From Open All Hours to Gavin and Stacey: The filming locations for Britain’s favourite TV shows mapped and pictured
- The map signposts a tour of Britain with a TV twist, from Wales to Scotland via London and Doncaster
- MailOnline Travel has matched some of the shows’ scenes with the real-life filming locations
- These include the Acton tower block that was in Only Fools and Horses and a cottage from The Vicar of Dibley
It’s a tour of Britain with a TV twist.
UKTV Play has produced a fascinating map of the filming locations of some of Britain’s most-loved TV shows.
And for a bonus, MailOnline Travel has matched some of the shows’ scenes with pictures of the real-life filming locations, which you can see below.
A map produced by UKTV Play showing the filming locations of some of Britain’s much-loved classic TV shows
We bring you the Doncaster street where the sitcom Open All Hours was filmed, the row of terraced houses in Barry, Wales, which feature on Gavin and Stacey – and the tower block in Acton that was Nelson Mandela House in Only Fools and Horses.
Scroll down to explore them all…
Open All Hours – filmed in Balby, Doncaster
Open All Hours, the 1970’s sitcom starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason, was set in Balby in Doncaster, South Yorkshire
The street in Balby today, where exterior shots of the shop for the hit TV show were filmed
The hit 1970’s sitcom starring Ronnie Barker and David Jason was set in Balby, Doncaster, and many of the exterior shots were actually filmed in the South Yorkshire town.
For example, the exterior shots for Arkwright’s shop were filmed on Lister Avenue in Balby.
You can view the location on Google Maps by clicking here.
Gavin and Stacey – filmed in Barry, Wales
A scene from Gavin and Stacey showing the characters Stacey and Doris in their Barry street
The street in Barry that was used for filming exterior shots for the houses belonging to Gwen, Doris and Uncle Bryn – as seen on Google Street View
Gavin and Stacey, written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, ran for three series and was largely set in South Wales
Gavin and Stacey, written by James Corden and Ruth Jones, ran for three series and was set largely in the Welsh town of Barry.
And one of the streets in the town was used for exterior shots of the houses that Stacey and Gwen, Doris and Uncle Bryn lived in.
To explore the street on Google Maps, click here.
Only Fools and Horses – filmed in Acton
These two tower blocks in Acton, west London, featured in the opening credits of every episode of Only Fools and Horses – posing as towers in Peckham, where the show was set
Characters Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) lived in the fictional Nelson Mandela House. This is a still from the show
Classic comedy: Pictured are the stars of the show – David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst
Two lofty tower blocks appear in the opening credits of every episode of Only Fools and Horses, which is set in South London’s Peckham area.
Characters Del Boy (David Jason) and Rodney (Nicholas Lyndhurst) live in one of them – the fictional Nelson Mandela House. But the tower blocks filmed for the credits were actually in Acton, 13 miles away in West London.
Last year, it was reported that the tower in Acton specifically used as the characters’ home – Harlech Tower – was to be demolished. Fans of the show can visit it virtually using Google Maps.
Sherlock – filmed in London’s Euston
The fictional address of Sherlock Holmes is well known as 221B Baker Street. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Sherlock in the hit BBC show (above)
The actual filming location of Sherlock’s address is near Euston Square, and not in Baker Street
The fictional address of Sherlock Holmes is well known as 221B Baker Street.
But in the hit BBC series, the exterior shots were actually filmed near Euston Square.
To take a tour of the familiar exterior buildings fans can explore the area using Google Maps.
The Vicar of Dibley – filmed in Turville, High Wycombe
The Vicar of Dibley was filmed in Turville, a small village in Buckinghamshire near High Wycombe
Although filmed in Turville, the sitcom, starring Dawn French, pictured, is actually set in a small village in Oxfordshire
Although The Vicar of Dibley is set in a small village in Oxfordshire, the show was actually filmed in the small village of Turville, in Buckinghamshire, near High Wycombe.
The location has been widely used in British TV, including for Midsomer Murders and Goodnight Mister Tom.
You can take a tour around the locations using Google Maps here.
Last of the Summer Wine – filmed in Holmfirth, Huddersfield
The real-life filming location of the exterior shots of Nora’s house in Holmfirth, Huddersfield
Last of the Summer Wine was originally broadcast on the BBC from 1970 to 2010
This long-running sitcom, written by Roy Clarke, was originally broadcast on the BBC from 1970 to 2010.
And it was set and filmed in Holmfirth, a small town near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
Fans of the show can explore the different filming locations across the town here.
Keeping Up Appearances – filmed in Binley Wood, Coventry
The exterior shots of Hyacinth’s house in Keeping Up Appearances were filmed in this street in Binley Wood, Coventry
Keeping Up Appearances features Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) as a middle-class social climber and her husband Richard (Clive Swift)
Another sitcom by Roy Clarke, Keeping Up Appearances, earns a place on the map.
The British classic featured Hyacinth Bucket (Patricia Routledge) as a middle-class social climber and was filmed in Warwickshire and Coventry.
You can explore where some of the exterior shots for her house were filmed here.
Monarch Of The Glen – filmed in Newtonmore, Scotland
Monarch of the Glen was set in the Scottish Highlands and was filmed on location at Newtonmore, Scotland, pictured
The BBC drama ran from 2000 to 2005 and pictured is the main character, restaurateur Archie MacDonald
The drama series, which ran from 2000 to 2005, was set in the Scottish Highlands and was filmed on location at Newtonmore, Scotland.
It charted the story of restaurateur Archie MacDonald, who tries to restore his childhood home in the Scottish wilderness.
You can view live webcams of Newtonmore here and feel just like you’re on the croft yourself.
Poldark – filmed in Charlestown, Cornwall
One of the eye-catching locations the Poldark team used for filming in Cornwall was Charlestown Harbour, pictured
Poldark was filmed across Cornwall, with Charlestown standing in for Cornwall’s city of Truro in the series
The Poldark team used many locations across the great landscape of Cornwall to film the series.
However, one of the main locations was Charlestown, near St Austell, famed for its collection of ships and traditional looks. It stood in for Cornwall’s city of Truro in the series.
You can visit Charlestown via a live webcam here.
EastEnders – filmed in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire
The Eastenders set in Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire, where the long-running soap is filmed
Eastenders is set in the fictional London borough of Walford with the pub, the Queen Vic, pictured, at the heart of the show
The long-running soap is set in the fictional London borough of Walford.
But the show is actually filmed on a sound stage at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, and currently, a brand new, bigger set is under construction.
You can take a nosy around the set on Google Maps here and also visit the set via a virtual guided tour on YouTube.
Absolutely Fabulous – filmed in Holland Park, West London
Exterior shots for TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous were filmed in upmarket Holland Park in West London
Edina and Patsy, the two main characters from Ab Fab, played by Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley
Edwina’s house on the popular show Absolutely Fabulous is set in Holland Park, London.
Exterior shots for the programme were also filmed in the same area. These were different locations to the ones used in the film, which were in Hampstead.
You can explore the Ab Fab house here on Google Maps.
As Times Goes By – filmed in Holland Park
Romantic comedy As Time Goes By was filmed in and around Holland Park, London. Pictured is the street used for the exterior of Lionel’s flat
As Time Goes By, featuring Judi Dench and Geoffrey Palmer, ran on the BBC from 1992 to 2005
The romantic sitcom, which aired from 1992 to 2005, was also filmed and set in and around London.
Most of the exterior shots were filmed in Holland Park, London.
You can explore the exterior location used for Lionel’s flat here.
Broadchurch – filmed in Littlebredy, Dorset
Gripping ITV drama series Broadchurch was set in fictional Broadchurch, Dorset
Parts of Broadchurch were filmed in Dorset, in the pretty village of Littlebredy (its church is pictured above)
The series, starring David Tennant and Olivia Coleman, was set in the fictional town of Broadchurch, Dorset.
And parts were filmed in Dorset, around the small village of Littlebredy.
You can view the main filming locations, including the real Axehampton House, from series three via Google Maps here.
Birds of a Feather – filmed in Buckinghamshire
Birds of a Feather, a sitcom about the lives of two sisters, Sharon and Tracey. It starred Lesley Joseph (middle), Linda Robson (right) and Pauline Quirke (left)
Birds of a Feather, a sitcom about the lives of two sisters, Sharon and Tracey, first ran from 1989 to 1998 and was set in Chigwell, Essex.
However, exterior shots for the lead characters’ home, ‘Dalentrace’, were filmed on location in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire.
You can explore the town used on the show on Google Maps here.
Casualty – Bristol
Although Casualty is set in the fictional county of Wyvern, it was actually filmed in Bristol for over 25 years before Cardiff replaced it as a location in 2009.
Exterior shots of the hospital were filmed at The Ashley Down Centre, in Bristol.
You can explore the exterior locations used in Casualty here.
- You can watch all the shows featured on the map on UKTV Play.
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