Masterpiece Classic: Season 30, Episode 5

The Railway Children (12 Nov. 2000)
"Masterpiece Theatre" The Railway Children (original title)

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Dramatisation of E Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change Dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Blumenau ...
Peter
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Phyllis
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Mother
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Father
Valerie Minifie ...
Cook
Melanie Clark Pullen ...
Ruth
Georgie Glen ...
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Mrs. Ransome
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Jane Wood ...
Ian Gain ...
Bargee
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Dramatisation of E Nesbit's classic novel about three children whose lives change Dramatically after they move to a Yorkshire cottage near a railway line.

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Jenny Agutter, who plays Mother, played eldest daughter Roberta 30 years earlier in The Railway Children (1970). See more »

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In the scene where the children are on the canal bridge they watch a horse drawn canal boat pass under the bridge, the boat however is a motor boat and not an unpowered boat, motor boats did not appear on the canals until the 1920s. See more »

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Phyllis: Open my present Peter! It's crayons. If you don't want them, I'll have them!
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Refreshing and relevant story for family viewing
22 March 2013 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I went looking for this movie, remembering the earlier 1970s version, which I saw as a pre-teen. I enjoyed it then but couldn't remember why or much about the plot. The costumes of the 1900s were definitely memorable and were the feature I remember most.

Since viewing the 2000 version yesterday I have decided to replay it for my seven year old great-nephew at our next movie night. He's fairly bright and an avid reader. He seems to enjoy more cerebral story lines compared with some of his peers. Other movies he's watched and enjoyed immensely are Hugo, The Indian in the Cupboard, The Borrowers and Ice Age. I think The Railway Children will appeal to him because of the themes, the steam trains, the adventure and humour, and the children's teamwork and problem solving.

His family also live in straitened circumstances since the global recession hit and, although his stay-at-home Mum and baker Dad work very hard for the three boys, they just can't stretch to outings or holidays - which is most of his living memory.

The story is relevant to him, even though it is set in the 1900s. The themes which resonate are 1) sticking together through adversity 2) standing up for what you believe in 3) 'going without' cheerfully and 4) taking responsibility for how you feel in a given situation, even if you can't control the events themselves.

Being the eldest in a family of three boys, he will feel fortunate when he hears Peter saying that he wished he had brothers!

I particularly liked the character of railway station porter, Albert Perks, played by Gregor Fisher. Until I'd read contributions from some of the British reviewers I didn't realise this was an atypical role for him as an actor. He seemed so well suited to this character in The Railway Children.

One aspect that is exercising my mind is the comparison from a 'health and safety' perspective between the 1900s and today. We live in an area which has many trains - commuter and freight trains and the public safety messages about line safety today are NOT going to be reinforced from watching this movie. But it will provide a good conversation opportunity to reinforce those after watching.

A good movie for adults and children watching together - and to remember as a 'classic'.


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