GB 1964 1hr 32mins Dir: Alvin Rakoff Starring: Kenneth More and Billie Whitelaw
A struggling middle aged provincial actor searches for bigger and better things in the capital
This kitchen-sink comedy must have been a breath of fresh air at the time of its release, and it still seems quite fresh today. It opens with a scene filmed at London St Pancras station with a split-headcode Class 45 and a Class 27 at the buffer stops. The 27 is a very rare beast but look closely and some Class 127 DMU vehicles can also seen amongst all the coaching stock. There are also some shots overlooking the approach to London Paddington in the Royal Oak area with much to interest the rail enthusiast. A Class 52 ‘Western’ diesel-hydraulic can be seen hauling an express and a former GWR tank loco can made out, though the latter is far from clear. An earlier railway scene was filmed at night on the platform of an unknown station, with Kenneth More boarding a train formed of Mk1 coaching stock.