Iconic TV shows and films shot in Greater Manchester

There’s nothing more exciting than spotting your hometown in your favourite TV show or film, and it’s even more impressive when you spot a film set while you’re out and about. 

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The Crown (2016- present)

Netflix’s popular royal re-enactment was spotted filming around the Northern Quarter last year, featuring ‘Princess Diana’ played by actress Emma Corrin. The bustling and quirky NQ was transformed into a mini New York City set, filled with yellow cabs and subway signs. Check out this video below.

Sherlock Holmes (2009)

The film adaptation of Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. saw Manchester’s Town Hall dressed up as the entrance to the House of Commons!

Lead characters Holmes and Watson were also seen jumping out of a window during a fight scene, captured in the back streets of Piccadilly.

Carriages for Sherlock Holmes essers, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Cold Feet (1997-2020)

ITV’s proudly Mancunian comedy-drama is of course filmed all around the city, most famously featuring Bridgewater Hall, The Manchester Ship canal and The Woodstock pub in Didsbury.

The Engineering building at the University of Salford, a surprisingly popular film and TV location, was also transformed into the ‘Greater Manchester Hospital’.

The Granada Television production spans nine seasons, with rumours suggesting the well-loved characters might be back soon for a special return.

Life on Mars (2006-2007)

Named after the Bowie hit, the retro BBC crime-drama stars a detective who is involved in a car crash in 2006. But when he wakes up, he finds himself in the year 1973!

The show is set and filmed all around Manchester and includes locations such as the Northern Quarter, Ancoats, Gorton, Ardwick, Trafford Park, Bolton, Rochdale, Stockport Council offices, Hyde and loads more.

Only running for two series, the show is considered to be a bit of a cult classic.

Queer as Folk (1999-2000)

The landmark 90s TV series from screenwriting icon Russell T Davies follows the lives of three gay friends living in Manchester.

The show is set in Gay Village, showcasing Canal Street’s nightlife that still lives on today.

Canal Street © David Dixon (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Davies’ new 2021 drama It’s a Sin is also partly filmed in Canal Street, despite being set in London, as well as Paton Street and the Star and Garter on Fairfield Street.

Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)

Watch this Hollywood blockbuster closely and you’ll spot glimpses of Dale Street in the Northern Quarter, transformed into 1940s NYC, in one of the earliest instalments of the popular franchise.

The set was one of the only locations used by Marvel which was outside of the US.

Peaky Blinders (2013- present)

The BBC Brummy crime-drama makes good use of Manchester’s industrial feel, often seen filming in the Northern Quarter and surrounding streets.

Some common locations to spot across the five seasons include Dale Street, Victoria Baths, Mangle Street, Stockport Plaza and many more.

Phoenix Nights (2001-2002)

Peter Kay’s hilarious sitcom is both set and filmed in Bolton, which is actually his own hometown.

The star of the show is St Gregory’s Social Club in Farnworth, where all the fun and action happens!

Mr M Evison / St Gregory’s Club Aka The Phoenix Club

The writer and actor’s more recent Peter Kay’s Car Share is also filmed around Altrincham, Bury, Horwich, Irlams o’th’Height, Little Hulton, Swinton, Trafford, Walkden and Westhoughton.

Darkest Hour (2017)

Parts of Manchester Town Hall were transformed into the Houses of Parliament, as Gary Oldham plays former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in this war drama biopic.

The Town Hall is often used to recreate political buildings and can also be spotted in Victor Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe and A Very English Scandal, a comedy TV series starring Hugh Grant.

Let us know what we’ve missed in the comments!

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