I love the rail road locations as well as the art deco locations. Couldn't make out the Initials on the engine in The Mystery OF THE HUNTER'S LODGE. I would love to know what rail lines and stations were used as locations in the series.
Collector of dodgy diamonds, Henrik Van Braks (a character invented for the show by screenwriter Clive Exton) is rushing by taxi to meet Gregory Rolf, jewel thief, cad, and husband of film star Marie Marvelle (whom Exton alchemised from Agatha's original American into a Belgique, so that Poirot could wistfully eulogise her, to the general, comic indifference of everyone else around him). The two villains, let down at the last minute by their go-between, have planned a nefarious rendezvous at Croydon Aerodrome, whence an absurdly conspicuous fur-coated Rolf intends to fly to Jo'burg with his loot. (Croydon's represented here, as you point out, by the roughly contemporaneous, but more aptly "Deco", Shoreham Airport terminal of 1936. Croydon's neoclassical terminal was built in 1928.) Chief Inspector Japp has been tailing Van Braks from the latter's London hotel, in a police car. On the way, both crim and cop are held up at some roadworks. After a brief delay, Braks' cab sails through, but the navvy's red flag is raised just before Japp's car can follow on. Japp barks at the flat-capped foreman to let him through on police business, but by the time the flag's hastily switched to green, a removals lorry is already coming the other way, yielding a typical comic impasse at hapless Japp's expense.
It's a brief scene (forty seconds), and not at all distinguished architecturally, but you can see bits, in the shots pointing up and down Common Lane, of the following: - a smidgin of the Manor House, where Princes William and Harry boarded from the ages of thirteen to eighteen, under the care of housemaster Dr Andrew Gailey (now Vice-Provost of Eton), a noted scholar of modern Anglo-Irish history. (It's the grim sandy-brick building with the slate-clad top floor that you can see in the distance around 05:38-05:44.) - Grade II Listed boys' boarding house, Angelo's, where I boarded from 1987-92. - Side of Common Lane House, whose front is listed - a section of the handsome School Hall / School Library (a memorial to Etonians killed in the Boer War, featured prominently in the film Aces High, and inexplicably not statutorily listed!) - bits of the fetching red-brick Caxton, Alington and Warre Schools, Penn House, and the back of the School Gym.
Not earth-shattering but, I hope, mildly interesting. (Obsessive, moi?!)
Post by Joan Street on Feb 21, 2011 12:41:15 GMT -5
I did a bit of detective work on this a while back and managed to find the location. The village used was Reepham in Norfolk. The building used as 'The Red Anchor' isn't a real hotel. Not sure what its usage is but will check.
The interior shots of 'The Red Anchor' were filmed at The Bookham Grange Hotel, nr. Leatherhead, Surrey.
Hi, not sure if I should have started a new thread or whatever, but I'm interested to know the location of the stunning Art Deco house featured in the Poirot episode "The Theft of the Royal Ruby" (1991). cheers! Dylan (in Australia)