Further Up the Creek

Date: 1958
Director: Val Guest
Production Company: Henry Halstead Productions, Hammer Film Productions

Stars: David Tomlinson, Frankie Howerd, Shirley Eaton, Thora Hird
Location(s): Dorset, Surrey

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Storyline:

A British Navy frigate is sold to a foreign power and, as a means of making money, the bosun sells tickets to passengers seeking a luxury cruise to the Mediterranean.

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As the titles appear, "Algeroccan" officials are seen arriving at the Ministry. Looking along The Mall with the Admiralty Citadel in the left background, behind the base of Captain Cook's statue. Location identified by John Tunstill.

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Peter on the case with this comparison.

The dignitaries enter to negotiate for surplus Royal Navy frigates. JT recognised the Admiralty Extension on The Mall in SW1.

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Another modern view from Peter.

After the meeting, the Algerrocan representatives depart. Outside The Admiralty Extension on The Mall.

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Peter found a few empty plinths when he visited.

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A Dispatch Rider (John Singer) rides into Weyport Naval base to notify the affected captains of the sale of their ships. The former Naval Base of Portland in Dorset.

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The Bosun (Frankie Howerd) tells the rider that HMS Aristotle's Captain has been taken ashore after a breakdown. In the background rises the Isle of Portland.

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When he's advised that the ship is to head for Algerocco, the Bosun starts to think up a money making scheme. Portland again, also seen in 'Morning Departure', 'You Know What Sailors Are', 'Above Us the Waves', 'Petticoat Pirates' and 'The Key'.

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Following a huge response to the newspaper advertisement for passengers, Lofty (Ian Whittaker) and Bates (Sam Kydd) help the Postman (Larry Noble) to unload mail bags from his van.

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Bates finds a perfumed envelope amongst the hundreds of applicants letters.

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The Bosun takes the envelope to ensure that the sender is accepted onto the voyage.

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A new Captain for the Aristotle is required so the Bosun cycles to Navy Headquarters.

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The camera follows the Bosun as he rides towards the building.

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The Bosun enters the building and bribes Payne to get the suitably inept Lieutenant Fairweather to be posted to HMS Aristotle.

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Scouse (David Lodge) waits on the platform as the train bringing HMS Aristotle's passengers approaches. Virginia Water station on Station Parade, Virginia Water, Surrey.

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The Kentoni Brothers (Jack Le White and Max Day) are the first passengers to leave the station. Virginia Water station, Virginia Water. The station building, road bridge, car park and much of the surrounding landscape have all seen redevelopment and the only recognisable structure remaining is the station footbridge.

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Scouse hurries the Ticket Collector (Michael Ripper) as Jane (Shirley Eaton) searches for her ticket. In the background, the line from Chertsey can be seen joining the main line towards Staines and London.

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A Porter (Stanley Unwin) collects cases after Lieutenant Humphrey Fairweather (David Tomlinson) also alights from the train. Facing south at Virginia Water station along the route towards Ascot and Reading.

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Scouse starts the Navy truck and drives the passengers away before the Lieutenant spots them. Virginia Water station forecourt.

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Lieutenant Fairweather has difficulty in understanding the Porter when trying to find a taxi. Virginia Water station showing the footbridge in front of Christchurch Road bridge.

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Perkins (Lionel Murton) keeps Lieutenant Fairweather apart from the paying passenger by taking the long route to the ward room. Portland Harbour in Dorset.

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HMS Aristotle passes Gibraltar as she reaches the Mediterranean.

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The ship nears Algerocco where a revolution has taken place since the journey started.

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The President (Eric Pohlmann) meets Lieutenant Fairweather and his crew.

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