Likely Lads, The

Date: 1976
Director: Michael Tuchner
Production Company: Anglo-EMI Productions Ltd.

Stars: Rodney Bewes, James Bolam, Brigit Forsyth, Mary Tamm
Location(s): Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

A sort of a northern “Carry On”, a Whitehall farce set in canny Newcastle.

Additional Information:

Glenn Aylett tells us that the high rise block of flats where Terry lived was called Willington Square in Howdon, Wallsend. The estate consisted of three 14 story blocks of flats and some low rise concrete blocks and had the local nickname of the “14ers”. Thirty years after they were built the high rise blocks were demolished due to structural faults, lift failures and being hard to let. Nothing remains of the estate now he says.

 

 

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A steep street, oop north.

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The bridge in the background might be a clue...we could always get Carter, he might know.

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Neil Rigby says.... Arch on Tarset Street. Looking from Breamish Street NE12. By St Anns church. The building to the right now occupies the wasteground.

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One that we missed, or ignored, imagining that everything would have long since been destroyed. But Neil Rigby, undeterred by our ignorance, and, with a fine tooth comb ( I've never understood why people comb their teeth) has found this pic,

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....and, moreover has identified it, and photographed it! A preserved building on Tarset street, NE12. There is a plaque to honour Gladstone Adams. Inventor of the car windscreen wiper. Image originally uploaded on 04/08/2011. NR

Cranes in the background, so, near the river, a high street in the suburbs of Newcastle.

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Now. High Street West in Wallsend, a small town just to the east of Newcastle - the architecture is pretty much the same apart from a few cosmetic changes. Picture by Brian Leng. Thanks Brian.

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Now. High Street West in Wallsend, Brian Leng.

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Now. High Street West in Wallsend, Brian Leng.

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Now. High Street West in Wallsend, Brian Leng.

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Now. High Street West in Wallsend, Brian Leng.

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Now. High Street West in Wallsend, Brian Leng.

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The Fat Ox pub, and part of Newcastle now probably gone with the wind.

Lee Gallacher tells us that the distant tower to the left is the former Derwent Tower on Ravensworth Road, Dunston, south of the River Tyne. It was designed by Owen Luder of the 'Get Carter' multi-story car park fame.

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Neil says Newcastle on Tyne, not 100% sure but definitely close by. Both shots have a tower and the roundabout is at St Johns Road and Buddle Road NE4. Image copyright Google Streetview.

Industrial estate, council offices, hospital?

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Elstree Way, Borehamwood. Google streetview. Neil Rigby (private investigator).

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Elstree Way, Borehamwood. Google streetview. Neil Rigby (private eye).

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Borehamwood library. Can be found at 161, Elstree Way, WD61JX. Google stock image. Neil Rigby (are we allowed to say private dick?)

Harbour or port somewhere in the north east.

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Tynemouth Priory. Tynemouth Sailing Club,notice the big house in the centre has been demolished. Geoff Phillips.

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Tynemouth Pier, Geoff Phillips.

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Tynemouth Breakwater. Ray McNaughton

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John Young confirms that this, and the following captures, features one of the tower blocks known locally as the 14 storeys which stood along the Coast Road, A1058, in Wallsend on Tyne.

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Terry's tower block was demolished early 1990's. From wikipedia. It is documented as being opposite B&Q on the A 1058 Coast Road. A Google streetview search brought up this view of the remaining flats. Opposite Taunton Close. Neil Rigby (sleuth)

Housing estate.

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Goldcrest Way, Hertfordshire found by Neil Rigby. How does he do it! The far house certainly looks similar. Image originally uploaded 12-08-2011 and copyright Google Streetview.

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Goldcrest Way, Potters Bar, Hertfordshire on the other side of the street. Found by Neil Rigby. Image originally uploaded 12-08-2011 and copyright Google Streetview.

Bee Hive Inn, it says. Do you know it?

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Now. The Bee Hive public house, located on the B1325 between Earsdon and Seaton Sluice villages, just north of Whitley Bay. Brian Leng.

Caravan site.

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Reverse view from Neil Rigby, via Google Streetview. Blyth Road, Whitley Bay, Whitley Bay Holiday Park. Glenn Aylett advises that the name of the caravan site was Feathers Caravan Site, just to the north of Whitley Bay on the A193. Now known as the Whitley Bay Holiday Park it is always known as 'Feathers' to people in Whitley Bay. (RL)

Same shot, see the wall.......if you squint

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The wall, Neil Rigby, Streetview, Google

The long demolished Good Companions Cafe on St. Albans Road, South Mimms in Hertfordshire found by Neil Rigby. The cafe was also seen in 'Digby, the Biggest Dog in the World'.

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Neil confirmed the location by looking at the building behind the cafe and noticed "At the gable the building (police cottages) there are three small windows, a door at the bottom and one large and one small window at the top. Plus the roof has red tiles." The location is best illustrated by this bird's eye view over South Mimms.

Market town. North east?

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Main Road, Corbridge, Northumberland, Identification of locations and photos from Brian Leng. Very well done and thanks.

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The church is St. Andrews Parish Church, Corbridge, Northumberland, Brian again, splendid work.

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Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, pic by Brian Leng.

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St. Andrews Parish Church, Corbridge, Northumberland, Brian again.

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Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, pic by Brian Leng.

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Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, pic by Brian Leng.

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Market Place, Corbridge, Northumberland, pic by Brian Leng.

Our hero just got off the bus. Newcastle?

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Grainger Street, Newcastle. Well spotted by the local lad, Brian Leng. Thank you.

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Another estate. Nearby?

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No, a cuppleundred miles away, Links Drive junction with Park crescent, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. From Neil Rigby, Image originally uploaded 30-07-2011 and copyright Google Streetview.

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Neil Rigby found Links Drive, Borehamwood, Hertfordshire. Image originally uploaded 30-07-2011 and copyright Google Streetview.

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From Neil. Amazing transformatiom. Via Google.

Oh we do love to be beside the seaside...but which one?

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Spanish City, Whitley Bay. Ta rah! LBB. Picture from www.whitleybayonline.com.

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Pic found by Brian. Neither then, or now, but somewhere in the middle! Picture credit www.whitleybayonline.com.

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Whitley Bay, a better shot from Ray McNaughton

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Whitley Bay, Ray McNaughton

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A fairground. Still there?

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Picture sleuthed by Brian Tunstill, picture credit to www.whitleybayonline.com.

Says "Ivanhoe", a guest house, again, no actors, but a pretty building probably designed with a Bayko building set in mind.

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"Ivanhoe Guest House" is in fact The White House, 78 The Links, Whitley Bay, NE26 4NF. Now, "The White House" hardly bears any resemblance with the fictional house called "Ivanhoe Guest House" in the film. The west wing is a new addition of the house and there is a white paint. Probably it was called "The White House" after the alterations. Discovered by Greg Mishevski. Image originally uploaded 04-08-2011 and copyright Google Streetview.

The bridge and perhaps port authority or suchlike buildings.

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On the quayside just below the Tyne Bridge.Newcastle. Brian Leng our Newcastle super sleuth, took these pics, excellent, thanks Brian.

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The port.

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Mill Dam, South Shields NE331EQ. Information from NODA taxis Newcastle. Neil Rigby (on the case).

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On the quayside just below the Tyne Bridge.Newcastle. Picture by Brian Leng.

Pauperhaugh bridge, near Rothbury, Northumberland.

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We left this out because there were no actors in shot. Neil Rigby wasn't deterred, he pulled the then, snapped the now, and here it is! Well done that man!

He, Neil Rigby, really doesn't care, he's adding 'em left, right and centre.

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High street Rothbury, Northumberland. NR. Dunno why he didn't take a pace or two to the right, lazy hound!

Still pulled by Neil.

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High street, Rothbury, Northumberland. Google streetview. From that indefaticable investigator Neil, again.

Still pulled by that Rigby man.

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Information from imdb. Total petrol station, Holloway lane, A3044, Harmondsworth. Google streetview. Neil once more.

Another shot that Neil couldn't resist, now that he's found Links Drive.

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And Neil again, courtesy of Google streetview.

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