E. Nesbit's famous adventure story comes to life in this BBC television series for all the family! The happy, comfortable lives of the well-to-do Faraday children are suddenly shattered when their father (Frederick Treves) is arrested on spying charges and imprisoned. Confused, heartbroken and plunged into poverty, young Bobbie (Jenny Agutter), Peter (Neil MacDermott) and Phyllis (Gillian Bailey) go to live in a rough country cottage with their sick mother (Ann Castle). Exploring the countryside they make friends with the staff at nearby Meadowvale Station - bumbling porter Mr. Perks (Gordon Gostelow) and the station master (Brian Hayes) - and become involved in all sorts of adventures along the railway line. They help a Russian refugee and save a train from certain disaster - but it's their befriending of a kindly old railway passenger which will have far-reaching consequences for the whole family...
Magical period piece
- The Railway Children review by CM
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You rated this film: 3
My daughter aged 11 enjoyed this story but found the black and white film off putting. Jenny Aguter is very breathy and girly; much as i remembered her. For me it was very dated and a bit sugary but enojyable all the same.