Dramas who are certainly Idristed in filming in Tower Hamlets!

Tower Hamlets has seen some of the nations most loved TV Dramas through its doors so far in 2018.

From a classic British crime drama (with local resident Idris Elba), to contemporary new thriller, and a new comedy series - Tower Hamlets, managed by The Film Office, has seen them all filming in the borough in 2018.


February saw the return of Luther to Tower Hamlets. The production completed several high octane scenes, which included your typically gritty Luther fare shot in Victoria Park as well as various street accross the borough. The production also filmed on the iconic Robin Hood Gardens Estate, which is soon to be redeveloped. Carrying out a thorough consultation with residents and with all precautionary measures in place, each shoot day was a smoothly run success.

 "I must say a very big thank you to The Film Office team for all the help with filming in Tower Hamlets. The service was not only quick, professional and to the point, but also a point of great Location Manager support throughout the 3 months of filming in London."- Spencer Normington, Supervising Location Manager. Luther Series 5.

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The Informer filmed at Watney Market Estate, Mile End Park, Corbridge Crescent, Bethnal Green & the Brick Lane area.

By spending a lot of time on the ground ahead of their filming schedule, the locations team ensured they made contact with all the key players in the areas in which filming took place. By ensuring the communities in which they filmed were actively engaged prior to and during the production of this series, the locations team, in close collaboration with The Film Office, were able to ensure that everything went smoothly and they were welcomed back on the multiple occasions they returned to certain key locations.

"My experience with the Film Office has always been great. Whether it's quickly responding to our initial filming enquiries, reacting to last minute shoot changes, helpful app feedback or large scale shoot support, their knowledge and advice has always been a valuable part of the filming process and is hugely appreciated. Thank you to all of the team at the Film Office for continuously providing an efficient and helpful service of support." - Bryony Preen, Location Manager, The Informer

It's been a pleasure welcoming all these productions to the borough, and looking forward to working with them in the future.


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The Bisexuals

The Bisexuals, a comedy drama, looks at the difference of dating men and women from the perspective of Leila, a New Yorker feeling lost in London as she navigates her way through the capital city's dating scene. 

The drama filmed & utilised multiple Film Office locations across the borough including the historic Boundary Estate & Columbia Road. Filming in residential areas, particularly estates can cause a great disruption to the day-to-day lives of the locale, but with careful planning, consultation and community engagement all shoots went smoothly, and paved the way for return.

Philip Green, Boundary Estate Community Launderette said "We are indeed very grateful to receive money from the film office and it has been used to hold a "Fun Palace" in both 2016 and 2017, where residents took over St. Hilda's community centre and over 30 different arts, craft, sports and science activities were provided where everyone was welcome to take part free of charge. This year residents have been invited by both St. Hilda's East community centre and Rich Mix to take over their public spaces to make another Fun Palace which will be held on 6th & 7th October. Planning has begun for those. We are also liaising with Tower Hamlets Homes and LBTH to build community planters on the streets Boundary Estate for residents to use and maintain, a project started on Camlet Street in 2016 and has not only bought people together and improved the streetscape it has reduced anti-social behaviour. There are other ideas for community projects but it is dependent on the funding and getting people engaged'.

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