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'Railway Children' actress Dinah Sheridan dies, aged 92

25 November 2012 11:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Dinah Sheridan has died, aged 92. The film star was perhaps best known as the mother in The Railway Children in 1970. Her agent Gareth Owen confirmed that she died peacefully in her sleep at her Northwood, Middlesex home on Sunday morning (November 25) surrounded by her close family. Born Dinah Nadyejda Ginsburg in 1920, she was the mother of actress and Magpie star Jenny Hanley and politician Sir Jeremy Hanley. Her first role was Wendy in a stage version of Peter Pan as a 12-year-old, before breaking into films as a teenager. One of Sheridan's most prominent parts was in the 1953 comedy Genevieve opposite (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies laments decline of children's TV

28 January 2012 4:08 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Writer claims the creators of classic shows have been marginalised and fears the genre is endangered

Award-winning television writer Russell T Davies, best known for resurrecting Doctor Who in 2005, has told the Observer that children's programming is an "endangered species". He said he was shocked that ITV no longer makes children's shows and added that writers of hits such as Teletubbies should be ranked alongside acclaimed dramatists such as Tom Stoppard and Samuel Beckett.

Davies, who started his TV career working on Granada's Children's Ward for ITV in the 1990s, said: "I am passionate about children's television, but it is, as ever, an endangered species, under threat.

"The most shocking thing I have seen is that, apparently unnoticed, five years ago ITV dropped children's programmes. There is now the complete absence of children's programmes made by ITV on Citv. It is amazing to me, when I contrast it with all »

- Maggie Brown

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