Over the years Quainton has been used as the setting for a number of films, TV programs and music videos.
|Otley||1968||Bruce Cohn Curtis Films Ltd.
Open Road Films
Slightly cheating on this one, but parts of this was filmed at Quainton Railway Station shortly before QRS took over the site. Spoof comedy spy film starring Tom Courtenay and by written by Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais. Has been available on VHS video in the past, and on a small circulation DVD.
A well known BBC documentary film written and narrated by the then Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman. It was directed by Edward Mirzoeff and was first broadcast in colour on 26th February 1973, and has recently been repeated on BBC4. A few minutes of Quainton are shown in Quainton Railway Centres very ealiest days are shown towards the end of the film. A DVD is currently available, but is not common.
|11 Harrowhouse||1974||Elliott Kastner Productions||
Actors - Candice Bergen, Charles Grodin, James Mason, Trevor Howard and John Gielgud. Director - Aram Avakian Featured a scene shot in Quainton's downyard. Currently available on Amazon as a Region 1 (USA) DVD.
|Arenson International Furniture Advert||October 1975||Arenson International Ltd, St Albans||
Still photos for an advertising brochure for office furniture.
|Play School||January 1976||BBC||
Filming started on the 13th January 1976 with presenters Johnny Ball and Sarah Long and continued the next day. Featured Swanscombe. A longer article will appear here in due course (Ref. Quainton News No. 27 Spring 1976).
|Nationwide||30th June 1976||BBC||
Part of a sequence for a series of films on Nationwide on stage coaches. It featured Nationwide's reporter , in period custume, having deserted the stage coach and was seen boarding a train consisting of anachronistic GWR 0-6-0PT No. 7715 with the LCDR and GNR coaches. Various other shots were taken, but not all were used in the final program, due to be shown around Christmas 1976.
Still photos taken in the Diner.
|Pop Video - Brotherhood of Man - Goodbye Goodbye||29th December 1978||-||
A pop video shot shortly after Brotherhood of Man's Eurovision success.
|Pop Video - The Tourists - So Good to be Back Home||1979||-||
Video featuring Coventry No. 1, the GNR brake third and the LNWR full brake. It also featured a large number of extras dancing on a footbridge, that was due for removal and refurbishment shortly afterward. A somewhat dated copy of this video is available on Youtube. A longer article will appear here in due course (Ref. Quainton News No. 40 Spring 1980).
|Country Singer Music Video||?||-||
Country singer on bale of straw in wagon
|Doctor Who - Black Orchid||5 October 1981||BBC||
This two part Dr Who episode featured the Tardis landing on Platform 1 of Quainton station, with the station masquerading as Cranleigh Halt. Featured the fifth doctor Peter Davidson. Episode is currently available on DVD.
|Jewel in the Crown||1983||Granada Television||
This award-winning television series was based on the novels of Paul Scott and chronicled the end of British rule in India between 1942 and 1947. The 14-part series took three years to prepare and many months to film. After two months of set construction, filming took place here at Quainton over a period of 8 days. It was shown in 1984 and repeated in 1997, and is currently available on DVD.
Filming took place at Quainton in 1983, when for several weeks in the summer the upyard resembled "Little India" with two very realistic (from the front!) stations, and different scenes being enacted. On five bogie bolster wagons, replicas of Indian Railway Carriages were constructed by the filmset craftsmen and each vehicle was a superb example of the art of the makers, Watts & Curry Ltd. All the coach bodies were made of plywood on timber framing, which was exposed on the non-platform side. On the side facing the stations the plywood was covered with thin sheet metal and painted in Indian Railways brown-red paint, with white letters and numbers. No. 66 was the only carriage with both sides complete. Although it looked similar to the others from the platform, on the outside it was a resplendent Maharajah's saloon in blue and stone colour livery and a coat of arms on the centre panel. It was all most impressive.
No. 97, a third class carriage, had a wider body than the others and it had sashes and louvres on the non-platform side and was furnished inside with wooden benches and used in the massacre scene with plenty of "Kensington Gore", the trade name for theatrical blood. This was the only carriage kept after filming was finished, and for some time it served as an exhibit for visitors to see. However, as none of the carriages was built to last, it too began to fall apart and had to be dismantled. Pecket 2104 was used for this filming, but never in shot. A longer article will appear here in due course (Ref. Quainton News No. 46 Spring/Summer 1982).
|Pop Video - Locomotion||circa 1983||-||
A cover version of Locomotion originally released by Little Eva in 1962, and was covered by many singers including Kylie Minogue in 1987. This was a less well known release by Paula Ann Bland? (Grangehill?).
|Sherlock Holmes - The Masks of Death||1984||Tyburn Film Productions Limited|
|The Unrepeatable Who Dare Wins||1986||-|
|The Woman in Black||1989||Central Films / ITV||
A supernatural tale written by Susan Hill and filmed by Central Films for ITV. Actors - Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton and David Daker. Director - Herbert Wise. Has been available on Amazon as a Region 1 (USA) DVD.
|Promotional Filming||26th May 1990||Chiltern Railways||
Class 165 DMU 165002 visited Quainton, before the Class entered service with Chiltern Railways, to pose next to Metropolitan No. 1 for publicity photos and film. The set came straight to Quainton from the BREL Works.
|Sherlock Holmes - The Crucifer of Blood||October 1990||Agamemnon Films, British Lion Film Corporation|
Japanese promotional film for Thomas the Tank Engine filmed at Quainton.
|News Insert||10th October 2002||BBC South||
News insert relating to the Duke of Gloucester's private visit.
|News Insert||circa 2003||BBC South||
News insert relating a visit by Dorothy Wright to see Swanscombe, a locomotive her father drove.
|Midsomer Murders - Things that go bump in the Night||May 2004||ITV|
|Midsomer Murders - Down among the Dead Men||2005||ITV||
Series 9 - Episode 4. With Quainton masquerading as Fletcher's Cross station. Only brief shots, possibly "spare" footage from previous filming. Available on DVD.
|-||2005||Talkback for ITV||
Part of a series with two young ladies learnt various activities. At Quainton they learnt to prepare, fire and drive GWR 0-6-0PT No. 7715.
|Jaguar Cars photo shoot||circa 2005||Autocar?||
In Quainton's upyard with the new bridge and the green DMU as background.
|Scrapheap Challenge||21st April 2006||Channel 4||
Series 9, episode 3, Muscle Trains, first shown in 2007. Includes footage of the series hosts, Robert Llewellyn and Lisa Rogers, on a pump trolley, at Quainton in the first few minutes. The final races are also run at Quainton and are in the last quarter of the program. The video is available on the 4oD.
|TV Comedy Show||circa 2005/6||-||
Featuring someone tied to the railway line in "traditional manner".
|Bang Goes the Theory||2010||BBC||
Filming of a toffee, peanut, aluminium and nitrous oxide powered rocket sled flying along 200metres of the downyard siding, with rather spectacular results. At the time of writing the video is available on the BBC website.
|Wartime Farm Christmas||2012||BBC 2||
Our TPO feature in this BBC2 Programme on December 18, 2012, with member Cyril Parsons talking to Ruth Goodman. Cyril showed a Christmas Airgraph from a soldier serving in North Africa in 1941. Good scenes of Cyril and Ruth unloading sacks onto the platform. Although visitors to the Mid-hants Railway will be disappointed to discover that the train is not there but at Quainton! Hopefully they will want to rectify that by coming to see us.
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