GUST’s comedy entry to NaSTA 1982. Starring John Hardie, Steven Moffat, and many more.
John Hardie’s gumshoe. The exploration of the tunnels, initially for the rectorial cable-laying, had developed over the years and provided inspiration and locations for a thriller. This was the first major story shoot on portable kit, as opposed to music videos, news, etc. Student control was in the hands of John Hardie and Hamish Barbour, the Underground leader (BBC then Ideal World) but there was extensive technical and logistic support and advice from old-timers Melville Martin, Gerry Law and Richard Alexander. One Sunday morning, John was half-way down a deep shaft in front of the University and the Principal, Alwyn Williams, came past with his wife. He said, “You’ll have permission?” and the response was basically, “Well, yes, since you’re offering… !” He knew us and we him, and he was a marvellous Principal. The Styngrites sequence in the Botanics railway tunnel led directly to the BBC rigging a music stage there for the daily show ‘The Garden Party’. The Fascist announcer was Colin Craig (BBC Communications, Duchess Street), the singers were from Barra and Stornoway respectively and Stewart McCarroll jumped out of the cupboard.