EALING Hospital has been a popular backdrop for a number of TV shows and films since it opened in 1979.

They include spoof medical dramas Green Wing and Porters, showing humour is often the best medicine.

John Thaw served up his own brand of justice in The Sweeney long before playing the more genteel Inspector Morse.

Super-agent Jack Bauer upped the ante in 24 when terrorists blew up the hospital with the aid of SFX, while Idris Elba played the obsessive, possessive and somewhat violent Luther.

Idris even popped into the hospital café during a break in filming, much to the surprise of customers who got the chance to rub shoulders with the Marvel superhero.

One of the longest running shows was crime drama Silent Witness, which often used the mortuary as its backdrop.

McMafia kept up the body count when an English financier fell foul of the Russian mob, while gangland drama Top Boy made a scene in A&E.

The most recent show featuring Ealing Hospital was This is Going to Hurt, based on the best-selling diary of former doctor Adam Kay starring Ben Whishaw.

Adam returned to Ealing last week to oversee the planting of a tree in memory of healthcare professionals who have died by suicide.