Bodyguard Writer Jed Mercurio Was Trolling London Pedants In Last Night's Finale

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Bodyguard Writer Jed Mercurio Was Trolling London Pedants In Last Night's Finale


BBC Bodyguard filming locations: Gordon Square/Pope Square
"Long walk ahead" - filmed in Gordon Square. Image: BBC

"Long walk ahead".

With those three words, spoken by Richard Madden in the final episode of Bodyguard, writer Jed Mercurio was letting London's pedants into a little secret: I'm trolling you.

In the minutes leading up to this utterance, Twitter was ablaze with the way the programme was showing complete disdain for London's geography — something us Londoners get VERY het up about.

BBC Bodyguard filming locations:  Moor Place
Moor Place - including the back of the shops on the western side of Moorgate. Image: BBC

Having appeared under the British Red Cross building on Moor Place, round the back of Moorgate station (filmed on a Sunday if the lack of traffic is anything to go by), DS David Budd (Madden) approaches a member of public outside the City Point building. So far, so accurate, if you overlook Ropemaker Street being given the fictional name Saltmarsh Street.

BBC Bodyguard filming locations: CityPoint building
Definitely the CityPoint building. Image: BBC

But it falls apart when the police arrive and he's walked to a square around the corner. The filming location for the fictional Pope Square is actually Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, a couple of miles away, yet he's there within seconds.

After a lengthy stand-off, Budd takes the decision to walk to his flat — shown, although not named, in previous episodes as Camden's Whittington Estate — to prove his innocence. It's at this point, he warns the surrounding police of the "long walk ahead". We've got a feeling Mercurio, or someone at the Beeb, knew Londoners would get irate at the decimation of their city, and threw in this little nod to them. Well played.

BBC Bodyguard filming locations: Whittington Estate, Camden
Whittington Estate. Image: BBC

Which other London locations were used in the Bodyguard?

Thornton Circus/Pascoe House

BBC Bodyguard filming locations: Old Bailey/Thornton Circus
Quite a recognisable building on Old Bailey. Image: BBC

The inimitable colourful flaps of the Mizumo Bank building on Old Bailey, near St Paul's can be seen in the episode two scene in which Home Secretary Julia Montague's car comes under gunfire. Pascoe House, the building from which the sniper shoots, is 20 Old Bailey, its exterior tweaked with a bit of CGI.

BBC Bodyguard filming locations: Pascoe House/ Twenty Old Bailey
'Pascoe House' on Old Bailey. Image: BBC
BBC Bodyguard filming locations:  Twenty Old Bailey/Pascoe House
The real 'Pascoe House' - Twenty Old Bailey. Image: Google Maps

Blackwood Hotel — South Place Hotel

BBC Bodyguard filming locations: Blackwood Hotel/South Place Hotel
South Place Hotel. Image: BBC

After the Thornton Circus sniper attack, Montague (Keeley Hawes) is moved to a hotel for safety. The exterior of the fictional Blackwood Hotel is the South Place Hotel near Liverpool Street.

Downing Street — Adam Street

We suspect the exterior shots of Downing Street were partially filmed outside 10 Adam Street, London's 'fake Downing Street' which often stands in for the premier's abode in on-screen scenes and tourist photos.

Leonard Street, Shoreditch

BBC Bodyguard filming locations:  Leonard Street, Shoreditch
Leonard Street in Shoreditch. Image: BBC

This one caught our eye as it's close to Londonist Towers — we've spent many a lunchtime queuing at the falafel stall that pops up in Leonard Circus, the top of Leonard Street which hosted a couple of high-speed police car scenes in the final episode.

Last Updated 24 September 2018