James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain

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James May's Big Trouble in Model Britain

Series 1 - Episode 2



The cuddly factor takes a slight dip in this second and concluding toy story about Hornby – but there’s a bit more grit. The model railway company’s bid to get back on track after £10 million losses last year is threatened by rivals — the race to launch a Terrier loco leads to some especially squirmy exchanges. But there are plenty of branch lines of interest, including a sound prototype, filming an ad for the Scalextric brand and – the headine story – Caitlin Williams becoming the first female product designer in Hornby’s history. Her first-day excitement and big smiles as she test-drives her new car are lovely to watch.

May’s arch asides and a winky soundtrack (End of the Line etc) make this a funny, chuffing brilliant hobby-watch.


Part two of two. Ken, head of audio development, is sent on a top-secret mission to capture the sound of a steam locomotive for its potential use in a new model, while marketing and development director Simon Kohler takes on two of his biggest rivals in a dramatic showdown. Plus, the company takes on its first female product designer in the shape of Caitlin Williams.

Cast & Crew

Presenter James May
Executive Producer Will Daws
Executive Producer Clare Paterson
Producer Will Fisher
Series Director Matt Fisher