The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Lionel Jeffries (1970)

U Certificate
Tomorrow 2:15pm - 4pm BBC Two Wales
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Tomorrow, 2:45pm - 4:30pm BBC Two (not Wales)


Our Score
Directed by Lionel Jeffries, this adaptation of E Nesbit's much-loved novel is simply the finest children's film ever made in this country. Told with quiet intelligence and wry humour, the story follows three Edwardian siblings as they relocate to Yorkshire with their mother (Dinah Sheridan), following their father's wrongful arrest for treason. The narrative is essentially episodic. But the set pieces are equally memorable - whether it's the prevention of a train wreck, the rescue of a schoolboy trapped in a tunnel, or the collection of birthday gifts for the proud but kindly stationmaster (winningly played by Bernard Cribbins). Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren are laudably spirited as Phyllis and Peter, but it's Jenny Agutter's magnificent performance as Bobbie that stands out. It perfectly balances a child's passion for adventure with a growing sense of responsibility as she comes to understand her family's predicament.


Three Edwardian children are forced to leave their comfortable middle-class London home and move to the wilds of Yorkshire after their father is wrongfully imprisoned for treason. Family drama adapted from E Nesbit's story, starring Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett, Gary Warren, Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins, William Mervyn and Iain Cuthbertson.

Cast & Crew

Bobbie Jenny Agutter
Phyllis Sally Thomsett
Peter Gary Warren
Mother Dinah Sheridan
Perks Bernard Cribbins
Old gentleman William Mervyn
Father Iain Cuthbertson
Doctor Peter Bromilow
Ruth Ann Lancaster
Russian Gordon Whiting
Mrs Perks Deddie Davies
Photographer Erik Chitty
Director Lionel Jeffries
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: MGM - EMIAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 2 Apr 2010
Children's Drama