The station has become an iconic structure, being featured in or used as a shooting location for many films, television programmes, music videos and video games. One of the station’s earliest appearances was in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1936 film Sabotage, which shows the station before the construction of the B station.
The interior of the A station’s control room was used for the “Find The Fish” segment of Monty Python’s 1983 film The Meaning of Life. The station makes a brief appearance in The Beatles second film “Help! “ in 1965. It also appears during the first daylight attack on London sequence in the 1969 movie, Battle of Britain, in the movie as in real life used as a navigational landmark by the attacking Luftwaffe bombers. More recently in October 2007, the power station was used as a filming location for the Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
A closeup of the station can be seen as stand-in for the exterior of a London railway station in Michael Radford’s 1984 film Nineteen Eighty-Four.
The station has appeared numerous times in the long-running British science fiction series Doctor Who.
The Battersea Power Station Community Group think one of the main reasons for the power station’s worldwide recognition is that it appeared on the cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals.
Featured Image: The cover of Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals / Image: Harvest Records – Columbia Records