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

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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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