Days before the Savile shit hit his fans. Jimmy Savile featured in a documentary made by the BBC; this one
I have no idea when the window to view this video closed. But I do know when I saw it for the first time !
13th November 2012
It's a great film and I'm sure you can find the whole thing online. But, my particular interest lies in this excerpt, wherein Sir Peter Parker then boss of our railways, talks to Jimmy about their shared interest; TRAINS !
I really like this film. I think it shows Jimmy at his best. Intelligent, warm and genuinely interested in his subject. He isn't just pushing British Railways. He loves them, especially the ordinary folk who worked there at the time. He tells a lovely story about, despite travelling incognito (a feat in itself) he arrives at Carlisle Station at 'ten to four in the morning' only to find that his arrival has been posted on the passenger information board as : 'Jim'll Fix it arrives 3.50' LOVELY !
The highly successful, age of the train tv commercials ran in the early 80's. I'd say the interview above dates from 1982. WHY ? because of this
If you look closely, you will see that the newly launched, disabled railcard the lady holds is dated 31st December 1982. Here's how getty images describes the event
I have to say that I did do a double take when I studied this photo again recently. I thought I may have seen this woman's face before ?
A little older but the hair is similar. Could this lady have become a special Jimmy patient from Stoke Mandeville ?
It's a nice thought isn't it guys and gals and would seem in character for Jim to make friends of HIS patients. Imagine how nice it must have been for those who he included in such wonderful experiences !
Oh and I've just remembered, there's footage of Jim struggling to get that wheelchair into aisle of the coach. I don't think he or Sir Peter managed that one !
More happy TRUE stories next time guys and gals !
I'll leave you with a bit of TV cream info about those tv commercials. Nice comments too. All but one of them that is !
The film excerpt of Jimmy and Sir Peter Parker was taken from a BFI film called 'The age of the train' NOT the BBC documentary. It's available to buy on dvd but I have to say the BBC's effort is a lot more entertaining !
Oh, and here is the BBC film which I think includes the footage of Jim trying to push that wheelchair into the carriage. Apologies guys and gals, but you'll enjoy watching both !