The Singing Detective

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The Singing Detective was a noir-styled 1986 six-part BBC TV serial drama, written by Dennis Potter and starring Michael Gambon. Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his wartime childhood in the Forest of DeanWilliam Dean, Chief Locomotive Engineer of the Great Western Railway 1877-1902 and Chandleresque detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations, with himself in the title role. It won six BAFTAs and other awards.[1]

Filming on the SVRSevern Valley Railway

8 days of filming took place in March of that year using LMS Jinty (4)7383. SVRSevern Valley Railway News included a photograph of 7383 and 4 carriages standing at Arley taken during filming on Sunday 23 March, and stills from the programme show Northwood Halt[2][3]. Part 3 'Lovely Days' has footage interspersed through the first half of the episode.

See also

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


  1. Internet Movie Database (Retrieved 15 February 2017)
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 80, pp 10-11.
  3. 'Platform 2', Stourbridge Line User Group, Issue 19, March 2020 (Retrieved 26 January 2022)