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