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Your home as a film set? / Behind the scenes at Spooks

Host_Ryan - One Show team | 16:13 UK time, Tuesday, 25 November 2008

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Lucy Siegle met with an elderly couple who hired their home to Spooks to use as a film location. Lucy observed filming taking place, and the transformation that occurs at the house. It included the film crew replacing the front door to allow the bad guys to kick it down!

The couple felt slightly nervous about allowing the crew into their home - but everything was put back in its place after filming finished. The homeowners will be using their fee to give their living room a facelift.

Lucy's tips on hiring out your home to a film team
Make sure a proper agreement is set up with the production company.
Tie up any loose ends.
Make sure the team return the house to its original state and cover the costs of insurance.

See also: Behind the scenes at Little Dorrit.

See also: Renting out your home as a film set (external website).

Would you rent out your home as a film set? Have you done it already? Any hints and tips you can share with us?

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  • 1. At 7:14pm on 25 Nov 2008, mandy33 wrote:

    I would love our house to be used in a tv production or anything.

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  • 2. At 7:35pm on 25 Nov 2008, SAMInJAY wrote:

    And me would b great to see my house on TV!!

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  • 3. At 10:38am on 26 Nov 2008, CairnTerrier wrote:

    Looking at the state of it, I can only assume that my teenage daughter's bedroom is being used to film a disaster movie.

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  • 4. At 10:49pm on 30 Nov 2008, chiquitaboo wrote:

    We were very lucky to have our kitchen "star" in the movie ,Outlaw ... very surreal when about 20 crew members turned up in numerous vehicles... even a catering van! It was really interesting seeing the amount of effort and time which goes into filming (about 3 hours for 5 seconds in our case). But the best part of all was that they sent the actors that they had booked away and used myself, my husband and my daughter instead, as they the director thought we suited our house better!!

    I'm going to register to a locations agency website see if we can do it again :-)

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