Brief Encounter – tape 1805

Straight into the movie. Brief Encounter is a movie which almost everybody knows, even if not everyone has seen it. It’s almost shorthand for a particular type of film, a particular type of acting, even a particular way of speaking.

It’s the story about two married people, Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard who meet on a railway platform. She gets a piece of grit in her eye, and he, a doctor, helps her with it. They then meet, randomly, a few more times, and one day share a lunch table at a restaurant, where they get to know each other a little better than just being nodding acquaintances.

He has a very strange view of musicians. He knows she can’t be a musician as she’s “too sane and uncomplicated” which seems a little dismissive of musicians everywhere.

They spend the afternoon together, going to the pictures, and agree to meet the next week.

The meetings acquire a little more romance, as the two realise they’re falling in love, but in a terribly repressed English way. Although there are the occasional torrid smooches.


Much of the action takes place on the railway station where they met, and I think there’s an inherent extra drama afforded by the old train carriages when you could get on and off a train even as it’s just pulling out.

But it does make me cry – or is it just the Rachmaninov?

After this film, UK Gold shuts down for the night, and we get some infomercials. There’s Amazing Discoveries with Mike Levy.

Mike Levy

This time he’s touting the Tiger Juicer, with fitness guru Jack Lillane.

Then, he’s back with the Bedazzler Plus, with British spokesperson Roxene. A lot of these shows tend to have British spokespeople, I don’t know why.

There’s one for fishing lures. One for hair care (featuring William Katt) and then another Brit, Estelle Walshe, presents the Great American Home Show, with the Kitchen Helper.




  • Nat West
  • John Smith’s
  • Skytours
  • Randy Crawford
  • Argos
  • Sure
  • Macleans
  • American Express
  • That Loving Feeling
  • Doritos
  • Ragu
  • Liptonice
  • Persil Pure
  • Kitekat
  • Pledge
  • Bounty
  • trail: Wednesday Evening
  • trail: The Tripods
  • trail: Carry On Films
  • trail: 80s Top of the Pops
  • trail: Hazell

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