The Railway Children (Jeffries, 1970): Rio Cinema, 11am
I'm owning up here - I've never seen this but it's a family classic and no doubt well worth going to with what could by now be bored youngsters.
Time Out review:
'Spruced up in preparation for a fortieth- anniversary DVD release, Lionel Jeffries’s
1970 adaptation of Edith Nesbit’s homely children’s novel still basks
in a warm, rosy glow of universal nicety. Set in the early 1900s, the
story – about three well-bred kids (Jenny Agutter, Gary F Warren and the excellent Sally Thomsett)
having to leave their plush London home when Father is jailed for
selling state secrets – is a celebration of old-fashioned British
fortitude set in an environment of steam engines, buttercups, top hats
and smocks. They then spend their days by the railway, waving at
passengers, preventing disasters and hanging out with Bernard Cribbins’s
waggish station master. Putting aside its fusty look and feel,
Jeffries’s film remains an enjoyable evocation of the time. Of course,
whether today’s kids get it is open to debate.'Derek Adams
Here is an extract.