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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
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 »
[talking about Harriet Collins]
What does she look like?
Well, she reminds me of an Armstrong Class 592 (steam locomotive).
So she's attractive, then?
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A Christmas treat from the BBC, recently repeated for the May holiday, this story is an enchanting little piece centring on a station porter (Charlie Creed-Miles), a small hero dog, Jim, a little orphan boy (Thomas Sangster), a father and son at odds with each other about industrial and social progress (Frank Finlay and David Haig), and a feisty schoolmistress who only wants to fend for herself (Laura Fraser). George Cole returned from screen retirement to play the soon-to-be-retired stationmaster; other familiar faces in this include John Thomson and Nadia Sawalha. Everyone in the cast is excellent.
The drama revolves around both the plight of the orphans and the impending visit of Queen Victoria (Prunella Scales). Jim the dog does tricks but his heroism in saving the life of the Queen shows that animals really are often more sensitive and quick-thinking than people.
Certainly buoyed up by Mark Wallington's writing and John Roberts' direction, this is a feature-length drama with much to enjoy for all the family.
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