Churchill: The Hollywood Years

Date: 2004
Director: Peter Richardson
Production Company: Little Bird Productions, Inside Track Films and others

Stars: Christian Slater, Neve Campbell, Miranda Richardson, Antony Sher, Harry Enfield, Simon Rake, James Long, James Putnam, Leslie Phillips, Bob Mortimer, Vic Reeves
Location(s): Devon, East Sussex, Isle of Man

Region(s): , ,

Storyline:

An irreverent parody where the British court and war government consist mainly of idiots and/or traitors and Hitler moves into Buckingham Palace with plans to marry into the Windsors.

Additional Information:

Screen captures and uncredited now images provided by Dave Wilson, uploaded by Richard Lovejoy

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Romany Malco drives the US Army jeep along what is supposed to be Plymouth docks in 1940.

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But actually, it is the old fish market in Brixham, Devon.

Reporters arrive to greet Churchill.

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....under the old fish market in Brixham, Devon.

Christian Slater climbs the steps of Brixham quay in Devon.

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What were you expecting to change?

The press get busy with the questions in Brixham, Devon.

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This area is only a street away from locations used in the Oliver Reed film 'The System' from 1964 (aka The Girl Getters).

Christian Slater talks to the reports with Brixham harbour behind him.

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Nobody from the press seemed interested today.

Romany Malco awaits his famous passenger in Brixham, Devon

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Hard to believe it is the same place.

Oldway Mansion, Paignton representing Buckingham Palace

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This grand building dates from the 1870s. Torbay District Council bought the building in 1946 and until 2013, the building was used as council offices and for civil marriage ceremonies. This Grade II listed building had been empty since October 2013.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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You wouldn't expect any changes in a Grade l listing.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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One lamp standard retained.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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So was that post box a prop or not?

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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The "tardis" must have been a prop.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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Were they original lamp standards and replaced with less attractive, energy efficient, wall mounted lights? Or props, remember it is Grade l listed.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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Bet that traffic calming measure is new!

Anzac Street, Dartmouth

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Now, without the Irish Cockneys. SD

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Probably Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Anzac Street, Dartmouth

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"Ye Olde Dick Van Dyke Street" now. SD

Anzac Street, Dartmouth

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Another clear view of Anzac Street. SD

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Probably Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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Royal William Yard, Plymouth

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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A much cleaner environment.

Rik Mayall (as Baxter) talks down to two soldiers in Plymouth.

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Once again, not Plymouth but Brixham quayside.

A disillusioned Christian Slater is driven along Brixham quayside, Devon.

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Under what is now a re-dressed old fish market.

Rik Mayall attempts to give Slater a mouthful on Brixham quayside, Devon.

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But on reflection....

Oldway Mansion, Paignton

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The building does also have historic uses to both World War I & 2. During the First World War, Oldway Mansion was transformed into the American Women's War Relief Hospital. The Rotunda was converted to house rows of beds for the wounded soldiers being brought back to England from the trenches of France and Belgium.

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Probably Isle of Man

Royal William Yard, Plymouth

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Deliveries remain essential everywhere.

Oldway Mansion, Paignton

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During the Second World War from 1939 to 1945, Oldway was used in the war effort by housing RAF cadets training to be aircrew. In 1943 Oldway was damaged in an air raid, along with many other buildings in Paignton. King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited the mansion in 1943.

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Probably RAF Jurby, Isle of Man

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Probably RAF Jurby, Isle of Man

Cockington, Devon

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Dave Wilson provides this NOW shot and leaves us to ponder whether there was really ever a telephone box there. (RL)

Cockington, Devon

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Dave Wilson sends this excellent NOW shot showing a few cosmetic changes. (RL)

Kingswear Station, Devon

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No red carpet for me. SD

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Buckfastleigh, Devon

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Buckfastleigh, Devon

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Buckfastleigh, Devon

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Buckfastleigh, Devon

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Buckfastleigh, Devon

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Buckfastleigh, Devon

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Buckfastleigh, Devon

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The River Dart, Devon with the A384 road bridge in the background.

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Underneath the A384 next to the River Dart, Devon

Oldway Mansion, Paignton, Devon

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Since the council have vacated the premises, the gardens don't look quite as good as they once did.

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Unknown Location.

Anzac Street, Dartmouth, Devon

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Abbey Road Tube Station is actually The Palladium Shopping Arcade. SD

Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon

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Without the film props.

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Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon

Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon

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The crane hasn't moved.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon

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Much more salubrious.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon

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Now more organised.

Royal William Yard, Plymouth, Devon

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Now more welcoming.

Foss Street, Dartmouth, viewed from Anzac Street. SD

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No celebrations here today. SD

Possibly Beachy Head, East Sussex?

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Seaford Head, Seaford, East Sussex. Not far from Beachy Head. SD

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