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

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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