15 films, ads and TV shows shot in Barking and Dagenham
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From Baptiste to Black Widow, EastEnders to Gangs of London, Barking and Dagenham is a top location for shooting films, TV shows and adverts.
Its attraction is set to grow with plans for the capital's largest Hollywood-style film studios given the green light in July 2020 and LA-based Hackman Capital Partners moving in.
The team at Film LBBD helps crews find locations in the borough, including at the Heathway estate and Barking town centre.
Lisa Dee, head of film at the organisation, said: "The film office offers the ultimate one-stop shop for film and TV productions to film on our roads, parks, historic buildings, estates, modern aspects and industrial land across our richly diverse borough.
"Thanks to the studios, the support from Hackman Capital Partners and the [HR consultancy] MBS Group has enabled the council to get underway with developing our new training, education, career and supply chain pathway programme."
Darren Smith, managing director of MBS Group UK & Europe, said: "The growing levels of production taking place in Barking and Dagenham is a credit to both Film LBBD and the council.
"The commitment and can do attitude of Cllr Darren Rodwell and his team has really helped put the borough on the map."
Here's the Post's list of 15 movies, shows and ads filmed at just a few of the borough's sought-after locations.
- 1 'I just shut my eyes': Murder accused tells of moment he ran over victim
- 2 Man sublet his council property in Barking while living in West Yorkshire
- 3 Fourth man charged with murder of Dagenham man Tomasz Waga
- 4 Eastbury Manor House to reopen 'as soon as possible'
- 5 Woman treated at scene of blaze at Dagenham block of flats
- 6 Dagenham & Redbridge rally to win at Weymouth
- 7 Have your say on the proposed east London constituency boundary changes
- 8 Young mother died after flying to Turkey for gastric bypass surgery, inquest hears
- 9 'He will not survive the cold': Family fear for missing Sphynx cat
- 10 Dagenham cafe fined almost £2k following waste disposal dispute
Season two was filmed at LondonEast-UK business park in one of the plant rooms and on top of The Cube science hub.
French actor Tchéky Karyo stars alongside Fiona Shaw in this dark drama.
Due to air on Monday (August 30), this three-part series is based on the murder of Stephen Lawrence in Eltham in 1993.
The ITV drama was filmed at Dagenham East and LondonEast-UK.
The closing prison scenes in season one of this gritty Netflix crime drama were filmed at LondonEast-UK, where Sanofi used to be based. Series two was filmed at Dagenham East and is due for release later this year.
Gangs of London
Episode eight’s nightclub scene was filmed at Barking Riverside. Gangs of London won multiple awards after season one and will be returning to screens soon with series two – which might feature the borough once again.
A British detective who is killed in action is brought back to life using experimental artificial intelligence in this Sky comedy drama. Series one and two were both filmed at LondonEast-UK.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Black Widow with Scarlett Johansson were filmed at LondonEast-UK inside what is now home to UCL’s Pearl building.
It's high drama when Midge locks Louise Mitchell in a shipping container in Barking Riverside as part of a shock kidnapping. Dad Phil is knocked unconscious during a frantic search in scenes filmed in 2019.
Richard Gere spent several weeks in Barking and Dagenham in 2018 filming this BBC Studios drama about a millionaire media mogul and his family.
Stan Lee's Lucky Man
James Nesbitt was spotted shooting dramatic scenes for the second series of this Sky One show in Barking town in 2016. Dagenham East features in this British crime drama co-created by Stan Lee and produced by the team behind Downton Abbey.
Love Island promo
Farr Avenue on the Thames View estate was transformed into a beach holiday resort complete with pink flamingos, palms and a 4X4 in a trailer for the hit ITV reality show.
Maverick BBC One detective John Luther ran riot around Dagenham filming two special episodes. A crew descended on Rainham Road South to shoot the scenes following the murder squad investigator played by Idris Elba.
Episode six of season four features Barking Park, with more scenes filmed at LondonEast-UK. Black Museum sees a woman enter a roadside venue of the same name where the owner tells dark stories linked to artefacts on display.
The former Barking Power Station acted as a lair in this drama about robots, which aired on Channel 4. Both seasons were filmed in the borough with LondonEast-UK and Dagenham Park School also featuring.
An underpass beneath the A12 at Marks Gate appears in this 2009 film starring Michael Caine as an elderly ex-serviceman seeking to avenge the murder of his best friend by dishing out his own form of justice.
Saturday Night Takeaway
Geordie duo Ant and Dec pulled up in a red SUV to present a "Suzuki surprise" to an unsuspecting brass band musician outside Barking Town Hall in 2016. The Thurrock Marching Brass player was given the car as a reward for long service.