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Series cast summary:
 Carl Matthews (2 episodes, 2014)
 Sally Thorn (2 episodes, 2014)
 Maggie Matthews (2 episodes, 2014)
 Ryan Cole (2 episodes, 2014)
 Charlotte Matthews (2 episodes, 2014)
 Adam Matthews (2 episodes, 2014)
 Grant Findlay (2 episodes, 2014)
 Kerry Wright (2 episodes, 2014)
Mohammed Ali ...
 Train Commuter (2 episodes, 2014)
 Make Up Lady (2 episodes, 2014)
Ben Fox ...
 Commuter (2 episodes, 2014)
 Hotel Receptionist (2 episodes, 2014)
John Hiorns ...
 Train commuter (2 episodes, 2014)
Joanna Jeffrees ...
 Commuter (2 episodes, 2014)
Jeff Leslie ...
 Sally's New Man (2 episodes, 2014)
Stuart Matthews ...
 Commuter (2 episodes, 2014)
Vander McLeod ...
 Personal Trainer (2 episodes, 2014)
Thomas Morrison ...
 Martin Dawson (2 episodes, 2014)
Ricky Rajpal ...
 Commuter (2 episodes, 2014)
Julio Romeo ...
 Bartender (2 episodes, 2014)
Sam Simon ...
 Kind gentleman (2 episodes, 2014)


After fighting for a seat on their morning commute, Sally and Carl begin talking and suddenly their daily train journey becomes a lot more interesting. Carl is happily married, Sally's engaged - where's the harm? Yet they find themselves increasingly drawn to each other, and as their friendship grows to flirtation they refuse to admit - to each other or themselves - that a line might be crossed. The consequences of discovery will be life-changing, catastrophic perhaps, and yet they can't help falling in love. A romantic drama for grown-ups, The 7.39 is charged, funny, moving and sexy. Written by anon

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

6 January 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

7.39  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In the first scene of part one, a copy of One Day is seen on Sally's bedside table. One Day was authored by David Nicholls, the writer of this drama. See more »


References Jane Eyre (2006) See more »


Frère Jacques
[Carl's daughter practices violin]
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Telling the same story, and how!
21 February 2014 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

How many ways are there to depict infidelity, on screen or on the page? Or romantic love, for that matter? Sometimes it seems that all possible shades of both have been covered, and repeated ad nauseum. Then there comes something like 'The 7.39', and one realizes the same old story can indeed be told in yet another way, which is both entertaining and insightful.

Two commuters - 'everyman' and 'everywoman' - are attracted to each other; the first part focuses on them and the tension is built up really effectively. The second part takes us through the repercussions of their actions, not in a moralistic way, but in a way that one feels sympathy for ALL the characters.

The resolution is unexpected -- I couldn't predict till the last minute how it was all going to end. To take a theme/plot that has been told a million times before, and then to tell in a way that the viewer holds her breath, eagerly anticipating the next turn in the course of events: that's the art of storytelling at its best. This has been compared to the great film 'Brief Encounter'; both deal with the very human theme of temptation, but I think 'The 7.39' also tells us something about the dilemma of the modern man/woman: is life any less complicated when the rules are relaxed?

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