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Everywhere White Lines was filmed in Greater Manchester and Spain

Here’s where it was all filmed…

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With much anticipation, White Lines came to Netflix a few weeks ago featuring a big dose of sun, sea and Mancunian charm.

If you’ve watched it, chances are it’s got you dreaming about stepping off the plane in Ibiza. Not that we all need much more convincing to be day dreaming about a holiday right now.

The 10-part thriller was shot in both Greater Manchester and Spain, and features the iconic red brick houses and warehouse-chic city crossed with golden sands and glorious blue seas of Spain.

Many of the Manchester scenes, you might be surprised to find out, were actually filmed in Bolton, while a lot of the Ibiza scenes were shot in Mallorca.  

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Mayfield Depot, Manchester

Like Manchester, one of the biggest parts of White Lines is music. There’s a whole host of top tracks throughout, including those by Primal Scream, Sub Sub and the Happy Mondays.

There’s a whole scene shot in Mayfield Depot for an illegal party. It’s now a massive gig space for the city. 

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Eustace Street, Bolton

This is the Manchester street where the young boys are chatting before their court appearance in episode two. But it’s actually a street in Bolton. 

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Woodgate Street, Bolton

This street depicts the exterior to Clint’s house throughout the whole series, again this is located in Bolton just around the corner from the street above.

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Catalan Square, Manchester

While Zoe is in Ibiza, she often FaceTimes her daughter, Jenny, who is located in Catalan Square, next to the Bridgewater Canal. 

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Axel’s Birthday Party 

The flashback scenes to Axel’s birthday party the night before he went missing are set in a villa in Mallorca called Villa Son Oliver. You can actually stay the night here for just £529 per night! 

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The Tabernas Desert, Almeria, Southern Spain

Despite being set in Ibiza, episode one involves finding Axel’s body. This is found in the desert after a freak rain storm shifts the sand and exposes his hand. 

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Cala D’or, Mallorca

One of the shows most stunning properties is actually in Cala D’or a small town on the east coast of Mallorca. The location is used throughout the series but is mostly seen in episode one. 

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Camp de Mar, Mallorca

There’s a couple of scenes that were actually filmed in Mallorca, including the one where Marcus is seen driving to the beach and walking over a bridge to a bar. The bar is a real place in Camp de Mar.

In another scene, while searching for Axel’s killer, Zoe stays with Boxer in the club where he lives. The front of the club is in Mallorca while the interior was filmed in an undisclosed club in Madrid. 

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Great British Bake Off opening episode hit with more than 200 Ofcom complaints

Oh here we go…

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Ofcom has received over 200 complaints following Matt Lucas’ sketch of Boris Johnson at the start of the new series of the Great British Bake Off. 

202 people have actually taken the time to complain about Matt’s very first scene presenting the show, after replacing Sandi Toksvig.  

Ofcom told Metro.co.uk: “We’ve received 202 complaints about the opening sketch.”

The clip sees Matt in a blonde wig standing behind a podium, surrounded with Union Jack flags, wafting a piece of paper.  

He began: “Right, good evening. Let’s get straight to it. Stay alert. Protect Cake. Save Loaves.

“We are now approaching phase 46, which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are seeing, with regards to baking… if you must bake in a tent, then bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent.

“And we are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of hundreds and thousands.”

Noel Fielding was then video called into the briefing to ask a very important question – is it Scone or Scone?

One person tweeted to let everyone know they weren’t happy with the sketch: “Mocking the prime minister straight after his address to the nation is distasteful and not funny.

“He is under a huge amount of pressure with the balancing act of the economy and people’s lives. Stick to baking.”

Someone replied: “I totally agree, why must ever single thing be politicised. I have complained to Off ok. Disgusting.”

Another added: “We want to escape and be entertained by our entertainment shows not annoyed by them”

Most people, however, found the comedy sketch hilarious! One wrote: “Can’t believe all the complaints about this! It was hilarious!” Another added: “Well I thought it was genius. We need cheering up during these awful times.”

What did you think of the sketch? Let us know! 

 

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Matt Lucas’ hilarious Boris Johnson impression has been hailed the ‘best Bake Off opening ever’

Last night’s episode was hilarious!

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Last night saw the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, and fans are calling new presenter Matt Lucas’ opening ‘genuis’. 

The debut of the show kicked off with the Little Britain star mimicking Boris Johnson’s coronavirus briefings that we’ve all come to know (but definitely not love) very well. 

Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as co-presenter for the Channel 4 show, alongside Noel Fielding.

Kicking off with the first scene, Lucas is shown wearing a blonde wig and standing at a podium with the slogan: “Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves.”

Fans were worried earlier on on Tuesday as they would have to decide between Boris or Bake Off, as Boris’ briefing was scheduled for the exact same time.

Luckily, Bake Off was postponed for 15 minutes.

Lucas began, stumbling over his words, saying ‘Good evening, let’s get straight to it.’

He continued: “We are now approaching phase 46 which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are saying, with regards to baking, that if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent…”

Lucas added: “We are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of the hundreds and thousands.”

The clip then panned to Noel, video-linked in to ask a very important and pressing question, ‘is it scone or scone?’

Pru and Paul then both answer, with completely different pronunciations, leaving everyone just as confused as ever. 

Fans have been howling over the skit ever since. One user wrote: “I could watch Matt Lucas doing Boris Johnson impersonations for the rest of 2020. In fact, it may be the only thing that gets me through 2020.”

Another added: “I can’t listen to Boris Johnson now without visualising Matt Lucas”

That’s not the only part of the show that has had viewers in stitches.

In what is being hailed the ‘silliest showstopper’ yet fans had to immortalise their heroes in sponge cake.

The tent quickly became a budget Madame Tussauds, complete with a mouthless Bob Marley, a neckless Freddie Mercury plus an inflated David Bowie. 

One Twitter user wrote: “I didn’t think 2020 could get any worse until someone baked a Louis Theroux cake”

Another, speaking of Freddie’s head, said: “Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed”.

I already can’t wait for next week! 

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ITV’s new series ‘Des’ hit with Ofcom complaints due to ‘horrifying’ scenes

Have you watched it yet?

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Des, a new three-part series on ITV, has been hit with Ofcom complaints as viewers were left ‘horrified’ from the scenes detailing gruesome murders.

Des features the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 men in the space of five years, between 1978 and 1983 in London.

Played by David Tennant, Des’s talk of boiled heads, dismemberment and necrophilia, plus extensive chain-smoking on the series, has prompted viewers to complain to Ofcom.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Oh it’s time to scare myself silly again watching @itv #Des I’m hoping @TwiningsUK is going to help this evening #scared #itv #itvdes #tea #twinings #sleep.”

Another tweeted David’s co-star, Daniel Mays, who plays DCI Jay, the detective in charge of the case: “@DanielMays9 Just watched Des, scared to go to sleep now!”

The killer was found out when a workman found chunks of human remains in the drain of Nilsen’s home in Muswell Hill. More remains were found before Des confessed to the murders.

There are chilling scenes which sees Nilsen defend carrying out despicable acts on the corpses.

Nilsen’s biographer, Brian Masters, asked him about having sex with the victims to which Nilsen replied ‘it wasn’t about sex’, adding that Brian was trying to find ‘simple answers.

Brian replies: “I’m not trying to simplify anything but you did have sex with these young men after they died.”

Nilsen creepily replied: “No, I did not. Did I enjoy them? Yes.

“Did I gain some sort of satisfaction from looking at their naked bodies next to mine in the mirror? I didn’t penetrate them.

“The only thing I did was squeeze the life out of a human being, that was wrong, that was unforgivable. I’ll be properly punished for it.”

He continued: “What I did with a corpse was neither here nor there. If you’re more disgusted by what I did to a corpse than what I did to a living man, then your moral system is upside down.”

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