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TV Cream’s map of Britain – slight return

Yes, it’s back!

Seeing as we’ve reached bank holiday time once more (for three quarters of the UK at least) and given summer’s also gone, we thought we’d heave the tarpaulin off our cartographical compendium of the nation’s premier pop cultural stamping grounds.

Thanks for all your submissions since we launched this thing back in May. Hopefully there are enough places on the map to keep your retro synapses purring on through the autumn.

Simply click on an icon to learn more about each particular location. And please feel free to continue nominating your own sites for inclusion.

View TV Cream’s map of Britain in a larger map



  1. Graham Kibble-White

    May 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Can we have Cowcaddens, Glasgow – former home to STV and Danny Baker’s “little flat over-looking the rent”.

    Or the car park in Southampton where they had to stage an episode of Motormouth?

  2. TV Cream

    May 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Cheers – both of those have now been added.

  3. Palitoy

    May 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    While we’re at it:
    East Kilbride, a town outside of Glasgow for ‘The Untied Shoelaces Show’ and location of rabies scarer ‘The Mad Death’?

    Newcastle Tyne Tees studio and, erm ,that hostlery Sting and Fab Five Freddy would adjourn to for steak and ale Pies…

  4. tellycabbage

    May 29, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Portsdown Park – Portsmouth
    Filming took place for the Southern series Going Out

    The Solent – The Raising of the Mary Rose

    and also

    Leigh Park, Portsmouth – Graham’s Gang

    Filming for the series took place here…

  5. TV Cream

    May 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Many thanks!

  6. Steve Berry

    May 30, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Parkeston – near Harwich and Felixstowe. Subject of a directional mondegreen in Lenny Henry’s Screen Two debut, Coast To Coast, with hi-hi-hilarious consequences.

  7. Appletreeman

    May 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Church of England Parishes of Fishlake, Sykehouse and Thorne, Doncaster. Inspiration for the Vicar of Dibley; written by Fishlake resident Roy Clarke.

  8. John Putland

    May 30, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Bristol should be pinned up, home of Holby for many years (but no longer) and Skins…but we won’t mention that as it isn’t Cream era. Best of all is Eddie Shoestring, oh and early episodes of Being Human.

  9. Richard16378

    May 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    The Young Ones & the later Only Fools & Horses used locations in Bristol.

  10. TV Cream

    May 31, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Bristol and Parkeston now added.

  11. Graham Kibble-White

    May 31, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    High Wycombe – where “Damn-it-John!” Peter was driving through the other day.

    Longstanton, home to a spice museum once visited by Alan Partridge.

    The M62 out of Manchester, which Billy Walker drove along while the end credits of Corrie played out.

    Lendal Bridge, York, where Damon died in the world’s first ‘soap bubble’ (CF. Phil Remond), Damon & Debbie.

  12. Dave Nightingale

    May 31, 2011 at 9:09 pm

    Sheffield – might have been wiped out by a H-bomb in Threads,but home to ABC,The Human League,and The Artic Monkeys…and now current home of This is England.

    Leeds – home to YTV,earstwhile makers of classics such as Duty Free,Rising Damp,Countdown,321,and Sez Les

  13. TV Cream

    May 31, 2011 at 11:05 pm

    Cheers folks – keep them coming.

  14. Andy Elms

    June 2, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    I was going to suggest Halon Menswear Ltd. 3-5 Oxford Road. Manchester, but would that be too close to the DJ Castle?

    The Mustard Shop in Norwich

    Carlisle, for the worlds bleakest OB, courtesy of The 8.15 From Manchester

    I’m pleased to say – for the moment – Casualty is still filming in Bristol. The Holby ambulances and unbranded Police cars were out and about last night

  15. TV Cream

    June 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Thanks Andy.

  16. FishyFish

    June 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Here’re a few…

    Eastnor Castle, Ledbury. Location of Abner Browns clerical college in The Box of Delights

    Bray Studios, Bray, Berks – The Hammer House of Horror!

    Pontins, Prestatyn – Favoured holiday destination for Luxton & District Traction Company employees. No smoking in the lavatories though!

    Wraxham, Norfolk – Where Michel Hordern found an unfortunate whistle.

    Amberley Heritage Museum, Amberley, West Sussex – The entrance to Max Zorin’s Silicon Valley mine in A View to a Kill.

  17. FishyFish

    June 7, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Also… Somewhere in the Irish Sea, Peter Duncan’s not-so-amphibious Volkswagon Beetle started to sink.

  18. Ste

    June 8, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Durham Cathedral, home to one half of Simon Groom’s Lovely Pair of Knockers.

  19. tellycabbage

    June 8, 2011 at 10:19 pm

    Nice one Ste!

  20. Andy Elms

    June 10, 2011 at 11:31 am

    More from me….

    Python references to Cudworth (battlefield), Minehead, Bromley (Blue Midget Cafe) and Basingstoke (bale of hay, just outside of).

    Ipswich, unlikely destinatiom for Russell T. Davies characters in peril

  21. FishyFish

    June 11, 2011 at 1:14 am

    How about Jodrell Bank radio telescope: Tom Baker’s reign comes to an end… “So, it was the Doctor all along.”

  22. Andy Elms

    June 11, 2011 at 8:56 am

    Green, not Blue. Sorry, I have a cold.

  23. Martin M

    June 12, 2011 at 9:01 am

    What about Barrow-in-Furness? The bus station was devoured by a foam Godzilla

  24. TV Cream

    August 30, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks folks. The map’s been updated with the pick of your suggestions.

  25. fl3m

    August 30, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    I tried to leave a comment yesterday but I don’t think it worked. I was going to suggest Ashby de la Zouch – KP Crisps.

  26. borgduck

    September 1, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    The planet Uxarious!! Well, actually, the former Old Baal Claypit in Carclaze, Cornwall. The first outing in the TARDIS for Jo Grant in Colony In Space (1971), in fact the first outing period, in 70’s Doctor Who!

    Now some sort of nature reserve which is being threatened to be turned into an Ecotown, ironically!

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