Thomas & Friends "Series 12" (partially found Pierce Brosnan narrations of British children's animated series; 2008)

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Season 12 DVD cover.

Status: Partially Found

In 2007, it was announced that actor Pierce Brosnan of James Bond fame would be taking over as narrator for Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, starting with the "The Great Discovery" special[1]. The original deal stated that Pierce was to narrate three seasons of the show and 3 DVD-exclusive specials. [2] Although Brosnan narrated the special as planned, when season 12 premiered in 2008, the series was still narrated by Michael Angelis in the UK and Michael Brandon in the US. The reasons why Brosnan did not continue aren't fully clear, though it is often falsely rumoured that he left due to his disapproval of the twelfth season's incorporation of CGI.

Evidence has shown that Brosnan has indeed recorded dialogue for the narration. In the behind-the-scenes featurette on "The Great Discovery" DVD, Brosnan can be heard recording dialogue for the episodes "Thomas Puts the Brakes On" and "Best Friends".

In 2011, a 38-second audio clip surfaced of Pierce Brosnan's narration of "Gordon Takes a Shortcut". This audio originated from animation director Dino Athanassiou's website.[3] So far, nothing official has been released of the narrations.

Episode List

# Episode Status Notes
1 Thomas and the Billboard Lost
2 Steady Eddie Lost
3 Rosie's Funfair Special/Rosie's Carnival Special Lost
4 Mountain Marvel Lost
5 Henry Gets it Wrong Lost
6 Heave Ho Thomas Lost
7 Toby's Special Surprise Lost
8 Excellent Emily Lost
9 The Party Surprise Lost
10 Saved You Lost
11 Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon Lost
12 James Works it Out Lost
13 Tram Trouble Lost
14 Don't Go Back Lost
15 Gordon Takes a Shortcut Partially Found Clip featured on a director's website.
16 The Man in the Hills Lost
17 Thomas Puts the Brakes on Partially Found Audio Recordings featured on a behind-the-scenes video of The Great Discovery.
18 Percy and the Bandstand Lost
19 Push me Pull You Lost
20 Best Friends Partially Found Audio Recordings featured on a behind-the-scenes video of The Great Discovery.


Sample of Brosnan's narration for "Gordon Takes a Shortcut".

"Behind the Scenes with Pierce Brosnan" featurette featuring audio from "Thomas Puts the Brakes On" and "Best Friends".

See Also

Thomas & Friends

Thomas the Tank Engine