BBC’s Man in an Orange Shirt showcases London’s capacity for both period and modern locations
The BBC’s two-part miniseries, Man in an Orange Shirt utilised various locations throughout London in order to convey two entirely different time periods. The first episode tells the story of a gay relationship taking place in Britain throughout the 1940s and 1950s, while the second episode depicts the fallout of that relationship in the modern day.
The Charterhouse in Islington plays a crucial part as a 1950s prison, where the production shot a total of five scenes with 45 members of cast and crew present last autumn. The crew then relocated to Myddelton Square, also in Islington, for five smaller scenes.
Detailing the shoot, Andrew Pavord of FilmFixer notes: “it was a pleasure to play a part in helping London participate in this exploration of its own sad history. In particular, it was great to see the historic Charterhouse involved in the role of a prison for the drama, highlighting the versatility of London’s modern and period locations, and the way in which Londoners are happy to welcome filming.”
Scenes were also shot at Kingston’s (formerly Surrey) County Hall, with a larger production team of 65 people. Under the supervision of the Surrey Film Office, Kingston’s County Hall has been featured as a courtroom location in a variety of recent productions including Joel Hopkins’ Hampstead.
Regarding Man in an Orange Shirt, Vicki Brown of the Surrey Film Office adds: “the production filmed with us for one day in November last year. The Grand Hall was turned into a bank office and our Victorian gents toilets featured a scene between two characters, Michael and Thomas.”
The UK is a highly popular filming destination for television projects, due in part to its internationally competitive 25% tax rebate. The incentive is designed to attract high-end television productions, requiring a minimum spend of GBP1 million per-broadcast hour to qualify.
Man in an Orange Shirt is now available to watch in its entirety on BBC iPlayer.
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