Boys in Blue, The

Date: 1982
Director: Val Guest
Production Company: Apollo Leisure Group, MAM Ltd.

Stars: Tommy Cannon, Bobby Ball, Suzanne Danielle, Roy Kinnear, Eric Sykes, Jack Douglas, Jon Pertwee, Edward Judd
Location(s): Bedfordshire, Dorset, Hertfordshire, London

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Two inept officers run the police station in a quiet coastal town but when the station is threatened with closure they decide to invent some crimes to justify their existence.

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Screen captures uploaded by Phil Wilkinson from source material provided by John Tunstill

The film is based on Will Hay’s ‘Ask a Policeman’ from 1938.

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Stolen paintings are transferred between vehicles after an art robbery..."I would think these houses were on the studio plot. A Tesco's petrol station now stands there. Shenley Road by Elstree studios." Info from Neil Rigby

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One of the robbers takes on the disguise of a dustman. See description for image boybl001. Norma Coggins identifies this location as Shenley Road next door to the Red Lion pub, now McDonald's. It was a dentist's then turned into a squat.

The getaway car is transformed into an ambulance.

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Found by Mariocki on the Britmovie site forum. Total Garage, North Orbital Road, Colney Heath AL40NG. Sent in by Neil (NR), with help from Google.

Later, in fictional Little Botham, Sergeant Cannon (Tommy Cannon) tries to get a traffic jam moving.

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Summerlys, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire LU6. NR/Google

Sergeant Cannon is shouted at.

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Summerlys, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire LU6. NR/Google

PC Ball (Bobby Ball) attempts to move the cause of the hold up.

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Brook Street, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire LU6. NR/Google

PC Ball fails to move the herd of cows and calls to his sergeant for help.

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Brook Street, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire LU6. NR/Google

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After Sergeant Cannon takes control of the cows, the traffic moves off. Summerlys, Edlesborough again.

The Chief Constable (Eric Sykes) finds that his car has been damaged.

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Summerlys, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire LU6. NR/Google

Sergeant Cannon and PC Ball are berated by the Chief Constable.

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Summerlys, Edlesborough, Buckinghamshire LU6. NR/Google

The boat being hauled through the earlier traffic jam arrives at the harbour. Cove Row, Weymouth, Dorset.

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Location photo replaces Google image (NR). A nice place to park your car and fish for crabs. SD

The boat arrives at a warehouse. This area was also seen in 'The Firefighters' and 'Sons and Lovers'.

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Neil Rigby wasn't beaten and pinched this off a YouTube vid, a pretty good angle too! The warehouse is now all canal side apartments and known as Coppermill Lock, Harefield UB9 6JA (RL)

The boys in blue drive along the harbour. Cove Row, Weymouth looking towards Nothe Parade. The road was also seen in 'You Know What Sailors Are'.

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Now, with the obligatory cars. SD

PC Ball delivers a box of groceries to a seaman. Cove Row, Weymouth. Just across the river from where 'These are the Damned' was shot.

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PC Ball and Sergeant Cannon question an estate agent about newcomers into the town.

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"Horace gave the village name on Britmovie forum. I tracked it to High St., Wool BH206BP" NR in partnership with Google

The view from the estate agents office.

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View from estate agents. Address as previous, High Street, Wool, Dorset BH20 6BP. NR/Google

The duo arrive at John Hilling's house.

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John Hillings house. High Canons Farm, Borehamwood WD6 5PL. NR/Google

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PC Ball talks with Hilling. Shows the rear of the police station.

Establishing shot of Little Botham in the county of Dorminster. Lulworth Cove, Dorset.

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A fence runs along the edge of this steep hill, so some leaning was involved to obtain the correct angle. SD

The boys arrive at the home of Mr. Lloyd. Simon James identifies this as High Canons, Buckettsland Lane near Borehamwood, Hertfordshire.

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High Canons was seen in various productions including 'Rentadick', 'You Must be Joking' and 'To The Devil a Daughter'.

After questioning Mr Lloyd, the pair leave the estate. The gate house of High Canons on Buckettsland Lane near Borehamwood again located by Simon James.

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High Canons gatehouse. Buckettsland Lane WD65. NR/Google

Sergeant Cannon calls on the postman.

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The postman's cottage. Main Road, West Lulworth, Dorset BH20. The cottage is right by the Cove. The last house.

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The pair pause after losing their police car whilst pursuing Lloyd and Kim. Filmed in studios adds NR

PC Ball and Sergeant Cannon commandeer a bus to continue the chase.

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Tempsford Ave, Borehamwood WD6 2NU. NR/Google

Establishing shot of the local town centre.

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The B691 Victoria Street, St Albans AL1 3XH. NR/Google

Lloyd and Kim wait in traffic.

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High Road Bushey Heath WD23 1GE. NR/Google

The bus joins the traffic queue. Looks Borehamwoodish, see the "Confessions" series.

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High Road Bushey Heath WD23 1GE, as are the next three. NR/Google

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Passengers board the bus . . . .

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. . . . . and the chase continues.

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A policeman spots the stolen bus. High Road, Bushey Heath, Middlesex.

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The Chief Constable joins in the chase. Unknown location.

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The chase ends in a crash on a race track where Mr Lloyd (Roy Kinnear) and Kim (Suzanne Danielle) attempt to escape. Unknown location.

An extra from NR to show the police station.

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High Canons near Borehamwood. The building was also seen in 'Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World'.