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To celebrate the Blu-ray and DVD release of The 7.39 on the 10th of February, we’re giving 1 of you the chance to win a copy on DVD, which includes extra bonus content, courtesy of Universal Pictures (UK).
Carl Matthews (Morrissey) is a 45-year-old guy whose life has fallen into a dull routine. Happily married to his best friend from college, Maggie (Colman) and father to two sullen teenagers, Carl’s life is as predictable as they come; even down to him catching the same 7.39am train every day, with the same unhappy faces doing the same daily commute, en route to Waterloo.
Enter, Sally Thorn (Smith). Sally has recently moved out of London with her personal trainer boyfriend, Ryan (Maguire). Unsure if she likes the new suburban life, or the prospect of marriage to Ryan who is desperate to settle down and start a family, Sally secretly spends her time »
Two-part BBC drama The 7.39 could have been your average ‘man meets woman and has an affair’ tale. However, the overall verdict has been one of admiration at not only the amazing acting from its star players but also the script, which took the audience on an emotional rollercoaster throughout its glorious two hours. But again, often overlooked is the costume, in this case contemporary. The story of the female lead, Sally Thorn, played by Sheridan Smith with a wonderful naturalness, is particularly clearly told through what she wears (costume design by Lucinda Wright).
Carl Matthews (believably played by David Morrissey) is stuck in a rut. Tired of his job, bored with his family, he boards the 7.39 train to Waterloo each morning for his daily commute. When he meets younger, sparky Sally on the train, who is engaged to a man she can barely be close to, let alone marry, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Carl and Sally check in at the heartbreak hotel.
Monday’s first episode left audiences wondering if Carl (David Morrissey) and Sally (Sheridan Smith) would do more than just hold hands as the lift doors closed to take them up to their shared hotel room. This patronising recap serves only to illustrate a frustration with a 2-part drama, put on sequential nights, needing a full two-minute ‘Previously…’ to reacquaint viewers with the events of only 24 hours before.
A sun-soaked sequence where the giddy couple sneak off work to play tourist in London bleeds back to reality as Carl loses his job at the hands of his condescending little oik of a boss played by Justin Salinger. This is a mirror image of Carl’s dismissal of a young, new father in episode one. Yet when he says in frustration: “don’t kick me in the head and call me mate, »
- George Meixner
3 items from 2014
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