WHAT’S UP NURSE!

GB
1978
1hr 17mins
Dir: Derek Ford
Starring: John Le Mesurier and Kate Williams

Sexual adventures of a new doctor at a provincial hospital

This standard 70s sex comedy features a train journey at the start of the film, which opens with an excellent panning shot of a Class 55 ‘Deltic’ on an express on the ECML. This is followed by scenes onboard an EMU, possibly a Class 302, and extremely brief drivers-eye views of the entrance and exit to a tunnel. Most of the film was shot in and around Southend-on-Sea, and there is a brief scene outside Westcliff station where a blue-liveried EMU, almost certainly a Class 302, can just be seen departing. Finally, there is a scene towards the end where Nicholas Field and Felicity Devonshire are driving down a dual carriageway in an orange Triumph Spitfire and pass beneath a railway viaduct, the location of which isn’t known. However, we can be sure that it is not around the Southend area where there are no viaducts.

This fine portrayal of a ‘Deltic’ at speed opens the film. Although unidentified, it is one of the seven to bear a two line Regimental nameplate.
This is the forecourt outside Westcliff station, and the roof of what is probably a Class 302 EMU can be seen above the cars in the background
This is the viaduct that is seen very briefly towards the end of the film. An as yet unidentified location.