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A Secret History Of Passport To Pimlico
Behind the scenes on the Ealing classic

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Balcon and his fellow bigwigs couldn’t have anticipated the furious reaction of Lambeth locals to the construction of the set’s housing. Like Blazing Saddles’ fake Rock Ridge, fake Pimlico involved ‘flats’, painted house fronts that would have been cosily familiar to filmmaking veterans, but were essentially a red rag to homeless South Londoners. “There was a riot!” shudders Murray, who was bused to the set each day from costume and make-up in Ealing. “The whole encampment was surrounded by barbed wire and we had escorts to take us in and out each day.”

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