Crossbow House in Slough, England, the site of the Wernham Hogg office in the opening credits of the UK’s The Office, is set for demolition. Fans of the show are flocking to the site to say goodbye.
What TV or film site would you visit, or have you visited? Would love to hear about it in comments!
Personally, I think the only TV site I’ve purposely visited doesn’t even really count, but while I was doing a semester in Islington, I did trek out to Earl’s Court to get a photo of me in front of the police phone box. I did also follow my flatmates out to Platform 9 and 3/4.
Other British TV Sites
People do drop by the apartment building used as the exterior for Edgar Wright’s pre-Shaun sitcom, Spaced, starring Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson (Hynes now). I admit, if I were still in London, I’d probably drop by Tufnell Park in North London for a sneaky snap of myself in front of the iconic building.
Wooburn Grange Country Club in Buckinghamshire, which served as the exterior of Basil Fawlty’s hotel in John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers was destroyed in a fire sometime after the show finished. However, if you’re more interested in the inspiration for Fawlty Towers, that would be Gleneagles Hotel in Torquay from whose hotel manager Donald Sinclair the character of Basil Fawlty emerged.
Although the interior shots were done in a studio like most shows, the exterior shot of the Black Books bookstore was a real bookshop called Collinge & Clark, located at 13 Leigh Street in Bloomsbury, London. They are still in operation today. Here is their website: collingeandclark.co.uk/
The Apollo House in Mitchell and Webb’s point-of-view sitcom, Peep Show, is actually the Zodiac Court in Croydon. Interestingly enough, unlike most shows, the interior shots of the show for scenes in the flat also took place here in the first two series. They probably would have continued shooting interiors there for the subsequent series if the property owners hadn’t increased the location shooting fee.
This might be a bit of a cheat as it’s not actually a filming location. Instead, Douglas Adams, who spent a fair amount of time living in Islington, was inspired by the name of a real estate agency he saw on Upper Street (Islington) called Hotblack Desiato. When he wrote The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, he named the rockstar who’s spending a year dead for tax reasons by that name. The agency is plagued by Adams fans stopping by to chide them for stealing Adams’ character name for their own benefit. If you’re ever in the market, why not give them a try? http://www.hotblackdesiato.co.uk/
Personally, while I was living in Islington, I spent a day tracing the steps of Dirk Gently through Islington, especially his trip down to the canal with Richard. On my way, I did stop outside Hotblack Desiato and try to wrap my head around the idea that I was seeing exactly what Adams saw the moment inspiration for one of his characters struck..