The Railway Children Return, a follow-up to the classic 1970 film, will be released in theatres on April 20, 2022, which will be a huge deal for everyone who grew up in the 1970s like me.
When I was six years old, my parents took me to watch The Railway Children in a movie theatre. It was a special treat for me back then. The film was originally part of a double bill with another 1970s classic, Swallows & Amazons, which was a personal favorite at the time.
Because my late father took me to see both films, every time I see The Railway Children on television, which is usually during Christmas or Easter, I get choked up and teary-eyed because the tale is really about Edwardian children losing their father (to prison, wrongly accused of spying). “The Railway Children's” final station scene is, in my view, one of the greatest tearjerkers of all time!”
When I learned that one of the youngsters from the 1970 movie The Railway Children—Jenny Agutter—is repeating her role as Roberta ‘Bobbie' Waterbury, I couldn't help but feel excited.
As Sister Julienne in the BBC1 hit drama Call The Midwife, Jenny has almost reached National Treasure status. However, I'll never forget her best as Bobbie waving her red bloomers frantically with her brother Peter and sister Phyllis to stop an oncoming train from colliding with a landslide. Yes, it was a nonstop action movie with plenty of drama!
As my anticipation rises for the July 2022 publication of The Railway Children Return, I've compiled the following timeline to keep you updated.
The Release Date of Railway Children Return
After being anticipated to be published on April 1, 2022, The Railway Children Return will now be made available in the UK on July 15, 2022, instead of the original date of April 1. In due time, we are confident that a release date will be announced for the entire world, including the United States.
After experiencing the film in its entirety on a large screen, it will most likely be made available on a primary streaming service shortly, potentially Amazon Prime Video or Netflix; therefore, we will provide an update at that time. Within the next decade, we may see this broadcast as a significant Christmas movie broadcast on the BBC.
The Trailer for Railway Children Return
Studiocanal has released an official trailer for The Railway Children Return. Bobbie Waterbury, Jenny Agutter's older sister, is seen telling the kids: “As a youngster, I was moved from London to this town. That's why I understand how you're feeling!” Check it out Above
The Plot of The Railway Children's Return
The Railway Children Return, a film directed by Morgan Matthew, is about a new generation of children evacuating to a Yorkshire village during World War II in 1944. Lily (Beau Gadsdon), Pattie (Eden Hamilton), and Ted (Zac Cudby) are three evacuee children whose mother sends them from Salford to the Yorkshire village of Oakworth.
With Bobbie Waterbury (Jenny Agutter, reprising her famous role from the first film) and her daughter Annie (Sheridan Smith) as well as their grandson Thomas (Austin Haynes) on hand to assist them in settling into their new rural home, the evacuees quickly find themselves feeling at home. “The Railway Children” book and film highlight Roberta “Bobbie” Waterbury, who has lived in Yorkshire since the early 1900s.
To help their new buddy, a wounded American soldier named Abe (KJ Aikens), who is also far away from home, the youngsters of Oakworth Station set out on a perilous journey.
Danny Brocklehurst, whose television credits include Shameless, Brassic, and Clocking Off, wrote the script for The Railway Children Return.
The Cast of Railway Children Return
Jenny Agutter, of course, is back as Bobbie, Roberta Waterbury on The Railway Children Return. Jenny is now 68 years old. Therefore WWII Bobbie is also in her sixties. Sir Tom Courtenay (The North Water) will appear as Bobbie's daughter Annie, played by Sheridan Smith (Four Lives, The Teacher, No Return).
Oscar Wallwork, Thomas Flynn, and Gabriel Freilich co-star with KJ Aikens as Abe, an American soldier. Bobbie's grandson Thomas is played by child actor Austin Haynes, ‘Teacher' is played by Joanne James, and Elliott Benn plays ‘Policeman.' Lily is played by Beau Gadsdon, Pattie by Eden Hamilton, and Ted by Zac Cudby.
Even though Bernard Cribbins played Perks in the first film, which was set more than 40 years before the events of this new film, he does not appear in it.
Memories of The Railway Children from the 1970s
Where to begin with Lionel Jeffries' incredible 1970 film The Railway Children, a labor of love for the director? (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). Johnny Douglas composed the moving score and theme song for The Railway Children (see trailer clip above to listen to and watch the highlights).
As in the novel, the film follows three siblings, Bobbie, Peter, and Phyllis, and their mother as they leave their opulent London home after their father is wrongfully imprisoned for espionage and forced to downsize owing to a shortage of funds in “The Three Chimneys,” a Yorkshire rural hamlet.
Bobbie's younger siblings Phyllis and Peter are played by Sally Thomsett from Man About The House and Gary Warren from Catweazle. Their mother, Genevieve, played by veteran actress Dinah Sheridan from Genevieve, was their doting mother who home-schooled the three and sold stories to newspapers for extra money so they wouldn't go hungry.
Perks the station master, who the children liked when he fixed Peter's damaged toy steam engine, was played by Bernard Cribbins in the film. For example, they saved an injured youngster from an oncoming train and helped a mystery Russian gentleman.
He had collapsed and prevented another train from colliding when they noticed an avalanche (see the scene below). When her father was released from prison, a “kindly elderly gentleman” who had waved from a train helped Bobbie reunite with her father at the station, and it turned out to be the grandfather of the schoolboy they had nursed back to health. It was a heartwarming tale to remember with all the twists and turns!