|The Railway Children
the 1951 BBC adaptation: (left to right) Michael Croudson
(Peter), Carole Lorimer (Phyllis), Marian Chapman
(Bobbie), Marjorie Manning (Mrs. Perks), and Thomas Moore
BBC TV version was presented as an 8 part x
30mins. serial between 6 Feb 1951 and 27 Mar 1951.
production was broadcast live from the Children's TV
studio at Lime Grove. There was one transmission during
the week with a live repeat, often with a totally
different crew, on Sundays. In those days, the amount of
telecine (film inserts) was relatively small, so there
was great pressure on the actors and the camera crews.
8 part serial Feb - Mar 1951
Mother: Jean Anderson.
Phyllis: Carole Lorimer.
Peter: Michael Croudson.
Mrs Viney: Hilda Barry.
Perks: Michael Harding.
The Old Gentleman: D.A.Clarke-Smith.
Doctor: John Le Mesurier.
Produced by: Dorothea
Settings by: Lawrence Broadhouse.
4 part serial July 1951.
adaptation that was used in the 8 part
serial above, with largely the same cast.
Each episode was 60 minutes
Included film footage shot in the original serial as well
as new footage.
Production Company: BBC
Producer: Dorothea Brooking
Adaptation: Dorothea Brooking
Set Designer: Lawrence Broadhouse
Roberta : Marian Chapman
Peter : Michael Croudson
Phyllis : Carole Lorimer
Mother : Jean Anderson
Father : John Stuart
Ruth : Ysanne Churchman
A carter: Ronald Marriot
Station Master : David Duncan
Perks, the Porter : Richard Warner
Doctor Forrest : John Le Mesurier
Mrs Viney : Hilda Barry
The Slavonian : Denis de Marney
The Old Gentleman : D.A.Clarke-Smith
Engine driver : Robert Cawdron
Passenger : Rosamond Tattersal
? : Janet Bruce
Engine driver : Jack Newmark
District Superintendent : Clive Dunn
Mrs Perks : Marjorie Manning
Master Perks : Derek Hodgson
Jim : Michael Danvers-Walker
Labourer : Reginald Barratt
adaptations were presented by the BBC in 1957 and 1968.
eight episodes from Sunday the 3rd March 1957
The Old Gentleman: Norman Shelley.
Bobbie: Anneke Willys.
Peter: Cavan Kendall.
Phyllis: Sandra Michaels.
Mother: Jean Anderson, ( As 1951 series ).
Father: John Richmond.
Ruth: Ysanne Churchman.
Cook: Vi Stevens.
Perks: Richard Warner.
The Stationmaster: Donald Morley.
Carter: Paddy Ward.
Dorothea Brooking, (as 1951 series).
Film Director: Patrick Dowling.
Film Cameraman: Peter Sargent.
Film Editor: Ron de Mattos.
Designer: Eileen Diss.
Scene from the 1957 BBC
of Radio Times 3-9 March 1957
Railway Children Theme Tune
as used for the '50s serialisations on BBC Television
Dances No. 2 by Grieg)