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Leaving Oscar on train was a king-size gaffe

AND the award for most cherished item left on a train goes to… The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin.

The 46-year-old has revealed he had to contact lost property last month after forgetting the Oscar he won for the hit film starring Colin Firth.

He had gone from London to Didcot Parkway in Oxfordshire and only realised as the train was pulling away that he had left a briefcase containing the precious gong on board.

Great Western Railway call handler Glyn Davies, 52, contacted controllers and the movie boss was later reunited with the best picture award. Mr Ellis-Unwin tweeted: ‘Got to say a massive thank you to all the staff @GWRHelp. Awesome customer service. A certain producer got ON the 17:18 to Didcot with the Oscar but got OFF said train without. CUT TO: 3 hours mad panic, multiple phone calls.’

Mr Davies, who works in a Capita call centre that handles GWR inquiries, tracked down the train to Swindon. When it stopped later at Oxford, the case was found and Mr Ellis-Unwin, from Slough, drove to pick it up. ‘He was very pleased to accept the Oscar — for a second time,’ Mr Davies said.