James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain

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Vinny
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Mon Mar 04, 2019 4:46 pm

New two-part series starts this Wednesday at 9pm on BBC4.

Looks very interesting. One to watch!

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(Content taken from the BBC's website)

Two-part documentary, introduced and narrated by model train enthusiast James May, that follows a year inside Hornby Hobbies - an iconic British toymaker on the brink of collapse. But this is no ordinary business series - this is a series about model train and plane obsessives, both inside and outside the company, all of whom desperately need the company to survive.

In episode one, we join Hornby as they face their biggest crisis in a generation. The company has lost £30M in the past five years and sales across all three of their major brands - Scalextric, Airfix and Hornby Railways - are down.

A new boss, Lyndon Davies, has been appointed to turn the company’s dismal fortunes around and he has brought back some company veterans to help in the fight for survival.

Simon Kohler, known affectionately as ‘Mr Hornby’ has been brought back after a four-year absence. He assesses the decline of his beloved company and attempts to reconnect with Hornby’s dissatisfied customer base and retailers.

Meanwhile, in a bid to revitalise Airfix, Lyndon tasks a master amateur model builder, Jim Bren, with the biggest build of his model-making life – the largest reconstruction of the Hellcat plane ever attempted by the company.

We get the opportunity to delve into the highly secretive world of the company’s design and development process. We meet Ken, head of the audio research laboratory, as he struggles to find the perfect cat sound, as well as other veterans like head of archives Peter, who has some very strong words on how he feels the company has been managed.

We also meet the people whose pastimes are at stake, such as the members of the Double O Gauge Association. We follow them as they prepare for one of the biggest events in the model railway enthusiast’s diary – The Great Electric Train Show in Milton Keynes – where their fictitious village of Batcombe is ready for its unveiling to the public.

Full details on the BBC website here.


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Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:26 pm

Bumping this topic as a reminder for tonight's must-see TV. It's on a t 21:00 and should be a lot more light-hearted than watching about the alleged goings-on in Neverland on Channel 4!

It's followed by Timeshift at 22:00 for the model train fans on here.

The Joy of Train Sets - The Model Railway Story
Documentary exploring the popularity of train replicas, and how what started out as an adult obsession with building fully engineered model railways became the iconic toy of 1950s and 1960s childhood. With contributions from modellers such as Pete Waterman, this programme celebrates the joys of miniaturisation.

Enjoy!
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Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:25 pm

Good Call there Vincy.

I enjoyed that 60 minutes.

Airfix were well covered with the IPMS Reveal (most underwhelming reveal I ever saw - they should of done that in the US as they love a good Reaction) along with the Train lads and ladies with big hands. James may inserted some good Humour as usual with some gentle ribbing about Modellers and Girlfriends!!

Looking forward to the next installment.
Cheers

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Wed Mar 13, 2019 4:34 pm

Reminder for part two tonight as the first part was very enjoyable. Looking forward to some good laughs again at the expense of the modelling community :D
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