The 7.39

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The 7.39
The 7:39 DVD cover
Written byDavid Nicholls
Directed byJohn Alexander
Theme music composerAdrian Johnston
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes2
ProducerLynn Horsford
CinematographyMatt Gray BSC
EditorRoy Sharman
Running time60 minutes
Production companyCarnival Films
Original release
Release6 January (2014-01-06) –
7 January 2014 (2014-01-07)

The 7.39 is a British drama television film that was broadcast in two parts on BBC One on 6 January and 7 January 2014. This romantic drama from Carnival Films was written by David Nicholls.[1][2][3]


Carl Matthews (David Morrissey) commutes by train to London where he works in a property management office under a boss who is pressuring him to dismiss an employee. He has a kind and supportive wife Maggie (Olivia Colman) and two teenage children who he feels do not appreciate him.

One morning he complains to a woman called Sally (Sheridan Smith) that she has taken his seat on the train. He later apologises to her and they start chatting, a relationship develops and she reveals that she is divorced but about to marry again, although scenes with her fiancé (Sean Maguire) suggest she is going cold on the idea. She works at a health club and Carl joins it so that he can see more of her. They fall in love and one evening when the train is not running they spend the night together at a hotel. The second part of the drama deals with the repercussions of their affair.



BBC One announced the series on 29 April 2013.[4] On 1 May 2013 Carnival Films announced that filming had begun.[5] Filming took place on the South West Trains network, including London Waterloo station.[6] The 7.39 was produced by Lynn Horsford, directed by John Alexander and executive produced by Gareth Neame and Sally Woodward Gentle.[4] The original score was by Adrian Johnston.


Overnight figures showed that the first episode on 6 January 2014 was watched by 22.6% of the viewing audience for that time, with 5.66 million watching it.[7] The second episode on the following day was watched by 23.9% of the viewing audience for the time with 5.77 million watching it.[8]


  1. ^ Lazarus, Susanna (29 April 2013). "Olivia Colman and Sheridan Smith to star in new David Nicholls drama The 7:39". Radio Times. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. ^ Furness, Hannah (29 April 2013). "Sheridan Smith and Olivia Colman to star as love rivals in new drama". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  3. ^ Conner, Megan (5 May 2013). "Olivia Colman: 'People kept asking me who the Broadchurch killer was'". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  4. ^ a b "The 7.39, a new two-part romantic drama for BBC One". BBC. 29 April 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Carnival Films and BBC announce filming has begun on 'The 7.39'". Carnival Films. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Morrissey praises new drama extras". York Press. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  7. ^ Eames, Tom (7 January 2014). "The 7.39 beats The Bletchley Circle in Monday drama ratings battle". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 January 2014.
  8. ^ Eames, Tom (8 January 2014). "The 7.39 climbs to 5.7 million for conclusion on BBC One". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 January 2014.

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