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    I noticed our old friend 'aitch in Mutiny on the Buses looking very shifty as usual ;-)



    My 5 year old watched it and laughed his leg off........



    This is off topic but that set of shops in the opening titles has appeared in many films of that era - i presume it's in the Elstree area?

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    Shenley Road, Borehamwood, right outside the studio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariocki
    Shenley Road, Borehamwood, right outside the studio.
    Yup, a couple of shops in the main shopping street of Shenley Road (Borehamwood doesn't have a 'High Street') are used in the Prisoner episode 'The Girl who was Death', and the tower block seen in 'Mutiney on the Buses' is the same one seen in the background of 'Eastenders'

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    from the sounds of it like quite a few other people here i tuned in to the buses fest on itv3 a few days ago as well.



    most episodes seem to revolve around stan taking in a part of his brother in laws motorbike/ bed frame or other belongings for the engineers at the bus garage to fix whilst trying to keep it hidden from blakey . oh and trying to pull a seemingly never ending supply of dolly bird conductoress's young enough to be his grandaughter



    where was " luxton " bus garage ? is it further along the road in borehamwood as well ? also where is the house where stan lived ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidb



    where was " luxton " bus garage ? is it further along the road in borehamwood as well ? also where is the house where stan lived ?
    Hi David, in reality it was the Eastern National Bus Depot in Lordship Lane, Wood Green, North London that was used, not there any more but on older AtoZ's of London it should be marked, just a short walk from Wood Green tube stn..........that's why on many episodes you'll see adverts on the sides of the buses promoting what's on at Cliff's Pavillion, Westcliff, there used to be a couple of long distance bus routes from Enfield and Wood Green to Southend using Bristol Lodekka's, sadly these routes became unviable financially and were withdrawn in the early 80's, along with the closure of the Depot



    Not sure about the Butler house, though there's not many edwardian type buildings in Borehamwood (I lived in Barnet in my Childhood) as it's mainly post-war housing but at a guess i'd say the Drayton Avenue area, close to Shenley Road

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    cheers for that , youre right about stans house it doesnt look like a typical borehamwood type home

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    It's still there, Malden Road, Borehamwood. Behind the houses to the right of it is where the Eastenders set currently stands.





    If anyone has the first film and is able to send me a screen grab from the scene where they cross a bridge whilst taking Olive to hospital, could they PM me please? I'm trying to identify this location as it appears in another ITC series. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariocki
    It's still there, Malden Road, Borehamwood. Behind the houses to the right of it is where the Eastenders set currently stands.





    If anyone has the first film and is able to send me a screen grab from the scene where they cross a bridge whilst taking Olive to hospital, could they PM me please? I'm trying to identify this location as it appears in another ITC series. Thanks.
    I'd be interested to learn that too, not technically minded enought to do screen-grabs but i'm sure you're aware mariocki of the Rectory Lane/Mimms Lane junction to the north-east of the Village of Shenley where many outside locations were filmed for OTB and 60's programmes like The Avengers, etc;

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    Weren't some of the outside 'bus' scenes also filmed around Chelmsford?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark O
    I'd be interested to learn that too, not technically minded enought to do screen-grabs but i'm sure you're aware mariocki of the Rectory Lane/Mimms Lane junction to the north-east of the Village of Shenley where many outside locations were filmed for OTB and 60's programmes like The Avengers, etc;
    Yes, they stop at the junctions of Newcome Road and Harris Lane to look at the sidecar and the crash happens at the triangle outside the entrance to Shenley Hall (as seen in many an Avengers episode) but between these shots they cross a distinctive bridge, which also crops up in The Adventurer and which I'm trying to place.

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    Last of the three "newspapers of the day" advertising campaigns for the "Buses" series. May have some other differing styles from magazines eventually.

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    I found the "Making of" episode very interesting, especially what hapened to Bob Grant, and how different Anna Karen lopoks nowadays.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariocki
    It's still there, Malden Road, Borehamwood. Behind the houses to the right of it is where the Eastenders set currently stands.





    If anyone has the first film and is able to send me a screen grab from the scene where they cross a bridge whilst taking Olive to hospital, could they PM me please? I'm trying to identify this location as it appears in another ITC series. Thanks.




    Hope this screen grab helps Mariocki.



    This is the only view of the bridge seen on the film.



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    Going back to the locations used in the OTB TV series, does anyone know which church was used in the episode 'The Best Man' (Series 5 Episode 3)?



    The ending of the episode shows a 'Luxton' double decker bus (on which the wedding party departs) parked outside a picturesque village church.



    Cheers



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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brent




    Hope this screen grab helps Mariocki.



    This is the only view of the bridge seen on the film.



    Dave.
    Thanks Dave, that's great . I don't suppose you could post up the shot immediately prior to this as well could you? I think it has two pylon wires visible behind the sidecar which might assist in locating it. Thanks again.

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    This is probably the one you're after Mariocki.



    Good searching.



    Any ideas on the location of the church I mentioned in my previous post?



    Dave.

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    Anyone know what sea that used for when the bus goes into it in Holiday on the Buses was it in Wales ?



    Pontins was used as the holiday camp right so did they use the same location ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Brent

    This is probably the one you're after Mariocki.



    Good searching.



    Any ideas on the location of the church I mentioned in my previous post?



    Dave.


    Thanks Dave, that's the one. I can't think of a bridge currently near to the Harris Lane/Mimms Lane junction as it appears today, the nearest similar one I can recall is on Warrengate Lane, a couple of miles away, and it has the plaque that's visible in the shot. Although it's been demolished and rebuilt at least 3 times since I've lived around here, I'm not sure it's the one I'm looking for. It also appeared in an episode of The Professionals. I'm looking at the theory that it could have been on Silver Hill, crossing The Catharine Bourne, but was removed when the road was widened. Certainly my old map shows the Bourne crossing the road near to where the pylons currently pass overhead.



    I haven't seen the episode you mentioned but if you're able to post a screengrab or let me know when it's next on I'll take a look.



    Thanks again

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariocki
    I can't think of a bridge currently near to the Harris Lane/Mimms Lane junction as it appears today, the nearest similar one I can recall is on Warrengate Lane, a couple of miles away, and it has the plaque that's visible in the shot. Although it's been demolished and rebuilt at least 3 times since I've lived around here, I'm not sure it's the one I'm looking for. It also appeared in an episode of The Professionals. I'm looking at the theory that it could have been on Silver Hill, crossing The Catharine Bourne, but was removed when the road was widened. Certainly my old map shows the Bourne crossing the road near to where the pylons currently pass overhead.
    Could it be the bridge in what used to be Wash Road, next to the South Mimms services?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan F
    Could it be the bridge in what used to be Wash Road, next to the South Mimms services?
    It could well be Alan, I had wondered if the sequence leading to the shot on the bridge in The Adventurer was filmed on Trotters Bottom, which would have been close-by prior to the building of the M25. It's a while since I went down there but I think it might now be a private road so I'm not sure if I'll be able to check. Worth a try though

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