Bernard Cribbins made firm friends for life when he co-starred as the kindly station porter, Mr Perks, in Lionel Jeffries’ The Railway Children (1970). One such friend was Jenny Agutter, then 17 years old, in one of her earliest film roles. The news of his death is devastating for Agutter. “It’s been a shock,” she admits, “because he seemed like someone who would just go on and on and on and on and on forever. So, so, many people will be sad to lose him.