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Author Topic: Great British Railway Journeys - Michael Portillo's television series  (Read 88440 times)
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« Reply #180 on: January 22, 2016, 11:11:10 pm »

Just catching up and have watched the episode with Bristol and Avonmouth.

Did Mr P call it "Nailsea and Blackwell"?
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« Reply #181 on: January 23, 2016, 09:07:24 am »

Did Mr P call it "Nailsea and Blackwell"?

He did indeed
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« Reply #182 on: January 25, 2016, 12:02:47 am »

Alerted to the incident by my colleague bobm (I unfortunately missed watching the live programme, as I was working), my complaint about that particular transgression is on its way to the BBC!  Shocked Roll Eyes Angry Angry
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« Reply #183 on: January 25, 2016, 12:10:25 am »

No problems with Mr P pronouncing the name of my home town*. Even giving viewers an explanation of the etymology.



*Where I was raised, not where I currently reside. Although he could have taken a quick detour from Avonmouth to El Dub. We do have a Roman Villa worth visiting. Slap bang in the middle of a post war housing estate. And an Iron Age hill fort overlooking said estate.
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« Reply #184 on: January 28, 2016, 11:11:10 am »

Just in case you thought your Sky box had missed last night's episode in error, it seems it was dropped at the last minute.  The BBC have not said why or when it will be shown.   Speculation on other forums suggests, as Mr Portillo was visiting a crematorium, it would sit uneasily with the following programme on World Holocaust Day while others said it might be due to him visiting Walton on Thames where Milly Dowler came from and who was in the news yesterday.

Some sources have the programme being shown tonight - so, if true, I suspect the former reason.

What happens about fitting in the rest of the episodes remains to be seen.
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« Reply #185 on: January 28, 2016, 11:47:34 am »

Great American Railroad Journeys starting on Monday 1st, for anyone who hadn't noticed.

Did anyone else pick up on the truly dreadful overdubbing of a steam loco sound (the producers chose to use the sound of a steam loco at speed when the pictures showed one slowly pulling away from a station) when MP was visiting the Bluebell railway a couple of days ago?!  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #186 on: January 28, 2016, 12:15:23 pm »

Did anyone else pick up on the truly dreadful overdubbing of a steam loco sound (the producers chose to use the sound of a steam loco at speed when the pictures showed one slowly pulling away from a station) when MP was visiting the Bluebell railway a couple of days ago?!  Roll Eyes
I didn't notice that, but they seemed to be re-using the same (or very similar) shot(s) of a class 455 or 313 which I don't think are used on the routes he was travelling, although I could easily be wrong on that.

On the steam section, I was paying more attention to the fact there seemed to be two drivers (they referred to the woman as the driver, but rather than a fireman I thought I recognised the second member of staff on the footplate from a programme I watched frequently on video years ago, where he was described as a fully-qualified driver himself).
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« Reply #187 on: January 28, 2016, 12:22:09 pm »

On the steam section, I was paying more attention to the fact there seemed to be two drivers (they referred to the woman as the driver, but rather than a fireman I thought I recognised the second member of staff on the footplate from a programme I watched frequently on video years ago, where he was described as a fully-qualified driver himself).

Ha, it wasn't just me who recognised him from elsewhere then?! I guess he must be the Bluebell Railways equivalent of a driver manager, who would typically accompany any visitors on the footplate such as MP.
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« Reply #188 on: January 28, 2016, 01:06:35 pm »

Some sources have the programme being shown tonight - so, if true, I suspect the former reason.

What happens about fitting in the rest of the episodes remains to be seen.

The online BBC schedule now shows two programmes in succession on Friday, 1830 and 1900.

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« Reply #189 on: January 28, 2016, 05:26:58 pm »

Just in case you thought your Sky box had missed last night's episode in error, it seems it was dropped at the last minute.  The BBC have not said why or when it will be shown.   Speculation on other forums suggests, as Mr Portillo was visiting a crematorium, it would sit uneasily with the following programme on World Holocaust Day while others said it might be due to him visiting Walton on Thames where Milly Dowler came from and who was in the news yesterday.
I did at first think my Sky box had failed but a little digging on another rail forum soon absolved my Sky box of all blame.

I agree that in all likelihood the decision to pull yesterday's episode was linked to World Holocaust Day.

If you were being critical, it was unfortunate that this was missed when compiling episodes and when they were due to air but there is so much to be aware of these days.

Agreed, the dubbing of a different steam engine sound on Tuesday's episode over the original sounded awful and should not have been done IMHO.

Other than that, Great British Railway Journeys is a truly wonderful program brilliantly produced. Long may it continue.
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« Reply #190 on: January 28, 2016, 10:39:07 pm »

Agreed, the dubbing of a different steam engine sound on Tuesday's episode over the original sounded awful and should not have been done IMHO.

Other than that, Great British Railway Journeys is a truly wonderful program brilliantly produced. Long may it continue.

The dubbing of out-of-sync steam engine sounds at the Bluebell Rly was indeed distracting for those of us of a pedantic disposition who like our train sounds to be authentic.  What I think happened was that as the train commenced it's departure from the platform there were two sound tracks.  Under the annoying faster beat, I clearly heard the slow piston sounds correctly synchronised, apparently from the actual event.  However, the following shot of the train moving at greater speed had the correct sound.  This was overlapped on to the first shot in an attempt to give a smoother transition than a sudden jump in the soundtrack would have been had only the 'natural' sounds been used.

Pedant?  Moi?  Grin

(I agree an excellent series with excellent ideas for days out.)
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« Reply #191 on: January 30, 2016, 11:31:01 am »

Good to see yet another TV appearance by Twyford's very own Norman Topsom MBE last night!
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« Reply #192 on: January 30, 2016, 02:44:32 pm »

Viewers in Wales did not see the re-arranged 1900 episode last night due to BBC2 Wales covering pre-arranged Live Rugby.
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« Reply #193 on: January 30, 2016, 07:28:10 pm »

Shown at 1830 Saturday after a re-hash of programmes.
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« Reply #194 on: January 31, 2016, 04:52:13 pm »

On the steam section, I was paying more attention to the fact there seemed to be two drivers (they referred to the woman as the driver, but rather than a fireman I thought I recognised the second member of staff on the footplate from a programme I watched frequently on video years ago, where he was described as a fully-qualified driver himself).

It was Clive Groome who is well known for his footplate courses, firing for one of his daughters who is now a driver.
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