GB / US 2001 1hr 26mins Dir: Mel Smith Starring: Minnie Driver and Mary McCormack
Two women overhear a robbery and try to blackmail the gangsters involved
This enjoyable chick flick features a sequence filmed on the Mid Hants Railway, with Alresford station doubling as ‘Haywards Heath’, though the identity of ‘Three Bridges’ and ‘London Victoria’ stations has yet to be confirmed. Push-pull Class 33/1 No.33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR was used with a rake of carriages that consisted of three Mk2’s and one Mk.1. The first Mk.2 is in NSE livery, but the other three coaches are in BR/Southern Region green with the curious addition of two broad silver stripes on the lower body. There are also some shots filmed on the concourse of the real London Victoria station, though no trains appear here. The film is notable for the more interesting scene that was filmed at the abandoned platforms of Shoreditch station on the closed Dalston Junction-Broad Street line. The station site was cleared in 2005 prior to the route reopening as part of London Overground’s East London Line extension. There is also another, equally interesting scene, filmed beneath Souldern No.2 Viaduct in Oxfordshire.