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Love on a Branch Line 

Jasper is the perfect English Civil Servant - polite and refined. But to his girl friend, and even to himself, he is a bore. So he decides to become a painter in Paris. Not so fast. The ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Michael Maloney ...  Jasper Pye 4 episodes, 1994
Leslie Phillips ...  Lord Flamborough 4 episodes, 1994
Maria Aitken ...  Lady Flamborough 4 episodes, 1994
Graham Crowden ...  Professor Pollux 4 episodes, 1994
Stephen Moore ...  Quirk 4 episodes, 1994
Amanda Root ...  Miss Mounsey 4 episodes, 1994
David Haig ...  Lionel Virley 4 episodes, 1994
Cathryn Harrison ...  Chloe 4 episodes, 1994
Abigail Cruttenden Abigail Cruttenden ...  Belinda 4 episodes, 1994
Charlotte Williams Charlotte Williams ...  Matilda 4 episodes, 1994
Gillian Raine Gillian Raine ...  Miss Tidy 4 episodes, 1994
Joe Melia ...  Mr. Jones 4 episodes, 1994
Maggie Wells Maggie Wells ...  Dimple Potts 4 episodes, 1994
Ken Sharrock Ken Sharrock ...  Charley Aspall 2 episodes, 1994
Walter Sparrow ...  Chitty Buckthorn 2 episodes, 1994
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Jasper is the perfect English Civil Servant - polite and refined. But to his girl friend, and even to himself, he is a bore. So he decides to become a painter in Paris. Not so fast. The powers-that-be send him to the country to dismantle a forgotten research unit which is headquartered in an old mansion. The eccentric owner lives in a railway train, on his own 'branch line', letting the government pay for the upkeep of his ancestral home. The small research unit enjoys running the stately home and everyone is content with the status quo. Enter Jasper who quickly meets Lord Flamborough's three daughters, who, in one way or another contrive to make Jasper feel very much at home. Jasper's life is turned upside down, and he must eventually decide where his own personal future will lie. Written by Derek Picken <dpicken@email.msn.com>

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12 June 1994 (UK) See more »

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Grandes Paixões See more »

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(4 episodes)

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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The two Pullman coaches used in Lord Flamborough's train were originally part of a famous Brighton Belle train. They have since been acquired by the 5-Bel Trust who are restoring a complete train to run on the mainline again. The two coaches used in the programme are both 3rd class coaches, so have numbers (87 and 91) instead of names. Only 1st class Pullman coaches had names in the UK. See more »

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Excellent English subtle comedy of love, life and manners
17 April 1999 | by funzieSee all my reviews

A truly English escapist romantic comedy, in which a disillusioned civil servant finds love, tranquillity and the return of his sense of self, whilst on a special assignment to a small government "research" establishment at a country estate in the rural East Anglia (part of eastern England) of the 1950s. The fascination of a part of the English psyche then and now with the past (especially railways and agricultural machinery) is well caught, as is the need for the "rural idyll".

This version of Arcadia is a marvellous adaptation of a book by John Hadfield, with the entire cast being accurate in the portrayal of the atmosphere required. A genuine delight.


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