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Can anyone tell me where in England the Bill is filmed?


Just wondering where abouts in England The Bill is filmed?

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I believe filming takes place all over London, mainly in South London and particularly the London Borough of Merton, shiraz.

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I've not seen the bill for a while but the merton location is right and the sun hill police station is on an industrial estate somewhere between wimbledon and morden

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You can also tell its filmed in South London as trains go by sporting SOUTH WEST TRAINS colours whenever there's a chase/arrest scene by a railway line - Sun Hill is supposedly set in the East End, but SWT do not operate here. Also spotted COLLIERS WOOD tube station in the background the other week, go check the map . .

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A few weeks ago they were filming on the walworth estate in southwark - between elephant and castle and Camberwell. SE17.

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I think alot if filmed in Croydon.

On Wednesdays episode at the end the building and street where they found Danny was Croydon city centre. Theres been loads of times I recognised places too.

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It's not filmed at Pinewood studios.

As someone has already mentioned in this thread, they have their own studio at Merton in South London where the show has been filmed since 1990.

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It's certainly NOT filmed at Pinewood. It's filmed at the talkbackTHAMES studios in Merton and in and around South and East London; the concept is of a central East London police station. It's not meant to be a documentary.

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What rot!!

I've worked on the show a couple of times, went nowhere near Pinewood or Teddington, etc. Filmed episodes around Merton market, and Wimbledon dog track.

Had Christmas lunch at Talkback Studios canteen following my first time on the show. Great atmos. As I recall, there was also some saddo standing outside the studios, with his mother, collecting autographs.

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there was also some saddo standing outside the studios, with his mother, collecting autographs.


Arrogant twat. If it wasn't for these dedicated fans, you would have had a job in the first place. I'll bet the likes of Graham Cole, Alex Walkinshaw or Simon Rouse doesn't consider their fans to be "saddo's."

"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." O. Wilde 1892

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"I'll bet the likes of Graham Cole, Alex Walkinshaw or Simon Rouse doesn't consider their fans to be "saddo's." Hate to disillusion you, mate, but.

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As everyone's said, a lot of it is filmed in Merton and Wandsworth but when they visit peoples homes who are supposed to be rich or famous then it's filmed in along the river, sometimes chelsea and central. All rich people in Sun Hill live along a river in a big glass apartment! The gherkin's always in the background as well... You can see Sun Hill Station in Mitcham just past Wickes.

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[quote=lippyfulhamgirl]You can see Sun Hill Station in Mitcham just past Wickes.[/quote]

Actually, "Sun Hill Police station" is located at Talkback Thames studio's in Deer Park Road (South Wimbledon). If you want to see the "Facade" of SUNHILL POLICE STATION, the go to the junction of Windsor Ave and walk about 100 feet. The station front is just past A&E entrance for St, Hughs.

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They use Croydon and Sutton quite a bit and I even watched them filming in Clapham on my street where I lived there. I do get worried when they are filming in the City though - the City of London has its own police force.

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I Worked on THE BILL for at least 4 years, I can confirm that the Location of Canley is Filmed in various parts of South West London, Kingston - Cambrige Estate, Phips Bridge Estate, Wimbledon, Worcester Park,Tooting, Croydon, Chessington, Brentford Docks, Manor Pub - Malden Manor, Battersea Oxford street and Baker street for the opening credits, Merton - Mainly as its less traveling time and more filming time.

On Sundays, the crew usually film in the city as its almost deserted and can get the scenes of Londons Landmarks as Canley is basically Wapping area where the series first opened its doors to Sun Hill Police Station in Artichoke Hill. Sadly it's no longer there.

The Bill has never ever filmed in Pinewood or Shepperton as they have their own Studios based in Merton. "Bosun House" was an old wine warehouse and THE BILL shared half the building with "FAMILY AFFAIRS" before it was axed.

The Street Set for Family Affairs was taken over by THE BILL as its part of the studio and serves as a Market. Lately the scene of the Bomb blasts.

And Yes! People do wait outside the studios to get a Signed Cast Card!

Hope This helps

Filmunit

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and filming also has been known to take over Mitcham Police Station from time to time - amongst others - for interior shots of 'other' stations, getting in the way of real officers and blocking in IRV's in the station car park and generally honking off real officers in the extreme


Actually, I suggest that you are mistaken. The locations dept. for any production company cannot use operational Police stations in any shape or form as they have to seek permission from the Film office and various others governing bodies. The logistics would be impossible.

Locations like Barton street are normally disused office blocks and the Props dept dress the set to look like a Police station. I have worked on "The Bill" since 1999 and I can never recall ever going to "Mitcham Police station" as a Location for "THE BILL".

It's the same with St. Hughs, The exterior is a College about two miles away and the interior is at the studios, Where they also have a "Court room". "Bosun house" or Talkback Thames studios have a variety of internal interiors that they use as Locations. The Post room often is used as a Location for "some Firm" or other.






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I think you just stated the reasons why Production companies do not use "Live Working environs" such as Police Stations! The denied granting of permissions is of the assumption that an application to film was submitted!

Extras are used for background Police officer and for continuity, the shoulder Numbers would not match the Fictitious SO. The Silence required when shooting a scene. It would have been a massive Pain in the backside for both parties. I just find it hard to believe that a Working police station would hire itself out as a Filming location, with security being what it is! And who got the Cheque?

Maybe I am mistaken and indeed there was ONE occasion prior to my employment! Actually, A whisper in my ear has suggested that there may have been an occasion when refurbishment was taking place.. But that was oh so long ago!

Best Wishes!

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Just for the record! I no longer work there! But you describe the Crew and its attitude perfectly. The Crew were always Cutting back on costs when it came to parking and this really was an issue with "locations dept" who are a law unto themselves, who I have had dealings with on many occasions which ultimately persuaded me to leave!

Just going back on topic now!
It is my belief that Members are interested in Filming locations that are "tangible" and as such would out of curiosity "do a Drive by". I accept that There were occasions during the Gabriel storyline and others! I just do not ever recall being there! Possible due to the nature of the location, a Smaller crew were present. Please also Consider that on any working day, There are up to four film crews working in various locations!

Best Wishes!

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Actually, I suggest that you are mistaken. The locations dept. for any production company cannot use operational Police stations in any shape or form as they have to seek permission from the Film office and various others governing bodies. The logistics would be impossible.


About two years ago I saw the police station on Rosslyn Hill Hampstead being used. They did seem to be using it to Walk out and get into cars only rather than film inside but they were still using it.

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Actually, I suggest that you are mistaken. The locations dept. for any production company cannot use operational Police stations in any shape or form as they have to seek permission from the Film office and various others governing bodies. The logistics would be impossible.


Actually, I would suggest you evidently don't have the facts straight. At the very least, they have filmed in Mitcham Police Station, using the main stairwell, and the office corridors of the first floor. This happened back in around 2003 and happened more than once, on weekends when the civvy staff weren`t around, to the great annoyance of all those PC`s actually working there. Whether you want to believe it or not is up to you, but at the end of the day I was there when it happened so telling me it didn`t is pretty ridiculous.

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HapHazzard, to be fair, that quote was actually from filmunit's post of Aug 6. joe-1657 quoted it (it just wasn't in italics or a quote box), then rebutted it in the 2nd paragraph.


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Fair enough Tish, it's been amended.

It's a tender love song, very beautiful. {Whats it called?} Lick my love pump.

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They filmed opposite my flat once - I watched them from my window and I even got a postcard through the door apologising for any inconvenience. That's in SW18, halfway between Tooting and Wandsworth.

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as i write this the film crew of the bill are actually downstairs filming.
i live in south wimbledon.
the sun hill studio is a 5min walk away.

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They often film right next to where I work in Merton Abbey.

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Throughout the series, there have been three filming locations for Sun Hill police station. From the first series, the police station consisted of a set of buildings in Artichoke Hill, Wapping, East London.[17] However, these buildings were next to the News International plant and during the winter of 1985–86 there was much industrial action which resulted in some altercations between the strikers and what they thought were the real police but were actually actors working on The Bill. Working conditions got so dire, that the production team realised they needed to find another base to set Sun Hill police station.[18] The second location was an old record distribution depot in Barlby Road, North Kensington in North West London .[17] Filming began here in March 1987. In 1989, the owners of the Barlby Road site ordered The Bill out, due to their redevelopment plans for the area. After an extensive search, two sites were selected, the favourite being a disused hospital in Clapham[citation needed]. However, this fell through and the second option was chosen—an old wine distribution warehouse in Merton, South West London. The move was made in March 1990 and the move was disguised on screen by the 'ongoing' refurbishment of Sun Hill police station and then finally, the explosion of a terrorist car-bomb in the station car-park, which ended up killing PC Ken Melvin.
Filming for the series took place all over London, mainly in South London and particularly the London Borough of Merton, where the Sun Hill set was located.[2] Locations used when the show was filmed on a housing estate included:
Cambridge Estate, in Kingston, south-west London[19]
High Path Estate, in South Wimbledon, south-west London (approx. 10 minute walk from the Sun Hill set)
Phipps Bridge, Mitcham[20]
Roundshaw Estate opposite Mellows Park in Wallington, London[21]
Sutton Estate, which includes Durand Close in Carshalton, where a housing block regularly used by The Bill for filming was demolished in November 2009.[22]
Scenes were often filmed in east London, most notably the London Docklands,[23] with other scenes filmed in Tooting,[24] Greenwich[25] or Croydon.[26]

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Just been watching the pilot 'Woodentop' on YouTube and at one point you can see a street sign for Rich Street which is an actual road in E14, although it's a fair bet that some of the older buildings in that particular scene have since been demolished.

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Any Bill fan clubs out there, I have been watching repeats on Australian Tv, I love this show, it is like going back in a time machine, I would love to to go to a Bill convention, they filmed opposite where I was living once in Roehampton about 2am, apparently they filmed there quite often.

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