The subtle clues that suggest 24: Live Another Day may be set in London

Feature Simon Brew 3 Apr 2014 - 07:00

They've kept it under their hat, but we think we may have guessed the city in which 24: Live Another Day is set...

The nuances and complexities of dramas such as Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos and more have clearly rubbed off on the makers of 24. The incoming miniseries, 24: Live Another Day movies Jack Bauer to the UK for his latest adventure, only the second time we've seen him venture off US soil as he attempts to save the world.

However, full credit to the 24 marketing team, as the way they have underplayed the British connection for the show is a masterclass in deception, and keeping the mystery going. Just look at these examples.

Take the new poster for a start, that landed the other day. Here it is.

As you can see, the emphasis is firmly on Jack Bauer and the also-returning Chloe O'Brien. Others may have been tempted to pepper the backdrop with famous London landmarks, but the 24 team have resisted. See how they've blurred the buildings in the background to keep the level of deception going? And how they've managed to hide the fact that the upended car is actually right hand drive, rather than left? That, friends, is why they get paid the big bucks.

It follows the carefully trodden path of the earlier promotional work, as a similar level of deception was deployed in the original trailer for the show. Here's a screengrab...

Take a look at the upended taxi cab, and there's no clear sign that it's a right hand drive vehicle. And then here...

... see how the production team have specifically told the background extras not to wear evidently British clothing that would have given the game away.

The latest trailer plays a similar trick, disguising the city of London so well, that the only way it can be noticed is by displaying it as on-screen caption on Sky News! That's one for the Easter Egg spotters amongst you, look!

The rest of the trailer eschews any reference to London, and instead showcases Jack Bauer the action hero...

... and some background cityscapes that could be taken anywhere, in truth.

But the news isn't all good, friends. Sadly, they let the side down a little with this image, run in Entertainment Weekly.

After all the work they've put in to obfuscate the real location for the show, they went and used a blatant shot of the inside of the gent's bogs at Warren Street tube station. The fecking idiots.

It's a real pity that they let their focus slip at the last minute, but we sincerely hope this won't alert people otherwise unaware of the show's new London location.

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Are you sure that it's London? I'm pretty sure that's Wolverhampton...it's an easy mistake to make if you aren't concentating.

Are DoG feeling a little bit snarky today by any chance?

I am a regular frequenter of the gents toilets at Wolverhampton train station, and can assure you that they don't look like that. - Simon

Now there's a series of articles - movie toilets....

Must... resist... urge... to... crack... joke... here...

hahaha

There's a chimney sweep in every shot. Fact.

Please say Jack Bauer is speaking in a Dick van Dyke accent.

What you get up to in your spare time is your own business

It's Vegas, I've been to that casino. The Croupiers all sound like Dick van Dyke.

Jack may be using the ladies, you can do that when you have a gun.

I was certain it was Astana until I saw that all-too-familiar tilework.

I quite liked the toilets in Terminator 3. Not so much the rest of the film, but the toilets were good.

Toilet scene in The Worlds End...best toilet scene ever!

Oh that was you? Thank God, I'd thought I'd lost my watch forever.

Same time next week?

You fool. It's clearly Telford.

This made me chuckle, thanks.

I just hope it doesn't turn out as embarrassing as the Bones London episode. Cringing from start to finish. Everyone drives a mini or a black cab, Cambridge and Wales as suburbs of London. When one of the characters said his favourite meal was jellied eels I had to switch off.

If there isn't at least one scene where Jack - using a hilariously fake Cockney accent - has to go undercover with some shady guys who are using a fruit and veg stall in a busy market as a front for some sort of evildoing, and ends up blowing his cover and torturing someone with a large pear or tomato, then it will not be as good as perhaps it could otherwise have been.

This rivals the 'Bryan Singer & the X-Men writers food choice study' for my all-time favourite serious hardcore analytical article on here - Bravo!

I've never watched Bones, but now I really want to see that. Do you know which series/ep it would be?

As a side note 'We'll always have the disableds' was the funniest line of last year for me, I was still laughing 20 minutes later, annoyingly no one else in the cinema I was in seemed to find that line funny.

Wait till you see Milton Keynes prison in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D

I hear there's a scene where Jack meets Del Boy down the market. Turns out Boycie's behind the whole thing. He laughs stright into the beep-boops.

And 24 apparantly has the same president as Stargate. Imagine that Jack Bauer vs. Goa'uld or Wraith.

Puts me in mind of the wonderfully delivered line by Bill Murray in The Man Who Knew Too Little: "Awlright bloke?"

Den of Geek's increasingly snarky attitude has yielded some genuinely entertaining articles this week. Keep it up!

Don't be silly..it's not on fire. Heath Town would be an excellent setting tho

That's obviously Vancouver with clever backdrops. Also, I think the real ruse is that this isn't really a new 24 but actually a reboot of Stargate SG-1 with Keifer Sutherland playing Colonel Jack O'Neill.

First two epsiodes of season 4. I haven't watched it since

It is in fact set in Harry Potter World, Universal Studios, Florida. They have lots of London sets there but the triple decker gives it away.

:)

I have a love/hate thing with those kinds of episodes. I hate them with a passion, but part of me loves putting myself through the cringe-worthy experience. The episodes of "Friends" in London were prime examples - "oh look, there's Fergie" and the whole England section of Euro Trip (to be fair, an awful film) is equally appalling (Vinnie Jones is a Man U fan, and of course there are hoooligans here). I expect other people living in landmark cities have similar issues, though - when were Rome and Paris, or for that mention Tokyo or even New York depicted without some ridiculous local referencing stereotype? It will kind of detract from any sense of tension, though.

...not that there's anything wrong with that.

Loving the new venomous sarcasm of recent articles. XD

That might not be a bad idea, A Stargate Reboot with Kiefer Sutherland

To REALLY make sure you know we're in England they have cast Ray Winstone to Cockney-it-up a bit... just in case we get a bit lost as to where we actually are... Blackpool, was it?

Tell me about it. I'm German. We are Nazis or Bavarians. Nothing else. Ever. :(

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