Dir: Franc Roddam
Starring: Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash
A Mod gets involved in the Brighton riots of 1964
This hugely popular drama, loosely based on the 1973 rock opera of the same name by The Who, features a good number of trains, though all are anachronistic to the actual setting. Despite the story taking place in 1964, all the trains that feature are in 1970s BR corporate livery. The house where Jimmy Cooper (played by Phil Daniels) lives is in Wells House Road, North Acton, and overlooks the point where the High Wycombe route diverges from the Reading main line out of London Paddington. In one scene, a pair of Class 117 DMU’s are passing on the High Wycombe line into London and in another, a pair of Class 117 DMU’s can be seen heading towards Reading (in this second scene an HST can clearly be heard but not seen, presumably somebody thought that the stylish 1976 design was seen as too modern for the completed take so it was edited out!). In a later scene, Jimmy catches a train to Brighton from London Paddington (!) and there is a glimpse of a Class 50 on a train at platform one. The fifties were not introduced until 1967 (and were not on the Western Region until 1974) and most of the Mk.2 stock was introduced even later. In one scene filmed onboard an express, Phil Daniels has gone mad and throws his suitcase out of the window of a Mk.2 corridor coach. There are also a number of scenes filmed along the Goldhawk Road in Shepherds Bush and in several of these scenes both the eastern and northern entrances to Goldhawk Road Underground station are visible. Finally, there are several scenes filmed in an old scrapyard close to Latimer Road Underground station and a couple of C stock trains are passing behind on the viaduct over Freston Road. Even these are wrong for the period, as the first C stock trains were not introduced until September 1970!