The iconic Railway Children film finally gets a sequel
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The family adventure about a group of children who relocate to Yorkshire in the early 1900s now has a sequel, set during the Second World War,
The Railway Children Return continues the story of the much loved film that was first released in 1970, and was named in the Top 100 British films of all time by the British Film Institute.
The continuation of the story sees Jenny Agutter return as Bobbie, the role that catapulted her to fame in Lionel Jeffries' much-loved film, she also starred in a TV adaptation of The Railway Children in 2000 in the role of Mother.
More than 50 years after the original, the historic Keighley and Worth Valley Railway was a location for the sequel too, along with Oakworth Station, Haworth, and The Bronte Parsonage and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire vIllage. Filming took place throughout the summer of 2021, with many locations transformed to fit the era of which the film is based upon.
Sheridan Smith who plays Bobbie's daughter; Annie has performed a number of varied roles over her 20 year career including starring in The Moorside, a gritty drama based on a real-life 2008 disappearance of 9-year-old Shannon Matthews in Dewsbury.
Leeds youngster, Austin Haynes plays Thomas Waterbury, the grandson of Jenny Agutter's character, has also appeared in number of TV productions filmed locally, including Gentleman Jack and All Creatures Great and Small.
Tom Courtenay, star of another iconic Yorkshire based film; Billy Liar, is also part of the cast.
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The Railway Children Return is released across the UK on July 15th and there is also a special showing from July 29th to August 4 at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough to celebrate Yorkshire Day (1st August)
To commemorate the film launch, Bettys has produced The Railway Children Return Gift Box that includes a Railway Milk Chocolate Express Train, 2 Butter Biscuit Bears, Fruit Jellies, Bettys Buttons and a Milk Chocolate Guinea. Available from 26th July at a cost of £40.