Call The Midwife’s Jenny Agutter is set to reprise her role in The Railway Children sequel

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Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter will reprise her role in The Railway Children sequel – more than 50 years after her starring role in the original film.

The actress, 68, was only 16 when she played Bobbie Waterbury in the BBC’s 1968 series, before starring in the 1970 film version at the age of 18.

Jenny will star in the rebooted version called The Railway Children Return alongside Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay, while Sheridan excitedly tweeted about her new role on Thursday.

A long time ago: The actress, 68, was only 16 when she played Bobbie Waterbury in the BBC's 1968 series, before starring in the 1970 film version at the age of 18 (pictured in 1970)

Back again: Call The Midwife star Jenny Agutter, left, will reprise her role in The Railway Children sequel – more than 50 years after starring in the original film, right in 1970

The actress, 39, retweeted an announcement from Studio Canal, writing: ‘So excited to announce my next movie job! From this month … ‘

Studio Canal’s tweet read: ‘All on board!

We are delighted to announce that cameras are running on The Railway Children Return, a sequel to one of the most beloved British family films of all time (photo – credit: Studiocanal / The Railway Children 1970).

Jenny, Sheridan, Tom and a new generation of railroad kids will appear in the sequel set to hit UK cinemas on April 1, 2022.

Return: Jenny will star in the rebooted version called The Railway Children Return, alongside Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay, with Sheridan excitedly tweeting about her new role on Thursday.

Return: Jenny will star in the rebooted version called The Railway Children Return, alongside Sheridan Smith and Tom Courtenay, with Sheridan excitedly tweeting about her new role on Thursday.

The iconic Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, which appeared in its original production, will also be featured in the reboot.

Shooting for The Railway Children Return kicks off Monday, directed by Bafta-Morgan Matthews, known for X + Y and Shooting Bigfoot, while Jemma Rodgers will produce the film for StudioCanal, which owns the rights to the original.

Meanwhile, Danny Brocklehurst, whose writing credits include Brassic and Shameless, has written the screenplay.

The sequel will hit UK cinemas on April 1, 2022.

Original: Jenny (pictured right) played the oldest child Bobbie in a 1968 TV adaptation, and just two years later she reprized her role in the film version

Original: Jenny (pictured right) played the oldest child Bobbie in a 1968 TV adaptation, and just two years later she reprized her role in the film version

Big role: Now in her late 60's, Jenny has been known in recent years for her role as Sister Julienne in the BBC's Call the Midwife, a role she has been playing since 2012

Younger Days: Jenny featured in The Railway Children in 1970

Big role: Now in her late 60’s, Jenny has been known in recent years for her role as Sister Julienne in the BBC’s Call the Midwife, a role she has been playing since 2012

The original film, released in 1970, was based on E Nesbit’s novel, which tells the story of three children who are shipped to the country at The Three Chimneys’ home next to a railroad track, after their father is arrested on espionage charges.

Jenny played the oldest child Bobbie in a 1968 TV adaptation, and just two years later she reprized her role in the film version. Bobbie’s siblings were called Peter and Phyllis.

The TV personality also returned to play the children’s mother in an ITV remake in 2000.

Now in her late 60’s, Jenny has been known in recent years for her role as sister Julienne in the BBC’s Call the Midwife, a role she has been playing since 2012.

Exciting: Sheridan Smith, 39, retweeted an announcement from Studio Canal, writing, 'So excited to announce my next film assignment!  From this month ... '

Exciting: Sheridan Smith, 39, retweeted an announcement from Studio Canal, writing, ‘So excited to announce my next film assignment! From this month … ‘

Cast: Sheridan Smith tweeted about her new role on Thursday

Role: Tom Courtenay, 84, will also appear

Cat: Sheridan Smith (left) and Tom Courtenay, 84, will appear in the new version of The Railway Children

Fun times: Sheridan also shared a clip of her 'crazy hair' driving home in a car on Thursday

Fun times: Sheridan also shared a clip of her ‘crazy hair’ driving home in a car on Thursday

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The original 1970 film became a huge hit when it was released, earning a whopping three Bafta nominations.

Although it also currently has a ‘100% fresh’ rating on the review website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 11 critics’ rating.

Meanwhile, the new version will evacuate a group of children to a Yorkshire village during World War II.

There they meet a young soldier who is also far away from his home.

The new film will feature key locations first seen in the original, including Oakworth Station, The Bronte Parsonage and Haworth.

Impressive: The original 1970 film became a huge hit when released, earning a whopping three Bafta nominations

Impressive: The original 1970 film became a huge hit when released, earning a whopping three Bafta nominations

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