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  • #16
    Spot on the Map (e18) London Bridge to Tower Bridge [UK]

    According to the above English Club TV website page "Spot on the Map is an educational program based on authentic material. Each program is an exciting excursion around London. In each episode you will be introduced to amazing sights, learn about English culture, traditions and history. You also will be able to explore the places in London, which are not found in tourist guides."

    Naturally they got around to the object of interest in the following excerpt from e18:

    "Spot On The Map – Tower Bridge"

    Tower Bridge appears in detail and sometimes unusual angles in multiple scenes from 00:00:19 to 00:03:43.
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    Tower Bridge again appears - twice during 00:06:06 to 00:06:42.
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    • #17
      Department S (s02e06) The Man From ‘X’ (1969) [UK]

      Quoting IMDb: "Safe-cracker James Rankin dies,wearing the space-suit he stole from as aerospace institute in Farnham. Jason finds out...that he was about to take part in the robbery of a safe...Posing as Rankin's replacement"

      Tower Bridge appears very darkly from 00:00:13 to 00:00:15
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      • #18
        Return of the Saint (s02e14) Tower Bridge is Falling Down (1978) [UK] (episode) (series)

        Quoting IMDb: "When Charlie Stewart is found crushed to death on one of his demolition sites his daughter Jenny seeks the Saint's help. She is convinced that her father was killed by his business partner Ray Dennis who also conned him out of a large sum of money. The Saint devises an elaborate plan which will appeal to Dennis's greed and hopefully expose him as the killer."

        Ray Dennis is capably played by the character actor John Woodvine who at the time of this post has been in the business from 1958 to 2017 with 176 acting credits.

        So what has Tower Bridge to do with this episode besides being in the title? Quoting "":
        "Simon vows to exact the maximum amount of revenge on Dennis. So he puts his plan into action – an elaborate con involving transporting Tower Bridge to America...involves his company being awarded the contract to demolish Tower Bridge"

        I found an appropriate image (#2 of 7) on the webpage "".
        The actual image appears to actually from a different site (" [email protected]_V1_.jpg").
        Ray Dennis (John Woodvine) and Simon Templar (Ian Ogilvy) are standing before the south end of the Tower Bridge with the Tower of London in the background on a foggy day.
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        • #19
          The Day of the Triffids - Part 1 (2009) [UK|Canada]



          Quoting IMDb: "With most of the world blinded and the dangerous carnivorous Triffids set loose, it falls upon a band of scattered survivors to fight this plant invasion and the madness following."

          A two part miniseries remake by the BBC in 2009 of this classic science fiction cautionary tale.

          IMDb states that two countries including the UK were involved in this production.

          The first entry in the "you have to know where to look" category is the bank of multiple outside camera monitors that the live broadcast program director can pick a feed from. In this case one of them is centred on the Tower Bridge. There are multiple scenes from 00:08:52 to 00:09:06 and at 00:11:07.
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          Tower Bridge is seen directly from 01:16:58 to 01:17:05.
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          Unfortunately even it is infested by triffids.
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          And the second entry in the "you only see it if you know where to look" category is this murky view of London with the Tower Bridge helpfully outlined in red. The position and orientation of St. Paul's (in the green outline) is the anchor point for finding our favourite structure in the murk.
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          Everything becomes clearer with the help of Google Maps:

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          Part 2 does NOT contain any instances of the Tower Bridge.
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          • #20
            Go Jetters (s02e20) Tower Bridge, London (2018) [UK]


            Quoting Wikipedia: "Go Jetters is a 3D animated British children's television series...Aimed at the upper-end of preschool ages 4–6...follows the adventures of four heroes, Xuli, Kyan, Lars and Foz, as they travel the world with their teacher, mentor and friend, Ubercorn. The programme uses songs and music to expose facts about various countries and environments."

            As of December 2018 there have been two seasons; a total of 103 episodes that are each 11 minutes long.

            A excerpt of this episode was found at:

            "Tower Bridge, London - Go Jetters Series 2 - Go Jetters"


            The Tower Bridge appears in multiple scenes from 00:00:05 to 00:01:20.

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            • #21
              Inspector Morse (s05e04) Greeks Bearing Gifts (1991) [UK]


              Quoting IMDb: "Among the suspects in the murder of a Greek chef and his sister are a Ancient Greek scholar, a dodgy British entrepreneur, and a Greek shipping magnate."

              Tower Bridge can be seen through the window of the office of the British entrepreneur, Digby Tuckerman, from 00:38:41 to 00:41:24.
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              If interested there is a web page where the location of this office is discussed:

              "A Review of Morse Episode, ‘Greeks Bearing Gifts’. Plus the Art, Music and Literary References."



              • #22
                The Persuaders (s01e06) The Time and the Place (1971) [UK]


      ! (series)

                Quoting IMDb: "Danny accidentally finds the body of a dedicated political journalist in the estate of a right-wing British political candidate, but who would believe him when it mysteriously disappears?"

                Roger Moore directed this and the (s01e13) "The Long Goodbye" episodes of "The Persuaders" as well as 9 episodes of "The Saint".

                Tower Bridge appear in the background several times from 00:13:14 to 00:14:21 when Marie (played by Anna Palk) meets Lord Brett Sinclair (played by Roger Moore) on the Thames embankment outside the Tower of London.
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                • #23
                  The Sweeney (s02e10) Trojan Bus (1975) [UK]



                  Quoting IMDb: "Australian villains Colin MacGruder and Ray Stackpole return to London and steal a bus...rob an art dealer...leading to a river chase and a shoot-out, making it the end of the line for the boys from Down Under."

                  These two "Nice 'n' easy does it" lads had already appeared in an earlier episode (s02e07) "Golden Fleece" which resulted in an extremely frustrated Detective Inspector Regan since the Sweeney always seemed to be two steps behind right up to the end when Colin and Ray got away. (

                  Colin MacGruder was played by Patrick Mower with his usual noticeable intensity. He is a prolific English actor who has had many roles; most recently a long running gig in the "Emmerdale" tv series.

                  The Tower Bridge first appears in the hazy background behind a Thames River excursion launch briefly at 00:12:47
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                  The Tower Bridge then then seen in a short scene from 00:40:03 during the two man crime wave's sedate river escape in the forementioned excursion launch.
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                  And then again for several seconds from 00:41:11 looking south as the Sweeney closes in by road at speed...
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                  Finally during a last stand between the wild colonial boys and the 'pommy troopers' at a impromptu "Eureka Stockade" at a derelict lot in which the Tower Bridge appears in the background in multiple scenes from 00:44:13 to 00:48:13.
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                  This episode can be summed up by the dialogue starting at 00:10:09:
                  Haskins (Regan's boss): Apparently Jack our Australian friends are back in town.
                  Regan: Colin and Ray?!
                  Haskins: I don't mean Lilly and Thompson (Australian cricket fast bowlers).
                  Regan: I don't believe it!...But with a 10 to 15 year stretch for armed robbery hanging over their heads?!
                  Carter (Regan's offsider): Why not? They got away with it last time.
                  Regan: Don't remind me. They must be out of their bloody minds!
                  Haskins: ...MacGruder apparently once sold a sun dial outside the Sydney Botanical Gardens 17 times in one weekend. He was a juvenile at the time.
                  Regan: They should have topped him then - saved us a lot of trouble!


                  • #24
                    As first pointed out by bill farmer's post (08-12-14 01:13 PM #191) on the previous britmovie incarnation Thread: Films And TV Programmes Featuring Tower Bridge (

                    The Sweeney (s02e08) Poppy (1975) [UK]



                    Quoting IMDb: "Vic Labbett, a violent robber who fled England following a robbery, has now returned from pick up the cash from the heist and convert it into diamonds and fly out"

                    Tower Bridge appears in the background starting at 00:27:50, 00:37:33 - 00:37:49, and multiple times during 00:39:01 to 00:39:40
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                    • #25
                      Loaded (s01e05) The Boat (2017) [UK]



                      Quoting IMDb: "Four friends who become multi-millionaires when they sell their video game company...transformed from "people who play games" to "serious players in the game...or are they?

                      It lasted for one season and had 8 episodes. The theme of this episode is "game development completion pressure".

                      Episode excerpt:

                      "Loaded: Season 1 Episode 5 Sneak Peek - You Have the Main Stage"


                      Naomi (Casey's Personal Assistant),Casey (the imported American boss), and Leon (one of the four tech millionaire entrepreneurs) with the Tower Bridge prominently in the background from 00:00:00 to 00:01:10. While exercising Casey informs a shocked Leon that in only six weeks time the computer game they are working on has to be finished since it is to be publicly released at an upcoming gaming industry event!
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                      • #26
                        Strip the City (s01e06) Underground City: London (2012) [UK|Canada]




                        According to the IMDb two countries including the UK were involved in the production of this series.

                        Quoting IMDb (series): "Stripping major cities naked of their steel, concrete, buildings, roads, rivers and bedrock - layer by layer - to explore the secret technology and infrastructure that keeps them running."

                        Each episode concentrates on a major world city. This Season 1 Episode 6 effort is an in depth (literally) look at London. Tower Bridge is seen from the <air>/<ground> - both <near>/<far> - as well as a <progressive cutaway> and a <flying bridge> animation! The simple statement is that it appears OFTEN - but for those who like to do it the hard way - start counting!

                        Tower Bridge from the <air><near> at 00:22:46 - 00:22:49, 00:29:45 - 00:29:52, 00:33:24 - 00:33:31 and is in the final shot of the closing credits from 00:43:18 - 00:43:33. {total 4}
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                        Tower Bridge from the <air><far> (tiny in the distance admittedly) at 00:00:03, 00:00:18, 00:00:46 - 00:00:51, 00:08:48 - 00:08:53, 00:13:34 - 00:13:37, 00:15:02 - 00:15:05, 00:23:15 - 00:23:23, 00:39:03 - 00:39:06, 00:42:50 - 0:42:55, and 00:43:10 - 00:43:14. As well this includes a scene from 00:37:38 - 00:37:57 where it and other bridges on this stretch of the Thames rotate into position. {total 11}
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                        Tower Bridge from the <ground><near> from 00:26:05 - 00:26:08, 00:28:10 - 00:28:16, 00:29:39 - 00:29:42, 00:33:31 - 00:33:36 and 00:34:27 - 00:34:43. {total 5}
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                        Tower Bridge from the <ground><far> in this case from London Bridge at 00:00:06, 00:01:01, 00:01:14 - 00:01:17, 00:33:14 - 00:33:16, and 00:43:01 . {total 5/25}

                        As well Tower Bridge appears in a repeated <progressive cutaway> from 00:00:37 to 00:00:40, 00:33:36 to 00:34:27 and reversed from 00:42:46 to 00:42:50. {total 3}
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                        Finally Tower Bridge even appears in another animation from 00:25:24 - 00:25:51 and then 00:32:06 - 00:32:27 (which includes a <flying bridge> sequence). {total 2}
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                        So in a 43 minute long episode Tower Bridge turns up in 30 sequences!
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                        • #27
                          The opening shot for the OVERSEAS PRESS CLUB (or EXCLUSIVE!) episode "The Unknown Man" gives a good hint where the story is set:

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                          • #28
                            I just saw Tower Bridge in the background of the dock scenes towards the end of Special Branch episode Hostage (George Sewell, Patrick Mower).


                            • #29
                              Blue Peter. Simon Groom did a death slide from Tower Bridge with the Royal Marines.


                              • #30
                                As featured in Dracula A.D. 2020, i.e. DRACULA (2019):

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