A seaside town in Kent has been renamed as part of the filming of a new TV show about the Sex Pistols.

Danny Boyle-directed production centered around Dover and Deal earlier this week, but the team has now moved to Folkestone.

Filming took place near The Metropole and The Grand, alongside The Leas, in Folkestone for the new Pistols show. Photo: Ian Everley
Filming takes place near the Grand.  Photo: Ian Everley
Filming takes place near the Grand. Photo: Ian Everley

Yesterday a crew was seen moving props and equipment around the Grand Burstin Hotel, where a ‘concert’ was reportedly filmed.

Now the crew have moved to The Grand, along The Leas, where new signs have been erected revealing that Folkestone actually represents Whitby, a coastal town in Yorkshire.

One of the signs reads: “The Grand Hotel welcomes you to Whitby.”

Another sign of change reveals that the Grand Hotel offers a view of ‘the sea or the abbey’, has four color televisions and is managed by Mr. and Mrs. Page.

The historic Whitby Abbey, mentioned on the prop panel, is said to have inspired Caedmon, the first named English poet, and Bram Stoker, the author of “Dracula”.

A new sign renamed Folkestone to Whitby.  Photo: Ian Everley
A new sign renamed Folkestone to Whitby. Photo: Ian Everley

It appears that the sex guns played in Whitby on September 11, 1976 at the Royal Ballroom, and the filming recreates this concert, although the production company does not confirm this.

Other photos from The Leas show a shoot near the Metropolis, with vintage cars, tents and trailers set up.

A garage in Sandgate has also been redesigned with a vintage look.

The six-part series, titled Pistol, is currently filming for Hulu and will star Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and The Queen’s Gambit actor Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Louis Patridge, Jacob Slater, Talulah Riley, Fabien Frankel and Dylan Llewellyn will also star.

Another sign has been added to the Grand.  Photo: Ian Everley
Another sign has been added to the Grand. Photo: Ian Everley
A garage in Sandgate has been given a facelift.  Photo: Ian Everley
A garage in Sandgate has been given a facelift. Photo: Ian Everley

It is directed by Danny Boyle, known for Trainspotting, 28 Days Later, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire and The Beach.

The limited series will be based on the life and career of punk rock legend and Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones and is based on his 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

Roads were closed in parts of Dover on Monday during filming, with some lucky viewers spotting award-winning director Mr. Boyle.

Meanwhile, the streets of Deal have been given a facelift to conform to the decor of the 1970s.

The city was inundated with vintage vehicles, while the signs were changed.

The Grand Burstin will also feature in Danny Boyle's Sex Pistols series.  Photo: Beau Goodwin
The Grand Burstin will also feature in Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols series. Photo: Beau Goodwin
A first look at the Sex Pistols biopic (bottom), with the original band (top)
A first look at the Sex Pistols biopic (bottom), with the original band (top)

This is not the first time that Mr. Boyle has come to Folkestone. In 2018, he was part of a series of artistic commissions to remember the Great War.

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