AH, THE GLAMOUR of working in the film business. The picture shows actors and crew queueing for lunch in the lush surroundings of the Kingsland Centre, uhm, car park.
Who knows, one day the director and cast of James Street, may be famous from Hollywood to Holyrood? Meanwhile, they shiver in the January drabbiness, ready for another early rising to film in the nearby Ridley Road market, dreaming of limousines such as the one in the photograph, whose chauffeured occupant is unlikely to have to queue to dine.
James Street is being produced for Channel 4 and will be a series of six episodes. Dalstoners will not get the car park back until late next weekend. Filming was due to move today 16 Jan 2013 to Vauxhall SW8 in South London but a horrendous helicopter crash in the area in the morning made filming inappropriate.
Channel Four series Top Boy, about inner-city drug and gang culture and starring Ashley Walters, is also filming in the market. At least one Ridley Road shop has claimed compensation from the film-maker for alleged loss of business.