“Carrying On” at Pinewood Studios with Dacorum Borough Council

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Just prior to Christmas we welcomed Gary Osler (ICT Operations Team Leader) and John Worts (Information Security Manager) from Dacorum Borough Council to Pinewood Studios for a deep-dive session on the Commvault Activate Data Governance and Compliance solution. It was part of our Lunch at Pinewood promotion, which is a great opportunity to have a detailed discussion about any upcoming IT projects that you have and at the same time make the experience a little different. Gary and John certainly found it both educational and fun as the comments below demonstrate:

“The solution presentations, demonstrations and technical discussions were extremely timely and relevant. Visiting the studios was fabulous and to get the chance to see iconic locations that had been used in countless classic films over the years was a real treat.

What a superb venue and excellent day, both educational and fun at the same time – we would not hesitate to recommend to fellow IT Professionals that they meet with SNS at Pinewood to discuss their upcoming projects.”

Even before Bond came to Pinewood, it was home to another legendary British film series – from 1958 to 1978 there were 30 Carry On films made at the studios. Unlike Bond. these were all low budget films, the last Bond film of the 70s had a budget of £16 million, whereas the last Carry On film had a budget of just £320,000 – the producers were therefore always very keen to keep costs down by using as many of Pinewood’s facilities as possible.

Both Gary and John are huge fans of Carry On so they have always been aware of Pinewood’s significance to the series.

So what Pinewood locations were used in filming the Carry On series?

Heatherden Hall, a Victorian country house located in the studio grounds, has almost certainly been used in more Carry On films than any other – interior, exterior and garden locations have been used countless times over the years. The pictures below are from Henry, Girls, Again Doctor and Khyber:

Whereas Bond in the late 70s went as far as Rio, Carry On typically did not venture further than Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead, the furthest they ever went was the Snowdonia mountains of North Wales for Khyber. If they needed to go outside the studios, for obvious financial reasons they preferred to use the nearby roads and houses.

Pinewood Green and Pinewood Close, were used extensively starting in the black and white era all the way through to the end of the series in 1978. The pictures below are from Constable, Cabby, Camping and Again Doctor:

In addition to the above, it is very easy to spot locations from Nurse, Spying, Screaming, Don’t Lose Your Head, Camping, At Your Convenience, Behind, England and Emmannuelle as much of Pinewood has remained unchanged since the late 1950s when Carry On first came to the studios.

If you have IT projects you would like to discuss we would love to invite you for a chat over lunch at Pinewood, it will also give you the opportunity to learn about the studio’s iconic history, you can learn more and book a meeting here.

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