Block of flats at 3 Marii Grzegorzewskiej Street in Warsaw, where Alternatywy 4 was shot
Alternatywy 4 (pol.4 Alternative (Disjunction) Street, secondary meaning four disjunctions) was a Polish comedy TV series that was finished in 1983 and, due to censorship, first aired in 1986. Many famous Polish actors appeared in the series. The filming location used in Alternatywy 4 was a residential complex which is still in existence at 3 Marii Grzegorzewskiej Street in Warsaw, Poland. The series was a satire to the communist rule in Poland, spoken in a way that it passed through communist censorship office. Due to the censorship, whole and even partial scenes had to be cut. After 30 years the show has undergone a digital reconstruction and filling with the deleted scene's parts that were found in the archives of TVP
The characteristic name is a result of a dispute among developers on how to name a new street in episode 1. Annoyed by the lack on consensus, one of them utters, "There must be some alternative". In 2005, one of the streets in Ursynów district, where the action takes place, was officially named Alternatywy to commemorate the series. The block where the series was shot bears a plaque that aside from the real street name (M. Grzegorzewskiej 3) also contains an inscription, "formerly Alternatywy 4".
^UCHWAŁA Nr XLV/1114/2005 RADY MIASTA STOŁECZNEGO WARSZAWY z dnia 27 stycznia 2005 r. w sprawie nadania nazwy ulicom w Dzielnicy Ursynów m.st. Warszawy.. „Dziennik Urzędowy Województwa Mazowieckiego”. poz. 55 nr 1356, 2005.