Masterpiece Episodes

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

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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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