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Where was Harry Potter Filmed?

The Harry Potter films were filmed all over the UK and many locations you can visit on our tours. Some of the fictional locations like Diagon Alley were sets filmed at Leavesden Film Studios, but many of the external shots can be found in locations around Oxford, London and Scotland.

For big fans who want to visit the external locations below is a list of the main locations and links to their google maps listing.

Where was platform 9 3/4 filmed?

Platform 9 3/4 was filmed at King’s Cross station in London on platforms 4 and 5.  The beautiful exterior shots were of  St Pancras Station and the bridge which Harry and Hagrid walk over at Kings Cross was actually shot in York train station.

Google Maps Link – King’s Cross Station

Google Maps Link – St Pancras Station.

Where was Number 4 Privet Drive filmed?

The Dursley family home was really 12 Picket Post Close, Winkfiled Row in Bracknell.

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Where was Hogwarts Filmed?

Alnwick Castle is the location used for Hogwarts Castle in ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.’  This is where you see Harry having broomstick lessons.  The exterior scenes were filmed at Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucestershire, England and where you can look for Moaning Myrtle. Hogwarts Great Hall was actually modelled after the Great Hall at Christ Church in Oxford England.

Google Maps Link – Alnwick Castle

Google Maps Link – Gloucester Cathedral

Google Maps Link – Christ Church

Where was The Hogwarts infirmary filmed?

The Hogwards infrimary was filmed at the Bodleian Library Divinity School in Oxford

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Where is the famous bridge that Hogwarts Express travels over?

The bridge that Hogwards Express travels across which can be seen in a number of the Harry Potter films is actually the  Glenfinnan Viaduct in Scotland. It is located on the West Highland Line in Glenfinnan, Inverness-shire and overlooks the Glenfinnan Monument and the waters of Loch Shiel.

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Where was the The Leaky Cauldron filmed?

In the first film the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron was filmed in Leandenhall Market in London. Leandenhall Market was built in the late 19th century and is a beautiful example of a Victorian market.  Also this was the location for some exterior Diagon Alley scenes.  In the Prisoner of Azkaban film they used Borough Market and the interior shots were done in the Leavesden Film Studios.

Google Maps Link – Leandenhall Market

Google Maps Link – Borough Market

Where was Hagrid’s Hut filmed?

Hagrids Hut and the beautiful surroundings were filmed at Clachaig Gully in Glencoe, Argyl, Scotland.  The hut is no longer there but you can see the beautiful scenery.

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Where was Snape’s potions classroom filmed?

The Hogwarts corridors and Snape’s potions classroom were filmed in Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire.

Google Maps Link

Harry Potter Tours – Brit Movie Tours

If your looking for a guided Harry Potter tour, we run a number of tours which can be found here.  We have a number of tours to suit everyone.  If you are just in London for the day and fancy a walking tour then our Harry Potter London Walk tour is the one.  If you want to see the Warner Bros Studio as well as locations around London and oxford we offer a couple of tours.  All of our Harry Potter Tours are operated by us and are not official ‘Harry Potter’ events and are not endorsed, sanctioned or in any other way supported, directly or indirectly by Warner Bros Entertainment Inc, the Harry Potter book publishers or J.K.Rowling.

Not sure whether to book with us?  Read our reviews on Trip Advisor here before making your decision. We look forward to welcoming all muggles, wizards and witches on our magical tours.

 

Short History of the Kray Twins

The Kray twins were notorious perpetrators of organised crime in London’s east end during the 1950s and 1960s. They were known as Reggie and Ronnie but there full names were Reginald Kray and Ronald Kray. They were responsible for a number of crimes in their days including murder, torture, arson and armed robberies. Even though they committed terrible atrocities they actually became celebrities and were even interviewed on television by David Bailey. They were arrested in 1968 and were convicted a year later and both were sentenced to life imprisonment.

From an early age the twins were aware of breaking the law as their father Charlie went into hiding when he was called up for the army during the Second World War. Charlie travelled the country as a trader trying to avoid the law catching up with him. Later on in life the twins were called up for national services with the Royal Fusiliers but they deserted several times. On one of the last occasions they assaulted a police officer who was trying to arrest them. This landed them Shepton Mallet military prison. Interesting before they were sent to prison they were held at the Tower of London and went down in history as being among the last prisoners ever to be kept there.

Before they were called up for national service the boys got into boxing. Their grandfather got them into the sport. It is rumoured that they never lost one single fight before they became professional aged 19. There criminal record and dishonorable discharge put a stop to their life as boxes and it seems as a result of this turned to a life of crime. They started off by buying a snooker club and started a protection racket. By the end of the 50’s they had been involved in many crimes including hijacking, arson and armed robbery. Ronnie was sent to prison for 18 months in 1960 on charges relating to the protection racket and a number or related threats.

As the swinging 60’s evolved they became celebrity nightclub owners and were part of the London swinging scene. As their fame grew they were pictured with famous socialites, and actors and actresses from the world of show business. In Ronnies autobiography he stated “They were the best years of our lives. They called them the swinging sixties. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones were rulers of pop music, Carnaby Street ruled the fashion world… and me and my brother ruled London. We were fucking untouchable…”

Throughout their life they were bullies and intimidating to people. Even as children at their first school, people who knew them were too scared to say anything to them. Towards the end of their criminal life they were getting too big for their boots and their crimes were getting out of hand and led to murder. Eventually in 1968 after a year of collecting evidence and talking to witnesses the police arrested the Kray twins with 15 other members of their so called “firm”. This led to more witnesses coming forward and the Krays and 14 others were convicted. The twins were both sentenced to life imprisonment with a non-parole period of 30 years for the murders of Cornell and McVitie. At that time it was the longest sentences ever passed at the Central Criminal Court, London.

The twins were allowed out of prison to attend their mother’s funeral. But due to the amount of publicity it created they didn’t attend their father’s funeral a few months later. Ronnie died in Broadmore Hospital aged 61 on the 17th March 1995 after a heart attack. During incarceration, Reggie famously became a born again Christian and after serving more than 30 years was released from prison in August 2000 on compassionate grounds due to having inoperable bladder cancer.  A few weeks later he died aged 67.

Krays Tour

Here at BMT we offer you the unique opportunity to enjoy a great afternoon with with Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor Stephen Marcus, aka Nick the Greek.  On the tour you will get to see film locations from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The Krays, Face, The Crying Game and Gangster No 1.  You will learn about some of the methods used by some of the most feared gangsters in 1950s and 1960s London such as the Krays and Mad Frankie Fraser who helped the twins ‘run’ the capital.  At the end of the tour you will get to enjoy a Q&A session with Stephen in a pub that was used as a location for Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.

The tour lasts for 2 hours and starts at the Blind Beggar pub which is 337 Whitechapel Rd, just a minute walk from the Whitechapel tube station.  The Krays tour ends at the Corner Shop pub on Shoreditch High Street.  The cost for the tour is £20 per person and the minimum age for this gangster tour is 16 years.  We also offer private tours where you will receive a signed photograph.

For more details and booking head over to this page: http://britmovietours.com/bookings/gangster-tour-of-london/.

 

 

The Movie Buff’s Guide to Islington, part 3 of 3

Islington has a rich history in film and is used in many modern movies. Jaime Pond, editor of Anglonerd magazine, has compiled three self-guided walking tours through this London borough: The Clerkenwell Tour, the Upper Street Tour, and the Highbury Tour. Whether you take the tours separately or all in one go, you better get your walking shoes on, movie buffs! (You can also take this tour virtually with Google Maps.)

Highbury Tour

Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed our tour of Upper Street. We’re going to pick up right where we left off to journey around Highbury, the birthplace of the late George Martin and the home of Mayor Boris Johnson, Nick Hornby, Jimmy Carr, and Mr. Bean (and also Rowan Atkinson).

At the top of Upper Street, past the roundabouts that gave Sally Hawkins trouble in Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), we see the footpath in Highbury Place leading to Highbury Pool & Fitness Center. Across the street was the setting of the opening scene in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011). You remember: Judi Dench is on the phone with the internet provider, looking out the window. “Is wireless the same as wifi? And what do either of them have to do with broadband?”

Dame Judi Dench must know Islington pretty well by now because if you follow Holloway Road, you’ll follow her straight into another movie: Notes on a Scandal (2006). Hers and Cate Blanchett’s “scandalous” teacher characters—Barbara and Sheba—do a little window shopping around Egerton Pharmacy (145 Holloway Rd), which is a chemist that is still operating ten years later.

Farther up Holloway Road, past London Metropolitan University, my old stomping grounds, you’ll see Holloway Road tube station on your left. Although nearly 110 years old, there haven’t been a ton of films shot here, but long before its 2008 refurbishment, Turn the Key Softly included a scene here. This is a 1953 movie about three women released from Holloway Prison. The prison is not in Highbury, but it’s nearby in Islington, so the fact that they are shooting at Holloway Road station is geographically accurate. Incidentally, you may be interested to know that Holloway is the name of one of the characters in Vincenzo Natali’s debut film, Cube (1997), because all of the characters in that movie are named after prisons.

Onward. Just beyond Biddestone Park (left), you’ll see 304 Holloway Road (right), where Joe Meek founded RGM Records and recorded Telstar, which bestowed on Meek no royalties based on the claim that he’d ripped off the tune from the Napoleon film Austerlitz (1960). However, shortly after Meek’s murder/suicide in 1967 in this very Holloway Road apartment, the court deemed this claim of plagiarism invalid.

Let’s loop around to Emirates Stadium (sometimes referred to as Arsenal Stadium). If you hang a right on Tollington, you can then take another right onto A103, which will lead you straight there, near the Thierry Henry statue. (You probably saw this football/soccer star on The Late Late Show with James Corden this past March, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson.) Enjoy the stadium and pretend this is where the characters in Nick Hornby’s Fever Pitch (1997) went to see a match, or where the big mystery took place in The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (1939). Then shake your head of this illusion because actually the Emirates Stadium wasn’t built until 2006. The original Arsenal Stadium used to stand where Highbury Square is today. Go have a look if you like, but I don’t know if you’ll recognize any of it.

Finally, let’s pop over across the train tracks to Highbury Terrace where Charles (Hugh Grant) lives in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). It is right here outside 22 Highbury Terrace that Charles (spoilers!) proposes to Carrie (Andie MacDowell) in the romantic yet torrential downpour of the final scene. What a perfect ending to our tour! Now get on up Holloway Road and catch the latest flick at Odeon Cinema.

Jaime Pond is the editor of Anglonerd.com. She lives and works in New York City. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Sources: Lights, Camera…Islington! | Islington Film Locations Map |Black Cab London | IMDB.com | Islington Tribune

Can’t wait for Series 8 of Doc Martin? Take a Doc Martin Tour

If you’re a committed fan of the ITV show Doc Martin, no doubt you’ve watched the whole seven series with gusto. However, there were rumours that once Series 7 had finished its run, that meant the end for the socially inept doctor. Now we want to put your minds at rest, and confirm that there’s set to be another series, scheduled to be filmed in 2017, although this really is likely to be the last outing for the Doc and his friends.

Earlier this year the cast and crew of the popular TV show were invited to dinner by ITV bosses to thank them for their stellar work, which led to an all time ratings’ high of 7 million viewers for the series. When you think that that’s about the same number of viewers as received by Downton Abbey, you can see why the TV bosses were extra pleased. In fact they were so pleased that they announced there and then at the dinner that another series was on the cards.

Now popular on both sides of the Atlantic,  ITV probably had no inkling of how successful this show was going to be when it was first aired in 2004. However, Martin Clunes’ portrayal of Doctor Martin Ellingham , a doctor who can’t stand the sight of blood and whose bedside manner is dour, to say the least, has made the show into unmissable viewing for its legions of fans.

Despite its popularity, members of the cast, including Clunes, feared that the finale of Series 7 spelled the end of the show. They had the traditional wrap party, although they did notice a few subtle differences. For a start, the food and drinks were the best they’d ever experienced at an end of series party, plus the bosses organised a photograph of all the crew and cast together, another one-off occurrence. This set everyone thinking that the show had finally run its course, especially as the finale of the series had wrapped everything up nicely with no real loose ends. However, TV bosses know a good thing when they see one, and they decided to give the winner of a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Drama, another lease of life.

Clunes, who plays Doc Martin, is nothing like his on-screen character, who’s deadpan, grouchy and curmudgeonly, but in reality is kind-hearted, warm and funny. Plus, he loves the fact that he gets to film in some of the most beautiful areas on the Cornish coast. The whole crew and cast decamp to Port Isaac for four months of the year, living and working together, just like one happy family, complete with four to five hundred ‘spectators’ every day, who are keen to catch a glimpse of the show being made.

However, if you can’t wait until 2017 to get your fix of Doc Marten, taking an organised Doc Martin tour is probably the next best thing. Imagine it now, joining a fully guided walking tour around Port Isaac, which doubles as the fictional seaside village of Portwenn. Located on the Atlantic coast of north Cornwall, it really is a beautiful place to visit. The tour includes all the main locations used in the show since it first hit our screens 12 years ago, such as the Doc’s house and surgery, the school where Louisa teaches and the pharmacy run by Mrs Tishell. What’s more, the tour itself is led by a local resident who’s also been an extra on the show so, of course, you’re bound to hear some show secrets and insider gossip.

The Movie Buff’s Guide to Islington, part 2 of 3

Islington has a rich history in film and is used in many modern movies. Jaime Pond, editor of Anglonerd magazine, has compiled three self-guided walking tours through this London borough: The Clerkenwell Tour, the Upper Street Tour, and the Highbury Tour. Whether you take the tours separately or all in one go, you better get your walking shoes on, movie buffs! (You can also take this tour virtually with Google Maps.)

The Upper Street Tour

Welcome back. If you’re joining us from the Clerkenwell tour, you’ll find you are now at the base of Upper Street, ready to head north through film history. If you’re just joining us for the first time, you can easily get here by taking the Northern line to Angel Station. Remember the time Liam Neeson pops up at this station during The Other Man (2008)? Let’s follow his character, Peter, as he heads north on Upper Street to Camden Passage. You can get into Camden Passage a few blocks up on the right. Follow Peter—or Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmel in Fever Pitch (1997) if you prefer—through the passage and then take a moment to browse the market. This is where I bought my favorite handmade paper notebook, thumb ring made of bone, and neon orange tie. I’m sure you’ll find something that suits your fancy. If you follow the Passage south, you’ll find Frederick’s restaurant, where the characters in the new psychological thriller The Ones Below dine. This David Farr flick, starring Clemence Poesy and David Morrissey, is filmed almost entirely in Islington. It follows two neighboring couples in London, each expecting their first child but with varied emotions about the big change to come.

If you follow the Passage north, you’ll find Pierrepont Arcade, an indoor market that sells antiques on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, and books on Thursdays and Fridays. It was here that, in July 2015, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon filmed a scene in their forthcoming The Clash biopic, London Calling, which is based on the recording of the band’s 1979 album by the same name.

Back on Upper Street, still heading north, pass Islington Green on your right. Just around back of the Green is Into Film, a place for youth who are interested in film to get training in setting up a film club and making movies.

Beyond that, you’ll find the Everyman Screen on the Green, a cinema more than one hundred years old—one of the oldest cinemas in the U.K. Incidentally, the cinema does feature in the 1988 teen flick Just Ask for a Diamond, based on The Falcon’s Malteser by Anthony Horowitz. If you’re feeling peckish at this point, there’s a great restaurant called Café La Divina at 134 Upper Street that has a huge collection of oldie movie posters on the walls.

Farther up Upper Street, just past Richmond Grove, is Town Hall, where Islington residents can get married—like two characters in the 2006 Brittany Murphy/Catherine Tate movie Love and Other Disasters (not telling which two characters—it’s a surprise!)—or register deaths and births—like how the two expecting mothers in the previously mentioned The Ones Below register their children in Town Hall. Islington Film Office’s Karen Everett says, “Organising to film in the real town hall involved extensive negotiations, but was thoroughly worth it for the authenticity. It’s a delight to see Islington playing such a strong role in a film that is unmistakably about Londoners.” (FilmFixer)

Keep heading north on Upper Street, and I’ll meet you at the end where we’ll begin our Highbury tour next month.

Jaime Pond is the editor of Anglonerd.com. She lives and works in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

References: Lights, Camera…Islington! | Islington Film Locations Map | LaDivinia.co.uk | Film Club | Camden Passage website and Twitter | Uncut | FilmFixer

Game of Thrones is back!

Game of Thrones season 6 has kicked off with a bang and fans were not disappointed.  When the title of the episode “The Red Woman” was announced we all assumed Melisandre’s magic would bring Jon Snow back from the dead. Well we all hoped. But us fans were disappointed as it didn’t happen, not yet anyway, Jon Snow is definitely still dead, but we are holding out for future episodes.  The title of the episode became clear in the last scene when Melisandre removed her choker and turned into an old frail woman!  This just led to more questions and many people have been quick to point out she’s been seen without the necklace as in the bath scene in Season 4 Episode 7 which was not in the original books.  This just leads to more questions and speculation.  There are plenty of theories flying around but only time will tell.

One question we had when season 5 ended was whether Sansa would escape the clutches of her nasty husband Ramsay Bolton and whether she is pregnant.  We last saw her when she and Theon jumped off the castle walls into the snow.  Well they didn’t get far before Bolton’s hunters found them, but good old Brienne of Tarth came to their rescue and saved the day. Brienne then bowed and pledge to serve and protect her and Sansa accepted.  Finally she sees sense!  Whether she is pregnant is anyone’s guess, but knowing GOT, she wont escape his clutches that easily.

Poor little Arya Stark is now blind and homeless and reduced to begging on the streets.  This is all down to her stabbing Ser Meryn Trant in the eyes before slitting his throat.  This made the faceless man punish her by taking her eye sight away. The blindness is apparently induced by the milk she drinks every night so is a temporary affliction.  The actress Maisi Williams hinted that there was some “bad stuff” for her this year, so if the first episode is anything to go by then her decent is not going to be a pretty one.

As for Daenerys Targaryen, her hopes of fulfilling her destiny and invading Westeros are currently not going to plan. The Meereen people had turned on her and she lost her dragons and army. The first scenes of Daenery was as a prisoner of the Dothraki horsemen.  She managed to stop them raping her by announcing she was the wife of Khal Drago.  This led to her being untied and being spared the horror of rape as it was against Dothraki law to sleep with another Khal’s wife.  But she is not completely free as she learns she would be taken to a temple to live and die her final years– with other widows of dead warlords.

Jaime and Cersei Lannister were finally reunited after a season apart when Jaime tried to rescue their daughter Myrcella.  Not surprising she got poisoned on the ship home and we see Cersci looking devastated and talks about the prophecy she was told by a witch as a child.  In episode 1 of season 5 we saw Cersci have a flashback to when she asked a witch (Maggy) three questions in exchange for some blood.  One question was whether she would have children, which the witch replies she would have 3 but gold would be their shrouds, in other words they would die.  This is where the flashback ended.  However in the book the witch goes on to real and state “And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.” Now a ‘valonqar’ is High Valyrian for “little brother”, so the prophecy implies that one of Cersei’s younger siblings will strangle her to death some time after Tommen dies.  Well he isn’t dead yet but once he is it will be a waiting game to find out who kills Cersei.  The obvious one would be Tyrion as she has always hated the imp and blames him for their mother’s death.  But maybe her Jamie turns on her, but hey ho its game of thrones, they might pull out another younger brother which she didn’t know about. Only time will tell.

As for Tyrion who spent the last year trying to track down the Deaenerys only to watch as she was attached and swept off by an angry dragon is looking a little lost amongst the Meereen people. Tyrion Lannister who is played brilliantly by Peter Dinklage is one of the surviving favourite characters and I am sure there is plenty in store for the likable imp.  There is talk that maybe Tyrion isn’t a Lannister after all. Also there is little point reading the books for answers as there have been a lot of differences between the books since the last series.  All we can do is wait and see what’s in store in episodes to come.  But the first episode proved to be everything we expected, lots of drama, fight scenes and a couple of tender moments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy the mysticism of stunning Skellig Michael

Take a trip to a place far, far away and enjoy the mysticism of stunning Skellig Michael

Could there been a better place to film the finale of ‘The Force Awakens‘, than the mystical Irish Skellig Michael? Jutting out into the Atlantic, seven miles off the South West Irish coast, this magical pinnacle of rock has a long history of spiritualism, myths and legends. As such, it lends itself beautifully to the latest in the Star Wars series of films, particularly as they themselves are an intriguing fusion of myths which have been borrowed from everything from Eastern philosophies to modern day wars. Doubling as the location of the mystical remains of the First Jedi Temple, the stunning World Heritage Site of Skellig Michael was an inspired choice as, far from just providing a perfect cinematic backdrop for the film, the island itself is steeped in history that goes back for centuries.

Ever since Medieval times, there’s been a monastery on Skellig, so when we see the fictional characters from Star Wars walking among the ruins, they’re walking among some of our finest historical remains. Devotees of the Christian religion sought solitude on this magnificent island, thinking that being so isolated from the rest of the community would help them to find salvation. At that time, Ireland seemed to be at the end of the Earth, with Skellig Michael being one of the furthest outposts in the Christian world.

For hundreds of years, pilgrims made the perilous journey to experience the solitude, and to walk in the footsteps of the saints who had been immortalised in Medieval Irish myths, involving other worlds, monsters and spiritual battles between the forces of good and evil; the dark side and the light. It was also a popular place for fleeing kings to take refuge, the location of a kidnapping by Viking raiders, and has long been a mystical location for stories and legends of all kinds. And, even though it had long been abandoned, 18th century records suggest that the local people deemed that the island was a place that didn’t fit into normal space and time, thus making a place where couples could be legally married during lent.

A visit to the island today will bring you to a place littered with archaeological remains from the 11th and 12th centuries, when Skellig was probably at its busiest in terms of pilgrimages. Dotted across the island are stone beehive huts, churches, crosses and penitential stations which had been provided by the Church for visiting pilgrims to experience some of the mysticism associated with the place. ‘Michael’ was added to Skellig’s name as a way to dedicate the rock to the saint and increase the appeal of the place for pilgrimages.

Now immortalised as the home of the older and wiser Jedi knight, Luke Skywalker, Skellig Michael is the ultimate destination for fans of the latest Star Wars film. In fact, you can go on a little pilgrimage of your own, courtesy of Brit Movie Tours on our Skellig Michael Tour. Depending on your preferences you can either arrive at Skellig Michael by boat, and explore the rock at your leisure, climbing the steep steps just like the Daisy Ridley character, Rey or, if you’re unable or simply don’t want to climb the stairs, just enjoy the stunning location on a boat trip around the rock.

The Movie Buff’s Guide to Islington, part 1 of 3

The Movie Buff’s Guide to Islington, part 1 of 3

Islington has a rich history in film and is used in many modern movies. Jaime Pond, editor of Anglonerd magazine, has compiled three self-guided walking tours through this London borough: The Clerkenwell Tour, the Upper Street Tour, and the Highbury Tour. Whether you take the tours separately or all in one go, you better get your walking shoes on, movie buffs! (You can also take this tour virtually with Google Maps.)

The Clerkenwell Tour

“Islington” is mentioned in the opening monologue of the 2005 movie V for Vendetta, so it is only appropriate that we start our walking tour at Farringdon train station, where a young Evey can be seen handing out leaflets in a V for Vendetta flashback. You can easily get here on the Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City, or Circle lines of the tube. But beware, according to ghost-story.co.uk, it’s haunted by the ghost of Anne Naylor!

Not convinced? Okay, let’s get out of the station and head east on Cowcross Street. On your way toward St. John Street, you’ll pass the intersection of Cowcross and Greenhill Rents where Jude Law’s character lived in Closer, the 2004 Mike Nichols drama. It’s that blue door where the Subway sandwich shop is now (4 Cowcross St.). Hang a left onto St. John Street and follow the left fork where St. John Street turns into St. John’s Lane. Walk until you see St. John’s Gate, an archway more than 500 years old that houses the Museum of the Order of St. John. It has a long history of knights, the Crusades, medicine, and the Olympics, but most importantly, it’s where you saw Michael Palin riding a motorbike shortly after a heist in A Fish Called Wanda. Speaking of that heist, let’s follow the footsteps—or tire tracks—of Jamie Lee Curtis (Wanda) as she makes her big getaway! Continue north (it’s important you’re doing this on foot, as cars can’t go through the archway) and take a left onto Clerkenwell Road, then the first right onto Clerkenwell Green, and another left onto Clerkenwell Cl. It’s here, across from Crown Tavern Pub (43 Clerkenwell Green), that our heroes/villains jumped into the getaway car, nearly bowling over the unlucky elderly lady and her fleet of yappy dogs.

Don’t worry, we won’t let Wanda and company get away, but first, have a look around the corner on Clerkenwell Green at the old Clerkenwell House of Detention, a disused prison that has been featured in several films, including the new Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, posing for the hero’s and the heroine’s homes. It’s also where Cary Mulligan’s character was force-fed in the 2015 bio pic of Emmeline Pankhurst, Suffragette.

Speaking of being fed, let’s stick our heads into the Crown Tavern while we’re here for a pint or a meal. They’ll do you everything from a burger to a quintessentially British meal like fish & chips or shepherd’s pie. Upstairs, you may recognize the “Apollo Lounge” where Judi Dench was seen in the 2006 film Notes on a Scandal. History nerds will enjoy knowing that, allegedly, Stalin and Lenin first met here in 1903 when the pub was called the Crown and Anchor.

Once sufficiently nourished, let’s flag down a cab to help with the illusion that we are in the chase scene from A Fish Called Wanda. Say, “Cabbie, take me to the alley at the end of Clerkenwell Close, as quick as you can!”

One minute later, your cabbie is annoyed that it was such a short fare. You are equally surprised that Wanda and company had such a brief escape before ditching the car. Well, you might as well stay in the taxi. Ask your cabbie to take you to Northampton Square.

You may not have seen the 2008 film Incendiary, starring Ewan McGregor and Michelle Williams, but if you have, you’ll want to spend a while wandering Northampton Square because most of the film was shot right here! The director, Bridget Jones’s Diary’s Sharon Maguire, uses her alma matter City University, on the west side of the Square, as the exterior shot for a hospital, and Michelle Williams’ character apparently lives on the Brunswick Estate (posing for the Wellington Estate farther east). If you haven’t seen the film, maybe give it a rent before heading out. A rare chance to run around the set of an entire movie without having to leave the block!

It’s a ten minute saunter from Northhampton Square to Myddelton Square Garden (though you can hop the 153 bus if your dogs are barking). Here, you’ll find St. Mark’s Church, a setting for Suffragette. Near here, Barbara Riddell allowed Meryl Streep to use her balcony for a scene, and she provided the cast and crew with food for the three-day shoot. In an article on the Islington Film Office website, Riddell remembers, “Carey Mulligan couldn’t eat my biscuits as she was going to do the force-feeding scene the next day.”

Now we’ll walk down River Street, which turns into Lloyd Baker Street, around the site of Ruby Film and Television, an Islington-based film production company. Hang a right and go to the north side of Lloyd Square where you’ll find the house Gary Oldman’s character lived in in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). Next, we’re going to zig-zag northeast to Claremont Square, which harbors the Order of the Pheonix’s headquarters in Harry Potter at the south side of the Square. Continue up the east side of the Square to Pentonville and make a right. Follow this road a few blocks and turn left onto Islington High Street where we begin our Upper Street tour. Stay tuned for the next installment!

Jaime Pond is the editor of Anglonerd.com. She lives and works in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

Sources: Lights, Camera…Islington! | The Crown Tavern Website | Islington Film Office | Islington Film Locations Map | Internet Movie Database

Outlander is Back Again

Outlander is back again, well in a couple of weeks, but not long now! After its first season, the historical American-British time travel drama Outlander has garnered a whole lot of attention: and a whole lot of adoring fans. The Outlander series is a Starz original, and it’s been one of a few shows that has really injected some much-needed life into the premium cable network in recent years. The television series is based on the books written by Diana Gabaldon, and Caitriona Balfe stars as the show’s main character, Claire Randall. The book series was extremely thorough, so you can only imagine how in-depth the writing team had to get to make sure all of the best elements were pulled from the text for the small screen.

There were sixteen episodes in the first season, and that gave fans more than enough opportunity to get interested in the storylines. Almost right away, Outlander was becoming a huge hit and people were quickly becoming engulfed in all the drama. It doesn’t take long for you to realize that main character Claire used to be a nurse in World War II, and her life is about to get more interesting once she and her husband make a trip to Scotland for some sightseeing and exploration.

History begins to unfold in Claire’s life in a real way once she comes face to face with Jamie, an injured Scottish man whom she must heal with her combat medical skills. Over time they become very close, and their love unfolds for the eager audience, and they eventually become married. On the other side of her life, Claire’s husband lies in wait, hoping that she might come back to him one day after disappearing into thin air. Claire is torn between two worlds, being almost like a fortune teller with her knowledge of the things that the future holds for the cause she’s aligned with. She fights with all her might to make sure good prevails at the end of the day, and that’s one of the things most admirable about her character.

Season one ended with a crazy cliffhanger when Claire revealed to Jamie that she was with child, and the anticipation for the second season has certainly been buzzing ever since. Speculation about what Jamie and Claire’s child might be like started in almost instantly after the revelation, and news about the actress cast to portray their beautiful and wise daughter has finally broken. Brianna will be brought to life by actress Sophie Skelton, and it’s clear that she’s more than ready to take on her brand new role for season two. A few cool press photos have been released since the announcement was made, and Skelton seems to have the perfect look for Brianna already well practiced. Sophie has already donned the stunning red tresses that serve as one of Brianna’s highlighting features, and we cannot wait to see Brianna in all her glory once season two releases to the public.

Outlander has got to be one of the most anticipated shows of 2016, and we can’t wait to see what other surprises are waiting. The second season is just a few weeks away and premieres on April 9 on Starz and on Amazon Prime a day later.

Below is the latest trailer to wet your appetite! For those that want to visit the filming locations of Outlander click here.

Reece Shearsmith Wants to Do a Gef the Talking Mongoose Drama

The Isle of Man resides in a pocket of the Irish Sea between England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. It is known for its motorcycle racing and its…ghosts. Yes, the Isle of Man is steeped in a history of fairies and spooks, not least notably the Dalby Spook—the spirit of an Indian Sheik, reincarnated into a mongoose with a bushy, golden tail. In 1931, this spirit haunted a farmhouse called Cashen’s Gap, where James Irving and his family lived. Irving, his wife, and his daughter said the mongoose sang to them, told them gossip from around town, and claimed to be the eighth wonder of the world. When journalists rushed to the Isle of Man to scoop the story, everyone in town claimed they had heard the mongoose speak and that it rode the buses to catch up on gossip. However, the journalists never found any evidence, and it was eventually written off as a hoax, or possibly a mass hallucination. Eventually, the mysterious “Dalby Spook” was rebranded “Gef the Talking Mongoose.”

In a recent episode of Book Shambles, the podcast for book nerds, co-creator of The League of Gentlemen and Inside No. 9 Reece Shearsmith admitted that the 1930s English folk tale Gef the Talking Mongoose is crying out for a dramatization, and he wishes to be the one to make it. Although no plans are in place, it does excite the minds of film and television fans. What would a Shearsmithian urban legend retelling feel like? Would it be shot on location on the Isle of Man? Most importantly, who would play the voice of the mongoose?

Incidentally, Book Shambles co-host Josie Long hosts a monthly comedy variety night in Camden called Lost Treasures of the Black Heart, and many of these shows have been preserved as an audio podcast, available for free on iTunes. In the 5th July 2011 episode, about an hour in, you can hear We Are Goose sing their song about Gef, which has a chorus that goes, “Mongoose with human hands and feet / He was born in New Delhi / He’s over a century old / Gef Gef Gef Gef! / He will turn you into stone / so he hid behind a wall / offered wisdom to us all / from the Irving family home.” So, basically…if Shearsmith is in, he’s already got a soundtrack to his film.

Jaime Pond is the editor of Anglonerd.com. She lives and works in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.

Sources: Book Shambles | Lost Treasures of the Black Heart Podcast | Mental Floss

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