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Services on TV

Below is a list of services which have had a prominent role in TV programmes. A list of roads that have appeared in TV programmes can be found on SABRE.

Programme Services Notes
Silent Witness (2015)
River's Edge [S19E9] (Part 1)
Michaelwood? The crime scene is close to the service area, though was likely to have been filmed elsewhere. Footage of the car park is shown
Hunted (2015) Killington Lake Two fugitives were very nearly caught when their coach made an unscheduled stop at the services.
The Interceptor (2015) Fleet In episode 2, Fleet was featured in the crime drama as a gun drop-off point. A chase scene was also filmed here with one of the officers being thrown out the window of the footbridge and dangled over the M3.
Ross Noble: Freewheeling (2013/2015) Series 1:
Ep 1: Woodall
Ep 2: Membury
Ep 3: Popham
Ep 4: Newport Pagnell

Series 2:
Ep 5: Leicester Forest East
Ep 6: Penlan
Ross started episodes 1-4 of series 1 at services trying to decide where he is going to go in a show where he goes to places purely powered by tweets to him from members of the public. In episode 4, he tried to create a freefall scene from a movie in Waitrose at Newport Pagnell.

In series 2, Ross called his health and safety team from Leicester Forest East southbound in episode 5 to check if he could use live crabs for a challenge where a man lowered his testicles into a tank of crabs. He also recorded various variations of the word 'balls' just in case the show was put out before the watershed. In episode 6, he did a challenge from Land's End to see how far he could go on the fuel he had in his tank and ended up rolling into Penlan. Whilst he was here, he also spent time with a lady who had broken down.
4 O'Clock Club (2015) Series 4:
Ep 13: Birch
Birch westbound was featured in series 4, episode 13 of the series when two of the characters (Nero and Clem) went into the services to find some maps to try and get to an airport to fly to Kuwait to see Nero's parents. A former teacher from the school also went for a job in the 'coffee shop' here too.
Broadchurch (2015) Gordano A 'bonus scene' for the ITV Drama Facebook page was filmed opposite the filling station at the site where DI Alec Hardy & DI Ellie Miller ask Hardy's wife to reopen the Sandbrook case.
Countryfile (2015) Gloucester Featured showing how Westmorland are using local produce at the services.
Top Gear Blyth (2015) Jeremy Clarkson tried charging up the BMW i8 using the Ecotricity charging point at the services, and failed.
Fleet (2010) Southbound services formed start of motorhome challenge. They stopped briefly at Barton Stacey on the way.
Ripley (2008) Northbound services featured in luxury cars segment.
Warwick (2007) Northbound services used as starting point in a challenge where the presenters tried to prove that not every car made by British Leyland was bad. They broke down on the exit sliproad.
Keele (2006) Southbound services used as starting point in the first amphibious challenge.
Ringwood (2006) Petrol station on the A31 where they crashed the caravan.
Oxford (2006) The Stig stopped for the toilet and fuel during the kit-car race.
Norton Canes (2004) Details unknown.
Toddington (2004) Northbound services used as starting point in £100 cars challenge. Stafford (North) later appeared very briefly in the same segment.
South Mimms (2003) Used as the starting point for a lap of the M25, with Jeremy Clarkson searching the shop for a prize.
Stafford (North) (2002) Jeremy Clarkson stopped for fuel here during the Jaguar XJR stress test. He described the access roads to the services as being "like a race track", featuring an apex, hairpin bend and a pit stop.
Newport Pagnell (1996) On the original magazine series, Jeremy Clarkson went here during a review of the new Vectra to ask the stereotypical sales reps' opinions of it.
Gordano (1982) A very early episode was presented from the services, introducing features on the Easter getaway and the public's opinions of service stations.
The Motorway: Life In The Fast Lane (2014) Hilton Park, Keele In episode 1, a lady and her daughter were towed to Hilton Park after having a flat tyre. In episode 2, two litter pickers picked up some litter alongside Keele.
The One Show (2014) Gloucester Feature on the qualities of this brand new service station.
BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Daybreak, ITV News (2014) Beaconsfield Various news reports on various programmes about the controversy over the opening of Wetherspoons.
Stobart: Trucks, Trains and Planes (2013) Series 1, Ep 5: Stracathro Biomass Tramper Tim Fox filled up at the Gulf service station.
The One Show (2013) Cherwell Valley People were asked questions about road trips.
Truckers (2013) Fleet Services featured in opening titles where we see a truck pulling into the services to park up for the night
Absolute Genius with Dick & Dom (2013) Cherwell Valley Services featured in episode 2 when the pair stopped here to try and find a signal for the rocket they had sent into space.
Eddie Stobart: Trucks & Trailers (2012) Series 4, Ep 5: Toddington Southbound featured when a convoy of 16 lorries, with a motorhome on board, heading for Spain stopped when one of the trailers had a leakage and spilt onto one of the units.
Lymm Lymm featured when Ashley Maddocks stopped for his tacho break and had a picture taken with a member of the public. He visited the Costa Coffee store here on his visit too.
Watchdog (2012) Ripley Northbound Starbucks & Shell featured in a story about the Starbucks Reward Card scheme.
EastEnders Newport Pagnell
South Mimms
Various. South Mimms featured again in August 2012 when Sharon tried to get on a coach to York but Dennis, her son, stopped her and they returned to Walford.
Keith Lemon's Lemonaid (2012) Woodall Small segment helping drivers to unwind.
The Road to Nowhere (2011) Thurrock
Cobham
Feature on the couple who had their wedding reception at Thurrock, and on the construction at Cobham. Segments were also filmed at South Mimms.
Motorway Cops Frankley (2011) A criminal used the services to avoid being stopped on the motorway, attempting to dispose of drugs in the tunnel beneath the building. In another episode a driver of a dangerous motorbike is pulled over and ordered to be recovered from the services
Keele (2011) A motorist is found coming back from a car auction with a stolen BMW Z4.
Hilton Park (2010/2011) A motorist was pulled over at the services. In another episode there was an accident outside the services, and in a 2011 episode a stolen trailer was pulled over at the services.
Hilton Park
Stafford (North) (2009)
Feature looking at lorry raids at both services.
Doxey (2009) This and Perry Barr feature throughout the series for their police depots.
Gary: Tank Commander (2011) Hamilton Stopped at services and had their tank stolen.
BBC Breakfast/News (2011) South Mimms Several features looking at the introduction of electric car charging points within the services.
Tracy Beaker Returns (2010) Washington The children stopped there for a bite to eat and basically wrecked the place and caused a disaster
Police, Camera, Action! (2010) Thurrock Thurrock featured in Episode Four of the new series, presented by Gethin Jones, which was called "When Lorries Become Lethal" where Gethin went on patrol with the Central Motorway Police Group and watched them pulling lorries in at the services. Things found in drivers cabs included a Machete!
Oz and Hugh Raise the Bar (2010) Hartshead Moor A small segment was filmed in the eastbound restaurant.
Newsnight (2010) Donington Park Regular feature looking at the political opinions of motorway drivers and the service station's staff. This was revisited in an analysis of the spending cuts and was later mocked in Channel 4's 'Alternative Election Night'.
Motorway Madness (2010) Strensham Fly-on-the-wall documentary looking at the goings-on in the services over a bank holiday weekend.
QI (2010) London Gateway Talked about the guns on HMS Belfast being trained on the services. The picture used to illustrate it was a modified photo of Woodall.
Big Chef Takes on Little Chef (2009)
Did Heston Change Little Chef? (2009)
Popham
Kettering
York
Little Chef restaurants refurbished by Heston Blumenthal, later featured in various local news segments.
BBC News, Look East, Inside Out, GMTV, ITV News, Have I Got News For You (2009) Watford Gap Coverage of the services' 50th anniversary.
The Apprentice (2009/2014) London Gateway/South Mimms London Gateway was used as the start and end point of a northern-based challenge. The amateur businessmen thought 'London Gateway' was an upmarket hotel. South Mimms was used as a start point for a coach tours challenge.
Gavin and Stacey (2008-2009) Cardiff Gate Used in the 2008 and 2009 Christmas episodes and in the trailers for each, having filmed in the car park, game arcade, restaurant and the access road. In 2009 it was described throughout as being Leigh Delamere.
GMTV (2009) Strensham Simon Turl attempted to justify the prices after a Which? survey.
Just a Minute (2008?) Leigh Delamere Ross Noble was interviewed at the services.
Secret Life of the Motorway (2007) Watford Gap, Keele, Leicester Forest East, Lancaster, Newport Pagnell, Medway, Norton Canes Episode two featured archive footage from various services.
Traffic Cops (2007) Rownhams There was a caravan theft at the eastbound services.
Hot Fuzz (2007) Heston Nicholas stopped at the services.
Countryfile (2007) Nesscliffe Item on the decline of countryside petrol stations.
The Money Programme (2006) Norton Canes, Tebay, Sandbach, Frankley, Charnock Richard Episode 'The Perils of the Motorway Pitstop' which took a look at the problems with motorway catering and reviewed several services.
Braniac: Science Abuse (2006) South Mimms Weekly segment in which 'Dr. Bunhead' used his science to attempt to hitch a lift to Lymm Truckstop and Cullompton.
Police Patrol UK Rownhams A dangerous lorry was pulled over at the services.
Max and Paddy: Road to Nowhere Whitemare Pool, Birch Episode 6 featured Max's old friend pointing a gun at the Little Chef worker at Whitemare Pool to cook them some food at 1.15am. Birch is featured as being Scotch Corner in this episode where Max buys a pasty and Max's friend shoots Paddy on a bridge.
Waterloo Road (2003?) Fleet Early episode, where a school trip stopped at the services.
Phoenix Nights (2002) Bolton West Max and Paddy make a brief stop at Bolton West on their way to France in Series 2 Episode 2, 'Family Fun Day'
That Peter Kay Thing (2000) Bolton West 'The Services' was the pilot episode for Peter Kay's mockumentary series. This episode took a look in a typical day at a service station, including manager Pearl Harbour's quest to impress a celebrity. It's claimed that Bolton West was the only service area to give him permission to film there, but it can't be a coincidence that the rest of his series is filmed in and around his hometown of Bolton.
Minder Heston (1979, 1988) Van pulls off into services set half way to Scotland.
Crimewatch Pease Pottage Following a robbery there.
The Gap (1989) Watford Gap 30 minute documentary focused entirely on the services, and looking at the people which use it.
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Trowell Details unknown.