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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 Georgie Glen: Aunt Emma Richard Attenborough: Old Gentleman Jenny Agutter: Mother Valerie Minifie: Cook Clive Russell: Station Master Vicky Ogden: Post Office Woman Jemima Rooper: Bobbie Lee Turnbull: Draper's Boy Gregor Fisher: Perks Michael Larkin: Man with Cough Jack Blumeau: Peter JJ Feild: Jim Michael Kitchen: Father Richard Lloyd: Draper Ian Gain: Bargee Max Southworth: Son of Perks Paul Trussell: Fireman Amanda Walker: Mrs. Ransome David Bamber: Dr. Forrest Geoffrey Beevers: District Superintendent Clare Thomas: Phyllis Sophie Thompson: Mrs. Perks Veilbor Topic: Mr. Szczepansky Bobby Windebank: Bargee's Boy Melanie Clark Pullen: Ruth Michael Gunn: Engine Driver 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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