Phone hacking scandal arrives in Newham

PUBLISHED: 12:30 09 January 2012

l-r:  Ho Chi Mao Feast (Eleanor Matsuura), Stanhope Feast (Michael Kitchen) and Connor Feast (John Hopkins)

l-r: Ho Chi Mao Feast (Eleanor Matsuura), Stanhope Feast (Michael Kitchen) and Connor Feast (John Hopkins)

Giles Keyte

The tabloid newspaper phone hacking scandal which has engulfed British media and politics in part of 2011 spread as far as Stratford.

Luckily, it was fiction. Hacks, a Channel 4 comedy that was aired on New Year’s Day, was filmed at Newham Council’s offices in Broadway House, High Street.

Film crews occupied the building in October and November to record the one-off satirical swipe at the phone hacking events.

The one hour special is set in a fictional newspaper office where staff take part in illegal practices to generate news.

Journalists are shown carrying out hacking, blagging and pinging to get a story by any means necessary. The cast includes Michael Kitchen, Nigel Planer, Phil Davis, Alexander Armstrong and Celia Imrie.

Filming was arranged by the council’s film office, which promotes Newham as a film and TV location.

Newham Council’s chief executive Kim Bromley-Derry said: “We were really excited about seeing Hacks on New Year’s Day.

“We’re proud that it has been filmed at our offices in Stratford.”

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