Dir: Michael Austin
Starring: Richard E. Grant and Denholm Elliott
When an errant father returns to his family his son decides to kill him
This comedy has a number of railway scenes, but the continuity is rather alarming and is a comedy in its own right. Richard E. Grant boards a Class 313 EMU at London King’s Cross station for a train to Southend (!) as his mother bids him goodbye. From one angle, they are in the suburban platforms with another Class 313 EMU in an adjacent platform, only for the scene to change to the main station with an HST behind his mum! The dodgy scenes continue with Grant’s journey to Southend depicted with shots of Class 455 Southern Region 3rd rail EMUs (there had of course been overhead wires at King’s Cross), whilst the interior shots were most alarmingly filmed onboard a Class 142 ‘Pacer’ DMU! There are, however, some good clear shots of the 3’ gauge Southend Pier Railway.