The Wednesday Play (1964–1970)
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The Last Train through Harecastle Tunnel 

A shy clerk suffers from his colleagues petty office politics and contemptuous treatment of him, but this weekend, as a deeply involved train spotter, the closing of an old tunnel is his ... See full summary »

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Richard O'Callaghan ...
Fowler
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Farquhar
Ian Reid ...
Smith
Robert Hartley ...
McCullow
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Corporal
Bill Lyons ...
Truculent
Laurie Asprey ...
Brian
John Gray ...
Blondie
Jonathan Burn ...
2nd Lt. Florence
Noel Dyson ...
Mrs. Dyson
Claire Davenport ...
Megs
Victor Platt ...
Mr. Dyson
Joe Gladwin ...
Adam Coulson
Griffith Davies ...
Jackie Coulson
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Judge Grayson
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A shy clerk suffers from his colleagues petty office politics and contemptuous treatment of him, but this weekend, as a deeply involved train spotter, the closing of an old tunnel is his big adventure. On the way up, he encounters a well off couple with a daughter that hates them, and an Army Sergeant whose men hate him. The hotel he stays at is run by a fellow railway enthusiast, with a gay son that hates him, and he meets a famous signal designer with a daughter that hates him. Written by WesternOne

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1 October 1969 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Was this trip necessary?
5 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

The portrait of the socially awkward train spotter, trapped in a boring office job is ultimately a strange and pointless one. He is incredibly, white-hot consumed by minutiae of all things railway, down to ridiculous bits like memorising way out-of-date schedules and the sequence of long gone engineer's signals. When he sets out to see and ride the last train to pass through an outmoded tunnel, there are people that are as deeply obsessed as he is, yet people from outside their passion, especially family members, are repulsed by them. They in turn are quite willfully ignoring them at all costs. They are a nasty lot as well. So who are we supposed to take sides with, and how are we supposed to regard them? Pity? Condemnation? They stay in their decaying little bubble, so do we dislike them for not participating in our, fabulous, non trainspotting world, or see it as a desperate bunch, turned weird by our awful non-trainspotting world? In the end, we just don't care.


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