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SVR stations to star in BBC drama
7:10am Monday 4th February 2013 in News
WYRE Forest viewers tuning into a new BBC drama tonight might spot something familiar about Folkestone and South Bromley train stations.
The BBC2 series, Dancing on the Edge by Stephen Poliakoff, filmed its 1930s railway scenes at the Severn Valley Railway using Kidderminster station for Folkestone and Bewdley for South Bromley.
The scenes were filmed over two days in February 2012 where the Kidderminster to Bridgnorth steam train will be used to show London in 1932 and 1933.
Dancing on the Edge follows an ambitious, young working-class journalist on the Musical Express, who discovers and promotes a black jazz band of mostly American musicians.
The band soon attracts racy and even Royal fans, and before long fashionable young aristocrats are falling over each other to make friends with the musicians, in some cases falling into bed with them.
One of the love scenes was shot in a Severn Valley Railway sleeping car.
The cast includes Jacqueline Bisset, John Goodman, Anthony Head, Mel Smith, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Caroline Quentin, Matthew Goode and Jane Asher and also the SVR’s former London, Midland and Scottish Railway 2-6-2 locomotive Number 42968.
General Manager Nick Ralls said: “It is an important endorsement of the Severn Valley Railway’s ability to provide time-warp film settings for the film and television industry, to almost any specification.”
Dancing on the Edge will be shown on BBC2 tonight at 9pm.