Pierrepoint

Date: 2005
Director: Adrian Shergold
Production Company: UK Film Council, Granada Television

Stars: Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson, Eddie Marsan, Ben McKay
Location(s): Kent, London, Norfolk

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Storyline:

The life of Britain’s most prolific hangman is portrayed from the time of his training in 1932 until his resignation in 1956.

Additional Information:

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Also known as ‘The Last Hangman’ (Original Title) and ‘Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman’ (US Title)

 

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Following the hanging of Anthony David Farrow, Albert Pierrepoint (Timothy Spall) leaves Strangeways Prison.

Albert walks home from the pub after an evening spent in the company of James Corbitt. Looking from Ezra Street towards Columbia Road in E2. The building on the left is the Royal Oak public house. The location was also seen in 'Legend', 'The Krays', 'Mr. Jolly Lives Next Door' and 'The Missionary'.

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Peter captured this shot for us despite leaving his camera at home. (RL)

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Lieutenant Llewelyn (Tobias Menzies) meets Albert when he arrives in Germany after accepting the task of hanging war criminals. The colour of the paintwork suggests that this is the former RAF West Raynham near Fakenham in Norfolk.

Morning dawns on the day of the first thirteen hangings. The heating plant chimney at the former RAF West Raynham.

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M Skipper sends us this picture that he took in 2015 showing a clearer wider view of the location. (RL)

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The Lieutenant talks to Albert about the difficulty of the job during a break in their work. Inside one of the hangars at RAF West Raynham near Fakenham, Norfolk. The derelict base had closed in 1994.

Back at home, passers by congratulate the hangman on his work in Germany as he walks with his wife Annie (Juliet Stevenson). Ezra Street in Shoreditch with Columbia Road in the background.

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A now shot from Peter. (RL)

Crowds gather outside Holloway Prison on the morning that convicted murderer Ruth Ellis is to be hanged. This is footage from 13th July 1955 taken outside The Holloway Castle public house at the corner of Camden Road and Hillmarton Road in N7.

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Peter took this comparison of the same location and notes that the pub has been renamed to The Castle Bar.

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Protesters shout, venting their fury about the execution. IMDB lists the Historic Dockyard at Chatham in Kent as a location.

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Angry demonstrators hurl abuse and spit at the car as Albert is driven from the prison after the hanging. That curved coping on the left looks very much like the wall outside the Main Entrance Gate to the Dockyard in Church Lane, Chatham, Kent.