DANCING QUEEN

GB
1993
51mins
Dir: Nick Hamm
Starring: Rik Mayall and Helena Bonham Carter

A man ends up in Scarborough the night before his wedding in Maidstone and struggles to get back in time

This was one of six short films starring Rik Mayall that were produced for ITV under the title Rik Mayall Presents. This was the third film and the only one to feature railway scenes. The romantic comedy drama has a quite lengthy early scene onboard Mk1 coaching stock with a number of night time run-bys that include a very brief opening glimpse of a locomotive that when the image is paused, looks to be a Class 40. The run through ‘Doncaster’ station features more Mk1s and a plethora of modern BR station paraphernalia including illuminated InterCity-style ‘Doncaster’ station signage added for effect. This was in fact filmed at Bury Bolton Street on the East Lancashire Railway but there are also a number of good shots of the frontage of Scarborough station.

The bodyside windows and roof grills confirm this to be a Class 40
And this is Bury Bolton Street playing the part of Doncaster
Bury Bolton Street again with Mk1’s in the platform
And this is Scarborough, with a trouser-less Rik Mayall to the fore