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Many people will be familiar with Slough from the opening credits of 'The Office', and possibly from the recent 'reality' TV show 'Making Slough Happy'. However, Slough has a much longer history of appearing on the small screen.

The Red Cow Pub, 1977
The Red Cow Pub, 1977
Several locations in Slough were used for filming 'The Professionals', including the Red Cow pub, which was renamed the Black Bull for the programme. Slough Library was used in an episode of 'An Independent Man', starring George Cole. John Thaw filmed scenes for two series here, at the Town Hall for 'Kavanagh QC' and at the County Court for 'Inspector Morse'. More recently, Slough has been used as a location for 'Down to Earth', 'Ultimate Force' with Ross Kemp, and the Christmas special of 'As Time Goes By'.

Slough's most famous connection with the small screen is probably Gerry Anderson, whose Century 21 Studios were based on the Trading Estate. It was there that series like 'Thunderbirds', 'Captain Scarlet', 'Joe 90' and 'Stingray' were filmed.

Slough has also made several appearances in feature films. The first film that Gerry Anderson directed, 'Crossroads to Crime', included scenes shot in Slough. 'The Family Way', starring Hywel Bennett and Liz Frazer, used the Ambassador Cinema in Farnham Road as a location, and Slough Railway Station could be seen in 'The Last Journey'.

Slough can also be seen in a couple of 'Carry On' films. In 'Carry On Abroad', the Wundatours shop is on Slough High Street. And in 'Carry On Girls', the Mayor's house was a house on Lansdowne Avenue, and the town hall was Slough Town Hall.

One of the most famous films to use Slough as a location was 'Dr Strangelove', which starred Peter Sellers. Scenes were shot on the Trading Estate, as producer Stanley Kubrick thought that it looked like an American Air Force base.

More recently, scenes for 'V for Vendetta' were shot in Britwell, and Slough has become a popular location for Bollywood movies, with favoured locations including the High Street, Upton Court Park and Baylis House.

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