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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87

Met. No. 1 on Channel 4 by Trevor Page

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Trevor Page

One day, back in what passed for our summer, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre secured a one-day filming contract with a company producing the late-night comedy series The Unrepeatable Who Dares Wins for Channel4 Television.

Met. No. 1 and Gresley BTK No. 41384 featured in most of the action, which centred on an old-time film company making a Charlie Chaplin feature. The basic plot seemed to centre on the fact that Charlie got it all wrong. This resulted in the heroine, in a girl tied to the railway line scene, actually getting run over by mistake, and various murders and other crimes being committed. There was also a trouserless commuter wandering around the station, but we never did work out where he fitted in!

During the filming of the heroine scene, a dummy was substituted for the young lady before the crucial shot and the loco crew that day tell us they looked long and hard many times just to make sure!

The programme was due to be screened in late October or November, so we hope you caught it!

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1987 and so does not reflect events in the 27+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

Met. No. 1 on Channel 4 by Trevor Page - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87

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