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

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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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