Masterpiece Episodes

1971, TV Show

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