As various accusations about my operating team and my layout have been aired on this thread I thought I'd tell you all how we happened to arrive on this program.
The story starts two weeks before the Great Electric Train Show (GETS). I was at a show with my other layout and my son and my friend Paul were at a factory sale at Hornby's Margate site. While Phil, my son, was on the phone to me and surrounded by boxes he was approached by the film crew and asked if he was a collector, followed by, was he on the phone to a collector. It rapidly became apparent that the production company thought all Hornby products were bought by collectors and squirreled away. It took rather a long time for Paul and Phil to explain that they were buying equipment to use on a model railway, the film crew seemed to have no concept of this.
As a result Paul and Phil were interviewed and filmed checking out. It also came out that my layout was due to go GETS and so were the film crew. They wanted to film the layout before and at GETS and asked if they could do this.
Up until this point the production company had planned for no model railway content at all other than as a back drop to the Hornby stand at GETS. So the choice was Say yes and let them film warts and all, or say No and they would have gone back into the sale and kept on asking until they found a collector. If I said no the model railway community would have been represented to the public by a person opening cupboards to show stacks of unopened boxes. If I said yes at least some vestige of what the modelling community could do would get through. I said yes and I stand by that decision, although if I knew what it would unleash I might have thought again.
In due course the crew turned up at my home where the layout was part set up while we did some work. Five hours later they left after grilling us each for 20 minutes about what we would do when Hornby went under. We kept telling them that that wasn't going to happen and my comment on it being like the Queen dying was in answer to the modified question, "What would it be like if Hornby ceased to make model railways for any reason?"
At the show they filmed us arriving (I had to drive in and out of the car park three times). They filmed us setting up. Yes I had forgotten the buildings but a quick there and back sorted that. No Gerard didn't save the day it was a team effort and Paul worked out that we didn't need those sections, but it was edited to seem that way. Editing can turn anything which ever way the Editor wants.
The Ale Bar in New Cross has a monthly Railway Modeller's night. The film crew filmed that as well, so that was another four hours or so along with interviews. They wanted Paul and me to go to Warley (at our own expense) and walk them round the show to give the Railway Modeller's perspective on new developments. We did this and drew attention to various new items. All this ended on the cutting room floor.
All in all they must have had over 30 hours of footage of us let alone Gerard. I feel I should point out that the film crew didn't know Gerard until GETS But they contacted him and spent well over five hours at his home. I know he appeared first, remember what I said about editing!
So there you go it was go for it, or let the collectors speak for the community what would you do in that split second?
Oh! and one thing if you start and offensive sentence " I don't mean to be offensive" you are about to be offensive and that phrase doesn't make it right. The end result is I have to spend hours calming an offended person who wants to smash years of modelling work up.