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    I have some interesting memories of working at ABPC. I worked in the cutting rooms, on the right next to the letter S, on "Return of the Saint" and "Hanover Street". The set for Hanover was constructed roughly in the area at the top right between Stage 6 and the Car Park area.

    When I worked on "The Shining" we had cutting rooms in a couple of places before we moved to 'Childwickbury Manor' which was then Kubrick's new home. We had cutting rooms at the extreme left in the 'Ancillary Block'. During this time our view overlooked the narrow area next to the stages. There were two large trailers (caravans) parked there. One was for Jack Nicholson and the other for Warren Beatty, used while they were filming "Reds" this was mid to late 1979. The other location we used was in the 'storage' area next to the lot. This was a very spacious area with an elevator and our own projection room. The kitchen scenes for "The Shining" were shot here. I had my own working area and right behind me was a million feet of 35mm film! The hotel set was ofcourse located to the top left on the 'lot' area.

    During this time "Empire Strikes Back" was shooting. The immense forest set where Luke meets Yoda was filmed on the big stage which would correspond roughly to Stage 6. This when I met Mark Hamill and we had lunch in the executive restaurant which was on the left labeled 'A'. The day I had lunch with Mark was when my family visited and they also met Harrison Ford outside Stage 1 when he was shooting scenes on 'Hanover'. If my memory serves me correctly, the interior of the hotel set for "The Shining" occupied stages 3 and 4.

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    Thanks for that Stephen.



    You might like to visit the pages I have set up of images from the ABPC studios.



    Associated British Studios - Photos



    Associated British Studios - Back lot



    Associated British Studios - Screen Grabs

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    Thanks Tony, they are wonderful pictures.

    Do you have any pre-Oliver history of the backlot of Shepperton Studios? I thought for a time that the market for "Flesh and the Fiends" was constructed there until Bob Baker told me it was done on a stage, possibly silent stage 'H'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Pickard
    Thanks Tony, they are wonderful pictures.

    Do you have any pre-Oliver history of the backlot of Shepperton Studios? I thought for a time that the market for "Flesh and the Fiends" was constructed there until Bob Baker told me it was done on a stage, possibly silent stage 'H'.
    Sorry Stephen,



    I've not got much on Shepperton. The original idea of these studio and backlot pages was to eliminate them when looking for locations. They are more of a scrapbook of random images that just happen to record the studios of the past.



    At least it enables one to visit a certain supermarket in Borehamwood and park in the exact spot where Steed and Mrs Peel once stood.

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    Did you keep any call sheets from R&H at all Aitch, or indeed any of the other series you worked on?


    Quote Originally Posted by harryfielder View Post
    RANDALL AND HOPKIRK (DECEASED)�Directors�Roy Ward Baker�Ray Austin�

    Jeremy Summers�Les Norman������..

    Cast Inc�Mike Pratt�Kenneth Cope�Annette Andre�

    Central Casting sent me to A.B.P.C. Studios to do some tests on a series they were about to make. It was tests for special affects to be tried out such as walking through walls etc.

    I was to be Randall and a chap called Doug Lockyer was to be Hopkirk.

    We did the tests over a period of a week and the following Monday the series got going for real..

    I was asked ��Would you be a stand/in for Mike Pratt if he gets on with you..��

    Now I�m going to say no to a years work. (Not)

    We got on like a house on fire from the first day. Mike told me that he and Lionel Bart wrote all of Tommy Steel�s early songs, (Handful Of Songs, Rock With The Caveman and many more)

    With all the years I spent with the bands we had something in common.

    We used to have a sing a long in the dressing rooms or where ever we could.

    Douglas stood/in for Ken�

    We did twenty six episodes over the next year and Mike, Ken and I became good friends.

    I would read the other actors lines in the script so Mike could learn his.

    Every two weeks we would get a new guest cast and I really wish I had saved all the call sheets with all the cast names on. I wonder how many went on to greater things.

    One I do remember was a wild looking man called Dudley Sutton.

    He went on to play Tinker in Lovejoy and we still send cards at Christmas time.

    (Merry Christmas Dudley, it saves a card.)

    Every episode I would have to double for Mike for his driving shots or walking in and out of London buildings. We used a second unit camera team (small crew) for this as

    it was better for Mike to be in the studio saying the words.

    Although I appeared in a few crowd scenes during the series my claim to fame are those immortal words I say to the onlookers as Hopkirk is run down by the bad guys car.. I compose myself and utter "He�s dead!"



    I had a few fan letters in after that scene was shown on TV suggesting I go back in

    the timber game.. (It wasn�t even my voice, it was dubbed..)

    When Mike had days off I had to find other film jobs to do.

    We was only paid �5 a day and you only got paid if you worked

    Lucky for me they were making other series in the studio and I would go in the bar and find an A.D. from Department S. or the Avengers and see if they could use me for a couple of days till Mike was back. So look out for me in other series playing a French/German/Spanish/American cop/waiter/soldier/sailor/crook etc�

    I�ve been all around the world but I�ve never left English shores.

    We finished shooting the series in 1969 and had a huge party to celebrate.

    (It took me a week to get over it)

    I�d like to say hello to the three main Stuntmen on the show, Rocky Taylor, Les Crawford and Frank ( Elstree Cowboy ) Maher.

    Also my best regards to all the crew for making it a wonderful year.




    MIKE�AITCH�KEN�1969.

    MIKE PRATT DIED IN 1976�LONG LIVE MIKE PRATT�



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    Tony...

    I think I'm right in saying that during the sixties Stage 1 could be partitioned off into two parts and one of them was called Stage 6.

    The large Stage 6 at the back of the lot was constructed for the filming of The Empire Strikes Back in the late seventies. This was later dismantled in 1988 when the studios' then owners Brent Walker sold off part of the lot to Tesco, who built a supermarket there. In 1994, the stage was reassembled into two stages, R and S at Shepperton Studios.

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    Hi All. Might anyone know which stage was used by Antonioni to film the Yardbirds Ricky Tick Club scene in Blowup (1966)? Supposed to have been here, but I can't find confirmation. (:O) Ian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey View Post
    Tony...

    I think I'm right in saying that during the sixties Stage 1 could be partitioned off into two parts and one of them was called Stage 6.

    The large Stage 6 at the back of the lot was constructed for the filming of The Empire Strikes Back in the late seventies. This was later dismantled in 1988 when the studios' then owners Brent Walker sold off part of the lot to Tesco, who built a supermarket there. In 1994, the stage was reassembled into two stages, R and S at Shepperton Studios.
    Thanks Mike - this makes sense of the signs - if you wanted to get to 'Stage 6' you could not got through 'Stage 1' because if you could 'Stage 6' would not exist!

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