What's on TV tonight: Inside the Steam Train Museum at Christmas.
Channel 5, 7pm. "There are festive frolics from the rail enthusiasts at Bressingham Steam Museum as the vintage fire engine makes an appearance at the local Christmas lights parade, and manager Al has to take over in the grotto."
We were chuffed to see the Radio Times had chosen 'Inside The Steam Train Museum at Christmas' as one of their picks of the day for Friday 18th December!
Friday Choices, The pick of today's TV.
"Inside The Steam Train Museum at Christmas 7.00 pm Channel 5. Documentary. You may remember the charming team, many of them volunteers, who work at Bressingham Steam Museum in Norfolk. Whether it's keeping the steam train running or organising special events, they throw themselves into everything with good humour and enthusiasm. Currently they're preparing for Christmas, which means manager Al dressing up as Santa and Phil struggling to drive the vintage fire engine that's covered in fairy lights. Jane Rackham"
Last Thursday was a milestone day for us at Parish Lantern Films; a passion-project completed and come to fruition.
Episode one of 'Inside the Steam Train Museum’ was broadcast for the first time and we were delighted to discover the next day that viewing figures were “well above average” for the programme slot. Obviously, it’s great to have as many people view our work as possible, but beyond that, it was fantastic to showcase the characters who are as integral to our heritage as the history they endeavour to preserve.
Bressingham Steam and Gardens is a ‘living museum’. This means many exhibits run and operate as they did in the working day, rather than being stationary, behind perspex and gathering dust. Correspondingly, when we began filming and editing the project we were really hoping to capture the ‘life’ that these characters brought in turn to the living museum.
Episode one is titled ‘Restoration’ and showcases the passion and hard work that went into restoring a golden cockerel for a Victorian Gallopers set, a Steam Engine nearing its 150th birthday, and also the journey from novice to driver for Phil Thompson - who by all accounts appears to have tugged a few heart strings!
Each episode will portray new and recurring characters as they help to keep the museum running, and although the subject matter changes through the seasons in which we filmed, we worked hard to make sure the themes and ideas were consistent in each.
A link to the first episode can be found below and we really hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed creating it.