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Somerset Sam
12 May 24 06:57
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Reminiscing over old Channel 4 episodes got me thinking of other older racing programmes and I always enjoyed the BBC drama Trainer, as short lived as it was. I appreciate its a longshot but would anyone have a copy they could share?
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Report s.kenbo May 12, 2024 8:51 AM BST
It’s on YouTube.
Report sparrow May 12, 2024 9:07 AM BST
https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=trainer+tv+series
Report Somerset Sam May 12, 2024 5:00 PM BST
Brilliant replies, many thanks.
Report elisjohn May 12, 2024 5:50 PM BST
great
Report Storm Alert May 29, 2024 8:58 AM BST
Decided to have a binge on this series last night in between races at Bangor. After a slow start, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The bookie episode "Pilgrim Always Pays" was pretty good and the Gypsy racing episode had a excellent storyline. I remember the series getting absolutely panned when it came out especially by Claude Duval "Templegate" in the sun, so much so I never bothered to watch it back in the day...
Report sparrow May 29, 2024 9:43 AM BST
It was greatly criticised at the time as I remember.
Report BARROWBOY May 29, 2024 1:10 PM BST
During lockdown , the other half went through about 7 series of Howard’s way,it was so intense she started to send off for Ken masters style clothing for me.anyway,there was quite a racing theme developed in that.one of the main characters had a leg in a horse,& her mate who she went racing with went through the card or had an acca up that sorted his business debts,an entertaining but fanciful scenario.can’t remember which course it was filmed at,may have been good wood
Report screaming from beneaththewaves May 29, 2024 8:41 PM BST
Mr and Mrs Barrowboy in lockdown:

Report Somerset Sam May 29, 2024 8:55 PM BST

May 29, 2024 -- 8:58AM, Storm Alert wrote:


Decided to have a binge on this series last night in between races at Bangor. After a slow start, I was surprised how much I enjoyed it. The bookie episode "Pilgrim Always Pays" was pretty good and the Gypsy racing episode had a excellent storyline. I remember the series getting absolutely panned when it came out especially by Claude Duval "Templegate" in the sun, so much so I never bothered to watch it back in the day...


I'm on series 2 after starting to binge them and although aged and a bit far fetched at times it's definitely watchable. Skullduggery, gossip and adultery abound and that isn't far away from real life in the industry we all know so well.

Apparently the yard used for filming in the show is mentioned as being the top yard of Peter Cundell in Compton who is shown in the credits as being an advisor.

Yard now in the hands of Geoffrey Deacon. Thanks to the OP for the recommendation and somebody called Leedsguy for putting them on YouTube.

Report sevey May 30, 2024 1:57 AM BST
Here's one from The Eighties ITV The Racing Game?
Report starkeycars May 30, 2024 2:18 AM BST
I enjoyed watching bbc big deal still worth a watch today to look back at how the local bookies once were Smokey filled and full of characters ….good theme tune as well …. At the age of 40 Londoner Robby Box has not done a day's work since leaving school. Instead, he makes a living playing poker and betting on horses and dogs
Report Ramruma May 30, 2024 10:24 AM BST
sevey -- iirc ITV's The Racing Game was based on some Dick Francis stories. I might have the box set somewhere though this episode guide does not ring any bells:-

https://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/the-racing-game/episodes-season-1/1030168667/
Report The Knight May 30, 2024 10:37 AM BST
I can only find episode 1 of Trainer on youtube (the very 1st one), plus two other random episodes. Any ideas?
Report Ramruma May 30, 2024 12:52 PM BST
The Knight -- look here:-
https://www.youtube.com/@leedsguy41/videos

As mentioned by Somerset Sam earlier.
Report Cardinal Scott May 30, 2024 3:21 PM BST
Gerard Glaister is behind some of the greatest tv drama in British history and I'm not talking about Howards Way either. clearly he went out on a bad note with Trainer.  Also a war hero
Report acey deucy May 30, 2024 3:23 PM BST
Two people viewing this threed.....Nuff said.Plain
Report acey deucy May 30, 2024 3:24 PM BST
sorry wrong thread.Grin
Report Somerset Sam May 30, 2024 4:30 PM BST

May 30, 2024 -- 12:52PM, Ramruma wrote:


The Knight -- look here:-https://www.youtube.com/@leedsguy41/videosAs mentioned by Somerset Sam earlier.


Yeah if you click on the username that has posted the series and select videos you'll be able to navigate to different episodes. Ps I'm using YouTube on my mobile as I couldn't do it through the TV app.

Report The Knight May 30, 2024 9:18 PM BST
Thks guys...found it via the leedsguy link.

Will look forward to the episode where in a fictional 2 horse race filmed at Goodwood, the betting on the bookie boards was shown as 11\10 BOTH runners at the same time!!! If only...

Whoever advised on the horse racing clearly did not know betting!! Indeed, before gambling became a bit of a social outcast (bar lottery and scratch cards, of course) I frequently saw film and TV drams get some aspect of betting wrong.

We actually saw an error in the first episode of trainer.

Where the soon-to-be-deposed trainer is doing his cash at roulette, the croupier allows the wheel to stop completely before retrieving the ball and spinning again. However, many, many years ago casinos realised that letting the wheel stop meant very astute observers could work out from the pace of the ball, and from where it was then released on the rim, the areas it was more likely to stop in. OK, it was never a huge edge but enough for the ever sharp casinos to remove it by instructing for the wheel to remain moving at all times.
Report michael59 May 30, 2024 10:32 PM BST
dick francis tv prog dead cert 1/3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1RWbT-DlCo
Report thegibbons May 31, 2024 7:51 AM BST
https://youtu.be/23-VQNQa4Tg?si=OvCD85TlQPACswDS
This one is also worth a watch.

Thanks to Sumo com Loud for you tubing it.
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