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

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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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