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    I've recently confessed in the worst TV sit-com ever thread that I've just watched "Holiday on the buses" but it wasn't the fact that I thought it was a classic British comedy.
    The most interesting thing in the film is that it has a number of on location scenes that act as a record of Britain at that time. One of the highlights for me was a scene in which a Triumph Spitfire drives through the camera shot (as I have a Spitfire myself).

    This set me thinking, do you have a favorite film that you think encapsulates fond memories of a British yesteryear, or just gets you shouting things like "Look, there's hardly any cars on the motorway at all".

    I think another film that shows these kind of things is Clockwise with John Cleese.

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    Clockwise is a favourite of mine also.I love the areas they walked through dressed as monks,all those fields and lanes.such a beautiful place.I think,that was in the Nottingham area,but i am unsure.

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    Get Carter is very good for the turn of the 1970s exterior scenes, as well as being an edge of the seat thriller.
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    Holiday On The Buses was primarily shot at Pontins at Prestatyn, a camp I went to, as a kid, around that time so it always brings back memories For just the feel of the times and the scenery, Children's Film Foundation stuff is always great.

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    I've got to agree with 'Clockwise' - one of my favourite films. I think the phone box scenes were filmed in Much Wenlock, Shropshire. I'm particularly interested in the cars, as I'm a big fan of '70s and '80s cars, and there's plenty to see there - what with the 1100 playing a pivotal role, and Mrs. Stimson's Cortina. I particularly like the taxi driver's black Mk1 Granada we see briefly when he drops Brian off at his house.

    'Babylon' (1980) is a great movie for it's depiction of South London from that era. Very evocative.

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    What about KES from 1970 .. grim especially the pits

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    I really get the idea of this thread.
    There's something poignant and bitter-sweet about a moment captured in celluliod that was then now and is now then.
    The big productions - especially American - don't do it. It was the cheapo British films and TV shows, where they had to use real locations.
    I havn't posted because the only example I can think of is Gregory's girl?(or Scum-maybe not!)
    But I just think of the tv show "Nightingales" with Robert Linsey and David Threlfall - about security guards. The intro was a shot of an office block at dusk with cars going by. I wonder who was in those cars, where they were going, what they were thinking about and where they are now.

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    The film of The Likely Lads has plenty of nice exterior shots, epecially the holiday sequences.
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    Gregorys Girl was filned in Cumbernauld a new town about 20 miles from Glasgow

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    A classic that from the off reminds you (a) of every school trip you went on (b) how times have really changed from the 80s and (c) non political correctness.

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