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