For    added    authenticity,    tons    of    bricks    and    blocks    were    imported    from Germany   before   the   film   set   was   constructed   (image   2)   to   emulate   many construction   features   of   a   real   German   building   site   being   constructed   in Hamburg in 1982; but more on this later! The   magic   of   television   interweave   long   distance   incidental   construction sequences    filmed    in    Hamburg    with    close    up    scenes    filmed    at    Elstree Studios   giving   the   illusion   the   purpose   built   film   set   was   far   bigger   than   it was in reality. Following   a   9   month   in-depth   study   of   Britain's   most   famous   construction site   by   a   North   East   Architect   and   Visualiser,   we   bring   you   30   fascinating 'BECO    Building    Site'    facts,    trivia    and    surprises    which    will    provide    a fascinating   and   thought   provoking   insight   into   the   complex   and   elaborate film set we've grown to love for almost four decades! Familiarise yourself with the film set and    take the tour now to find out more…
Image   2   (above):   Construction   of   the   ‘BECO   Building   Site’   film   set   at   Elstree   Studios backlot,   Borehamwood   looking   north.   Operatives   can   be   seen   constructing   the   Liebherr crane   whilst   set   building   #2   is   partly   constructed   to   the   right.   Typical   domestic   terrace properties   on   Stratfield   Road   and   Sutton   Path   can   be   seen   and   are   also   evident   in   many scenes throughout series 1.
Image   1   (above): A   home   and   sea   sick   Neville   Hope   (Kevin   Whately)   watches   the   coast   of England    disappear    into    the    distant    mist    during    the    opening    scene    of    ‘If    I    Were    A Carpenter’ in hope for a better future
Image   3   (above):   Barrys   (Timothy   Spall)   arrives   at   the   BECO   Building   Site   in   series   1, episode    1,    If    I    were    a    Carpenter.    This    scene    was    in    fact    filmed    at    Elstree    Studios, Borehamwood, UK
DISCOVER FASCINATING FACTS, TRIVIA AND SURPRISES AS WE DIG DEEP INTO TELEVISIONS MOST FAMOUS CONSTRUCTION SITE!
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“Dearest Brenda…                We are now at sea…” The   11th   November   1983   marked   a   very   special   occasion;   at   9pm   GMT, Series   1,   Episode   1,   'If   I   Were   a   Carpenter'   hit   our   screens   for   the   very   first time. Its   pivotal   focus   -   the   German   BECO   Building   Site   -   was   then   to   become home   of   our   magnificent   7,   Dennis   (Tim   Healy),   Neville   Kevin   Whately),   Oz (Jimmy   Nail),   Bomber   (Pat   Roach),   Wayne   (Gary   Holton),   Barry   (Timothy Spall) and Moxey (Christopher Fairbank). As   many   may   know,   most   of   the   German   BECO   Building   Site   was   in   fact filmed   in   the   UK   on   a   small   2   acre   plot   of   land   on   the   back   lot   of   Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, currently home of EastEnders 'Albert Square'.
DISCOVER FASCINATING FACTS, TRIVIA AND SURPRISES AS WE DIG DEEP INTO TELEVISIONS MOST FAMOUS CONSTRUCTION SITE!
Terms & Conditions
The    magic    of    television    interweave    long    distance    incidental    construction sequences   filmed   in   Hamburg   with   close   up   scenes   filmed   at   Elstree   Studios giving the illusion the purpose built film set was far bigger than it was in reality.
(Christopher    Fairbank).    As    many    may    know,    most    of    the    German    BECO Building   Site   was   in   fact   filmed   in   the   UK   on   a   small   2   acre   plot   of   land   on   the back   lot   of   Elstree   Studios   in   Borehamwood,   currently   home   of   EastEnders 'Albert Square'. For   added   authenticity,   tons   of   bricks   and   blocks   were   imported   from   Germany before   the   film   set   was   constructed   (image   2)   to   emulate   many   construction features   of   a   real   German   building   site   being   constructed   in   Hamburg   in   1982; but more on this later!
beco facts & TRIVIA
“Dearest Brenda…               We are now at sea…”
Image   3   (above):   Barrys   (Timothy   Spall)   arrives   at   the   BECO   Building   Site   in   series   1, episode    1,    If    I    were    a    Carpenter.    This    scene    was    in    fact    filmed    at    Elstree    Studios, Borehamwood, UK
Image    1    (above):    A    home    and    sea    sick Neville   Hope   (Kevin   Whately)   watches   the coast   of   England   disappear   into   the   distant mist   during   the   opening   scene   of   ‘If   I   Were A Carpenter’ in hope for a better future
Following   a   9   month   in-depth   study   of   Britain's   most   famous   construction   site by   a   North   East   Architect   and   Visualiser,   we   bring   you   fascinating   'BECO Building   Site'   facts,   trivia   and   surprises   which   will   provide   a   fascinating   and thought   provoking   insight   into   the   complex   and   elaborate   film   set   we've   grown to love for over almost four decades! Familiarise yourself with the film set and    take the tour now to find out more…
Image   2   (right):   Construction   of   the   ‘BECO Building   Site’   film   set   at   Elstree   Studios backlot,     Borehamwood     looking     north. Operatives   can   be   seen   constructing   the Liebherr    crane    whilst    set    building    #2    is partly    constructed    to    the    right.    Typical domestic    terrace    properties    on    Stratfield Road   and   Sutton   Path   can   be   seen   and are      also      evident      in      many      scenes throughout series 1.
The    11th    November    1983    marks    a very   special   occasion;   at   9pm   GMT, Series    1,    Episode    1,    'If    I    Were    a Carpenter'   hit   our   screens   for   the   very first time. Its   pivotal   focus   -   the   German   BECO Building   Site   -   was   then   to   become home    of    our    magnificent    7,    Dennis (Tim   Healy),   Neville   Kevin   Whately), Oz      (Jimmy      Nail),      Bomber      (Pat Roach),   Wayne   (Gary   Holton),   Barry (Timothy        Spall)        and        Moxey