Never Mind the Bollards, Here’s the Sex Pistols!
Filming of a Danny Boyle-led punk TV drama is underway – and residents will have to park their cars elsewhere after spaces were coned off.
Pictures from Dover seafront show closed streets around Marine Parade as the all-star cast of Pistol move in to the seaside town.
Parking is suspended from 12.01am to 11.59pm at Marine Parade between the junctions of Douro Place and Waterloo Crescent (taking about 67 parking spaces), Wellesley Road from Marine Parade to Camden Crescent and Camden Crescent between the junctions with New Bridge and Wellesley Road.
The limited series will be based around the life and career of punk rock legend and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones.
Produced under the watchful eye of the award-winning director, the series is based on his 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, and will consist of six episodes.
On Friday we reported how dozens of residents will have to park their modern cars elsewhere so as not to obstruct the ’70s set.
Meanwhile lead singer John Lydon – Johnny Rotten – is threatening to legal action against the show.
In an interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, the 65-year-old punk icon claimed the production was being done without his consultation.
Oscar-winning Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director Boyle will be joined by a stellar cast including Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, who will play punk icon Jordan (aka Pamela Rooke), and Babyteeth‘s Toby Wallace as Jones.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster, of Game of Thrones, Love Actually and The Maze Runner fame, has also recently joined the cast.
Anson Boon is Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge is Sid Vicious and newcomer Jacob Slater is drummer Paul Cook.
After the scenes are shot in Dover crews will be coming to both Deal and Folkestone.
Producers have approached Graham Stiles of the King’s Head in Deal, with a view to setting up a crew base at Channel View Bed & Breakfast which he owns.
The outdoor terrace, known as The Square, has also been booked and will be taped off while actors are filmed.
Mr Stiles said: “It’s going to be great for the area. The crew will be staying at the B&B and this area [the Square] will be closed off while they film.”
Businesses in King Street have also been approached, including Mr Dapper Master Barbers and the Royal Leisure Centre.
Shortly after visiting Deal, filming will move to The Grand Burstin Hotel in Folkestone.
The hotel will host an interior scene in which the protagonists perform to a restaurant and the windows will be blacked out to help provide a night-time setting.
In an announcement with FX, which commissioned the series, Boyle described the Pistols’ breakthrough as “the moment that British society and culture changed forever”.
The director and executive producer added: “Imagine breaking into the world of The Crown and Downton Abbey with your mates and screaming your songs and your fury at all they represent…This is the moment that British society and culture changed forever.
“It is the detonation point for British street culture… where ordinary young people had the stage and vented their fury and their fashion… and everyone had to watch and listen…and everyone feared them or followed them. The Sex Pistols.”
Pistol, which has been created for TV by Craig Pearce (The Great Gatsby) and written by Pearce and Frank Cottrell-Boyce (24 Hour Party People), is reported to have began filming on March 7 and is due to appear on streaming service Hulu in 2022.
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