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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Cole ...
Stationmaster Pope
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Bob Gregson
Martin Savage ...
Stanley
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Harold
Harry Peacock ...
George
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Harriet Collins
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Miss Frazier
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Riorden Snr
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Riorden Jnr
David Ross ...
Chambers
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Elliot
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Rosa
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Matapan
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Sir Christopher Ellis
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It is the 1890s. Bob Gregson is a young lad who works as a porter at a rural railway station. He is keen to impress the stationmaster who is looking for a successor because he is about to retire. Having fallen in love with a teacher called Harriet Collins, Bob wants to raise money to save the local orphanage where she works and where he was brought up, after he hears that a local businessman, Mr Riorden, wants to sell it as part of a property deal. He discovers a stray Jack Russell terrier in one of the crates of goods that were delivered to the station and finds out that it can perform tricks such as standing on its hind legs because it had previously worked in a circus. "Station Jim" soon becomes a local attraction with the passengers who pay money to see its tricks. Then it is announced that Queen Victoria will be visiting the station. If Bob plays his cards right, maybe he could persuade her to become a patron of the orphanage. Surely Mr Riorden would have second thoughts if she ... Written by Anonymous

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Although there was a dog named Station Jim that was brought to Slough Station in Slough, Berkshire, England on the Great Western Railway as a 3 month old puppy in 1894 and was put to work performing tricks to collect money for the railway's Widows and Orphans Fund, the BBC movie dog and story line are not based on the true story. See more »

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[talking about Harriet Collins]
Bob Gregson: What does she look like?
Henry: Well, she reminds me of an Armstrong Class 592 (steam locomotive).
Bob Gregson: So she's attractive, then?
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Enchanting
30 December 2001 | by See all my reviews

This enchanting tale of a small railway station in the English countryside will appeal to adults and children alike. There is plenty of plot going on with an orphanage that must be saved (echoes of The Cider House Rules), a blossoming romance (featuring Laura Fraser - yum yum), and an impending visit to the station by HRH Queen Victoria. And it's all held together by a feisty little Jack Russell called Jim who always saves the day and will charm the pants off of anyone who watches it. Wonderful.


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