Thomas The Tank Engine To Include Multicultural Characters

By September 02, 2018
Thomas The Tank Engine To Include Multicultural Characters BBC

The new series of Thomas the Tank Engine will introduce a range of characters from around the world. He will meet other trains including Ashima from India, Yong Bao from China and Shane from Australia.

Thomas will also be leaving his hometown of Sodar, to travel around the world for the first time, where he will discover new countries and cultures and meet new trains.

All time favourites Percy, Gordon, James and Emily will be joined by additions Nia and Rebecca, along with Thomas.

Other new female characters, described by show bosses as ‘strong girl characters’, include Isla, an Australian flying doctor plane, Noor Jehan, a royal express engine from India, Hong-Mei, a number one blue tank engine from China, and female railway controller Charubala, from India.

A new theme tune for the show will also be introduced, a faster-paced format, increased humour and music, fantasy elements and dream sequences. Thomas will also talk directly to the audience to narrate it himself.

Ian McCue, the senior producer at Thomas And Friends, said: ‘The show has undergone an evolution to remain relevant for the next generation of parents and children by opening up the world of Thomas And Friends so children can discover the world around them while being entertained.

‘The changes and new additions of characters and geographies will make the show more entertaining, inclusive and global - whilst ensuring all the favourite characters and storylines that fans around the world love remain at the heart of the action.’

Thomas the Tank Engine was created more than 70 years ago by Reverend Wilbert Awdry as part of his Railway Series of books, which have become a global brand including TV programmes, films, toys and live attractions.

"Thomas The Tank Engine Travels The World! Beloved Locomotive Broadens His Horizons", Daily Mail Australia, 1 September 2018.