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

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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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