GB 2018 1hr 38mins Dir: Jon S Baird Starring: Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly
A film telling the story of the movie pairs legendary farewell tour
This biographical comedy drama came out to generally favourable reviews, though it does differ quite a bit from the real life events that surrounded Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy who were considered at the time to be one of the greatest comedy duos of their generation, and arguably of all time. It features some rail sequences that were filmed on the Great Central Railway that are used to depict the pair touring Britain by train. These sequences used ex-LMS Class 8F 2-8-0 No.48624 on a short rake of Mk.1 coaches. There are some lovely shots of the train crossing the viaducts at Swithland Reservoir, and some additional lineside shots, whilst the sequence opens with a comedy scene filmed on the stairs at Loughborough Central station. The scenes filmed inside the Mk.1’s used the real thing, but the view out of the window of Tower Bridge and the Thames is wholly a CGI creation! In addition to all this, there is a scene whereby Ollie (played by John C Reilly) is captured buying a newspaper from a stall outside Aldwych Underground station.