Surrey County Hall in Kingston - court room film location

Kingston film and TV locations

From Bollywood films on the Thames to vox pop news reports in the Market Place, Kingston has been used for decades as a film and TV location.

If it’s a court scene on tv or in a British film then it is quite likely to have been filmed in County Hall, Kingston-upon-Thames. County Hall, the home of Surrey County Council opened in November 1893 and houses a formidable court room complete with cells and exercise yard. Apart from a few small additions by past film crews, the court room remains in its original state and as real trials ceased in the 1990s, it makes an ideal film location.

Filmed at County Hall, Kingston:

  • The Wrong Mans 2013 with Mathew Banyon and James Corden:Final episode carpark scenes outside County Hall.
  • Vera Drake: youtu.be/LA-ZEwsRDI0 from 4:38 to 8:30
  • Midsomer Murders
  • Silk: All 3 series youtube.com/watch?v=t0U6lMT-46w
  • Poirot
  • Call the Midwife youtu.be/OWOrhAZh5Cs
  • The Bill
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Midsomer Murders
  • BBC Criminal Justice 2009
  • EastendersLegend (Kray twins 2014/15)
  • Top Boy
  • Remake of Birds of a Feather (posh hotel scene)
  • 102 dalmatians
  • Keeping Mum: 2005 comedy film starring Rowan Atkinson, Kristin Scott Thomas
  • Catherine Tate: Rights for Gingers roof protest scene.
  • Downton Abbey (Vera Bates murder trial)
  • The Nazi Titanic – documentary 2012
  • Silent Witness
  • Saxondale

Never Never: Film with John Simm Old bank in Kingston Hill at the cafe Rouge roundabout.

The Apprentice: Market place 2009. Selling Bagels

Morrisons: Christmas advert Christmas 2011. The one with the Ferris wheel and Freddie Flintoff.

Miranda: Market Square fountains August 2012
www.flickr.com/photos/jim-banks/7868618650/

June 08 Mr Bean TV series:
Exterior of Mr Bean’s flat in Kings Charles Road Surbiton
Market Square, The shoe shop scene where he wants to buy a single shoe.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince November 2012
Surbiton Station and Cafe Nero in high street. Youtube video

Men Behaving Badly
Outdoor scenes in front of Ellerton Road Surbiton

The 2008 series of Primeval, shown on ITV1 in January, featured almost an entire episode filmed inside the Bentall Centre and John Lewis department stores. Kingston featured in Primeval again in May 2009 with several scenes shot in and around the Market Place.

Criminal: film 2014/15 staring Kevin Costner, Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones. Scenes filmed in Kings Road next to Kingston Gate entrance to Richmond Park.

Partners in Crime, Agatha Christie: Summer 2015. The house of Tommy and Tuppence is in Oak Hill Crescent, Surbiton.

Contrary to the popular assumption that The Good Life was filmed in Surbiton, it was actually filmed in Kewferry Road, Northwood. Surbiton was the first choice but they couldn’t find anyone willing to have their gardenĀ  dug up.

Know of any more? Please post below.

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  1. Endeavour episode “Neverland” used County Hall as location for Alderman Wintergreen’s office and Endeavour interviews Mrs. MacGarrett in front of the beautiful stained glass window of Roman soldier with a spear.
    Foyle’s War episode “The Russian House” also .. when Maurice Jones is giving political speech – again stained glass window can be seen.

  2. Doctor Who: Invasion of the Dinosaurs – see list of locations as http://www.doctorwholocations.net/stories/invasionofthedinosaurs

    The Sweeney: Hit n Run and Trojan Bus

    Mr Bean Christmas Special filmed in the Apple Market with the band playing

    The Walkers Crisps People’s Choice advert with Al Murray

    various Which magazine adverts.filmed in the Bentall’s centre

    While not strictly a film location the 1987(I think) Christmas morning service on either BBC1 or ITV was broadcast from the BaptistChurch in Kingston

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