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Hospitals starring role on the big screen

Porters
Scenes from Porters was filmed at Ealing Hospital

The trust’s hospitals have been a popular location with filmmakers for decades and the backdrop for a number of award winning films.

Do you remember Jack Bauer coming to town when Ealing Hospital got blown up in 24 or the Anti-Christ making an appearance in Northwick Park in Brent in The Omen?

Scenes from the Oscar-winning horror film were shot on the upper floors of the hospital in 1976 with actor Gregory Peck’s resuscitative powers proving the match of any clinician.

 One local newspaper reported ‘an unprecedented recovery rate as ladies supposedly in a delicate state leapt from their beds and ran upstairs hoping to see him.’

The plot about the rise of the Anti-Christ - that must have gone down well with the Chaplaincy - was one of the year’s biggest grossing films and spawned several sequels and remakes.

The late Bob Peck battled the nuclear state inBAFTA winning TV thriller Edge of Darkness, while The Green Wing, about the lives of staff at the fictional East Hampton Hospital Trust, was shot over a period of months.

The Sweeney, a popular 1970s Police drama, was also filmed in the hospital starring John Thaw in his pre-Inspector Morse days as tough-talking policeman DCI Regan, while Fawlty Towers and Adrian Mole bought some light relief

Ealing Hospital has featured in modern day police dramas and thrillers, including Luther starring Idris Elba, Marcella (Anna Friel), Silent Witness (Emilia Fox)and most recentlyMacMafia.

On a lighter note, comedy shows include Man Down and Porters which follows the hapless adventures of a hospital porter convinced it is the first step on the ladder to becoming a doctor. The show features Rutger Hauer who some might remember as the rebel android leader running amok in Blade Runner.

It’s worth noting that Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon actually was a porter at the hospital for a short time.

Shows that have featured Ealing include: 24, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Good Karma Hospital, Fearless, McMafia, The Child in Time, Porters, Collateral, Man Down, The Forgiving Earth, Trauma, Silent Witness, Luther, Humans, The Rebel, Marcella and Informer.

Central Middlesex Hospital has also hosted McMafia and Silent Witness along with raft of smaller TV productions and films including Eliminators, Undercover, The Dreamlike Path and Lucky Man starring James Nesbitt as a policeman granted the powers to control luck.