Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square, A

Date: 1979
Director: Ralph Thomas
Production Company: S. Benjamin Fisz Productions

Stars: David Niven, Richard Jordan, Elke Sommer, Hugh Griffith, Joss Ackland
Location(s): London, Twickenham, Kent

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Ex con, out of the nick, inveigled into another heist.

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Wormwood Scrubs prison in West London. The location also features in ‘The Horse's Mouth’, ‘Jungle Street’, ‘Black Orchid’ and ‘Hot Millions’

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Now, Du Cane Road in London W12. SJ.

Scrubs prison forecourt. Or even... 'fore caught. See for other possible confusions of the English language.

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Now. SJ.

Chiswick High Road from Linden Gardens, West London, identified by Adrian Grepnold, thanks Adrian.

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Thanks, Adrian, right as usual. Chiswick High Road from west side of Linden Gardens, W4. SJ.

Linden Gardens, West London, information from Adrian, to whom we give our thanks.

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Linden Gardens. SJ.

Berkeley Square, London W1.

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Berkeley Square House... SJ.

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... on the east side of the square, previously visited in The Titfield Thunderbolt. SJ.

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Now. SJ.

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See the Rolls Royce showroom? Also seen in Cool It Carol. SJ.

Old Kent Road?

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Not an entirely accurate shot as I have only just realised that this is where I was covering The Frightened Man. Goldhawk Road, London looking at the junction with Paddenswick Road. (RL)

Goldhawk Road, London looking towards the junction with Paddenswick Road.

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Steven Mandich provides a comparative shot of the location junction. (RL)

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Edgware Road?

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Grafton Mews, off Berkley Square, where the old Ministry of Transport was, and which appears in The Titfield Thunderbolt.

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Bruton Lane opposite Grafton Mews. The rear of Berkeley Square House. SJ.

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Bruton Lane towards south side of Berkeley Square SJ.

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Panning to left. SJ.

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Reverse shot. SJ.

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South side also seen in I'll Never Forget What's 'isname. SJ.

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The back of the "bank" in Bruton Lane. SJ.

Berkeley Square, again.

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Right in the middle. SJ.

...and at one time the scene of assignation for ladies of the I'm told.

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Enough storage room for a lawnmower. SJ.

Mount Street, W1 in the background at the north-west corner of Berkley Square.

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For some reason, I omitted this on a previous trip but fear not I returned to make amends. SJ

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Entering Berkeley Square from the north side. SJ

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In the middle of the square. "11 Harrowhouse" in the background. SJ.

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Is this the northern edge of Hyde Park, Bayswater Road, where Norman Wisdom was in Trouble in Store?

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Berkeley Sq. W1.

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Jordan is turning from Bruton Place into the square. SJ

Berkeley Sq. W1.

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Now. SJ.

Kew Bridge station at the west end of Chiswick High Rd. Information from Adrian Grepnold.

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The same, very busy, road now. (PW)

Off Grafton Mews.

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Grafton Mews now gated. SJ.

Grafton Mews.

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Now. SJ.

Chiswick High Road. I used to work in that ladbrokes, most of the rest are as well, the car lot is either King St or Goldhawk Road my money being on Goldhawk Rd. Aidan McManus.

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Corner of Turnham Green Terrace and Chiswick High Rd. Aidan McManus.

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We move on?

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...and a bit more. Aidan.

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Confirm the car lot is on Goldhawk Road, West London, Quadrophenia zone. Info from Steve Cooks, thanks to him.

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The large building is The Mulberry Pub, Goldhawk Road, corner of Paddenswick Road. Terry Guntrip. Image Copyright Google Maps.

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The days i spent in that gaff - Aidan.

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Look at the tower. Aidan McManus.

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May well be just west of ngh019, suggests Adrian Grepnold. As ever our thanks to him for his insight. No, a little further away than that, it is actually 198/200 High Street, Hounslow, London TW3 says John Mellor and the passage in between is called Red Lion Yard. (RL). Website visitor Ross emailed to point out that the passage way is in fact called 'Red Lion Walk' (DW)

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200 High Street, Hounslow, London TW3 says John Mellor who has promised a "Now" shot to support. (RL)

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May well be just west of ngh019, suggests Adrian Grepnold and Jamie Okoro confirms that this is outside T. Adamou & Sons at 124 Chiswick High Road in W4.

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Chiswick High Road, London W4 identified by Jamie.

Chiswick Eyot? The Strand on the Green perhaps?

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Noooooo, it's Embankment in Twickenham. (PW)

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Embankment, Twickenham with the bridge to Eel Pie Island in the background and subsequently confirmed by Tim Harlow. (PW)

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Eel Pie Island, once known as Twickenham Ait, in the Thames. (PW)

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Embankment, Twickenham now. (PW)

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Facing Eel Pie island where a little redesign and rebuilding has taken place. (PW)

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Twickenham Rowing Club seen from Embankment, Twickenham. (PW)

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A working boat moored alongside Embankment and rebuilt properties in the background. Twickenham, Greater London. (PW)

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Looking across to Eel Pie Island in The Tideway of the River Thames. (PW)

The riverside pub is The Barmy Arms in Twickenham. Information from Steve Cook, well spotted, thanks.

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The same pub, and tree, now captured by Phil Wilkinson.

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Embankment in Twickenham, next to The Barmy Arms. (PW)

Yes, well then, mebbee?

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Goldhawk House, Goldhawk Road, London. (RL)

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Goldhawk House, Goldhawk Road, London with a change of user. (RL)

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Quite a boring shot really. (RL)

Chiswick High Road and Duke's Avenue, location spotted by Adrian Grepnold.

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Barley Mow Passage off Duke's Avenue, W4. SJ.

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Still a Lloyd's on Chiswick High Road. SJ.

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Tobias on Duke's Avenue with a red brick Catholic church behind him. SJ.

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Barley Mow Passage and Duke's Avenue. SJ confirms AG's sleuthing.

Jamie Okoro advises that Mylo's was at 253 Chiswick High Road W4.

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Looking towards the corner of Duke's Avenue, so very close to previous action. SJ

Chiswick High Road in W4, located by Jamie.

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A shop-front rethink. SJ

A little further along Chiswick High Road.

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But not much. SJ

Chiswick High Road in W4, identified by Jamie.

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Trees unaltered. SJ

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Chiswick High Road in W4, located by Jamie Okoro.

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Still a familiar scene. SJ

This is at the junction of Goldhawk Road and Paddenswick Road, London W12. Information from Jamie.

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Not so easy to drive on the pavement now. (RL)

Jamie Okoro identifies this as Goldhawk Road in W12. The background public house is currently known as The Grand Union.

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It has changed its name yet again, now The Oak. (RL)

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Ramsgate Hoverport? ... Yes, see below (SJ)

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Just to confirm this (and above) are Ramsgate Hoverport, situated at Pegwell Bay. I was working there and remember walking into the front port passenger cabin and David Niven was sitting there. One of my deepest regrets is that I didn't have the courage at the time to speak to him. David Ward

Aldwych and Strand, London WC2.

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This replaces Terry Guntrip's Google shot from 2010 which showed the old Strand tube entrance on the south side of Strand, but this is the north side close to Clement's Inn, all rebuilt, but the tree is the same and the bus stop is in the same position. SJ

Jordan emerges, having changed from barrister robes into civvies.

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Roughly here, all rebuilt. SJ

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And Sketchley's would've been about here. SJ

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Now. SJ.

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Embankment, Westminster. Remember Blind Date?

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Victoria Embankment. SJ.

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Taken from Westminster Bridge with some zoom. SJ.

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Victoria Embankment. SJ.