Hammersmith & Fulham is a regular location choice for film-makers, and the borough is trying to make the choice of location easier with a new database.
The borough has a range of park or river backdrops and a wide range of architectural urban styles, whether for a scene fil, TV, or a video for a band. Even the town hall is used for filming (pictured above).
The council is trying to make filming in H&F easier with the new database aimed at location managers.
Down the years, hundreds of television shows, videos, adverts and feature films have had scenes shot in the borough. The cameras were out in Hammersmith Town recently filming episodes of the twenty first series of Silent Witness. The borough’s numerous backdrops have also had recent starring roles in Absolutely Fabulous, The Bill and New Tricks.
The Crown, about The Queen and Prince Philip, was recently filmed at the Hope & Anchor pub in Hammersmith.
The 1976 horror classic The Omen was partly filmed in Bishop’s Park, Fulham, with All Saints church (picured left) providing the backdrop for the grisly scene in which Patrick Troughton is speared by a lightning rod. In addition, many episodes of Dr Who were filmed in H&F.
When BBC TV Centre and Riverside Studios at the height of their powers, film units were forever trundling around the borough, shooting odd outdoor scenes, while the studios in H&F churned out Blue Peter, Chris Evans’ TFI Friday, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Fawlty Towers, The Apprentice and umpteen episodes of Top of the Pops.
ITV’s recent decision to move to White City is expected to spur a resurgence of filming in the area.
The new online location library lists 170 different filming hotspots, and also includes locations in Kensignton & Chelsea.
“As well as the entertainment of seeing the borough in prime-time dramas, the website also contributes an important revenue stream, helping to improve services and keep council tax low,” explained Cllr Max Schmid, H&F Cabinet Member for Finance.
“Every commercial film or TV programme attracted here also helps maintain our award-winning parks and keep our streets looking good. That’s why we want to encourage more film and television production here,” he added.