The Railway Children (UK) (1951)
This is the first adaptation by the BBC and it contains 8 episodes of 30 minutes each. The story concerns a family who move to a house near the railway after the father is falsely accused of selling state secrets to the Russians and imprisoned for five years. The 3 children, Roberta, Peter and Phyllis, find amusement in watching the trains on the nearby railway line and waving to the passengers.
Series Fun Facts
- All episodes of this series are believed to be lost.
- Originally broadcast live in eight parts, it proved so successful that it was re staged later in 1951, in four one-hour episodes.
- The eldest of the railway children, Roberta, is named after Berta Ruck, a close friend of E. Nesbit.