Dramatic scenes as EastEnders heads West to Keynsham
Published on: 02 Oct 2012
Dramatic scenes as EastEnders head West to Keynsham
There were explosive scenes as Walford headed West and the BBC soap EastEnders set up shop in Keynsham last month.
The vacant units in Temple Street became the backdrop for a dramatic stunt in which a car swerved out of control, crashed into a shop window and exploded into a fireball.
Keynsham was chosen after a nationwide hunt for the ideal location. Jenni Wagstaffe, of the B&NES Council-run Film Office, said: “The BBC needed an empty shopping arcade for two weeks in September, which coincided with the shops in Temple Street being vacated prior to demolition.
"The BBC was looking at a number of alternatives but the perfect timing, the look of the street, and the positive attitude they received from Bath & North East Somerset Council and local emergency services swung it for Keynsham.”
The scenes involved characters Joey and Lauren Branning, played by David Witts and Jacqueline Jossa, who became trapped in the car. Actor Jamie Foreman, who plays Derek Branning, Joey’s father, was also involved, and intrigued Keynsham residents who watched some of the filming said they had managed to catch a glimpse of the soap stars.
Richard Godfrey, the BBC’s location manager, said he was delighted with the reception he received from everyone concerned. He added: “I have been particularly impressed with the smooth way in which the filming has come together and the co-operation and help that we have received from Bath & North East Somerset Council and of course the Keynsham residents.
"The brief for this particular location was always going to be difficult to fulfil but I think Temple Street fits the bill admirably.”
Filming required a night-time road closure on a section of Temple Street and Rock Road, planning for which involved many departments across Bath & North East Somerset Council – including Property Services, Highways, Parking, and Health and Safety – working with the police and emergency services.
The outcome of the storyline is still a closely guarded secret and viewers will have to wait to see Keynsham get its moment in the spotlight when the episodes are screened on November 23 and 26.