VCT filming: Housewife, 49


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Production notes:  Scenes 103 and 104 are interior sequences which take place at night. For the production  Southern Railway carriage no. 3554 was pulled out of the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow.  A scaffold tower was constructed around the carriage.  The tower was then covered with black drapes and the camera was located outside the carriage, with the camera lens pointing towards an open carriage window.

Summary of the story:  Houewife,49 is an adaptation by Victoria Wood of the real-life diary of  Nella Last, a housewife from Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.  Nella began her diary in September 1939 as a volunteer for the Mass Observation Archive.  The drama charts the lives of Nella, her family and her friends as the war progresses.

Characters:                         Nella Last                  Victoria Wood

                                          Dr. Brierley                Jason Watkins

Characters in other scenes, not involving Vintage Carriages Trust:

                                       :  Cliff Last                  Christopher Harper

                                          Nella's husband        David Threlfall

                                          Tom                        Ian McKee

                                          Mrs.Atkinson           Sally Bankes

Shooting date:  Thursday 13 July 2006

Scenes:           103, 104 (set in May 1944)

Slate numbers:  294 et seq.

Carriage provided by Vintage Carriages Trust: Southern Railway 3554         

                                                                  Carriage Survey entry for this carriage

Producer:          Piers Wenger

Associate Producer:  Matthew Hamilton

Director:            Gavin Millar

Director of Photography: Cinders Forshaw

2nd Assistant Director:   Louise Townsend

3rd Assistant Director:    Will Cummins

Sound Recordist:  John Pearson

Location Manager:  Gary Barnes

Unit Manager: Kerry Robinson

Designer: Rob Harris

Costume Designer: Charlotte Holdich

Costume Assistant: Jo Hayes

Make-up Designer:  Carol Cooper

Additional Make-up: Victoria Yates, Gabrielle Hamilton, Pam Dean, Colin Wyatt

Facilities: Bristol Television Film Services

Riggers: Farnworth Scaffolding Services

Gaffer: Tom Gates


Scene 68 (set in May 1941) was filmed on the adjacent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, using the following items owned by the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway:

Steam locomotive:   Ivatt designed 2-6-2T no. 41241

Carriages:               433454615748011

Filming took place at Keighley station, and featured the characters of Nella List, Cliff Last and Dr. Brierley. 

To allow  uninterrupted filming, normal public services between Keighley station and Ingrow West station were replaced for the duration of the filming by a heritage double-deck bus from the Keighley Bus Museum, Halifax Daimler GJX 331.

Musical soundtrack: Henry Hall  It's Just The Time For Dancing     Jack Hylton  Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries

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