A little while ago, I posted about my favourite novels featuring alternative versions of London (other than mine). I promised a follow-up post on alternative film and TV versions of London.
It’s a slightly shorter list, I’m afraid. I’m more a reader more than a filmgoer. So I’ll start with films and TV shows that are books too.
Harry Potter was obviously on my list of novels although the films are just as famous. I love the fact that the real Kings Cross station now features a platform 9 and 3/4. Neverwhere was originally a TV minseries, and Johnathan Strange and Mr Norrell was adapted into one. The film version of Children of Men, unlike the novel, is set in a crumbling and dangerous London. The movie version of V for Vendetta was quite different to the graphic novel, much to Alan Moore‘s consternation.
28 Days Later showcases an eerily deserted London and a new twist on the zombie theme. Another famous London zombie movie – Shaun of the Dead – is set in my old neighbourhood, and from the moment I saw the posters on the Underground, I knew I’d love it.
Reign of Fire is an odd one, with dragons found hibernating beneath London which soon destroy civilization as we know it, in spite of a species flaw that seems rather convenient for the protagonists.
Films I have not seen include Franklyn (set in London and Meanwhile City), The Nine Lives of Tomas Katz (billed as an avant-garde comedy about the Apocalypse, which makes me desperate to see it), and of course the classic It Happened Here, set in Nazi-occupied London. I have also always intended to watch the classic British sci-fi Quatermass films and TV serials, but have yet to get around to it.
Finally, I have to mention Doctor Who. Considering the Doctor has all of time and space to choose from, he seems to find himself in present-day London an awful lot. And I love him for it.
Once again, what have I missed?