One Hour to Zero (Children’s Film Foundation)

Date: 1976
Director: Jeremy Summers
Production Company: Charles Barker Films, Children's Film Foundation

Stars: Jayne Collins, Toby Bridge, Andrew Ashby, Dudley Sutton, John Forgeham, John Barcroft
Location(s): Gwynedd (Wales), London

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A young runaway is persuaded to return home by his friend but when they arrive back in the village they find it deserted.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Greg Taylor with captions by PW

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The film opens with views of the countryside surrounding the Nuclear Research Station near fictional Llanfawr in North Wales. The now disused Trawsfyndd nuclear power station near Trawsfynydd in Gwynedd, Wales.

Children leave school after the day's lessons end. Facing Moreia Chapel at the junction of Chapel Street with Pen Y Gareg as seen from Fronwynion Street in Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd.

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Andrew Wheatley supports the location with this Google Earth capture. (RL)

Maureen Rogers (Jayne Collins), Steve Rogers (Toby Bridge) and Paul Jenkins (Andrew Ashby) talk as they make their way home. Looking towards the south along Fronwynion Street in Trawsfynydd.

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Andrew Wheatley supports the location with this Google Earth capture. (RL)

Steve notices that a call box has been vandalised. Facing Fronwynion Street from Cefn Gwyn with the Cross Foxes public house in the background.

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Andrew Wheatley with this Google Earth capture shows that the telephone box has now been replaced for good. (RL)

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Paul and Maureen watch in horror as Steve attempts to open the telephone's cash box. Fronwynion Street looking from Cefn Gwyn in Trawsfynydd.

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As Paul continues home, PC Tom Edwards (Mike Lewin) arrives on the scene. The corner of Cefn Gwyn and Fronwynion Street with the Cross Foxes pub visible to the left.

After almost getting knocked down by a car as he makes a run for it, Steve is apprehended by the Constable. Pen Y Gareg from Fronwynion Street. With thanks to Robert Shrives for identifying many of the locations contained in this film.

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Greg Taylor replaces Andrew Wheatley's Google shot with this comparison adding "At the time I worked for ITV and had to visit Caernarfon Studios, so set off extra early for an early morning detour."

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Later that afternoon, Peter (John Barcroft) and Hilda Jenkins (Ann Windsor) say goodbye to their son as they load the car. Andrew Wheatley advises that this is on the westernmost part of Maes Gerddi (a streets and mini housing estate) north of Porthmadog. (RL)

Paul is left in the care of neighbour Sam Rogers (John Forgeham), Steve's father. Andrew Wheatley advises that this is on the westernmost part of Maes Gerddi (a streets and mini housing estate) north of Porthmadog. (RL)

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Until he can get there himself Andrew covers with this shot from Google Earth relying on that telephone access cover and counting the houses to be certain. (RL)

Maureen follows as PC Edwards brings Steve home. Andrew Wheatley advises that this is on the westernmost part of Maes Gerddi (a streets and mini housing estate) north of Porthmadog. (RL)

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Andrew now supports his identification with this Google Earth capture. (RL)

After Tom explains what Steve has been up to, Sam Rogers is called away to an emergency at the Research Station as he starts to tell his son off. Andrew Wheatley advises that this is on the westernmost part of Maes Gerddi (a streets and mini housing estate) north of Porthmadog. (RL)

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Andrew supports his identification with this Google shot. (RL)

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Steve packs his bag and leaves the house after telling his sister that he's fed up of continually being told off by their father. Andrew Wheatley advises that this was the A470 north of Blaenau Ffestiniog which was straightened between 2006 and 2009. (RL)

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After crossing the main road, Steve makes his way into the mountains above the quarry.

Andrew Wheatley sends this screen grab showing Steve and Paul's return home walking towards the same gate as in 012. (RL)

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This Google shot from Andrew provides better evidence that it is the A470 (RL)

Paul follows his friend after Maureen tells him that Steve has left home. Andrew Wheatley places this once again on Maes Gerddi with Paul making his way toward the field to the west of the estate. (RL)

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Literally "the end of the road" for the Google street view car but as Andrew witnesses there is still a junction box on the electrical pole. (RL)

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As Paul locates Steve in a cave, Sam Rogers attempts to deal with the emergency at the Research Station. Trawsfyndd nuclear power station in Gwynedd.

The next morning, Steve follows Paul back to the village after being persuaded to return home. Andrew also places this on Maes Gerddi (RL)

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Until he can get there himself Andrew provides this Google Earth image showing that a new house has been built at the end of the road, since the film was made. (RL)

The friends notice that the streets are very quiet. Andrew also places this on Maes Gerddi (RL)

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And supports with this Google Earth grab. (RL)

The two enter Steve's home where they discover that the electricity and water have been cut off. Once more on Maes Gerddi says Andrew. (RL)

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And once more courtesy of Google Earth. (RL)

After checking the neighbourhood, Paul and Steve realise that all the houses are empty. And again on Maes Gerddi says Andrew. (RL)

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And again from Google Earth. (RL)

The pair head into the village centre. The former Midland Bank building on Fronwynion Street in Trawsfynydd.

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Despite the tree growth Andrew Wheatley found this Google Earth shot with that white triangular stone above the window. (RL)

Paul rattles the secure door of the bank. Fronwynion Street, Trawsfynydd.

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The doors of the bank in context, taken by Greg.

Steve finds the Post Office closed. The Post Office on Chapel Street, facing Pen Y Gareg, Trawsfynyd.

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A wider view of the former Post Office from Greg Taylor.

Peering through the school windows, Paul finds the hall silent and empty. Ysgol Bro Hedd Wyn on Fronwynion Street, Trawsfynydd.

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Greg provides this wider shot to confirm the location.

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No one can be raised at the Police Station.

The shops are checked for signs of activity. Fronwynion Street again.

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Greg Taylor advises that this butchers shop, along with the bank and the Post Office, has since closed.

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Paul heads to the telephone box. Facing Fronwynion Street from Cefn Gwyn in Trawsfynydd.

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Steve walks away as Paul finds that the phone still isn't working. The junction of Cefn Gwyn and Fronwynion Street with the Midland Bank building in the right background.

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The two make their way along a deserted street. Facing the south-east on Fronwynion Street.

Paul and Steve try to work out what has happened to their families and the villagers. Andrew Wheatley advises that these public toilets were on Stryd Fawr (aka High Street) in Porthmadog, opposite the Coliseum cinema. They were demolished in the 2000's and the site is now part of the Tesco car park. (RL)

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This Google Earth shot from Andrew shows that the tree, however, was retained. (RL)

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An open doorway is spotted at the local cash & carry. Andrew Wheatley does not believe that this was shot across the road from 029 and 031. (RL)

Passing through the gateway, the pair run towards the warehouse. Andrew believes that this was to the right of the toilets (029) and now forms part of the Tesco Extra store and filling station. (RL)

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Very much a "before and after" from Andrew and Google Earth. (RL)

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After he's disturbed by the boys whilst looting, Mike Ellis (Dudley Sutton) runs from the cash & carry. Facing Fronwynion Street from Pen Y Gareg in Trawsfynydd.

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Ellis dodges through an opening. The archway on Pen Y Gareg which now leads to a small car park off Station Road.

Paul and Steve attempt to catch up with the looter as he makes his escape. Pen Y Gareg with Y Llew Gwyn (White Lion) public house to the left.

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Greg Taylor provides this picture of the Trawsfynydd location showing that the pub has also closed. Image copyright Google.

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Having lost Ellis as they follow him from the village, Paul and Steve catch sight of the Research Station. Trawsfyndd nuclear power station, Gwynedd.

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Unbeknownst to the boys, the villagers have been evacuated to a nearby community centre because of the emergency at the Research Centre. Greg Taylor identifies this as the Winston Churchill Theatre off Pinn Way in Ruislip, Greater London.

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A policeman meets Paul's parents as they arrive outside the building where Sam and the Research Station staff have set up a control centre. The Winston Churchill Theatre, Manor Farm in Ruislip located by Greg Taylor.

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After the lads split up when Ellis finds and chases them, Steve nears the quarry.

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Ellis catches up with Steve.

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Ellis pursues Steve through the quarry as Sam and Professor Stonely struggle to prevent an explosion at the Research Station.

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Climbing along old inclines, Steve manages to escape from Ellis.

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Paul arrives at the quarry and calls to Steve as Ellis creeps up behind.

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Ellis captures Paul as Steve continues to search for his friend. To the left is electric locomotive 'The Eclipse' dating from 1927, which is now kept at Llechwedd Slate Quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog.

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After locking Paul in a workman's shed, Ellis drives off at speed. In the right distance stands Oakley Terrace, north of Blaenau Ffestiniog in Gwynedd.

Sam leaves the community centre and races to the Research Station in a last ditch effort to avoid an explosion. Trawsfynydd Power Station identified by Greg Taylor.

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A very similar view of Trawsfynydd taken in February 2008 by Greg.

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As Steve hears Paul's cries for help and tries to release him from the hut, Ellis continues his escape.

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Peter Jenkins runs into the quarry after defying the authorities and going in search of his son.

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The streets remain silent as Sam battles with the Research Station's controls as the clock counts down to an explosion.

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Paul is released by his father and the two wait with Steve as the predicted time of the explosion approaches . . . . . and passes.

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Ellis is stopped at a police road-block.

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Professor Stonely (Morris Perry) shakes Sam's hand as he congratulates him on averting a disaster.

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Sam arrives at the quarry and approaches his son.