Television Takes Over Towers!

The advent of OTT (over the top) media services has caused a sudden influx of productions across the city of London this past year. With Apple+ and Disney+ launching or having already launched in the UK, more productions are visiting the city to shoot on location. Across the last year The Tower Hamlets Film Office, managed by The Film Office facilitated more than 30 TV Dramas across the borough. We’ve picked out some of our highlights which are due to come out this year.

Bulletproof 2

Created by and starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, Bulletproof returns for a second series and the stakes are now even higher. The series follows NCA detectives, and best friends, Aaron Bishop (Clarke) and Ronnie Pike Jr. (Walters), who investigate some of the country’s most dangerous and prolific criminals. The production shot across various locations in the borough including but not limited to Globe Town Market, Tredegar Square and various streets across the popular industrial area of Fish Island, seen below:

The series returns March 20th, but for now check out the high octane trailer below!

Alex Rider

Based on the popular young adult series of novels by Anthony Horowitz, Alex Rider focuses on its titular character, who is recruited by the British MI6 to infiltrate a controversial corrective academy for the wayward offspring of the ultra-rich. Facilitating various shoots last year, including a chase scene across Whitechapel which culminated with a road closure along Plumbers Row, it was great to have this exciting new TV Drama film in the borough. Check out the trailer below, and see if you can spot various Tower Hamlets locations!

The Devils

Based on the novel by Guido Maria Brera, this 10 part Italian series stars Patrick Dempsey and focuses on a worldwide financial conspiracy is discovered by a group of traders of a large investments bank. Produced by Sky Italia and Lux Vide, this TV Drama contacted the Tower Hamlets Film Office last year looking for a location to double as a prison entrance to film various scenes. Scandrett Street Car Park was chosen as the perfect location to recreate a prison entrance. Incorporating the larged brick wall of the John Orwell Sports Centre, the main gates were dressed with barbed wire, a mock 10′ wall was constructed across the parking lot with a steel deck behind it and various prison signage including flags, a Royal crest, floodlights, and a guard cabin with electronic arm gate were dressed to complete the look.

The Devils is due to premiere this year, so look out for the trailer which is dropping soon!


Created by Chris Addison, Simon Blackwell and Martin Freeman, Breeders is an uncompromising sitcom exposing the paradox of parenting that explores the lives of Paul and Ally as they juggle full-time careers, ageing parents, a mortgage and the unenviable curveballs of parenting their young children. When Ally’s estranged father appears on their doorstep, the family essentially takes on a third child – but this one comes with baggage and opinions. The production filmed across various locations in the borough including Tobacco Dock, which they were also basing at, and street scenes around Brick Lane and Grimsby Street, as seen below.

Jacob Hughes-Rodgers, the Film Officer on the job commented “Brick Lane is a popular location for a variety of shoots. With its cobbled streets, street art and independent shops it offers productions a great London location. In order to make filming sustainable in the borough we have to make sure filming is not disruptive to any local residents and businesses in the area productions are shooting. Consultation and planning are key in achieving this goal, and none more so was this evident than with Breeders shooting on an offshoot of Brick Lane; Grimsby Street. The location offers a similar aesthetic to Brick Lane, but control of the street is more manageable. With the cobbles, train tracks and graffitied walls it offered production a gritty, urban backdrop and it was fantastic to see the shoot on the day and all the hard work come to fruition”.

Look out for the show in early March and check out the trailer below:

We can’t wait to see what 2020 will bring us!

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