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Richard E Grant concludes his history of the much-loved British comedies by looking at how Ealing Studios reacted to the threat posed by the rise of television in the 1950s with their own tale about the ‘mass hypnotism’ of the small screen in the Stanley Holloway film Meet Mr Lucifer.

He also recalls the first Ealing comedy to be made in colour – The Titfield Thunderbolt – in which a group of villagers fight to save their beloved branch line by taking over the train service themselves. And in the process, Richard gets to fulfil a lifelong dream as he’s let loose at the controls of a steam train…