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.