Crowds have formed in Deal to watch the set of a big budget TV drama about punk band The Sex Pistols.

The alleys and roads leading to King Street have been taped with security guards restraining people while scenes for Pistol, directed by Danny Boyle, are filmed.

Crowds watch the Sex Pistols biopic set in Deal this afternoon

Eager city dwellers gathered to watch the activity behind the barriers.

Of particular interest was the arrival of a late 1960s coach with a “nowhere” sign on the front.

The Sex Pistols used such a sign on their tour bus as a joke on their concert destinations.

Previously, almost all of King Street was completely transformed for filming.

Classic cars, typical of the mid-1970s, arrived in the city in preparation for filming in the King Street and Middle Street parking lots this afternoon and evening.

Crowds gather to watch the filming of Pistol in Deal
The Sex Pistols' Nowhere Tour Bus in Deal
The Sex Pistols’ Nowhere Tour Bus in Deal

And the street scene on King Street has completely changed.

Award-winning Boyle is leading the new six-part production for FX.

The Royal Arcade becomes Ivanhoe's concert hall with fake bricks around the door and promotional posters
The Royal Arcade becomes Ivanhoe’s concert hall with fake bricks around the door and promotional posters
Just Reproach micropub is now a corner store - just for the shoot
Just Reproach micropub is now a corner store – just for the shoot

Named Pistol, it is based on Steve Jones’ 2018 memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol, and will consist of six episodes.

The action in Deal comes after the Academy Award winner was seen filming in Dover on Monday.

This afternoon, Boyle was pictured in a buggy driving along the Cordoned Navy Parade.

The showmakers are using vehicles that existed in the '70s. Here's a Vauxhall Viva, the same one used for Monday's filming in Dover, plus a Volvo and Morris Minor.
The showmakers are using vehicles that existed in the ’70s. Here’s a Vauxhall Viva, the same one used for Monday’s filming in Dover, plus a Volvo and Morris Minor.
Vintage vehicles for filming.  The car is a Rover P6 and the van is a Ford Transit
Vintage vehicles for filming. The car is a Rover P6 and the van is a Ford Transit

Today King Street in Deal will be cordoned off and some sort of drone shoot is expected. Conventional cameras will rotate around the waterfront, and the former Royal Arcade and Billiards Club is at the heart of the action.

Steve Lavery’s living room, Mr. Dapper Master Barbers, will also be filmed and work on store signs along the street is underway to transform the neighborhood in time until the mid-1970s – the time when the Sex Pistols and the punk era emerged.

Pekish Chicken Shop keeps its name, but its brand needed a '70s touch
Pekish Chicken Shop keeps its name, but its brand needed a ’70s touch

These photos by journalist Eleanor Perkins show vintage cars ready for the moment the cameras start rolling.

The show’s cast includes Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams, who will play punk icon Jordan (aka Pamela Rooke), and Babyteeth’s Toby Wallace as Jones.

Thomas Brodie-Sangster, of Game of Thrones, Love Actually and The Famous Maze Runner, also recently joined the cast.

Barnardo's charity shop gets a makeover to keep pace with the times
Barnardo’s charity shop gets a makeover to keep pace with the times

Anson Boon is Johnny Rotten, Louis Partridge is Sid Vicious and newcomer Jacob Slater is drummer Paul Cook.

Producers have approached Graham Stiles of King’s Head in Deal, with a view to setting up a crew base at the Channel View Bed & Breakfast he owns.

Filming will also take place in Folkestone in and around the Grand Burstin Hotel.

Middle Street parking lot is nearly empty for crew and cast to film
Middle Street parking lot is nearly empty for crew and cast to film

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