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I love Croydon, it’s Britain’s answer to Hollywood: star of BBC’s Uncle

31st December 2016

Where is the world’s worst uncle from? Croydon mainly. He’s headed back to BBC Three on January 1st, then BBC One at 11.25pm on January 6th.

The comedy, now in its third series, was filmed between July and September in 2016, making great use of the space, accessibility and distinct look that Croydon has to offer.

Star Nick Helm tweeted his enthusiasm, “I love Croydon, it’s Britain’s answer to Hollywood”, and confirming that, “Asides from a few days all three series were entirely filmed in Croydon.”

FilmFixer manages the film office service for Croydon. FilmFixer director Karen Everett says, “Uncle’s comedy plays against the abject normality of its locations – delivered in spades by a poker-faced Croydon – while the characters find themselves in the most ludicrous situations.

“Shooting the bulk of the series here is a real thumbs up to Croydon. Everything a production could need is found around the outer boroughs, without having to worry about parking, congestion and all the other logistics that make filming in central London complicated.

“In addition, we were really pleased that the production made work experience available to young people studying film at Croydon College, particularly given the college was used as a location.”

One of the key locations is a house and basement flat in The Waldrons, where the production filmed for three weeks. It’s Sam and Bruce’s new home, with Andy living in the basement.

Uncle has never been afraid of getting naughty and this time around was no different – with three days of filming in The Hustler Club on Crown Hill.

The Jury’s Inn Hotel on Wellesley Rd was also used – including, in true Uncle style, its toilets.

Point Central on Sydenham Road and Marco Polo House on Lansdowne Road hosted filming.

There are scenes outside a school, a hospital and an airport shot in Fairfield Gardens. Selsdon Recreation Ground also features – in the park and playground – along with South Croydon Recreation Ground.

And there’s a scene on Hazledean Road Bridge, watching trains from the bridge.

So what’s happening this time around? Well we know that Errol isn’t taking too well to Bruce as the new man of the house. Andy’s tempted to compromise his artistic integrity by writing for a boyband… and once again with Errol’s help, he’s on a journey of self discovery.

Alison MacPhail, Producer, Baby Cow Productions, has said she was thrilled to be teaming up again with Nick Helm, Daisy Haggard and Elliot Speller-Gillott who star, adding, “It really is as much fun as it looks working on this show.”