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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 ... See full summary »

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John Roberts

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Joanne Reay (idea), Mark Wallington
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Cole ... Stationmaster Pope
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Bob Gregson
Martin Savage Martin Savage ... Stanley
John Thomson ... Harold
Harry Peacock ... George
Laura Fraser ... Harriet Collins
Celia Imrie ... Miss Frazier
Frank Finlay ... Riorden Snr
David Haig ... Riorden Jnr
David Ross David Ross ... Chambers
David Bradley ... Elliot
Nadia Sawalha ... Rosa
Stanley Townsend ... Matapan
Prunella Scales ... Queen Victoria
Timothy West ... 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 2001 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bob, Jim et l'affreux Mr Riorden See more »

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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 »

Quotes

[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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Inaccurate!
22 November 2006 | by RuthRaynorSee all my reviews

I'm really annoyed that the movie about station Jim wasn't set in Slough! Station Jim was a real dog, and you can see him stuffed on platform five of Slough Station.

I mean, I know Slough isn't the quaintest of towns, but it's horribly inaccurate to make a movie about our one hero not set in our town! It's like making a movie where Batman fights crime in Metropolis instead of Gotham.

They could've filmed it somewhere else and at least pretended it was in Slough.

I personally thought that the film itself was a little too quaint, much too "hollywood" Victorian england, and not gritty enough. I know that it's supposed to be a family film, but still, it just seemed a bit weak in all fields to me.


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