THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY

GB / FRA
2018
2hrs 04mins
Dir: Mike Newell
Starring: Lily James and Matthew Goode

In the aftermath of World War II, a writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war

Far more traditional and straightforward than its unwieldy title, taken from the eponymous 2006 novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, this historical drama was mostly well received. There is a scene filmed at Princes Wharf in Bristol which stands in for Weymouth Harbour and some items of rolling stock belonging to the Bristol Harbour Railway can be seen. Most notable by its presence here is Avonside 0-6-0ST Works No.1764, though it is only briefly visible in one shot. Thanks to T.W. for the screenshots.

This is Princes Wharf in Bristol, playing the part of Weymouth Harbour. Just creeping into shot on the far left is Avonside Engine Co. 0-6-0ST Works/no.1764, usually named Portbury but painted here in I W & D (Inland Waterways & Docks) battleship grey
Railway wagons are visible in this dockside scene. The sulphuric acid tank has been suitably weathered!!
This more expansive view shows beyond doubt that Princes Wharf is playing the part of ‘Weymouth Dock’. The busy scene in the background looks quite effective.