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Hammersmith Town Hall in White Heat

Date posted: 01.03.2012

White Heat is a new epic drama for BBC Two which start on Thursday 8 March for seven weeks. The series, which shot extensively in London including at Hammersmith Town Hall, charts the lives of seven friends from 1965 through to the present day.

Written by BAFTA-winning screenwriter Paul Milne, White Heat follows the interwoven lives, loves and betrayals of a group of flatmates whose relationships are forged in the “white heat” of the sixties.

They meet as a diverse group of young students living together London's Tufnell Park and the series follows them over almost five decades as characters' love stories and friendships are set against a backdrop that travels from Wilson to Thatcher, feminism to the Falklands and hedonism to HIV, as it explores their personal and political journeys.

Shot in and around the capital, the production selected Hammersmith Town Hall to double for Bush House in the 1960’s as some of its interiors remain a fine example of 1930s Art Deco architecture, offering a perfect match.

The production utilised the building’s lobbies, corridors and meeting rooms which boasted original features such as parquet flooring.

The building is still very much a working Town Hall so Location Manager Rupert Bray explains that they “filmed on a Sunday when the building was very quiet and easy to access”. Minor modifications to part of the location were allowed, which included painting a meeting room a week ahead of the shoot to help convert it into a 60s radio edit suite.

Bray describes Hammersmith Town Hall as a “great location” and recalls it was a “positive experience” where the production’s needs and requests were always accommodated. The Town Hall’s Film Officer, Janet Potter, explains that thanks to the production’s highly organised approach, the shoot “went off like a well organised military operation”.

As a filming location, Hammersmith Town Hall offers a range of options, from 1930s architecture, the dramatic semicircle Council Chamber, the Assembly Hall Foyer with its large paintings and arching ceiling to contemporary spaces which could double for waiting rooms, a bank or modern office interiors.  

Offering such versatility, Hammersmith Town Hall has been used as a location for feature films including Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Franklyn and TV dramas such as The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and New Tricks.

For filming enquiries contact Janet Potter on 020 8753 2171 / janet.potter@lbhf.gov.uk.

White Heat starts on BBC Two on Thursday 8th March at 9pm.

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