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Film and TV producers on lookout for Sutton locations 31.01.11

Sutton's homeowners and businesses have been making money by letting out their properties as filming locations for a range of hit TV shows.

Clare and Neil Chandler with their children Oscar Elspeth and Charlie in their home

The most recent show to film in the borough is Law and Order UK, which last week began shooting its fifth series here in Sutton. The drama, which has been shown in 15 countries worldwide and stars Bradley Walsh and Jamie Bamber as London policemen, features locations around the borough including privately owned homes.

Sutton resident Clare Chandler, whose home was used as a location after she was approached by the production company, said: "It was a great experience, I'd definitely recommend it.  It was quite exciting with all the hustle and bustle going on, particularly for the children.

"The film crew arrived first thing in the morning and were gone by the early afternoon.  We had to stay out of the rooms where filming was going on, but other than that it was no trouble.  The crew changed the rooms around quite a lot, to make them look like a single man's flat rather than a family home, but they put everything back perfectly.  After they left, you couldn't tell that they'd been here.

"Now we're all looking forward to seeing our house on the TV!"

Cllr Jayne McCoy, Executive Member for Planning, Economic Development and Housing, said: "It's great news that film crews are continuing to flock to Sutton.

"Location managers are interested in public areas such as Sutton High Street, Sutton Arena and our beautiful lavender fields, but private business and homeowners can also rent out their properties for filming.

"Not only does this provide a boost for the local economy, it can also be a way of earning some extra cash."

Sutton Council actively promotes filming locations in the borough and keeps a register of potential filming locations, including private residences.  For a day of filming, production companies can offer around £500.

If you would like to register your home or business as a potential filming location please contact Tom McDaniel on 020 8770 5311 or e-mail thomas.mcdaniel@sutton.gov.uk

Last updated: Monday, 14 February 2011

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