Dave and Wendy Laing located
Burnside's favourite place to mope.
Prisoner fans make pilgrimages to the gorgeous Portmeirion Village
Hotel in North Wales. Making a Sandbaggers pilgrimage has been
rather more difficult, unless you possessed an unusual affinity
for the frozen wilds of the Kola Peninsula, the cheap flats of
Sofia, or the tarmac at Istanbul International Airport. Now, thanks
to the legwork of Dave and Wendy Laing, it’s easy to pay
your respects to The Sandbaggers on your next trip to London.
the end of Special Relationship, Neil Burnside is seen standing
on a bridge overlooking the Thames. He is mourning the death of
Laura Dickens. His eyes well up, a mournful bit of incidental
music plays, and the episode ends.
Burnside is seen at that bridge again at the beginning of the
very next episode, At All Costs—which of course takes place
exactly one year later. In Episode 11, A Question of Loyalty,
Burnside returns to his bridge—this time on a foggy day—and
Karen Milner, having shadowed him, chats him up.
So where is this bridge? It can’t be too far from the Houses
of Parliament, as the zooming-in sequence from At All Costs on
your DVD demonstrates.
Wendy and Dave Laing tracked down ‘Burnside’s Bridge’
on a trip to London in 2001 while on a trip from Australia.
‘The exact location is Lambeth Bridge, the first one south
of Westminster Bridge and the Houses of Parliament on a London
map,’ Wendy said. ‘We found it in two days of walk,
walk, walk. I think I’m at least one inch shorter!’
‘The trees seen at the back beyond the gate, on the other
side of the road that crosses the bridge are in Victoria Tower
Gardens, which run along the banks of the Thames but which were
closed to the public when we walked past on Millbank Road,’
If you make a pilgrimage to Burnside’s Bridge or any other
Sandbaggers locations, and would like to have a photo of your
visit featured on the Ops Room, send
it to us.