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Ladykillers_300The Ladykillers!

The award-winning comedy THE LADYKILLERS returns to London this summer at The Vaudeville Theatre.

THE LADYKILLERS ( Awards Best New Comedy) written by Graham Linehan (Father Ted) and directed by Sean Foley (The Play What I Wrote) tells the classic black comedy tale of a sweet little old lady, alone in her house, pitted against a gang of criminal misfits who will stop at nothing….

Featuring a stellar cast of some of the finest stage and screen comedy actors including, Simon Day (The Fast Show), Ralf Little (The Royle Family), Olivier Award winners Con O’Neill and John Gordon Sinclair, Chris McCalphy, and Angela Thorne (To The Manor Born) as the sweetly innocent Mrs Wilberforce.

Posing as amateur musicians, Professor Marcus and his gang rent rooms in the lopsided house of sweet but strict Mrs Wilberforce. The villains plot to involve her unwittingly in Marcus’ brilliantly conceived heist job. The police are left stumped but Mrs Wilberforce becomes wise to their ruse and Marcus concludes that there is only one way to keep the old lady quiet. With only her parrot, General Gordon, to help her, Mrs W. is alone with five desperate men. But who will be forced to face the music?

Win a pair of top price tickets to see The Ladykillers!

The Ladykillers
Vaudeville Theatre
404 Strand

Box Office: 0844 412 4663

Opens: 29 June 2013

Which of these works was not written by Graham Linehan, adapter of the play?

a) Father Ted
b) The Royale Family
c) The Ladykillers

Email the correct answer to along with your name and phone number. The winner will be picked on Wednesday 22 May and informed by email or phone on the same day. Entries are strictly limited to one per person.

Terms and conditions apply. Prize is valid on all Mon-Fri performances until 30 August 2013. All prizes are subject to availability. Prize is as stated and cannot be transferred or exchanged. No cash alternative will be offered.

Win Tickets to see Potted Potter – The Unauthorised Harry Experience

Potted Potter – The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff

Returning to London for a strictly limited Easter holiday season as part of a sell-out world tour! The Best Entertainment & Family Show Olivier Award Nominee Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes.

“Inventive, daft fun for all the family that doesn’t feel the slightest bit cynical. A winner in every way.” The Guardian
“Gloriously irreverent. A very lovable romp through Rowling’s back catalogue.” Time Out London – Critics’ Choice

Even if you don’t know the difference between a Horcrux and a Hufflepuff, this brilliant comedy will make you roar with laughter. Written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, who also created the West End hit Potted Panto, this show is perfect for ages six to Dumbledore (who is very old indeed).

Win a family ticket to see Potted Potter!

Who is the arch enemy of Harry Potter?

A.     Skeldenvard
B.     Voldemort
C.     General Zod

Email the correct answer to along with your name and phone number. The winner will be picked on Wednesday 10 April and informed by email or phone on the same day. Entries are strictly limited to one per person.

Potted Potter

The Garrick Theatre, 2 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0HH

Terms and conditions: Prize based on a family of four with a minimum of one adult and one child. Valid for all Mon-Fri performances until 20 April 2013. Subject to availability. Cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. Booking fees may apply.

Famous London Landmarks and Their Movies

Famous London Landmarks and Their Movies

When it comes to film locations in the UK, there’s none more spectacular than London. All of its historic landmarks, recognisable across the globe, make it a top choice amongst Hollywood blockbusters and big budget British movies like James Bond and Harry Potter. Here are some of London’s landmarks and a few of the famous scenes that feature them:

Big Ben
Big Ben is arguably the most iconic landmark in London and has been featured in countless movies, animations and TV shows. Most memorable perhaps are those movies where characters are seen scaling Big Ben, such as when Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan’s characters hang from the clock face after a sword fight in Shanghai Knights. Another famous Big Ben scene, for Dr Who fans at least, is when Big Ben is destroyed (in the series one episode “Aliens of London”) by a spacecraft crashing through it and landing in the Thames.

The London Eye
Less than half a mile walk from Big Ben is The London Eye which features as a backdrop to numerous movies and hit TV shows, including Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix where it’s the background to a Wizard Chase scene. But it has also been used as a location in movies such as in Wimbledon when lead actors Kirsten Dunst and Paul Bettany film a scene in a capsule.

Most memorably are the scenes when The Eye features as a prop, such as in Doctor Who (in the 2005 episode “Rose”) when it was used as a control device for the Nestene Consciousness. Or in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer when a whirlpool created by the Silver Surfer forces the team to prevent The Eye from falling into the Thames.

Tower of London
Around half an hour from The Eye by tube is the Tower of London which has been featured in numerous films dating back to early cinema, but for famous scenes from more recent years look again to Dr Who. The historic landmark has been used three times, lastly in the 2012 episode “The Power of Three” when the UNIT headquarters are under the Tower of London.

For a famous movie scene from the last decade imagine Rowan Atkinson as Johnny English arriving at the Tower of London to guard the Crown Jewels.

Greenwich Park
Greenwich Park is a little way out from Central London but it is well worth a visit for film fans. It has been used in many period dramas based on classic novels, perhaps most famously in the 1995 version of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, which starred Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson. But it’s been the backdrop to movies from various genres from crime thriller Layer Cake to rom-com Four Weddings and a Funeral.

London’s Markets
A half an hour tube ride apart, London’s markets are a must-see for fans of romantic comedies. Portobello Market can be found on Portobello Road which cuts through the heart of Notting Hill; hence it’s famous amongst fans of Hugh Grant. Here you can find that infamous blue door and the travel bookshop.

Borough Market is another world-famous market thanks to numerous British movies. Popular with food-lovers and film fans alike, it was featured in Bridget Jones’s Diary, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Across London you’ll find settings from famous movies and hit TV shows. Remember to look at these in a new light next time you visit London, but don’t forget to bring your walking shoes!

This post was written by Sarah Leeds on behalf of ASOS, retailers of footwear such as men’s and women’s boots and shoes.

Meet Sara Mason – Star of the Freesat Ad

You may have seen the recent Freesat Advert in which our popular tour guide Sara Mason has a starring role. If you haven’t take a look at the freesat ad on YouTube. With a bit of help from the make up dept Sara was transformed into a 97 year old.

Sara has been acting for over 30 years in numerous productions on stage and TV and also turns her hand to taking guests on tours around London.

If you’d like to meet Sara or see her on one of our tours she can be booked privately or sometimes does our scheduled public Notting Hill Tours, Jack the Ripper Tours and Beatles Tours of London. Additionally Sara can do privately arranged appearances as Desiree. For more information and to book call 0844 2471 007.

Some pictures below of Sara getting made over for the Freesat Advert:


Batman is back and he was in Leicester Square…

On Wednesday 18th of July, Leicester Square was the place to be in Europe for movie fans. The European Premiere of The Dark Knight Rises was held at the Odeon & Empire Leicester Square in London. The Dark Knight Rises is the longed-for conclusion of the Batman saga, the most eagerly film awaited of this summer.

Brit Movie Tours was there and has brought you back a lot of ‘souvenirs’ directly from the red carpet…

Surrounded by an army of Joseph Gordon-Levitt fans, we managed to find a small place up against the barriers and at 5.15 pm, it was show time!

Under heavy rain, Leicester Square was suddenly illuminated by a wonderful pyrotechnic display which ran throughout the entire premiere. After a very cinematic introduction and before welcoming the crew, we were treated to a noisy and impressive Batmobile demonstration, straight on the red carpet.

Before the arrival of the crew, we were lucky to catch a glimpse of the very friendly Matthew Lewis who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films.

Another guest star,  Mister Guy Ritchie, the famous British director (Sherlock Holmes 1&2, Snatch, Rock’n’rolla…): and former Mr Madonna was also present.

Guy Ritchie was followed by Cillian Murphy, starring as Scarecrow in The Dark Knight Rises. Cillian Murphy is one of Christopher Nolan’s favorite actors and was recently playing Robert Fischer in Inception.

The French actress Marion Cotillard didn’t stay long on the ‘tapis rouge’ as she seemed to be frozen stiff under the onslaught of wind and rain.

Marion plays Miranda Tate in Christopher Nolan’s latest film. Miranda is a very rich and powerful woman who falls in love with Batman.

The beautiful Anne Hathaway portrays the legendary character from the DC Comics, Cat Woman! The actress spent a lot time studying the Catwoman character through the traditional comic book but in Nolan’s creation, the audience will  certainly have many surprises.

The charismatic but enigmatic Christian Bale is portraying Batman/Bruce Wayne for the third time. He’s always fascinated by his character, mythical but unhealthy as well. The British actor and producer came with his wife, Sibi Bale.

The British actor Tom Hardy, also seen in Inception as Eames. He has worked with Guy Ritchie in Rock’n’rolla, starring as ‘Handsome Bob’ and is now playing the very very bad guy in The Dark Knight Rises, Bane.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is another actor that we can see in both Inception as Arthur and in The Dark Knight Rises, as Robin.

Well, not exactly Robin…

Actually, Joseph is playing John Blake, a young police officer who helps Bruce Wayne fighting against Bane. There is a bit of mystery surrounding his character. In the comics, Robin is Dick Grayson and not John Blake. But as we said before, this film is full of mystery.

At last, Christopher Nolan walked the red carpet very briefly. This British director is undoubdtedly one of the best directors of all time but is also very discreet and mysterious.

The Dark Knight is coming back. The film is now released in the cinemas and it is time for us to unravel all theses mysteries…

School Trips to London

Every year thousands of people from all over the world flock to London to experience the magical aura the City offers.  They want a glimpse of the amazing City that has so much history, art, galleries, and museums.  For many people, touring London is a bucket list trip that is longed to be achieved.    For many young students, they will never have to include a visit to London as part of their bucket list items.  Many schools make educational tour trips to London to meet the educational needs of students.  School trips to London are a big choice for many educators that are trying to achieve their educational objectives for their students.

School trips to London happen every day and many of them are factored in as part of the student’s curriculum.  Depending on what is being studied, teachers can tailor their school trip to fit in with what is being taught.  In addition, although a day may not be enough for students to see all that London has to offer, a significant amount of education can be achieved through proper coordinating.

Teachers and educators can coordinate tours through a tour guide or on their own.  There are many sites to see and there are many multi-cultural cities there is much tradition and royal history to be learned and appreciated.  Many famous landmarks are necessary to be seen.  The London Eye and Millennium Bridge are two major attractions among many of London’s landmarks.  In addition, London is also known for their many museums, galleries and national collections in the world.  And in addition to the many attractions and famous landmarks throughout London, the theatre is also a major part of London today and offers performances that can be appreciated by people of all ages.  The performing arts of London produce some of the most spectacular performances in Europe.

Depending on the age of the students, trips can be made either one day or multiple days.  Many teachers like to spend several days to tour London in order to really help the students capture all that London has to offer.  Educators may put together a trip that tours the landmarks one day, and another day tours several of the museums and galleries.  Finally, they may conclude the tour with one of the more amusing attractions such as London’s Disneyland, or as mentioned one of the many theatrical performances.

School trips to London are a great way to educate and stimulate a student’s mind, no matter what age they are.  In addition, if costs are a factor, fundraising is an option to help students pay for their trip.  Every student will definitely benefit from a guided tour or a tour that is uniquely coordinated to provide education and fun.

Brit Movie Tours offer School Trips to London including the very popular Doctor Who Experience and Harry Potter Experience

Universal Studios Celebrates 100 years of filming

With Universal Studios turning 100 on the 30 April, Brit Movie Tours helped the world famous studio celebrate its centenary.


Universal Studios asked us to put together a tour that celebrated the iconic locations featured in numerous films shot in the capital over the years including Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, Atonement, Kick-Ass, Shakespeare in Love, Wimbledon to name but a few.

We designed one of our buses specially for the occasion with Universal’s logo and some of the films titles printed on it


We were joined by groups of journalists, publicists and people on the film industry, all invited by Universal Studios to celebrate their 100 years by touring around London.


During the day we found posts on twitter by people on the tour who wouldn’t stop posting pictures and positive comments on the tour.



Our guide Val ran the tour and had her few minutes of fame on BBC London News.


See the BBC London article on the tour.


It was a great pleasure for us to be part of this big celebration of Universal 100. Lets hope we can do the same again in 2112











BBC’s Miniseries “Ripper Street” – Jack the Ripper



The BBC’s eight part miniseries Ripper Street (which I can not wait to see) has begun filming in various locations in Dublin.

Created by Richard Warlow (Waking the Dead) and starring Matthew Macfadyen (Pride and Prejudice, Frost/Nixon), Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones) and Adam Rothenberg (House).

Element Pictures is producing Ripper Street locally. Dublin’s Clancy Quays will double for the East End of London in the late 19th Century, partly because the producers felt nothing currently available in modern

London was suitable. The 19-week shoot is due to employ nearly 300 cast and crew.

Ripper Street will be a new drama set in the East End of London in 1889, during the aftermath of the “Ripper” murders. The action centres around the notorious H Division – the police precinct from hell – which is charged with keeping order in the chaotic streets of Whitechapel.

It will explore the lives of characters trying to recover from the Ripper’s legacy, from crimes that have not only irretrievably altered their lives, but the very fabric of their city.

Jack the Ripper Tour



New faces to Downton Abbey.



Mr Carson better be ready for the new trainees, Matt Milne (War Horse) has already been confirmed as a new footman named Alfred and yesterday Digital Spy reported that Ed Spellers (Eragon) will play a footman named Jimmy, the second new footman in the series.

The 23-year-old is currently starring in horror comedy Love Bite and previously featured in Echo Beach.

Spellers’s Downton Abbey casting follows the announcement last month that Cara Theobald will play a new kitchen maid named Ivy and Lucille Sharp will be Miss Reid – Lady Cora’s mother Martha (Shirley MacLaine) lady’s maid .

So many new faces! We can’t wait for it.

Downton Abbey is expected to air in UK on ITV later this year.

Unlikely Tourist Hot-Spots!

Brit Movie Tours is obviously interested in everything that is British, however I’ve noticed that a lot of my time and attention seems to focus around the main tourist hot-spots in Britain. As a tour company, this makes a lot of sense, but it seems unfair to the rest of the country, so I’ve been looking at other places that Britain has to offer.

One county that has become more and more prominent in recent years is Essex. Billericay, Essex is the home of Gavin, Mick, Pam and Smithy in Gavin and Stacey, and recently Brentwood, Essex has become an unlikely tourist attraction for fans of the BAFTA award-winning show The Only Way is Essex. So what is it about this county that has got us talking about it? After all, this is the county where brides ‘totter down the aisle in a mini skirt and white stilettos’ to quote Stacey’s Mum in Gavin and Stacey.  Or is it?

Although it is only recently that Essex has started making a name for itself, it has produced some very well known names in the past. St Trinians actor Russell Brand is an Essex boy, as is Russell Tovey from Being Human. Would it surprise you though to find out that some of the cast from the much loved Downton Abbey are actually Essex girls? The great Maggie Smith who plays Dowager Countess of Grantham and the elegant Michelle Dockery who plays Lady Mary Crawley are in fact Essex girls!

It seems that with the help of some fantastic TV series and amazing actors, Essex is grabbing our attention and becoming one of Britain’s TV tourism hot-spots!

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