Michael Angelis was the UK narrator of "Thomas the Tank Engine" from seasons 3 to 16. He also narrated 4 seventh season episodes and 2 sixth season episodes for the American "New Friends for Thomas" video release. He was originally hired to provide the voices of James and Percy in Thomas and the Magic Railroad, but he was replaced because the test audiance said he made the characters sound old. He retired from narrating in season 17 being replaced by Mark Moganhan.