Summer Wine Time Travelling

Cap n Mac

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#1
Just imagine...

You were given the opportunity to take one trip back into the past. You decide to use this trip to travel back in time to see the filming of a specific scene or episode. Which episode or scene would you want to see being filmed were you given this ability? Would you also want to do something else while on the set like, say, chat with a cast member?

What would you do? ;)
 

amos hames

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#2
ohh I like this thread. I would like to see the filming of a Bicycle made for three. Such a funny episode. And chat with Bill Owen. He would have some stories I bet.
 

maltrab

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#3
I would like to go back when they filmed "Getting Sam Home" where Sam lived still eludes me,and although he had health problems it would of been nice to chat to John Comer (Sid)
 

Elmc

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#4
Oh, I like this one, too. It would have to be "Mending Stuart's Leg". I want to count how many takes they had before they all said, "Oh, leave it in", in regard to Nora giggling when Compo chases her around Norm's back. Luv that bit.
"One night. World was upside down!" I'm sure it was.
I would probably talk with Bill Owen, about his earlier work. I recall he was in a war film with John Mills ( is it Sir? )
 

Cap n Mac

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#5
(We hear a bump that sounds a lot like Nora Batty's Yardbrush hitting someone round the head)

I haven't said what year for what scene I'd go to, haven't I?

Okay. So, I'd travel back to 1988 and watch them film "Downhill Racer", especially the scene where the three men slide down the hills on their trays; I'm sure it might have taken a while to put it all together but it came out as one fun scene. If there was one cast member I could talk with, It'd be Peter Sallis. I'd ask him about his role as Clegg and how he felt about playing him for nearly 17 years. I'd also ask him about his previous roles in movies and TV. Also, if given the chance, I'd talk with his stunt man and ask him how he felt toppling along the hills on his trays like that. I also have a feeling I'd enjoy chatting Michael Aldridge. :)

Using this same trip, I'd also visit the studios where they shot the live action portions of the episode. From what I understand, the cast would pretty much hang around in the studio for most of the day (if not all day) while doing these scenes and I'd be interested to find out what they did to pass the time.

If only...:)
 

Pearl

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#6
I agree with Terry, Getting Sam Home would have been amazing to see.
Failing that any episode with Wally in and then have a good chat with him. :D
 

dick

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#7
My pick would have to be " Getting Barry Higher In The World " It's my all time favourite .I would talk to Barry and ask if he enjoyed " flying " :smile: Also Seymour. :30:
 

Adanor

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#8
I'd like to be on the sidelines of the one about the mobile hot dog stand. Especially to see how exactly the actors handled being around those giant flames. I especially like that final scene. If you notice, when Wesley is driving and pulling the hot dog stand, you are made to think that there are flames but it is actually only smoke. Then he stops and the flames are relit.
 

Norm

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#9
I think I would go for "Full Steam Behind" then I could have a ride on the footplate of that lovely steam engine, and ask Peter Sallis about some of the wonderful times he had in the theatre
 

Big Unc

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#10
I think I would go for "Full Steam Behind" then I could have a ride on the footplate of that lovely steam engine, and ask Peter Sallis about some of the wonderful times he had in the theatre
Interesting if unexciting engine.

Originally Great Western Railway 5775, (GWR 5700 Class) was transferred to London Transport in 1963 where it was numbered L89. Sold to Keighley and Worth Valley Railway around 1969.

No. 5775 on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway featured in the film The Railway Children painted brown and lettered with GN&SR (Great Northern and Southern Railway). In May 2014, No. 5775 was moved to Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, for cosmetic restoration back to the livery used in the film.

No. 5775 also featured in the Full Steam Behind episode of Last of the Summer Wine (series 5), in its LT livery (number L89) but with "LONDON TRANSPORT" replaced with "KWVR" (Keighley and Worth Valley Railway) on the side of the tank.
 

Norm

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#11
Interesting if unexciting engine.

Originally Great Western Railway 5775, (GWR 5700 Class) was transferred to London Transport in 1963 where it was numbered L89. Sold to Keighley and Worth Valley Railway around 1969.

No. 5775 on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway featured in the film The Railway Children painted brown and lettered with GN&SR (Great Northern and Southern Railway). In May 2014, No. 5775 was moved to Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon, for cosmetic restoration back to the livery used in the film.

No. 5775 also featured in the Full Steam Behind episode of Last of the Summer Wine (series 5), in its LT livery (number L89) but with "LONDON TRANSPORT" replaced with "KWVR" (Keighley and Worth Valley Railway) on the side of the tank.
Many thanks Big Unc, My Mother came from keighley so I was interested to read its history.
 

Big Unc

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#12
Many thanks Big Unc, My Mother came from keighley so I was interested to read its history.
Done a bit more checking into my records. I called 5775 interesting if unexciting. It was a very standard GWR 0-6-0 pannier tank and there were no less than 863 built in that Class 5700 which were designed for shunting and light goods work. There were a total of seven different manufacturers for this extensive Class.

5775 was one of the early ones, built in 1929 and, as I already said, was with BR until 1963 and then with London Transport until 1969. It spent all its working days with British Railways in Wales. I saw it back in my trainspotting days and suspect it was on an occasion it was going through Swindon Works for overhaul.

A total of 13 of the class went to London Transport and another five were transferred to the National Coal Board.

There are a total of sixteen of the Class in preservation.
 

barmpot

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#13
... If there was one cast member I could talk with, It'd be Peter Sallis. I'd ask him about his role as Clegg and how he felt about playing him for nearly 17 years. .....

If only...:)
Agree Peter Sallis would be interesting to talk to, but do you not mean 37 years - about half of his acting life!
 

Big Unc

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#15
Getting to the real gist of this thread I would certainly go for a Seymour era episode. After Dame Thora Hird, probably the best actor to appear in the show would be Michael Aldridge and it would be great to have been able to talk to him about all his parts and experiences and couple that with a discussion with Peter Sallis, himself also inherently a good actor. Maybe 'Uncle of the Bride' would be too early as Michael Aldridge would still be feeling his way. 'Merry Christmas, Father Christmas' was a bit later and must have been amusing to make but maybe I would plump for 'Come Back, Jack Harry Teesdale' or 'Happy Anniversary Gough And Jessie' as really fun episodes in their production.
 

Beth

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#17
I would have to say its hard to pick one. I would also like to meet Wesley filming Car and Garder. I need to quit thinking or I'll end up with a list. ;D
 

barmpot

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#19
Done a bit more checking into my records. ....

A total of 13 of the class went to London Transport and another five were transferred to the National Coal Board.

There are a total of sixteen of the Class in preservation.
Quite a few survived then, possibly due to transfer to LT and NCB. I seem to recall LT were still using steam for maintenance into the early 1970s. Somebody once told me of being very surprised to see a steam locomotive come through a LT station late at night - would have been District Line I think from where person lived/worked.

As another note - the LT ones could only be used on Metropolitan and District Lines (and that of course includes the Circle) as they are the only Underground lines with the standard loading gauge. The other lines have a much reduced one.


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