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Close to you – Poliakoff’s new series filmed in Camden and Southwark

7th November 2016

Bloomsbury in Camden provides the key moody period setting for Stephen Poliakoff’s new seven-part BBC drama, Close to the Enemy.

Partly set in a hotel, you’ll see characters arriving at and leaving from the back entrance on Herbrand Street.

Jim Sturgess, as Captain Callum Ferguson, the lead character, peers into the Victoria Building on Bloomsbury Square and heads in.

And 14 Gordon Square acts as the War Crimes Investigation Offices, with period cars and military trucks passing in the street outside.

Over in Southwark, the former Tower Bridge Magistrates Court, on Queen Elizabeth Street, sees characters trying to dodge a crowd of photographers and journalists.

The series begins on BBC Two on Thursday November 10th. Here’s the trailer.

Intelligence officer Captain Callum Ferguson’s last task for the Army is to recruit a captured German scientist to the British RAF, to develop the jet engine. As the Cold War emerges, it is clear that cutting edge technology such as this is crucial to national security. Callum’s unorthodox methods lead to a friendship between the two men.

Multilayered and impeccably dressed, the drama probes British morality. In this interview, Stephen Poliakoff said, “It is set the year after the Second World War has finished, the incredible moment when the Cold War was already starting. We, the victorious allies, were literally grabbing people off the streets of Germany who we thought might be useful, bringing them over here and trying to get them to work for us, especially in the defence industry.

“Society was still semi-militarised and armed forces were still in stately homes and schools, and using hotels to entertain or put up those people snatched from Germany.

“Adrenaline was pumping through everyone during the war – whether they were in the action or a city that was being bombed – and suddenly that all stopped. Of course, that adrenaline didn’t stop.”

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Camden and Southwark Councils. FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “We don’t normally expect a post-war drama to be quite so alive, pacey and vivid. We’re very much looking forward to this new take on the post-war London look.”