Friday, November 7, 2008


Former TARDIS Companion Sarah Jane Smith lives on Bannerman Road in Ealing, which is good enough reason to fire up the Toobworld version of Mapquest......

From Wikipedia:

Ealing is a town in the London Borough of Ealing. It is a suburban development situated 7.7 miles (12.4 km) west of Charing Cross. It is one of the major metropolitan centres identified in the London Plan and is often referred to as the "Queen of the Suburbs".

Ealing is best known for its film studios, which are the oldest in the world and are known especially for the Ealing comedies, including "Kind Hearts and Coronets", "Passport to Pimlico", "The Ladykillers" and "The Lavender Hill Mob". The studios were taken over by the BBC in 1955 so Ealing locations appeared in television programmes ranging from 'Doctor Who' to 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. Most recently, these studios have again been used for making films, including "Notting Hill", "The Importance of Being Earnest" and "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones". Most recently, "St Trinian's", a remake of the classic film, was produced by Ealing Studios; some locations in Ealing can be observed in this film.
Here are some other TV shows that are centered in Ealing:

Ealing was the setting for children's comedy show Rentaghost.
The John Sanders department store (now a branch of Marks & Spencer) was the location for the scenes of the Autons breaking through the shop window and beginning their killing rampage in the 1970 'Doctor Who' story "Spearhead From Space".

The police station featured in the opening titles of "Dixon of Dock Green" was the previous Ealing police station, located at number 5 High Street, just north of Ealing Green.

I'd love to see a crossover between 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' and 'Rentaghost'. I think it would be a super natural!

Sorry about that, Chief.....

Toby O'B

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