Interesting if flawed look back
bs3dc from United Kingdom
14 August 2008
Excellently presented by June Whitfield, the star of four "Carry On"
films ("Nurse", "Girls", "Abroad," and "Columbus"), this documentary
looks back at the places used for filming in the course of the series.
It is included as an extra in the Region 2 DVD release of "Carry on
Girls." It starts off well at probably the most photogenic building
used, Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire which became "Château Neuf" in
"Carry On Don't Lose Your Head," but most of the other locations are
far less interesting and glamorous such as the wood store at Pinewood
Studios. Eventually it mainly serves as an excuse to show extensive
clips of the films themselves, often with little or no relevance to the
location, particularly as many are clearly filmed entirely inside the
It also includes some comment from the producer of all the films, Peter
Rogers, who provides some insight into the making of the series, though
fans will probably already know most of the trivia already.
Considering the furthest away the team travelled for filming was Mount
Snowdon for "Carry on up the Khyber," and that most of the buildings
used are within easy reach of Pinewood Studios it is disappointing that
so very few locations are actually visited during the programme.
Although there may have been some changes since shooting, many of the
buildings such as churches and public houses must still be standing
today and have some interesting stories to tell. Therefore overall it
comes across as a little disappointing and could have been far better.
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