Borehamwood is a town of approximately 30 000 residents in southern Hertfordshire, just outside London, and part of the London commuter belt.
Neptune House, built as part of the ATV studios, is now part of the BBC studios.
Neptune House was built during the 1960s and has a glass-fronted entrance. Licence:
It has featured in several popular television series, including as the school in Grange Hill, and since 1999, as the hospital reception for Holby City. In 1989 a purpose-built set was constructed for Grange Hill at the back of the building, but was dismantled in 2002 when the series left Elstree.
Neptune House could be seen in the opening titles to Gerry Anderson’s science-fiction series UFO (1970) as Harlington-Straker Film Studios, the (literal) cover for the secret and below ground headquarters of SHADO. The hospital "wards" in Holby City are actually the top floor of Neptune House, fully kitted out allowing genuine outside views from the windows. The building’s staircases are seen almost constantly in the series.
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Borehamwood, more commonly called Boreham Wood before the LCC estate was built, is part of the borough of Hertsmere. The town is often associated with the nearby village Elstree (being part of the ancient parish of Elstree), the two still share a local council, now called the Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council.
The A1 passes just to the east of the town, and the M25 passes about two miles north of it.
Since the 1920s, the town has been the location of several film studios. The former British National Studios on Clarendon Road
are now the BBC’s Elstree Television Studios. One of BBC’s popular soaps, EastEnders, is produced at the BBC studios, as well as popular medical drama Holby City. ’Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, ’Big Brother’ and major feature films are filmed at the Elstree Studios in Shenley Road