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Railway Children gets first complaint in 42 years

by | 16th, July 2013

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WE all like complaining, but would you moan about something that is 42 years old? The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has received its first ever complaint for The Railway Children, which was first aired in 1970.

After all this time, one stupid viewer complained that the movie may lead to children playing near railway tracks.

“The correspondent was concerned that children may be encouraged to play on railway tracks as a result of seeing the film,” the BBFC’s annual report stated.

Published this week, the report ruled that it was “very unlikely” that The Railway Children would encourage “such dangerous activity”.

“The Railway Children is set in the Edwardian period and trains and access to railway property are very different today,” the censor said.

“The film also demonstrates the potential harm to children if proper care is not taken.”

AND THE FILM IS ANCIENT AND NO-ONE HAS WORRIED ABOUT HIS BEFORE.

And, the chances of a young person actually sitting down to watch a twee-fest is so slim, that you might as well complain about Thomas The Tank Engine luring youngsters to the tracks.

Photo:  2/7/70. The filming if The Railway Children on location at Oakworth. Actor Bernard Cribbins with actresses, Sally Thomsett (left) and Jenny Agutter. 



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