As the nights get longer and the sun begins to come out, so too do the cameras! From big TV Dramas to Government Campaigns, Tower Hamlets has been reeling in the filming. The Tower Hamlets Film Office, managed by The Film Office has facilitated many fantastic projects and below we’ve picked out some of the highlights from the last few months across the fabulous locations our borough has to offer!
Apple TV’s original drama ‘Slow Horses’ starring Academy award winner, Gary Oldman took to Tower Hamlets early in 2021 to film on many of our streets such as Solebay Street, Salmon Lane, and Wentworth Street as well as locations like Mile End Park and facilitating filming at private locations across the borough. The show follows a team of British intelligence agents who serve in a dumping ground department of MI5 – Slough House. Oldman stars as Jackson Lamb, the brilliant but irascible leader of the spies who end up in Slough House due to their career-ending mistakes. Check out the trailer below!
Jacob Hughes-Rodgers, the Film Officer who worked on some of the productions shoots commented “We always ensure the industry know that Tower Hamlets is a film friendly borough which is why various series more often than not, return several times to shoot across our locations, so it’s great to see a series with such a stella cast film in the borough.” Slow Horses has just launched on Apple TVs streaming platform and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out!
Sky Comedy-Drama ‘Bloods’ returned to the borough for their second series, filming across locations such as Mile End Park , many street locations including Grove Road, Cambridge Heath Rd and Roman Road, as well as facilitating filming in private locations across the borough. The show follows two paramedics; Maleek, a tough-acting loner and Wendy, an over-friendly divorcée, so when the two are partnered together, they seem a mismatched pair whose relationship is doomed from the start. As the duo endure the never-ending rush of 999 calls, put their lives at risk to save others, and struggle to gain the respect of their colleagues, they realise they might just be each other’s life support. Bloods is available to watch now on Sky and NowTV – check out the trailer below!
ITV’s new drama ‘Our House’ shot for day in Sir John McDougal Gardens as well as using local areas for unit basing and private location filming across the borough. The thrilling 4 part drama, starring Martin Compston and Tuppence Middleton, tells the story of Fi Lawson, who arrives home one day to find a family of strangers moving into her house and her husband, Bram, has disappeared. Fi must learn some dark truths as she discovers the secrets behind her family’s disappearance. The show aired on ITV on March 7th and the whole series is available to watch now on the ITV Hub!
Violence Against Women Campaigns
Both the Home Office and the Mayor of London have released new campaigns to tackle violence against women and girls. The Home Office’s ‘Enough.’ and the Mayor of London’s ‘Have a Word’ campaign both aim to highlight different forms of violence against women and girls, and the simple acts that anyone can take to challenge perpetrators of abuse. The ‘Have a Word’ campaign puts an emphasis on the ways that toxic male behaviour towards women can go unchecked and how effective it can be to call people out on it. Sadiq Khan said, “Male violence against women and girls can start with words. If you see it happening, have a word with yourself, then your mates. It’s time we kick these rotten attitudes out of our city and society for good.” Both of the campaigns were filmed with us Tower Hamlets, at Ion Square Gardens and Cambridge Heath Road. Take a look at the powerful videos below!