A neglected BISF house in Bristol recently became the fictional home of a Heroin addict in the BBC adaptation of JK Rowlings’, The Casual Vacancy.
45 Silbury Road was turned into the Drug Den home of Single Mum Krystal Weedon and her Heroin Addict Mother last year by film crews, filming scenes for the three part drama which aired in February 2015.
The story line centered around the troubled village of Pagford where residents both rich and poor lived in perpetual conflict.
The production team went to great lengths to find the right property in which house the family, choosing the very shabby 45 Silbury Road as the drug dependent characters on screen address. Despite the majority of the drama being filmed some 60 miles away in the Cotswolds, producers chose the Bisley Estate in Stroud to portray the novels fictional housing estate,” The Fields”.
Whilst watching the drama unfold, viewers were drawn into the seedy lifestyle of a heroin addict and the effect her drug taking had on the family as a whole. Various scenes were shot inside almost every room of the house, depicting a syringe filled home of horrific squalor and a daughters battle to get her Mum off drugs.
In reality 45 Silbury Road is one of only a handful of properties not modernised a under recent improvement scheme which saw the majority of houses renovated, dramatically changing the look and feel of the street.
The problem is, that it would be easy for the average viewer to assume a view that all BISF Houses looked similar inside to that depicted in the TV drama. Of course, we know otherwise. but in case anyone had any doubt, take a look at the images shown below.
The first set are screen shots taken from the BBC Drama, The Casual Vacancy. Out of interest, 45 Silbury Road was sold for £83.000 in may 2014.
Further along Silbury Road you will find the next property which was recently offered for sale by CJ Hole.com, estate agents and as a result, sold for £220.000. I think you will agree, that the difference between the two properties is simply astounding.
Are you a resident from the Silbury Road area, if so what are your thoughts on the BBC Drama?
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