Britain’s Deadliest Rail Disaster
1 x 60′ Drama doc with Finestripe Productions for
BBC2 Scotland, BBC2, BBC4 and BBC Worldwide
Camera ALAN McLAUGHLIN
Costume GRAHAM HUNTER
Make up GILLIAN JOHNSTON, KAT MORGAN
Special Effects ARTEM
Design GEORGE MILLER
Research BECKY MARSHALL, KELLY MACHIN
ROSHAN SAMARASINGHE, ALEX LEITHEAD
Editor JOE SPEIRS
EWAN ANGUS, KATIE LANDER
Written, produced and Directed by
Producer and director
Neil Oliver unlocks the mystery surrounding the worst rail disaster in Britain:
On the 22nd May 1915 at Quintinshill, just north of the Anglo-Scottish border, two high-speed train collisions caused a devastating fire that killed almost 230 people. Neil looks at what happened on the day and then at the inquests, inquiries and trials that followed.
The two signalmen on duty were imprisoned for causing the catastrophe and the subsequent deaths but their harsh sentences proved controversial and a campaign was started to free the men. Now some believe there may have been a cover up to prevent the government and railway company also being found responsible.
Using dramatic reconstructions and contemporary reports, Neil Oliver shines a fresh light on the case against the two imprisoned men. Advocates, signalmen and experts also help him find out why the disaster at Quintinshill was so deadly and carefully lay out the evidence that was never put in their defence.
Two RTS Scotland 2016 nominations:
Best History Programme and Winner Best Post Prod: Editing (for Joe Spiers)