Railway Children sequel announced after 50 years with original star Jenny Agutter to return as Roberta Waterbury

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More than 50 years after The Railway Children film first hit our screens, a sequel – The Railway Children Return – has finally been announced.

And the best bit? Actress Jenny Agutter, who starred in the 1968 TV series when she was just 16 years old, and then later reprised her role in the 1970 feature film, will be returning as Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Waterbury.

The 68 year old shot to fame as the oldest of the Waterbury children in the 1970s original. At the time, she starred alongisde Dinah Sheridan, Bernard Cribbins and the late actress Deddie Davies, who played the role of Mrs Nell Perks.

TV star Jenny is well known for her role in the much-loved BBC period drama, Call The Midwife. For the sequel, she will be joined by BAFTA-winning actors Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay.

The Railway Children is a classic children’s book written by author Edith Nesbit.

It was first published in book-form in 1906 before being turned into a TV series in 1968 and then a feature film two years later.

The first film follows the story of a family who moves to London to a house near the railway after the dad, who works at the Foreign Office, is incarcerated after being falsely accused of spying.

The sequel will be directed by award-winning director Morgan Matthews and has been written by screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst.

Filming for The Railway Children Return is set to begin later this month and promises to take audiences on an exciting and heart-warming journey, in which a group of children is evacuated to a Yorkshire village during World War 2, where they encounter a young soldier, who like them, is far away from home.

But don’t worry, The Railway Children Return won’t stray too far from its roots.

The highly anticipated watch will be shot in some of the original film’s locations, including Oakworth Station in West Yorkshire and the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway.

The sequel has been scheduled for release in cinemas on April 1, 2022.

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