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Started by George White, November 24, 2021, 04:40:56 PM

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George White

Been watching various things online. ANd loving noticing old shops.
A grotty UK KFC in a 1975 episode of Madigan https://ok.ru/video/1428104284758?fromTime=3120


JUst saw this golden newsagent in 1971's Revenge

Any favourites watching old telly and films that crop up in your minds, lads?

studpuppet

The last proper Doctor Who story, 'Survival' has a shop run by Hale & Pace (pre-dating Mike and Keith's Corner Shop by a few years), actually filmed in a shop at Ealing Broadway.


the science eel

Monty P is good for this.

Can't be arsed to find stills

Brundle-Fly

There's that great biker rampage scene in Psychomania (1973) in Walton-On-Thames shopping parade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waAQd5W6Yi4

Blumf

In the Stacey Keach and Freddie Starr crime drama, The Squeeze (1977), there is a Debenhams. IIRC it even has a doorman.

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Fist of Fun, Peter Bayham's character in Balham.  I lived there 2006-2019 and really struggled to identify the newsagents and bits of street he was walking down, but the petrol station was obvious enough even though it too had changed in the intervening years.

DJ Bob Hoskins


Johnny Foreigner

When I saw Hot Fuzz, I developed a desire to start shopping at Somerfield. All my hopes were dashed.

Norton Canes


Someone rollerskated into Mothercare in January last year, causing it to permanently shut all its branches.

Rizla

The title sequence of 2nd tier 70's sexromp Adventures Of A Taxi Driver has this mouthwatering shot of a 1976 Woolies window -



 That 2-pickup plywood shocker on the right was my first guitar - funnily enough, the same model is sported by the lead guitarist of "Kipper" in the previous year's decidedly more 1st division tit'n'bumfest Confessions Of A Pop Performer. PS Peter Cleall, who portrays Kipper's lead vocalist, is a decent sort.





Uncle TechTip

Observe Rod Hull and Emu in a supermarket. Appreciate the skill of the leap into the freezer.

studpuppet

One place that crops up again and again is Borehamwood High Street. It's featured in everything from The Double Deckers, The Prisoner, the On The Buses movies and through to Grange Hill and the odd appearance in Eastenders. It also forms the backdrop to the opening credits of Confessions Of A Window Cleaner.


flotemysost

I'm sure I've been to the cafe with green plastic chairs where Simon Pegg goes through spare room ads in the pilot episode of Spaced . Dunno if it's still around.

Not a shop (as such) but my childhood bedroom was in the running to be used as a filming location for a brothel on an episode of The Bill, apparently.


Norton Canes

No shortage of Stevenage's retail outlets in Here We Go Round The Mulberry nush



Blumf

No Sex Please, We're British has a fair amount of shop front action, mostly on Windsor High Street.

Sadly it's the most interesting thing about the film.


Glebe

Waltons Music on George's Street here in Dublin is sadly gone now, it was the setting for this scene in Once:


Tikwid

Lots of these crop up in the location shoots in Monty Python's Flying Circus and And Now For Something Completely Different, such as the shops that appear in the Hell's Grannies sketch (check out that tiny Tesco!) And I'm reminded now of a very interesting old thread that dealt with what old shops on film and telly tell us about the past:

Quote from: gatchamandave[Flying Circus sketches] have become historical documents now, recording ways of dress, of behaviour that we just don't see - for better or for worse - nowadays. Even things we don't think we notice conciously - the way High Streets in those days had a multipilcity of different shops with different frontages selling things you wouldn't expect to see on a High Street - nails, confectionary, prams and the like, or the entirely different shape of cars. The streets are deserted because no-one went about the place at 8 am on a Sunday morning, and even shooting in a public thoroughfare people would avoid the cameras rather than try to get their face on the box.

badaids

Quote from: Brundle-Fly on November 24, 2021, 05:18:04 PMThere's that great biker rampage scene in Psychomania (1973) in Walton-On-Thames shopping parade.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waAQd5W6Yi4

I grew up in Walton on Thames, 'The Centre' as the place being attacked by bikers was known was a grim as fuck bleak place, and there was this weird statue in the middle that looked like a white desiccated dog turd. On Sundays in the days when everything was shut and deserted we used to go over and raid the bins behind the shops and chuck trolleys off the top of the multi storey car park.  Mad to think that when that place was built it was considered revolutionary and was one of the highest grossing commercial centres in the country. The coolest thing was that when live aid happened the graffiti artists did this massive collage mural in a tunnel.

The block of flats in the background is where Jonathan King had his flat and the Walton Hop is just next to it. My father forbade us from playing over there because King and Savile's activités were well known even back then in the 70s and 80s.

I love seeing images of old places like that - real documents of a time long gone. Walton has been totally developed and is still ugly in a modern way. Walton back then was a shit hole, but it was my shit hole.

LORD BAD VIBE

Plenty of "then and now" location photo goodies at this site. Mostly but not all British films too.

https://www.reelstreets.com/

They have a page on Psychomania which shows how Walton has been developed.

https://www.reelstreets.com/films/psychomania/

George White

Tesco in the Saint


This Professionals has lots of Eighventies Chinese takeaways, some "Bruce Lee, eh" jokes but also an all_Asian cast. And a Supermarket called Supermarket. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPynYjD4yiw

https://youtu.be/jBNSMBaLK7A?t=2300 This too, proper caff with a Coca Cola sign, ads for GIgantic Funfair and "Circus Hayes".


Not a shop but Lewis Collins reading Private Eye in front of young Peter Brosnan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmk-AOwsLvQ

holyzombiejesus

I think there's a newsagent in Cracker, the one where Ecclescake meets his end, which was round the corner from me in Levenshulme. I really like record shops in films although I always end up pausing to see what's in the racks.

George White

A great off-licence smashup full of SKol and Double Diamond in Wolcott https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoNoc8rdZ64


In 1980's the Fan, Michael Biehn skulks about a record shop full of Two Tone, in New York.

Mr Banlon

Quote from: George White on November 25, 2021, 02:29:58 PM Tesco in the Saint


This Professionals has lots of Eighventies Chinese takeaways, some "Bruce Lee, eh" jokes but also an all_Asian cast. And a Supermarket called Supermarket. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPynYjD4yiw

https://youtu.be/jBNSMBaLK7A?t=2300 This too, proper caff with a Coca Cola sign, ads for GIgantic Funfair and "Circus Hayes".


Not a shop but Lewis Collins reading Private Eye in front of young Peter Brosnan - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmk-AOwsLvQ

Southall Broadway

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.5121953,-0.3835187,3a,75y,218.76h,91.16t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sH9zo0BoP8Jw5mIv5yu6Emw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

https://youtu.be/jBNSMBaLK7A?t=2314


Sherringford Hovis

November 25, 2021, 10:36:16 PM #26 Last Edit: November 26, 2021, 01:04:27 AM by Sherringford Hovis
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1963
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp-Sv_lXWvU

2018:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1C3XxQr69U

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