Hounslow and Brentford towers on screen


What links Reese Witherspoon, DJ Johnny Vaughan and a riot at a British embassy in Africa?

  The unlikely answer is they're all scenes which have been filmed across Hounslow in recent years. While the borough is famous for period dramas, like the 2004 big-screen adaptation of Vanity Fair, starring Ms Witherspoon and shot at Chiswick House, many of its more unusual TV and movie locations are less well-known. The M4 fly-over through Boston Manor Park, for example, is the go-to spot for directors filming secret burials or murder scenes, while Brentford Towers provide an iconic backdrop for many a detective drama.  

Hounslow's top filming locations

The Butts, Brentford - this picturesque Victorian conservation area has provided the backdrop for films including Miss Potter, starring Renee Zellweger, and Johnny Depp's From Hell. Chiswick High Road - for practical reasons the wide pavements make it a popular choice for everyone from documentary makers to the team behind BBC sketch show Harry and Paul. Chiswick House and Gardens - as well as a setting for the films mentioned above, this has been a popular choice for TV dramas, with shows including New Tricks, Miss Marple and Kavanagh QC filmed here. It also doubled as Central Park in 2004 Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely.  Chiswick Town Hall - stood in for Peckham Town Hall in Only Fools & Horses prequel Rock and Chips. It was also the backdrop for a celebrity photo-shoot for Vogue's Christmas edition, and was transformed into Dorian Gray's studio for the recent film adaptation.  Gunnersbury Park - Keira Knightley attempts to crash a wedding reception here in Bend It Like Beckham. The park is also a popular setting for commercials, with the pond used to shoot a Jaws spoof for an anti-piracy trailer.  Duke's Meadows, Chiswick - popular with film-makers, especially the recently-restored paddling pool.  Boston Manor Park - the little-used area under the fly-over is where the teen stars of C4 comedy drama Misfits buried the body of their parole officer. It has been the setting for, among other things, Silent Witness, and a number of music videos.  Boston Manor House - another popular choice for period dramas, this stood in for Hastings in Foyle's War.  Hounslow High Street - popular with Bollywood directors despite the noise of planes overhead, this was used as the setting for a KFC advert.  

Brentford Towers - this iconic piece of 60s architecture provides the backdrop for many a gritty urban drama.  Griffin Park, Brentford - this old-fashioned ground stood in for Upton Park in 2005 film Green Street, about football hooligans. Leading man Elijah Wood enjoyed a pint at the Griffin pub, which is set on fire by marauding fans in the movie.  Hounslow Civic Centre - this unique setting is a popular choice for dramas involving political negotiations, like The Special Relationship, starring Michael Sheen as Tony Blair and Dennis Quaid as Bill Clinton.  Syon Park - The Madness of King George, Gosford Park and Daniel Deronda are among the historical dramas shot on the stunning privately-owned estate. 

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