Masterpiece Episodes

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Masterpiece Episode: "The Railway Children"

Season 30, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: A charming adaptation of "The Railway Children," Edith Nesbit's 1906 children's novel about three spunky youngsters who are suddenly impoverished when their father (Michael Kitchen) mysteriously leaves their comfortable London home. Their mother (Jenny Agutter) takes the trio (Jack Blumenau, Clare Thomas and Jemima Rooper) to a ramshackle country house near a railway station. There, they fend for themselves and make many friends.
Original Air Date: Nov 12, 2000
Guest Cast Valerie Minifie: Cook Geoffrey Beevers: District Superintendent Ian Gain: Bargee Vicky Ogden: Post Office Woman Clare Thomas: Phyllis Sophie Thompson: Mrs. Perks Michael Gunn: Engine Driver Jemima Rooper: Bobbie Georgie Glen: Aunt Emma JJ Feild: Jim Richard Lloyd: Draper Paul Trussell: Fireman Bobby Windebank: Bargee's Boy Clive Russell: Station Master Max Southworth: Son of Perks Jack Blumeau: Peter Veilbor Topic: Mr. Szczepansky Melanie Clark Pullen: Ruth Jenny Agutter: Mother Michael Larkin: Man with Cough Lee Turnbull: Draper's Boy Amanda Walker: Mrs. Ransome Richard Attenborough: Old Gentleman Gregor Fisher: Perks David Bamber: Dr. Forrest Michael Kitchen: Father Jane Wood: Mrs. Vinney

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: PBS's longest running (and most honored) dramatic series is an Anglophile's delight, featuring British adaptations of literary classics and original works. The first `Masterpiece' was `The First Churchills,' and since then it has won nine Peabodys and 29 Emmys (beginning with Susan Hampshire's Best Actress award for `Churchills'). Its many memorable productions include `Upstairs, Downstairs,' `I, Claudius,' 'The Jewel in the Crown,' `House of Cards,' `Poldark' and `Prime Suspect.'



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