GB / FRA 2015 1hr 28mins Dir: Ben Palmer Starring: Simon Pegg and Ophelia Lovibond
In a fit of rage, a woman takes the part of another woman’s blind date, with unexpected consequences
This romantic comedy has some good railway scenes early on. These open with Lake Bell arriving on foot at Godalming station in the Wey Valley in Surrey, which is curiously masquerading as Brockenhurst of all places! There is a good opening shot of the hugely attractive station building but the platform shots, which include an excellent one of Class 444 ‘Desiro’ EMU No.444038 South Western Railway arriving, used Liphook station just to confuse matters further. There are scenes filmed onboard a ‘Desiro’ unit and then some very good scenes at London Waterloo station, with plenty of South West Trains units present including a Class 159 DMU arriving, more Class 444 Desiro’s one of which is No.444009, and other EMU’s in the form of Classes 450, 455, 456 and 458, the latter being one of the few remaining prior to rebuild. The scenes at Waterloo are followed by scenes filmed on the South Bank and Hungerford Bridge is in the background throughout. A Class 465 ‘Networker’ EMU is crossing in one shot but it is difficult to clearly make out. Later, a train can be seen crossing at night and a return journey from Waterloo also takes place late at night, with much of the station closed up. The Seven Beats of Man Up featurette on the DVD contains lots of gratuitous shots of the actual filming taking place at Waterloo and, most notably, another Class 159 and a Class 458 appear.