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

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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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