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Win a family ticket to POTTED SHERLOCK!

Potted SherlockWin a family ticket to POTTED SHERLOCK!

All sixty Sherlock Holmes stories retold in eighty elementary minutes! This delicious romp through the canon of Arthur Conan Doyle is fabulous fun for the whole family.

Double Best Entertainment Olivier Award nominees Dan and Jeff star in the London premiere of their new show, hot on the heels of worldwide hit Potted Potter and festive funhouse Potted Panto.

‘Like Sherlock Holmes himself, cleverness and wit triumphs over a seemingly impossible task.’  The List

‘This is great family entertainment.’  British Theatre Guide

‘Casts the perfect spell over the audience.’ New York Times – Critic’s Pick

‘Gloriously irreverent.’ Time Out London – Critic’s Choice

Vaudeville Theatre

Box Office: 0844 482 9675

www.pottedsherlock.com

8 December 2014 – 11 January 2015

What is the London address of Sherlock Holmes?

  1. 221a Baker St
  2. 21b Baker St
  3. 221b Baker St

Email the correct answer to info@britmovietours.com along with your name and phone number. The winner will be picked on Friday 28 November and informed by email or phone on the same day. Entries are strictly limited to one per person.

Terms & conditions apply. Subject to availability. Prize is valid from 8-14 December 2014. Family ticket is comprised of four tickets.

Christmas Gift Experiences – Tour Voucher

gift voucherIt’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to Christmas and what to buy our nearest and dearest. What is becoming more of a trend at the moment is buying unusual gift experiences rather than traditional presents.   We all know ‘it’s the thought that counts’ when it comes to receiving Christmas presents or any other gifts for that matter, but it really does touch your heart when you receive something that is really personal to you and not the norm.

Also as you get older and more Christmas pass you buy, you soon get bored yourself of buying the same old gifts and if honest, get bored of receiving the same.  It is very enjoyable trying to think outside of the box and coming up really good present ideas by thinking about the person and their likes and interests.  Gift experiences a far more fun that another soap set or jumper you will never wear.  Buying Christmas gifts for parents can be tricky even if you ask them what they want. They always say they have everything they need and they don’t need anything. So you get the same perfume, socks chocolate etc.  But I suspect what they really would want, if they were honest, would be quality time with you or their friends.  Experience gifts or day out type presents give just this.  They give you something to look forward to and an experience to remember forever.

Here at Brit Movie Tours we offer Gift Tour Vouchers which can be used towards any of our tours. If you are struggling to think of ideas for a gifts for someone this Christmas, maybe this is the solution.   Kids are going to just love the new Paddington film which is coming out on the 28th of this month here in the UK and I for one cannot wait.  I loved Paddington Bear as a child and it will be great to see him on the big screen with the help of CGI.   Our new Paddington Tour London is launching in Easter of 2015 so vouchers towards this tour might be a great idea for new or old fans of Paddington this Christmas.

Fans of Sherlock Holmes will love the BBC Sherlock locations tour where for 3 ½ hour you and a small group are driven around London in a mini coach visiting filming locations including 221b Baker St, Speedys Café, St Barts Hospital and much more. Private tours can also be arranged.

Game of Thrones has been a huge hit and Game of Thrones gifts are highly sought after.  Our gift tour vouchers would make an excellent give for a serious Game of Thrones fan.  Harry Potter fans will absolutely love our Harry Potter Tour London and would make brilliant surprice for any aged Harry Potter fan.

Gift tours are a great idea if you want to give an unusual gift to your friend of loved one.  If you know that you would be going on the tour with them you also get the added bonus of knowing you also will benefit from the gift.  Tour gifts make excellent gifts for couples as well as gift experiences for two friends.

Take a look at our gift tour voucher page and remember if you are not sure which vouchers to buy you can buy a Brit Movie Tours voucher which can be redeemed against any of our tours.

 

Readers verra much enjoy Outlander onscreen

outlandertourlocationAll summer, millions of fans eagerly awaited Outlander’s coming to life onscreen. The first episode, “Sassenach”, does not disappoint readers of the beloved books. Excitement has surrounded the actors portraying Jamie, Claire, and Frank. After seeing them in action, most agree the roles are well-cast and represent the characters readers have known for years.

The eighteenth century has seen nothing like Claire: feisty, intelligent, and sexy. Hours after Claire falls back in time, she takes charge of her Scottish captors and demonstrates the correct way to shove Jamie’s dislocated shoulder back into place. Later, she calls Jamie a “goddamn bloody bastard” as she repairs a gunshot wound he tried to hide. Jamie is in awe, and his clansmen are astounded at the language from a woman, telling her that her husband should tan her hide. Jamie responds to her spirit with humor, thanks her for repairing his wounds, and dubs her Sassenach.

In the twentieth century, Claire displays that spunk with her husband, Frank. Recent historical dramas such as The Tudors or Games of Thrones portray men as the ones in charge, particularly when it comes to sex. This is where Outlander is different: Claire initiates the sex. A progressive idea in the 1940’s, and not at all typical in the eighteenth century, but a theme that is carried by the author in the novels. We can hope producers will encourage strong, feisty women in the characters of Geillis Duncan and Jenny Murray.

The time travel element makes Outlander a mash up of historical drama, romance, and fantasy. Readers would have been insulted by a cheesy image of Claire’s body spinning through black space. The process of falling through time had to be realistic. The scene begins with Claire picking flowers near the stones at Craigh na Dun. The sound of the wind distorts and then mingles with voices. Claire looks up, touches the stone, and we cut to her narration. She describes a memory of a car accident where she felt the sensation of falling at high speed. Then, Claire is lying on the ground where she was before she touched the stone. She stands up and heads back to the car, but it isn’t there. The road isn’t there. She goes back to the woods and walks for a bit before she hears a gunshot. Confused, she thinks she’s stumbled upon a battle re-enactment until she sees real bullets flying. Claire is now running blindly through the woods to the tune of lively bagpipes and drums. The music adds humor to her peril because you know she’s thinking, “Seriously? What is this happening to me?” She comes to a stream and there is Black Jack Randall, who looks like Frank. She hesitates long enough for him to attempt to rape her before a filthy Scottish soldier comes to her rescue. It doesn’t take her long to figure out she’s not in the same world anymore. Her Scottish savior reeks too much for her predicament to be a dream.

Claire narrates through most of the episode. This could become annoying if continued in every episode, but for a viewer who hasn’t read the books, Claire’s explanation fills in the missing gaps.

The Highland scenery is as swoon-worthy as the characters. Outlander contains sweeping images of the Scottish Highlands, and old castles and ruins are featured. The producers did a believable job of contrasting the past and the future versions of the same locations. A great example is Cocknammon Rock, a series of tall cliffs shaped like a rooster tail jutting up into the sky. Claire first sees them while riding in a car with Frank. He describes them as a prime spot for British soldiers to hide and ambush Scotsmen. The next time we see Cocknammon Rock, Claire is riding a horse with Jamie. The paved road has been replaced by rocky, wooded terrain, yet Claire recognizes the landmark and informs her Scottish captors of possible British Dragoons hiding. There is similar contrast between the centuries with Castle Leoch: an empty field of broken tractors compared to a busy dooryard swarming with livestock and Scottish clansmen.

Outlander can only get better from here: more scenery, more characters, and more Jamie and Claire.

The scenery is absolutely stunning and with our local guide who is a fan of both the books & TV series and former member of the Scottish BAFTA, will discuss information from the Outlander TV series, show you how the books and reality differ and recall incredible tales of legend and local history that could come right out of the books.

Head over to our Outlander Tour page to get details about our new Outlander Tour which takes you to all the main TV filming locations sites..

 

Outlandish Excitement over TV and Tours

Outlander TourWhat if the future was your past? Often, past events leave clues to the future, but fans of the Outlander series take this idea to heart. The seven, genre-spanning, New York Times Bestselling novels are best described as time-travel historical romance. The unique perspective of Claire, who falls back through time, allows us to wonder if people have really changed over 250 years.

Author Diana Gabaldon spends three or four years writing each novel. Each book is a long, heavy volume to savor, and they’re written after extensive historical research. Lovers of historical fiction tend to compare and contrast the past and the present, and although technology and physical surroundings change, many of the social problems from the past exist today. Outlander unwittingly examines poverty, abuse, religion, and tolerance. And there is the white-hot romance between Jamie and Claire, proving the need for real love endures throughout time.

Gabaldon wows us with her character-driven plots. That’s the appeal of Outlander- readers fully experience the horrors of war, the warmth of family and friendship, and the dark humor of eighteenth century medical practices. The Outlander novels fulfill our extremely human need to feel compassion for those undergoing hardship, and it wasn’t easy to live in 1743. The time travel aspect is the least of the obstacles facing Jamie and Claire.

Outlander fans have longed to see Gabaldon’s characters in action onscreen, and in two days, they will wait no more. The timing is perfect: the latest novel in the series, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood, was released June 10th. On August 2nd, devoted fans will judge for themselves how well producers have re-created the beloved world of Jamie and Claire. What does an 18th century Scottish lass do on an average day at Castle Leoch? Will Jack Randall be as terrible and cunning as his character on the page? Will Geillis Duncan be as beautiful and bewitching? The new series will debut on Starz.

If books and television aren’t enough, fans can find themselves back in time and on location. The travel industry in the UK is participating in the Outlander festivities by offering tours of filming locations, where fans see firsthand how reality and the books differ. Although the literary locations are situated in the Scottish highlands, the filming locations are a little different. All places of interest are located in Scotland and can be reached as part of a day tour from either Edinburgh or Glasgow.

The Outlander Tour includes the screen location of Inverness (not in the actual city), Castle Leoch – home to Colum MacKenzie, Cranesmuir – the haunt of Geillis Duncan, and Lallybroch – Jamie Frasers childhood home. The tour continues to the Herb Garden, Mercat Square where Claire was filmed, the church that stood in for Dalneigh Parish Church, and the railway station where Claire and Frank begin their tour to the stones at Craigh na Dun. Tourists will also see the ominous castle of Captain Randall, minus the wolves. For more information about our Outlander tour, visit our Outlander Tour page here.

As the fan fever stirs up, Starz.com, On Demand, and the STARZ play app have been gracious enough to offer the first episode for free. Expect Starz subscriptions to increase in August, and for the web to buzz with critiques on steamy scenes between Jamie and Claire.

Whether you are an old fan of the novels or the trailers have caught your eye, there’s enough Outlander around to keep you occupied for a long time.

Win tickets for The Ladykillers

Ladykillers_300The Ladykillers!

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

THE LADYKILLERS (WhatsOnStage.com 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
London
WC2R 0NH

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 info@britmovietours.com 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 info@britmovietours.com 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
www.pottedpotter.com

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

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