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    L/S of famous actress, Ms Dora Bryan leaving her house with her poodle Sambo followed by two young men and a young woman. She looks at the sky as if she is checking the weather. Ms Bryan and her entourage walk to a Bedford CA split-screen camper van parked in front of the house. One of the men opens the van door and Ms Bryan is about to get in but she turns around in horror and runs towards the house. M/S of Ms Bryan coming out of the house with the bird cage in her hand - she has almost forgotten her budgerigar Cecil Gibson.

    M/S of Ms Bryan as she enters the van. A woman, probably the housekeeper, waves goodbye. L/S of the van moving down the road passing Ms Bryan's large white house. A housekeeper waves from the side of the road. Ms Bryan loves to spend time in the countryside and this little camper van enables her to do it even if she has to go back to London in time for the show. L/S of the van driving through the countryside. M/S of the inside of the caravan. Ms Bryan and her friend are in the back. M/S of the back of the van - it looks like a living room. Ms Bryan and her companion are sitting comfortably on the sofa.

    C/U shot of Ms Bryan's hands opening Cecil's cage to pet him. M/S of the van (from the outside) as it stops on the side of the road. The driver (and designer) of the van, Mr Maurice Calthorpe, moves from his seat to the back. He lifts the roof to get "extra 18 inches of headroom". The van also has a kitchen with modern cooker and hot and cold running water. M/S of Ms Bryan putting the kettle on. Several shots of the space being organised for the tea. Cut to C/U shot of Cecil. M/S of the four of them (and a poodle) having tea - pretty claustrophobic. Men go out to play golf while Ms Bryan stays in the van with a glass in one hand and newspaper in another. Van has a little bathroom as well. M/S of girl's legs as she gets into the bath tub. C/U shot of a hand taking soap (long red nails, red toenails as well). M/S of the girl's back as she scrubs her shoulders - not Ms Bryan but the other woman. M/S of the caravan on the road.

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    British Pathé
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    01:08:34:00 / 01:11:07:00
    CP 130
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    CP 130
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    Sport & Leisure Historical Figures & Celebrities Lifestyle & Culture Entertainment & Humour
    Servants Coronation Temporary Workspaces: 25.7.2011 14:42 Workhorses Love of Vans
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Comments (3)

  1. jamied says

    The vehicle is a Bedford CA split-screen camper. It looks to be a specially modified version.

  2. British Pathé says


  3. beachboy says

    I actually own one of these!
    It`s possibly the last survivor.
    It is a Bedford CA Splitscreen van with a coach built body by Belmont Bodies of London.

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