.

Mark also revealed his commitment to the show, securing him for future series to come; I think I've recorded about a 100... up to now. There's lots of new engines coming into the show aswell so... lots of great characters.

The Liverpudlian then went on to discuss how he wanted to approach his style of narration while also keeping the legacy alive.

You try and put your own stamp on it, but I think I've tried to keep an essence of what Ringo [Starr] and Michael [Angelis] did before me because I don't think people like too much change so I've tried to stay true to the show's roots.

Following in the footsteps of Michael and Ringo and people like Pierce Brosnan, Alec Baldwin... its big shoes to fill so its just an honour really.

As I say its a great legacy for my kids and my grandkids and... I hope to be doing it for a long time to come.

Mark later talked of how the TV series models would have been outdated in the modern age, his feelings towards the animation and the storylines that have moved with the times.


More info on Luke and Charlie episodes and characters

digiguide have added more synopsis for three upcoming new episodes due to be broadcast in the UK.

The schedulers have revealed more on the second week's Luke's New Friend, The Switch and Not Now, Charlie, with the first two apparent to be placed after the events of the summer film, King of the Railway.

The description for Luke's New Friend reads; Luke is the smallest narrow gauge engine on the island of Sodor. One day, up at the Blue Mountain Quarry, he finds a nervous and scared young deer.

Luke remembers when he first arrived and how he was nervous and scared. He wants to help the young deer so he tries to get the other engines to work quietly.

That is not an easy thing to do in a big noisy quarry and after one accident too many the other engines finally convince Luke that the best place for the deer is in the grounds of Ulfstead Castle.

The Switch meanwhile gives a role for Sir Robert Norramby, The Earl of Sodor; When Luke is sent to Ulfstead Castle to deliver stone, he meets Millie, the Earl's private narrow gauge engine.
The two engines compare jobs, boasting about how much they like their own work, so the Earl agrees to let them switch jobs for the day.

Ending the week is Not Now, Charlie, with Harold co-starring opposite Charlie; Charlie is a small purple engine who likes to tell jokes.


One day Charlie discovers an elephant on the line and tries to alert the other engines, but they all think he is joking. Finally, Charlie alerts the Sodor Search and Rescue Centre, where Harold takes him seriously.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013 with the episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Duck return role confirmed for 'Henry's Hero' episode

It has been confirmed that the returning character of Duck will appear in a new episode this June.

The Great Western engine is to play a role in Henry's Hero, the seventh story in Season Seventeen's UK run, opposite main characters Henry and Hiro, Freeview has revealed.

It is not known if Duck, last seen in Season Twelve, will appear in some of the episodes preceding his comeback.

The summary reads; Henry and Hiro are both very strong engines, but one day as they are working together they both start to billow dark smoke from their funnels.

Duck tells them that they must have taken on some of the bad coal that was delivered that morning.

Henry is worried that the bad coal will damage his firebox, while Hiro wants to keep on puffing and deliver their heavy load on his own. Will Hiro be able to manage without Henry's help?

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013 with the episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Exclusive: Channel 5 to celebrate new series UK launch

Channel 5 are to celebrate the return of Thomas & Friends on their milkshake! show, with a number of features planned.

June 3rd sees the launch of the brand new Season Seventeen narrated by Mark Moraghan. Each new series of Thomas since 2010 have been preceded by previews and the occasional visits from The Fat Controller in the studio.

Roll Along Thomas have been granted a response from milkshake!, as the team are to go a step further with the celebrations.

We have a number of exciting special features planned for this week. The Fat Controller will be visiting us and we will be showing footage from our visit to Drayton Manor as well as some new activities on the website.

We will also be launching the new series of Thomas and Friends and running a new competition. So be sure to tune in every day from 6:00 to 9:15am on the 3rd to the 7th June.

A one day's filming in Drayton Manor's Thomas Land occurred on May 16th with presenters Amy Thompson, Derek Moran, Kemi Majeks and Olivia Birchenough joining in on the fun.

The Fat Controller even broke out some dance moves on the day infront of Thomas who was residing at Knapford Station.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013 with the episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Take-n-Play Millie and 'King' Wooden Railways pictured

New images of King of the Railway merchandise have been unveiled by Peep Peep Thomas.

The Thomas retailer have not only added increased images of the new Take-n-Play engines, but have also given fans the first glimpse of Millie's model.

The die-cast model depicts the French engine in her short and stumpy state but presents her running boards in a bright yellow colour as opposed to the on-screen golden brown.

Elsewhere, the Wooden Railway models of the aforementioned, Connor, Caitlin and Stephen have also been presented in more detailed imagery.

The King of the Railway Take-n-Play and Wooden Railway models from Mattel hit UK and US toy shelves this Summer.


'Complete Series 14' UK DVD receives cover and details

The front cover aiding The Complete Series 14 UK DVD has been published online by The Hut.

The collection which features all 20 episodes from the Fourteenth Series, has continued the trend for more full season releases.

The cover stays with the redesigned format, first introduced on The Complete Series 12, only with some noticeable changes.

A cloudy sky replaces the selective coloured background while a generic CGI Thomas shot fills the bottom centre.

The description reads; Thomas and his friends return with all 20 episodes of Series 14, together on one DVD for the first time ever!

As well as adventures on Sodor, Thomas and his friends travel to Misty Island - a wild and wonderful place with secret hide outs, rickety tracks and the Shake Shake Bridge.

On his mission to be Really Useful, Thomas delivers a giraffe to the animal park, helps the children find a hat for their snowman and helps Victor cope with his busy schedule at the Sodor Steamworks.

The Complete Series 14 from Hit Entertainment hits UK DVD shelves on July 22nd 2013.


Thanks to Hawk01 for the alert.

Thomas, James and Percy DVDs join 'Best of Friends'

The Best of Friends DVD collection for the UK will use previous celebratory releases, it has been revealed.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that the King of the Railway DVD was on track for an early September release simultaneously with the new set.

With the title hinting at their inclusions, The Best of Thomas, The Best of James and The Best of Percy will indeed define the collection, The Hut has confirmed.

The Best of Thomas featured 20 episodes with Thomas from 1984 to 2010 to commemorate the birth of the character. Owing to successful sales, James and Percy's volumes both carried on the format in 2012.

Best of Friends from Hit Entertainment hits UK DVD shelves on September 2nd 2013.


Thanks to Hawk01 for the alert.

Friday, 24 May 2013

Second week of UK Season Seventeen episodes revealed

The second set of episodes from the new Season Seventeen for the UK have been detailed on digiguide.

The latest series directed by David Baas and animated by Arc Productions, is on course for broadcast on Channel 5 milkshake! on June 3rd.

Stafford stars in a previously seen episode while returnees Hiro, Charlie and Luke each gain their own, the latter serving in two installments.

Steamie Stafford
Stafford, the electric engine, asks Thomas to teach him to make a sound like a proper engine. But when is it useful to be quiet?
Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1.

Henry's Hero
Henry and Hiro take on some of the bad coal and start puffing black smoke. Will Hiro be able to deliver their loads when Henry goes back to the shed?
Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1.

Luke's New Friend
Up at the Blue Mountain Quarry, Luke finds a scared young deer, so he tries to get the other engines to work quietly. But that is not an easy thing to do.
Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1.

The Switch
When Luke is sent to Ulfstead Castle to deliver stone, he meets Millie, the Earl's private narrow gauge engine. They decide to switch jobs for the day.
Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1.

Not Now, Charlie
Charlie is a small purple engine who likes to tell jokes. One day Charlie discovers an elephant on the line and tries to alert the other engines.
Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013 with the episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

'King' and 'Best of Friends' set for UK DVD in September

The King of the Railway DVD will arrive in the UK in early September alongside a new boxset.

amazon.co.uk have revealed the first details for a compilation set called, Best of Friends which will run at a staggering 455 minutes in length.

While it is not currently known what DVDs will be encased, its title and run time however suggest that The Best of ThomasJames and Percy may feature.

Arriving simultaneously on the same day as the aforementioned is the much publicised King of the Railway: The Movie DVD.

With extras to be confirmed, a duration of 68 minutes will support the disc. Vue meanwhile are to run the film in their many cinemas on the weekend of August 23rd.

King of the Railway: The Movie and Best of Friends hit UK DVD shelves on September 2nd 2013.


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Thanks to SteamTeam for the alert.

'Calm Down Caitlin' screencap and new synopsis issued

A brief still from an episode of the Seventeenth Series has been released on the Thomas & Friends YouTube channel.

Appearing on a new Guess Who?, a screencap from Calm Down Caitlin is revealed at the end. It shows Caitlin gliding through a countryside at sunset.

A Charlie puzzle has also been released with Mark Moraghan's narration, who now replaces both Ben Small as Thomas and Michael Brandon for all future Guess Who's on both sides of the Atlantic.

The Thomas & Friends YouTube meanwhile have teased that more is to come saying; Come back every Thursday for the latest video!

Elsewhere, digiguide have published an extended synopsis for the episode; Caitlin, a big fast passenger engine from the mainland, is forced to stay the night when the Vicarstown Bridge is closed for repairs.

She is so excited that she keeps waking everyone up! But when the bridge is reopened in the morning, it is Caitlin who is the most tired of all!

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013 at 7:35am with the episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.


WATCH THE LATEST 'GUESS WHO?' PUZZLES ON YOUTUBE

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

SiF brings Series Four model to Battlefield Line Railway

SiF are to showcase one of the models as seen in the TV series to the general public this bank holiday weekend.

As part of their newly formed Star Tugs Trust company, a Lakerside III paddle steamer will be on display at the Battlefield Line Railway in Shackerstone, England, as part of Vintage Toy Train Weekend.

An ERTL Thomas & Friends display will appear alongside the model. It marks the Trust's first public venture since their acquisition of preserving the original models from TUGS, Thomas' sister series, for safe keeping.

Lakerside III served as background scenery in the Series Four episodes A Bad Day for Sir Handel, Rock 'n' Roll, Fish, Special Attraction and most notably in Peter Sam and the Refreshment Lady.

It served as the basis for the character of OJ in TUGS. Running for only 13 episodes in 1988, TUGS was directed by Thomas series veteran, David Mitton, who died five years ago on May 16th 2008, 20 years after TUGS was made.

Mike O'Donnell and Junior Campbell, two other veterans, composed the score for the show while Robert D. Cardona produced alongside Mitton.

Lakerside III appears at the Battlefield Line Railway on Saturday May 25th to Monday 27th in the UK.


'Kevin's Cranky Friend' to kick off new series in Britain

The first episode in the new Series Seventeen, due to hit British television screens next month, has been named.

Details of the series' world premiere in Britain emerged last week, with press releases and info on the first run of episodes published online.

An error on digiguide's database meant that effectively, the identity of the premiere episode failed to be recognised. Since then, Kevin's Cranky Friend has been named by Freeview to start off the season.

Scruff's Makeover, Wayward Winston, Gordon Runs Dry and Calm Down Caitlin follow to complete the first week of broadcast.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013 at 7:35am with the episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.

Thanks to The Colonel for the alert.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

'King of the Railway' UK cinema weekend date revealed

The date for King of the Railway's weekend at the UK's Vue cinemas has been revealed on facebook.

The confirmation came from the Thomas & Friends UK page in response to a fan's query about the film's cinematic arrival.

King of the Railway will screen across Vue cinemas from Friday 23rd August 2013. Hope to see you there! 

While times are yet to appear, the film's launch foresees a three day weekend. King's first indication of an appearance in August came to light at the tailing end of March.

King of the Railway: The Movie premieres in Vue cinemas nationwide across the UK on the weekend of August 23rd 2013 with its DVD to follow in September.


Thanks to lg77612 for the alert.

Friday, 17 May 2013

First week of UK's Season Seventeen episodes revealed

The first batch of episodes from the new Season Seventeen have been published on Freeview and digiguide.

The latest series is due to commence on the UK's Channel 5 milkshake! on June 3rd, with information by the press released earlier this month also confirming narrator Mark Moraghan's involvement in the show.

Four episodes, as seen on the Railway Mischief US DVD, take over the first few days while a brand new story concludes the premiere week.

Kevin's Cranky Friend
Cranky the crane is snowed under with trains and boats to load and unload. When the Fat Controller sees the carnage, he calls on Kevin to help Cranky. But Cranky is not too pleased to see him.
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Monday June 3rd 2013 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1 at 8:35am.

Scruff's Makeover
The Fat Controller decides it's time for Scruff to be repainted. But Scruff hates being washed, let alone repainted! How will he cope with a makeover?
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Tuesday June 4th 2013 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1 at 8:35am.

Wayward Winston
While keeping an eye on some track repairs, the Fat Controller forgets to put Winston's hand brake on and he rolls off on his own causing mayhem!
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Wednesday June 5th 2013 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1 at 8:35am.

Gordon Runs Dry
When he gets hit by a loose rock that Paxton is carrying back from the quarry, Gordon springs a leak. Will the express be able to keep to the timetable?
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Thursday June 6th 2013 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1 at 8:35am.

Calm Down Caitlin
When the Vicarstown Bridge is closed for repairs Caitlin, a big, fast passenger engine from the mainland, has to spend the night on Sodor.
Transmits on Channel 5 milkshake! on Friday June 7th 2013 at 7:35am. Also on Channel 5 HD and an hour later on Channel 5+1 at 8:35am.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013 at 7:35am with the episode, Kevin's Cranky Friend.

'King of the Railway' book enters Augmented Reality

A King of the Railway book due out in September will make use of several Augmented Reality apps.

Simply named after the upcoming special, the title has been given the advantage of interacting with smartphones and tablets.

By using an Apple device or an Android, a virtual reality of events is expanded to the viewer when directing such device on a particular spot. Instructions on how to are available in the book.

The description also tells more on the special; This is a wonderful companion to the new special film King of the Railway.

It features profiles on all the much-loved Thomas and Friends characters - plus all you need to know about the new faces in the new film - Stephen, Millie, Caitlin and Connor and the Earl of Sodor.

You can read up on the most exciting moments from King of the Railway - the arrival of the Earl of Sodor, the race between Gordon and Spencer, the runaway train and when Stephen comes off the track and ends up lost in the old mine.
There are also four amazing Augmented Reality sequences supported by a free app on iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android.

Drive Thomas around your room, help repair Stephen into a bright, new engine, who will win the race - Gordon or Spencer? And help Thomas load the cargo crates.

The King of the Railway Augmented Reality book from Carlton Kids hits UK book shelves on September 12th 2013.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

New series for June world premiere on UK's Channel 5

The Seventeenth Season has been confirmed to hit TV screens in the UK this June on Channel 5.

The hotly anticipated new series will have its world premiere on the milkshake! slot, with narrator Mark Moraghan's appointment now officially confirmed by the press.

Despite itv revealing the airdate first, Moraghan gave an extended interview with the Liverpool Echo on joining Thomas.

It is fantastic to be associated with such an iconic series and a great legacy for my children and grandchildren. I am very proud to be part of it.

Hit Entertainment's Head of Content and Production at Programme-Making, Michael Carrington talked of what appeals to Mark's narration.

The voices of the series are almost as iconic as the little engine himself and Mark's lyrical, understated storytelling complements the on-screen action beautifully.

Licensing.biz have also reported that there will be some focus on the new faces, Millie, Connor and Caitlin while the episodes will see the engines embark on escapades to ensure the smooth running [on] the tracks of Sodor.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends marks its world premiere on Channel 5 milkshake! in the UK on June 3rd 2013.


'Lift & Haul' mini-game app launched by Funny Garbage

Hit Entertainment have launched another Thomas & Friends app for all Apple's touch screen devices.

Lift & Haul by Funny Garbage is the latest to enter the App Store where a selection of six games are playable at easy and hard difficulty levels.

Keith Wickham resumes narration duties while an assortment of characters feature in the games with Thomas, James, Percy and Blue Mountain's Merrick, Owen and Luke all starring.

The description reads; Your kids will love learning about the daily lives of the engines, how they work together, and make new friends!

Each game focuses on the engines daily activities including lifting and hauling gravel, cutting and sorting stones, playing hide and seek, and readying themselves for another exciting day of work.

Easy and hard modes ensure that kids of every level will enjoy the fun. Help Merrick sort shapes and colors in Quarry Match! See how many shapes you can cut in Stone Shape Cutter!


Patch up James, Percy and Thomas when they bust a gasket in Boiler Spoiler! Service the engines at the depot in Load up, Wash Down!
Help Owen load gravel onto Thomas’ cars in Rock Drop! Find Luke the mystery engine in Hide and Peep!

Little engineers are guaranteed to enjoy hours of fun playing with Thomas & Friends while they test their reflexes, dexterity, and ability to match shapes and colors.

Interestingly is the origins of the games set on the Blue Mountain Quarry which made their first appearances on the Blue Mountain Mystery minisite.


Music from Robert Hartshorne and Sam Blewitt's sing-a-long songs assist the app.

Lift & Haul from Hit Entertainment and Funny Garbage is available to buy on the App Store on iTunes.


Wednesday, 15 May 2013

PBS makes Thomas weekdays for new season and date

PBS has announced that the new series of Thomas & Friends will begin airing in the US this October.

In a press release, the public broadcasting service also revealed details of the show's move from its weekend schedule to a new weekday slot after a surge in ratings.

In addition, the first TV airing of the King of the Railway special will be broadcast at some point in the capacity of Season Seventeen's run. @TrueBlueEngine simultaneously tweeted the news.

PBS' General Manager of Children's Programming, Lesli Rotenberg explained the move.

Thomas will join other PBS Kids favorites including Curious George, The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!, Dinosaur Train and Super Why! as part of our children’s programming lineup.

[Its] designed to use the power of media to help kids build key skills for success in school and in life.

Hit Entertainment's Group Director for American Broadcasts, Claudia Scott-Hansen shared a similar response.

The popularity of the Thomas & Friends series is at an all-time high, and we expect this move to continue the momentum of the brand.

The brand new seventeenth series of Thomas & Friends begins airing on PBS Kids on October 7th 2013.


Thanks to MrTrainfan1000 for the alert.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Second new series DVD and Stephen episode confirmed

Another new US DVD of Season Seventeen episodes is on the horizon for release into next year.

Following the success of Walmart's Railway Mischief, Spills & Thrills will be the next DVD to contain more stories from the latest series.

The reveal came from a listing for a forthcoming Step into Reading book called The Rocket Returns.

The book, due to hit US book shelves on January 7th 2014, confirms that Stephen will take centre stage in his own episode.

Thomas the Tank Engine's new friend Stephen used to be known as The Rocket! With Thomas' help, he will again!

Little boys ages 4 to 6 who love trains will dive in to this Step into Reading adventure based on an episode from the newest Thomas & Friends DVD release, Spills and Thrills!

Spills & Thrills is coming soon to US DVD from Lionsgate Entertainment.



Thanks to SteamTeam for the alert.

'King of the Railway' for world premiere in Australia

King of the Railway: The Movie will land in Australia for its world premiere this July.

The country, who will debut a Thomas & Friends movie once again, is to screen the feature in Hoyts cinemas.

The cinema chain have released a higher quality version of the first trailer in anticipation and a more detailed outline of the film's plot.
Thomas is over the moon when the Earl of Sodor chooses him and friends Percy and James to rebuild Ulfstead Castle.

During their latest adventure, the Steam Team meets Millie, a bubbly French engine, and Stephen, an older steam locomotive with fascinating stories to tell.

Meanwhile, Spencer and Gordon are stunned when they encounter two new engines, Connor and Caitlin, who are even faster than they are!

But disaster strikes when Stephen goes missing. Will Thomas find Stephen in time for the Grand Opening of Ulfstead Castle, and what is it that lies buried deep in the mine under the Castle…?

The UK is to screen the special in Vue cinemas in late August with the US and Germany following in September.

King of the Railway: The Movie marks its world premiere in Hoyts cinemas across Australia from July 20th.



Thanks to Thomas Stansfield for the alert.

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Poundland introduces classic Thomas 'Treat Size' DVDs

Poundland have re-introduced classic childrens TV series on DVD for a modern audience.

The UK's bargain merchant have brought back Angelina Ballerina, Pingu, Fireman Sam and Thomas & Friends for their Treat Size Introduces... range.

Each release contains select episodes from a brands' early series' with Walk Investments Ltd. providing distributions.

In a somewhat nod to the original VHS releases, six episodes have each been incorporated into Thomas in Trouble, Thomas & the Breakdown Train, Thomas & Bertie and Edward's Exploit.

While the bbfc confirmed the content for two of the discs in April, four more are reportedly in the works with Thomas, Percy and the Coal, The Runaway, Thomas Comes to Breakfast and Edward and Gordon all identified.

Treat Size Introduces... Thomas & Friends from Walk Investments Ltd. are available to buy on DVD in Poundland stores across the UK for £1 each.

2014 Annual and Amazing ABC UK books for Autumn

Egmont are to release the Thomas & Friends 2014 Annual for the UK this Autumn.

Containing another set of stories, activities and character profiles, Thomas and Flynn dominate the front cover with James, Percy, Edward and Henry substituting.

More King of the Railway stuff is teased for the annual as a custom made emblem is displayed on the cover.

The summary reads; The Thomas & Friends Annual is packed full of exciting stories and fun activities about Thomas and his many friends!

Fans of Thomas can read factfiles and stories about their favourite engines, complete fun puzzles and activities and meet some brand new friends too!

On an educational front is Amazing ABC where familiar faces and locations are guided in an A to Z style of reading as its description mentions.

Join Thomas and friends on an ABC journey around the Island of Sodor! Children will love going from A to Z naming engines and sights from the world-famous railway.

With lots of flaps to open, a wheel to turn and even a telephone to dial, there's plenty to help Really Useful kids learn their ABC!

2014 Annual and Amazing ABC from Egmont hit UK book shelves on August 5th and September 2nd 2013.

PRE-ORDER THE NEW BOOKS ON AMAZON.CO.UK

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thomas culled from Netflix service in "Streamageddon"

Thomas & Friends has been named one of the casualties affected by Netflix's recent cutbacks on their service.

The cull occurred on May 1st when the payable on-demand platform removed up to 1,800 TV and film titles in a move branded Streamageddon.

Alongside the James Bond films, South Park and other properties, over 40 titles from the Thomas & Friends range are no longer available for streaming in the US, according to Nik Stanoscheck's Steamies Vs. Diesels blog.

In a statement, Netflix explained their reasoning; The vast majority of the titles that expire on Wednesday are older features that were aggregated by Epix.

We recently added many great, more recent titles such as ParaNorman, Hunger Games, Safe and Bachelorette. We will also add Mission Impossible 2 among many other titles.

Netflix is a dynamic service. We constantly update TV shows and movies that are available to our members. We will add more than 500 titles on May 1st, but we also have titles expiring, this ebb and flow happens all the time.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Johnny Morris' Railway Series stints enter digital age

More of The Railway Series audios have been added to amazon and iTunes as digital downloads.

From the Johnny Morris era, the full recordings for the books The Three Railway Engines, Thomas the Tank Engine and James the Red Engines can now be purchased in mp3 format.

Once again, The Lost Noises Office have remastered each of the new additions. The Sad Story of Henry and Edward, Gordon and Henry were previously made available in the summer of 2012.

Willie Rushton succeeded Morris as narrator before Ted Robbins took over the mantle in the 90s.


Johnny Morris' Railway Series narrations by The Lost Noises Office are each available to buy on amazon and iTunes.

PURCHASE THE JOHNNY MORRIS RAILWAY SERIES RECORDINGS ON iTUNES

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Thanks to Hawk01 for the alert.

Australia 'Rescue on the Rails' DVD for June release

Rescue on the Rails will come to Australia for a summer DVD release, EZYDVD has confirmed.

The Season Fifteen title has already been made available for the US since 2011 and the UK since 2012.

While it is thought to contain the same four episodes of Fiery FlynnJames to the RescueEdward the Hero and Stop That Bus!, an established treatment may see an extra two episodes filling the bill.

The description reads; Ready to Rescue! The Sodor Search and Rescue Team is racing to the rescue - Bertie's stuck on Shake Shake Bridge, Gordon s derailed, and Thomas firebox is on fire!

In these exciting episodes, your favourite engines brave the rails to rescue their friends.


Discover that being heroic is more than having speed and strength; its about teamwork and a big heart which puts every Really Useful Engine on the right track.

Rescue on the Rails from ABC for Kids hits Australian DVD shelves on June 19th 2013.

Thanks to Thomas Stansfield for the alert.