I had a bus-load of fourteen eager Doctor Who fans to show around London, and we took in the usual sights from episodes of the classic series.
When we get to John Adam Street I usually have to show the episode clip on my iPad to show how it looked redressed as Downing Street as it a bit of a stretch.
As a reminder, this is what the street normally looks like, taken when I did guided tour for Mark Ferris in 2010
I had a word with one of the crew and found they were filming Coup, a four-part tv series for Channel 4 based on A Very British Coup by Chris Mullin.
It stars Gabriel Byrne, with Douglas Hodge, Gina McKee, Charles Dance, Lia Williams, Rupert Graves, Sylvestra Le Touzel and Ruth Negga in supporting roles.
It’s due to be screened later this year.
I did a bit of digging and have found that John Adam Street is almost the location of choice when a double for Downing Street is needed. It popped up in Johnny English, and more recently it was used in The Iron Lady with Meryl Streep as Margret Thatcher.
See how well it compares between these two pictures (see left) with the film (top) and the scene it recreates (bottom).
Even I got in on the act to get my photo in front of that famous black door.
Before we left I got everyone to pose for a group shot outside the door, and offered to take further pictures on everyone’s cameras.
This made the tour a bit special compared to the usual!
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