Netflix's Bodies: TfL's Aldgate East Tube station snapped in surprising location for series

Featuring stars including Stephen Graham and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Netflix's Bodies sees four detectives in different time periods trying to solve the same murder.
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A photo has emerged showing a replica of an east London Tube station in a highly unlikely location, after it was used while filming the latest hit Netflix series, Bodies.

Aldgate East Station, which sits on the boundary of Tower Hamlets and the City of London, was partly recreated and given a 1940s makeover last year - nearly 200 miles away in Grimsby

The town's port was taken over for a month during the filming of scenes for the Netflix show, featuring stars including Stephen Graham and Jacob Fortune-Lloyd. Period shops and houses were also created.

Other productions hosted by the port over the years include an episode of Wheeler Dealers and the film Atonement, when it was used as a French town.

A 1940s version of Aldgate East station was recreated in the Port of Grimsby. Credit: Associated British Ports.A 1940s version of Aldgate East station was recreated in the Port of Grimsby. Credit: Associated British Ports.
A 1940s version of Aldgate East station was recreated in the Port of Grimsby. Credit: Associated British Ports.

Simon Bird, regional director of the Humber, said: “It’s great to see our Port of Grimsby being used by film and television production companies. The historic quarter is attracting a lot of interest from location managers and producers who like the authenticity and character of the place. We hope this is the start of a new venture for the area.”

Greg Lacey, head of property for Humber, said: “Having a rich and diverse mix of historic buildings is proving popular with filmmakers. It’s becoming the catalyst to make this area viable and money from these productions can be put back into the buildings to make them more appealing.

“We know from the feedback we receive there is a demand in this area for period buildings and large space, as London and the South East has become overpriced, and companies are looking to the north. The film and TV industry is highly diverse with £6.3 billion spent on production last year, we only expect demand to continue to grow.”

Largely set in east London, Bodies involves four detectives across separate time periods trying to solve the same murder. As well as the 1940s, it features timelines in 1890, 2023, and 2053.