List of film and TV productions filmed on the Severn Valley Railway

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This is an incomplete list of film, TV and similar productions filmed on the railway.


TV Drama and Comedy

TV News and Documentary

  • Midlands News (ATV 1962). "Severn Valley Line - proposed closure". Forty second clip with no sound. Views of Bridgnorth and Bewdey. Available to watch on Media Archive for Central England.
  • Midlands News (ATV 1966). "Stretch of Shropshire Railway Line Purchased". Thirty second clip with no sound. Various views around Bridgnorth and Hampton Loade. Available to watch on Media Archive for Central England.
  • ATV Today (ATV 1968). "River Severn Day Four". Six minute film of Barri Haynes interviewing Christopher George, then secretary of the Severn Valley Railway Society. Media Archive for Central England.
  • ATV Today ( ATV 1968). "Kidderminster Railway Station". Short film with no sound showing views of Kidderminster station building shortly before its demolition. Available to watch on Media Archive for Central England.
  • ATV Today ( ATV 1972). Eight minute news article on the Severn Valley Railway featuring an interview with Sir Gerald Nabarro. Available to watch on Media Archive for Central England.
  • Horizon (BBC 1972). Documentary on railway accidents, filmed over 5 days at Bridgnorth, Hampton Loade, Bewdley and Bewdley tunnel, featuring 45110, 3205, 46443, 2047 Warwickshire and 686 The Lady Armaghdale. The latter 2 locations were still BRBritish Rail or British Railways property at the time[2].Available to watch on Youtube.
  • ATV Today (ATV 1976). Six minute film featuring Chris Tarrant firing one of the 'Austrian locomotives' between Bewdley and Bridgnorth. Available to watch on BFIplayer.
  • Steam upon Severn (BBC 1977). A half hour film on the early days of the SVRSevern Valley Railway, produced by Chris and Avril Rowlands who were also involved with God's Wonderful Railway. BFI program details
  • The Great Railway Cavalcade: Rocket 150 at Rainhill (BBC 1980). The cavalcade included SVRSevern Valley Railway locos. 59 minute video on BBC iPlayer
  • Awayday (BBC, 1989), Railway and wildlife artist, David Shepherd, visits the SVRSevern Valley Railway with actor, Peter McEnery. Available to watch on YouTube
  • Entrepreneurs (BBC/Open University, 1989), 7819 Hinton Manor was used in filming an item for this production.[3]
  • Going Loco (Channel Four, 1990), "Return to Bewdley" episode. Twenty Five minute documentary on the SVRSevern Valley Railway. Available to watch on YouTube. Part 1, Part 2
  • Off the Rails, Season 1, Episode 4 (Discovery 2001). Presented by Vince Henderson, the episode featured the 2000 Thomas event, the restoration of 2857 (described as a pannier tank!), GNR 2701 and newly restored GWR 60906 Ballast Wagon. Radio Times Episode Guide
  • Countryfile, (BBC 2003). Article featuring John Craven at Bewdley and Arley, locos 46443 and 42968, and the Country Park, cliff railway and Bridgnorth High Town.[4]
  • Fred Dibnah's Made in Britain, Episode 9 (BBC 2005). Includes a visit to the SVRSevern Valley Railway workshop and boiler shop. BBC programme guide.
  • Countryfile, (BBC 2014). Six minute article featuring Jules Hudson at Falling Sands Viaduct and Kidderminster Carriage Works. Available to watch on YouTube.
  • Ian Hislop Goes Off the Rails, (BBC 2008). Ian Hislop looks at the background and impact of the 1963 Beeching Report. SVRSevern Valley Railway locos featured included 4566. BBC programme guide
  • Fred Dibnah's Railway Collection, Season 1, Episode 14 (BBC 2009). Featured the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
  • The Golden Age of Steam Railways, Episode 2 (BBC 2012). Programme about the early days of preservation, featuring the SVRSevern Valley Railway and Worth Valley. BBC programme guide. A 2 minute extract featuring 3205 is on BBC iPlayer.
  • Guy Martin's How Britain Worked, Series 1, Episode 1 (Channel 4 2012). Guy helps to overhaul a steam locomotive. Channel 4 programme guide, also on 4-OD.
  • Michael Portillo's Great British Railway Journeys, Series 4, Episode 4 'Dudley to Bridgnorth' (BBC 2013). BBC programme guide.
  • Escape to the Country, (BBC 2014) Series 15, Episode 22, Hampton Loade Station (approximately 15 minutes in) BBC programme guide.
  • Trainspotting live (BBC 2016) BBC programme guide
  • Railways: Making of a Nation, (BBC 2016) Episode 6 'A touch of Class BBC programme guide.
  • Flying Scotsman from the footplate (BBC 2016) A 60-minute trip from the driving seat of the Flying Scotsman in a one-off observational documentary on a journey from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster. BBC programme guide.
  • Victorian Bakers (BBC 2016) Episode 4, 'Christmas' BBC programme guide
  • Escape to the Country, (BBC 2017) Series 18, Episode 13 BBC programme guide.
  • Do You Know? (BBC 2018) Series 2, Episode 8 'Train Tracks and Paint' broadcast 12 April 2018. CBeebies programme featuring 1501 and Bewdley North signal box. BBC programme guide. 65 second clip available to watch on YouTube
  • Catie's Amazing Machines (BBC 2018) Series 1, Episode 4 'Rail Machines' broadcast 11 October 2018. CBeebies programme featuring 2857 BBC programme guide
  • River Walks (BBC 2018) Series 1, Episode 11 'The Severn' broadcast 10 December 2018. Shobna Gulati takes a revealing stroll through Shropshire and Worcestershire beside our longest river. The programme sees Shobna travel back from Bridgnorth on the footplate of 43106 BBC programme guide

TV Commercials and other

  • Birds Eye 'Meal for One' commercial, a parody of 'Brief Encounter' filmed at Bridgnorth (1971)[5]YouTube
  • Mackintosh’s Toffee Crisp commercial[2] (1971), featured 686 The Lady Armaghdale
  • History of Railways Magazine commercial[2] (1971), filmed at Bridgnorth featuring 46443
  • Walls’ Ice Cream commercial[2] (1972), filmed at Bridgnorth featuring 3205, 46443 and 686 The Lady Armaghdale
  • TV advert for Swan Vesta matches (1980s) YouTube
  • Game for a laugh[1] (1981), item featuring musician and entertainer Joe Brown firing 80079.
  • Falstaff Cigars commercial (1982)Youtube
  • 'Say You're Wrong' by Julian Lennon, music video, filmed at Highley featuring 5690 (1984) YouTube
  • Surprise Surprise (1984), item for Cilla Black’s LWT series featuring 6960 Raveningham Hall being driven and fired[6].
  • Wish You Were Here (BBC TV 1995), feature on ‘holidays for the disabled’ in Shropshire, including locomotive 4566 and newly converted wheelchair-friendly coach 80776 [7].
  • Blue Peter (BBC TV 1995), feature on the SVRSevern Valley Railway Steam School with presenter Diane Louise Jordan[8].
  • 'The Boxer' by Whalebone, music video shot at Eardington[9] (2011) YouTube
  • 'If You Were My Boyfriend' by The Yearning, music video (2014), filmed at Bridgnorth featuring 5643 YouTube
  • 'Your Roots, Your Bones' by Les Étoiles, music video (2014), filmed from the train between Arley and Bridgnorth YouTube

Official and promotional videos

See also

Other unverified

These items will be included above when verified or additional information found.

  • From the Wikipedia entry for the SVR: Bridgnorth station was used in 1981 as part of a sketch for the TV comedy Not the Nine O'Clock News. In the sketch, Mel Smith's character observes a steam train passing by without stopping and refers to it as an "old chuffer", forming part of a sequence of puns around the protagonist's wife.
  • From 'Severn Valley Railway memories' by Christopher Magner, p47 (Self published, 1997, no ISBN number) "Good publicity was obtained [in 1966] when BBC television made a film on the preservation scheme for the Today programme"

See also

The Severn Valley Railway in preservation


  1. Display board in The Engine House
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 24
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 92
  4. SVR Forum (Retrieved 13 October 2018)
  5. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 20
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 72
  7. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 113
  8. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 117
  9. Eardington Halt [sic] featured as a location for a music video for acoustic trio Whalebone's version of the Simon & Garfunkle classic The Boxer (Heritage Railway 6 July 2011, p. 22)