Dir: Ralph Thomas
Starring: Michael Craig and Anne Heywood
A married couple struggle with their live-in domestics
This comedy drama features a railway journey that opens with a slightly sped up shot of an express passing on an embankment hauled by an ex-GWR ‘Castle’ Class 4-6-0. This lengthy journey used quite an elaborate set, but this is interspersed with a number of genuine shots taken from outside the window of a moving train, and in one of these an express train passes hauled by what might be an ex-LNER A3 Class 4-6-2. There is also a scene filmed at Windsor & Eton Central station, with red-liveried ex-GWR suburban stock present. The departure scene at the end took place at Edinburgh Waverley with shots of ex-LNER A4 Class 4-6-2’s No.60012 Commonwealth of Australia and 60027 Merlin. The footage was filmed for the same year’s The 39 Steps (qv) but not used. Note that the close up shot of the engine whistle blowing is actually the cab of an unidentified locomotive and certainly not an A4!