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…
Sounds like a wonderful dramatic romp, and has just appeared here:
I’ve only skimmed through the first episode, although I know the Greenwich Phantom reviewed it a while back. I didn’t see much of Blackheath in the parts I watched, just a load of wobbly looking sets (a little bit of Greenwich Park appeared during the first episode). If anyone’s seen it, and enjoyed it please let me know – I’m afraid it looked a little hammy for me!
It’s based upon this book: The Blackheath Poisonings: A Victorian Murder Mystery. If you want to get the full series, you can get hold of the DVD here: Masterpiece Theatre: The Blackheath Poisonings  (REGION 1) (NTSC)
Nicola emailed me to say:
I don’t know if you remember this advert, but it was filmed at Oxfam over a couple of very hot July days 2 years ago!
Click the picture to go to the ad.
I don’t remember the ad, but then I tend to skip most of the ads, by various means… It is a strange one – are they taking a pot-shot at the Cookery Nook? I’d quite fancy a cut price waffle iron if I could find one!
There’s not a great deal of Blackheath visible, most of it is tastefully blurred out in a depth-of-field that makes the ad look like an old romantic movie. A bit of the shopping arcade next to Oxfam and the sofa shop is visible, and there’s a good shot of the Picture Gallery behind him, but that’s about it. I don’t know where the big billboard is (but then again, it could be anywhere).
Does anyone else have any examples of Blackheath caught on film, besides this one, and the Hexagonal House? I’m still trying to get hold of a copy of “BBC – Voice of Britain“, made in the 1930s by the GPO Film Unit (now named “The Blackheath Arts Club” at the end of Bennett Park), as many of the scenes were also shot in Blackheath.