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

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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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