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The Age of the Train (2012)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  13 September 2012 (UK)
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In 1976, British Rail introduced an iconic new train, the HST (High Speed Train) 125, which was capable of travelling at up to 125 mph. A marketing campaign fronted by Jimmy Savile using ... See full summary »

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Lucy Hester ...
Herself - Narrator (voice)
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Himself - Comedian (archive footage)
Jimmy Savile ...
Himself (archive footage)
Peter Parker ...
Himself - Chairman of British Rail (archive footage)
Prue Leith ...
Herself - BR Board 1980-85
Peter Snow ...
Himself - Broadcaster
Alan Marshall ...
Himself - British Rail
Michael Smith ...
Himself - Industrial Correspondent
Ray Buckton ...
Himself - ASLEF Trade Union (archive footage)
Norman Fowler ...
Himself - Transport Minister 1979-81 (as Lord Fowler)
Les Dawson ...
Himself - Comedian (archive footage)
Roger Ford ...
Himself - Railway Writer
Barbara Castle ...
Herself - Transport Minister 1965-68 (archive footage)
Terry Miller ...
Himself - Head of High Speed Train Project
Kenneth Grange ...
Himself - Designer
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In 1976, British Rail introduced an iconic new train, the HST (High Speed Train) 125, which was capable of travelling at up to 125 mph. A marketing campaign fronted by Jimmy Savile using the slogan "This is the age of the train" helped revive the poor image and looming financial crisis of British Rail. Written by Anonymous

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The title of the programme was taken from the slogan "This is the Age of the Train" from the very successful TV advertising campaign fronted by Sir Jimmy Savile. See more »

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[Peter Marsh recounts how his advertising agency was tendering for the British Rail advertising contract. He invited Peter Parker of British Rail to his office where he was greeted by a bored receptionist and made to wait in a waiting room where the tables were festooned with used coffee cups and cigarette butts]
Peter Marsh - Advertising Agency Director: And Peter's sitting there fuming. And I timed it perfectly: "Hello, Peter. Sorry to keep you waiting. What I've been trying to demonstrate to you in these surroundings and the ...
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