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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
16th October 1987 175-kph winds cause blackout in London, much of southern England
16th October 1959 Born today: Gary Kemp, London, rock guitarist (Spandau Ballet-True)
16th October 1958 The first episode of children's TV show Blue Peter is aired on Television.
16th October 1951 Born today: Daniel Gerroll, London, actor (Big Business)
16th October 1936 Actor Peter Bowles was born in London.
16th October 1927 Born today: Lee Montague, London England, actor (Uncle Sasha-Holocaust)
16th October 1925 Murder She Wrote actress Angela Lansbury was born in London.
16th October 1922 Happy birthday to entertainer Max Bygraves, born in Rotherhithe, East London.
16th October 1834 London parliament catches fire historic documents burn
Industrially decayed flour mill features in many films.
Location: Mill Road, West Silvertown
Description: This long derelict flour mill on the south side of the Royal Victoria Dock, between the Thames Barrier and the ExCel exhibition centre is finally undergoing redevelopment.
The industrial decay inspired backdrops in films and television shows such as Ashes to Ashes, Jean-Michel Jarre's Destination Docklands, and Derek Jarman's The Last of England. Jarman also filmed here in his music video for The Smiths single Ask.
In 1985, the former CWS mill nearby was used in the Terry Gilliam's dystopian film Brazil. Other films include The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2013), Trance (2013), Green Zone (2010), Twenty8k (2012). It also featured in video game Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist.