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

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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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