Dir: Desmond Davis
Starring: Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave
Two northern girls experience 1960s London
This comedy is a satire on the 1960s media-influenced phenomenon of ‘Swinging London’. It features quite a good number of railway shots but does get rather wearisome. The opening scene shows Lynn Redgrave hanging out of a carriage window on the approach to London Marylebone, but the next shot is from the cab of a train on the approach to St Pancras and a Class 45 ‘Peak’ is visible. The coaching stock is made up of blue and grey-liveried BR Mk1’s, one of which is Corridor Brake Standard No.35343, a vehicle now preserved. This arrival scene is filmed on the platforms at Marylebone, only for the couple to then walk out of St Pancras!! Later in the film there is a photo shoot in the canal basin at St Pancras and in the background of one shot, a blue Class 45 and some four-wheel vans just creep into view. This sequence also sees Rita Tushingham tied to a mock up section of track in a style similar to the ‘Perils of Pauline’ movies and a green Class 45 ‘Peak’ passes behind on its way out of St Pancras on an express. Again, the coaching stock is made up of blue and grey Mk1s. In line with the ‘Perils’ movies, the screen shot has been somewhat speeded up for dramatic effect and the train is moving very quickly for one that is just departing. Finally, there are brief shots of the entrances to Great Portland Street Underground station and Euston BR station along with good shots of the frontage to St Pancras itself.