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: 43345, 46157, 48011
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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