On Location: The Carry Ons (2001)

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June Whitfield takes a look at some of the locations used during the making of the legendary 'Carry On' films.

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14 August 2008 | bs3dc
Interesting if flawed look back
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 studio itself.

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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