Rather surprisingly perhaps for a little place in deepest South London, Penge has pushed itself to the front of the queue for filming TV shows in recent months. So while we don’t expect Elstree Studio to close any day soon or the BBC to relocate their offices to Anerley, it has been fun hosting scenes for two programmes, Good Omens and Sliced.
Good Omens is an Amazon and BBC co-production and much heralded as you’d imagine for a show that stars David Tennant, Michael Sheen and Jon Hamm and was written by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
We have gathered a few snaps from their filming in CP Park and in and outside, the Penge Cafe Bistro on the High Street:
Filming outside Penge Cafe Bistro (Photo credit: Karen Reed in our FB group)
Scene in the Park (Photo credit Simon Cowley in our FB group)
Inside Penge Cafe Bistro (Photo credit: Anna Ehnold in our FB group)
Sliced meanwhile was filmed almost entirely in Penge. A comedy for Dave TV channel, it starred Samson Kayo, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Weruche Opia, David Mumeni and Phil Daniels. Set around the lives of the owner and workers at a pizza emporium, scenes were filmed in Pizza Mania, Maple Road, Croydon Road, the Blenheim Centre, Frant Close, Fashion House and various other roads, flats and shops around SE20.
You can see its trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lA5dDe4R9B0#action=share
These aren’t the first times Penge has featured on the small screen. Indeed one of our favourite ever comedies of the last fifteen years was set here. BBC’s brilliant Pulling starred Sharon Horgan, Tanya Franks and Rebekah Staton and you can see a clip featuring the Triangle outside the Crooked Billet here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-iihnU-GAs
More scenes from Pulling can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=pulling+bbc
Crystal Palace Park has of course long been a site for filming, with pop videos (the Chemical Brothers’ Setting Son) and films (Rush, the Italian Job, Morbius, Me and Orson Welles and Our Mother’s House)