A peek at what came Herculing round Thornhill Crescent

Sheila Webb, a typist for-hire, arrives at her afternoon appointment to find a well-dressed corpse surrounded by six clocks, four of which are stopped at 4:13.  While visiting Wilbraham Crescent special branch agent Colin Lamb finds Sheila running into his arms. He is there investigating areas connected with crescents or the moon while following up a clue to an investigation, left by a fellow agent, before his death, that read “61 M” followed by a crescent shape.

David Suchet as the Belgian Detective Hercule Poirot in The Clocks by Agatha Christie.
Poirot seated MAIN
Thornhill Crescent playing the part of Wilbraham Crescent (having had its double yellow lines removed).
Poirot crescent back in time
An imported phone box.
Picture 3
The inspector calling.
Picture 2
Two actors resting.
Poirot actors in hats
The dead body assisted by two police officers.
Poirot actors 2
And this is drop-dead gorgeous.
Poirot black car
As is this.
Poirot green car interior
The dead body playing its part.
Picture 4
My dear, incorrigible, Kat in action.
Poirot seated with Kat

Filming on 26-29 May 2009

ITV Studios (Granada productions) will be filming in Thornhill Crescent Tuesday, 26th May – Friday, 29th May.  The film, The Clocks, is based on a book by Agatha Christie and will be screened on ITV in the Poirot series. It is set in Dover in the 1930s.  One of the principal locations is a crescent where a number of houses and back gardens are featured. See the letter from the location manager below for more details.

Dear Resident,

Filming – POIROT – Thornhill Crescent (EAST SIDE)  Tuesday, 26th May – Friday, 29th May

Further to my letter last month we are now finalising our plans to film scenes for Agatha Christie’s ‘Poirot’ at the end of this month in Thornhill Crescent and Barnsbury Wood. We had a positive response to the first letter and with the support of the Thornhill Square Association we identified three houses in a row on the east side of the crescent which will be the focus of our filming – No’s 23, 24 and 25.   For scheduling reasons the filming needs to take place over 4 days during which time we will move back and forth between the crescent, the wood and a couple of adjoining back gardens. On Tuesday, 26th our filming requires a night exterior featuring the east side of the crescent and we are planning to film between 1200-2300hrs.

CAR PARKING DURING FILMING DAYS.  As the film is set in the 1930’s we would like to clear cars from different parts of the crescent on different days. Islington Council cannot practically suspend specific areas for us over the four days so have decided to suspend the entire section of the east side of the crescent together with a small section on the top of the west side and some pay and display bays on Crescent Street and Bridgeman Road. We appreciate this is a sensitive issue for many residents and as such we have tried to come up with the most flexible and least disruptive arrangement. Whilst we have some scenes where we need the east side of the crescent entirely clear of cars, other scenes only need partial clearance in specific areas. When we are not filming in these areas the parking office have agreed to allow us to manage residents parking in the suspended areas. This system will be overseen by members of our location security team whose aim will be to maintain your normal parking arrangements as much as possible working within the block suspension.

Whilst we are filming in the crescent, which will include period cars on the road, we will have a traffic management company regulating the flow of traffic.  Access to the crescent will be maintained throughout each day although traffic marshals will hold any passing traffic for short periods whilst we are filming.  The police may also be in attendance.  Our technical vehicles will be parked in Bridgeman Road and in Crescent Street.

We are donating a sum of £500 to the Thornhill Square Association in gratitude for your co-operation over these four days.  Jennifer Christie (Association contact) who lives at No.19 Thornhill Crescent, will be happy to talk to any residents about how this money will be used for the benefit of the Crescent.  She can be contacted via her email jennifer.christie@talk21.com.  We will also be donating a sum of money to the Islington Ecology Centre for use of the wood.

I will be circulating a schedule shortly that will provide further details of the where and when we will be filming in the different areas of the crescent.  In the meantime should you have any concerns about our proposals please do not hesitate to contact me, or Marieke Cook (Islington Council Film Office 020 8980 8771).

Kind regards,

Robin Pim