Series 8 Episode 13 - The Cruel Canal

Filming Locations

TRAFFIC JAM - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry and jno
VARIOUS SHOTS - A40 WESTWAY/A501 MARYLEBONE ROAD, NW1

Locations found by: Swainy, nry and jno

At the start of this episode, Ray is stuck in traffic and in the opening shot we see a glimpse of 'The Battleship Building' on Harrow Road in the background.

Traffic Jam in 'The Cruel Canal' Traffic Jam in 'The Cruel Canal'

The second shot is Marylebone flyover, crossing Edgware Road. A view of both Sentinel House in the distance and 258 Edgware Road on the right can be seen in both shots.

Traffic Jam in 'The Cruel Canal' Traffic Jam in 'The Cruel Canal'

The final shot before we first see Ray in the van is further along the A40 on Marylebone Road.

Traffic Jam in 'The Cruel Canal' Traffic Jam in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk or Google Street View (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Edgware Road (Circle/District/Hammersmith & City Line)


ARTHUR & DEREK RETURN TO THE LOCKUP - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
BRISTOL ROAD, METROPOLITAN PARK/GREENFORD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, GREENFORD, UB5

Location found by: nry

At 02m47s, Arthur and Derek return to Arthur's lockup in the back of Derek's van and are seen driving along Bristol Road.

Derek & Arthur drive to the lockup in 'The Cruel Canal' Derek & Arthur drive to the lockup in 'The Cruel Canal'

As Arthur complains to Derek about the quality of the roads, they drive straight on at the mini-roundabout towards Bridport Road.

Derek & Arthur drive to the lockup in 'The Cruel Canal' Derek & Arthur drive to the lockup in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk or Google Street View (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Greenford (Central Line - Greenford Branch)


TWO TONE'S VIDEOLUX SHOP - THEN & NOW - Pictures by Archimedes
3 THE HIGHWAY/AKA STATION ROAD, BEACONSFIELD, HP9

Location found by: Archimedes

At 03m04s, we first see Two Tone's Videolux shop, where Ray is supposed to be delivering the video recorders.

Two Tone's Videolux Shop in 'The Cruel Canal' Two Tone's Videolux Shop in 'The Cruel Canal'

Until 2008, this shop was known as Lakes and still sold electronics equipment. At 45m08s, Big Dai returns to the shop and we catch a glimpse of the corner of Burkes Road.

Two Tone's Videolux Shop in 'The Cruel Canal' Two Tone's Videolux Shop in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk or Google Street View (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Beaconsfield (Chiltern Railways - Main Line)


FREDDIE BARNETT'S BOATYARD - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
ROWDELL ROAD/BRIDPORT ROAD, GREENFORD, UB5

Location found by: nry

First seen at 17m10s, Arthur visits Freddie Barnett (the Aristotle Onassis of Greenford). Formerly a gas decontamination site, this riverside site has more recently housed Larkspur Rovers.

Freddie's boatyard in 'The Cruel Canal' Freddie's boatyard in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Greenford (Central Line - Greenford Branch)


ARTHUR GETS SEASICK - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
A4127 GREENFORD ROAD BRIDGE, GREENFORD, UB6

Location found by: nry

At 26m50s, Arthur seems to be suffering from seasickness as we see Greenford Road Bridge in the background.

Arthur gets seasick in 'The Cruel Canal' Arthur gets seasick in 'The Cruel Canal'

At 27m35s, Arthur comes back on deck and we see the former Glaxosmithkline factory on Greenford Road.

Arthur gets seasick in 'The Cruel Canal' Arthur gets seasick in 'The Cruel Canal'

We then catch a glimpse of the next bridge along as Arthur looks at the map realising the trip to Limehouse might take longer than he thought.

Arthur gets seasick in 'The Cruel Canal' Arthur gets seasick in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Greenford (Central Line - Greenford Branch)


GETTING DARK SOON - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
HORSENDEN LANE NORTH BRIDGE, GREENFORD, UB6

Location found by: nry

At 29m41s, as Arthur & Ray reminisce about a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, Ray informs Arthur it will be dark soon and they pass under this bridge.

Ray tells Arthur it will get dark soon in 'The Cruel Canal' Ray tells Arthur it will get dark soon in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Perivale (Central Line)


RAY FINDS A PUB - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
WILLIAM IV PUB, 786 HARROW ROAD, NW10

Location found by: nry

At 33m19s, Ray heads off to find some food & drink and spots this pub as he looks over a wall.

William IV Pub in 'The Cruel Canal' William IV Pub in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk or Google Street View (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Kensal Green (Bakerloo Line/London Overground)


ARTHUR CALLS TWO-TONE - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
KENSAL WHARF (NR CANAL ACTIVITY CENTRE), LADBROKE GROVE, W10

Location found by: nry

At 38m38s following their night on the barge, Arthur calls Two-Tone from here while Ray brings the breakfast.

Arthur calls Two-Tone in 'The Cruel Canal' Arthur calls Two-Tone in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Kensal Green (Bakerloo Line/London Overground)


HITTING THE BRIDGE - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
CARLTON BRIDGE, GREAT WESTERN ROAD, W9 2BA

Location found by: nry

At 41m43s, Arthur & Ray are having an argument here as we see a view of Kensal Road and part of Trellick Tower in the background.

Arthur & Ray collide with a bridge in 'The Cruel Canal' Arthur & Ray collide with a bridge in 'The Cruel Canal'

Not concentrating on where they are going, the height of the video recorders causes them to hit the underside of Carlton Bridge moments later.

Arthur & Ray collide with a bridge in 'The Cruel Canal' Arthur & Ray collide with a bridge in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Westbourne Park (Circle/Hammersmith & City Line)


REAR OF TWO-TONE'S PLACE - THEN & NOW - Pictures by nry
CANAL BASIN NR SAINSBURYS SUPERMARKET, LADBROKE GROVE/CANAL WAY, KENSINGTON, W10

Location found by: nry

At 45m39s, Arthur & Ray finally arrive at Two Tone's place - a different location to his shop. Only the bridge still exists here.

Arriving at Two-Tone's place in 'The Cruel Canal' Arriving at Two-Tone's place in 'The Cruel Canal'

The canal basin where the finale of this episode takes place has now been filled in. This supermarket location also features in #7.4 The Last Video Show.

Arriving at Two-Tone's place in 'The Cruel Canal' Arriving at Two-Tone's place in 'The Cruel Canal'

Just after 49 minutes, Arthur & Ray head back to Greenford, with the Canalside building on Ladbroke Grove clearly visible on the right hand side of the shot.

Arriving at Two-Tone's place in 'The Cruel Canal' Arriving at Two-Tone's place in 'The Cruel Canal'

Location on Streetmap.co.uk (opens a new window)
Closest Station: Kensal Green (Bakerloo Line/London Overground)


Last updated : 3rd March 2016 by jno

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