Sorry! was a BBC TV sit-com starring Ronnie Corbett as Timothy Lumsden, a librarian in his 40s who cannot escape from his domineering mother's apron strings. Seven series of six episodes each were broadcast between 1981 and 1988. The creators and writers were Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent, and the director and producer was David Askey. The programme also featured Barbara Lott and William Moore as Timothy's mother and father, and Marguerite Hardiman as his sister Muriel. Two episodes featured scenes filmed on the SVRSevern Valley Railway.
Filming on the SVRSevern Valley Railway
Series 1: 1981
Episode 6 of Series 1 "Curse of the Mummy" was first screened on 16 April 1981. During a visit, Timothy's sister Muriel prevails upon Timothy to leave home and tries to help him escape. Pursued by their parents, they take a taxi to Leigh Bridge station where Muriel just manages to catch a train while Timothy is caught in a crowd on the platform and fails to do so. The scene was filmed at Bewdley with shots in the booking office, from the footbridge and on platform 2.
Although the series was set in the then-present day (the early 1980s), the rolling stock included GWRGreat Western Railway-liveried carriages.
In March 2016 the Express and Star posted a photograph on Twitter of Ronnie Corbett filming at Bewdley in 1983. This may be a misdated reference to the filming above; the next series after that date included only a brief scene in a DMUDiesel Multiple Unit compartment which may have been filmed on the SVRSevern Valley Railway but is not recognisable as such (it does not match the interior of the SVRSevern Valley Railway's DMUDiesel Multiple Unit).
Series 5: 1986
In spring 1986, SVRSevern Valley Railway News 79 reported that future filming in 1986 would include a further edition. Episode 6 of Series 5 "It's a Wonderful Life, Basically" was first screened on 21 June 1986. The episode’s plot paid homage to the classic James Stewart film "It's a Wonderful Life", with Timothy wishing that he had never been born and discovering the consequences. Two scenes were filmed at Northwood Lane level crossing which, as with the 1982 episode of L For Lester, had been specially fitted with barriers. Both scenes involved a close encounter with a passing freight train, but with very different outcomes. The train was hauled by one of the SVRSevern Valley Railway’s Class 08 shunters and included two easily recognisable SVRSevern Valley Railway wagons, white Mica B 105873 and Esso Oil Tank Wagon 2686. The platform of Northwood Halt is also seen on the first occasion.
A DVD box set ‘Sorry! The Complete Collection’ is available in the BBC ‘Classic Comedy’ series.
- Sorry! On IMDB.com
- Sorry! Curse of the Mummy on IMDB.com
- Sorry! It's a Wonderful Life, Basically on IMDB.com