OK, I admit it. The house from the excellent new BBC drama “What Remains” was driving me nuts. It’s somewhere in Blackheath, but where? I wandered up and down Pond Road, thinking it was near the railway bridge… Close, but no cigar.
I knew I’d seen it before. Then one of the production designers tweeted that it was in Eliot Park.
And here it is, looking considerably less spooky surrounded by leaves and blossom on Google Streetview!
There’s a great post about the production here. Amazingly, the interiors of the house were all shot in a studio.
It’s a good first episode – hopefully the other three parts will live up to the first. If you’ve ever lived in flats inside a converted Victorian house, it will push many buttons – the way sound travels in unexpected ways, the timers on the lights, the uncared-for communal areas. It has lots to say about modern life in a city, and online too. Don’t be put off by Frank Gallagher. It’s a subtle performance, and the house really feels like the star of the show.
Anyway, there’s a good review of the first episode in the Telegraph, complete with a fantastic new genre “Norwood Noir”, which should clearly be “Blackheath Butchery”… Can’t wait to find out whodunnit. It’s clearly not going to be the teacher.
UPDATE: Photo above submitted by twitter user Brightstar24
The Olympics opening ceremony is going to be screened on Blackheath tonight from 7.30pm. There’s a map here.
Here’s a quick Google Map showing the location:
Technically the event is called “Lewisham Big Screen”, but it seems to be a bit of a misnomer to me…
Below is a re-post of the info from Lewisham council about the event. If anyone has any photos of the screens being prepared, please email me.
The timetable for the Olympics “big screen” on Blackheath has been released:
27 July 7.30pm-12.30am
London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony
The Lewisham Big Screen will show live coverage of the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
27 July – 12 August
Live coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games
Watch live coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games on a big screen on Blackheath
28 July 12 noon-7pm
Music, dance and song from Lewisham’s talented young people
29 July 12 noon-10.30pm
A day of song and music from choirs around the borough – and the BBC Singers
30 July 6-11pm
Blackheath Halls presents The Icarus Club
The Icarus Club – promoting and encouraging singer/songwriters and instrumentalists
31 July 2-4pm
21st Century Tea Dance
Positive Ageing Council and the Young Mayor present the 21st Century Tea Dance
1 August 1-5pm
Music and sport – a London 2012 combination
Mayor’s Quiz Night
Quiz night in aid of the Mayor’s chosen charity – The Lavender Trust
4 August 12 noon-10.30pm
Super Saturday – stalls, performers, entertainment galore
8 August 7-9.30pm
The Big Conversation
Join the Big Conversation – and find out what’s important to you
9 August 1-5pm
Southern Exposure PG Fim Marathon
26 films from 26 young directors
10 August 12 noon-10.30pm
A day of stories, performance poets, readings and verse
11 August From 12 noon
A day of street performances
12 August 7.30-10.30pm
London 2012 Closing Ceremony
See also: http://blackheathbugle.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/the-greatest-hyperbole-on-earth/
Massive lights outside Hortus this morning. Weirdly,
it’s an ad for Pizza Express. Wonder why they didn’t use the equally photogenic Pizza Express up the road? (Hope they can remove the raindrops in post…)
UPDATE: Tweet from Chandler Wright hair (they of the nice flowers in the front of their shop) tells me it’s for Sky.
UPDATE: You can find more up to date info in this post.
Lewisham Council has posted some notes about the big screen planned for Blackheath during the Olympics. Amongst other things:
The greatest show on earth – live on Blackheath
As well as being great fun, events taking place at the site will be designed to encourage communities to participate in improving their health and well being, become involved in their local community and celebrate local achievements. The Community Live Site will provide a showcase and fundraising opportunities for local voluntary and charitable organisations.
In addition to the big screen, another great attraction at the Live Site will be a beautifully decorative and rare Spiegel Tent which will play host to a range of events for all ages including tea dances, cinema, storytelling and live music. This splendid venue is so glamorous it is worth a visit in itself, even if it is to take in the surroundings, have a bite to eat or enjoy a cocktail created especially for the event.
It’s not that rare… I’m suspecting the Spiegel Tent will be the same one that featured at the Hyde Park winter wonderland. I went to this, and it was an overpriced restaurant & bar in a setting that looked like a leftover from the Moulin Rouge. Quite fun, and it had good Gluvine, but I seem to remember 3 drinks costing the best part of £15.
Here’s a sneak preview of the crime screens coming to Blackheath on Monday. Photo by @Nicole_Nation in Lewisham. That is some seriously tacky looking screenage. I really hope the police aren’t paying promogroup for those terrible looking screens. Nice to see private enterprise working hand in hand with the police.
On Monday the police are planning to bring a large video screen to Blackheath, in order to project images of suspected looters from around the area. I’d love to know how many convictions will result from this. All it will do is make people feel as though they live in a police state. Maybe we could all stand in front of the screens and hurl abuse too?
Richard from the Bookshop on the Heath writes:
You may be interested to hear that Blackheath (Oxfam Shop & our Bookshop) featured on House Gift that was broadcast on ITV last Friday, 25 Feb. It was about two Blackheath residents for whom the presenters were searching for a surprise anniversary gift.
I’m outsıde the UK right now, so the link won’t play for me. Hopefully it works for you. (Let me know in the comments when Blackheath appears, so that others don’t have to watch the whole thing!)
Do you remember the “More Mysterious Filming in Blackheath” business a few weeks back?
Well, Sonja has written in, to say that her son has spotted the actual ad:
Look at about 14 seconds in. It’s rather a “blink and you miss it” moment, unlike the epic version of the Bookshop on the Heath, that appeared in an episode of Spooks last year.
Screenshot below – she’s either annoyed about her stupid boyfriend, or perhaps SouthEastern Trains have screwed up again:
By the way, whoever did the music edit at 32 seconds in should be shot. Or at least, buy some new razor blades…
The usually excellent Dispatches series goes for a cheesy, CSI-style documentary, written in that tedious breathless style, suggesting that something very violent is about to happen, but then nothing does…
Bits about Blackheath at 2 minutes 43 seconds in.
Guardian review of the programme here. Angry activist review here.
I promise I do go to other places besides the Farmers Market, honest. As I was wandering up, I saw this message from Blackheath’s Premier Twitterer, Richard Bacon. He said that Aldo Zilli is at the Farmer’s Market, so it must be good…
And sure enough, there Mr Zilli was, filming a new BBC series due to go out in the summer, tentatively called “Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is” (who says the BBC is dumbing down?), whereby a load of “celebrity chefs” go to farmers markets in various cities, and then use the food at various posh restaurants. Apparently Nick Nairn was also wandering around the market too.
It sounds like a recipe for an angry AA Gill column to me, but anyway, the episode being filmed at the Blackheath Farmers Market will be about The Mercer, on Threadneedle Street in London.
Which is all great, except that I wouldn’t know Aldo Zilli, Nick Nairn or The Mercer, if I hadn’t just been told about them… Lord Reith had a rule forbidding the use of the word “famous”: If the person is famous, then the audience doesn’t need to be told that they are, as they will already be instantly recognisable, and if the person isn’t famous, then it is a lie. For less media-saturated times…