A ‘reel-y’ record breaking year for filming in Liverpool
Film Office has broken all records for the fourth consecutive
year as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.
show that, once again, it has been a bumper year for filming across the
Liverpool City Region, with 324 different film and TV projects filming here,
racking up an impressive 1,750 production days – 363 more days than
As a result, £17.6
million has been brought in to the local economy – an increase of £1.5m on
There has been
an increasing trend in the number of high-end TV dramas coming to the city, so
thanks to the likes of Sky Atlantic’s Tin Star, Netflix’s The Crown
and The English Game, and BBC productions World on Fire and Years
and Years, the region has seen a 12 per
cent climb – the most filmed here since
productions filmed in the region in 2019 include Amazon Prime’s The Feed,
Sky One’s COBRA, Netflix’s Irregulars and BBC One’s Moving On.
As a result, Merseyside has been a temporary home to stars including Tim
Roth, Ian Hart, Robert Carlyle, Russell Tovey and Genevieve O’Reilly.
also once again been a double for locations across the world, including New
York in Das Boot, Madrid in Years and Years, London for Irregulars
and Wales in The Snow Spider.
such as The One Show, The Greatest Dancer,The Real Housewives of
Cheshire, Britain’s Got Talent, X Factor All Stars and The Voice have
also filmed here this year.
also show local productions are also on the up, by an impressive 26 per cent.
This year saw
the creation of the Liverpool City Region Production Fund – the first local
authority supported fund of its kind in the UK for more than six years – which
will attract more productions to the region, create jobs and boost the local
economy. To date, more than 48 expressions of interest have been received, with
CBBC’s The Snow Spider being the first to receive support from the fund.
Announcements around further projects which will receive funding will be announced in 2020.
Film Office Manager, Lynn Saunders, said: “What a way to celebrate our 30th anniversary
with yet another record-breaking year!
“It has been an
incredibly busy 2019 for the Film Office team – enquiries have increased
tenfold and production levels across the entire Liverpool City Region are
there has been a very small drop in the number of productions coming to
Liverpool – 22 fewer than last year – however, we are attracting an increasing
number of high-end dramas which spend more time filming here, which is not only
an invaluable economic boost but also benefits us reputationally within the
to 2020, we want to focus on developing and championing local production talent
an create opportunities for them when productions head to the region.
already some big projects in the pipeline so it looks like 2020 is going to be
an action packed year for the Film Office.”
Producer for Tin Star, Alison Jackson said: “Filming in Liverpool has been a fantastic experience, the
location has been pivotal for our characters who return to face their troubled
past in an all-new and surprising environment for the viewer. Liverpool City
Region provided us with a wealth of cinematic locations, and the support we
received from Liverpool Film Office and the people of this city has been
instrumental in creating our explosive third series.”
and Cabinet Member responsible for Liverpool Film Office, Councillor Wendy
Simon, said: “This has
been a year of unprecedented success for the film office and I’d like to
congratulate the small team who go above and beyond to attract directors and
production companies to the city region.
alongside the enviable locations on offer and the film friendliness attitude,
makes the five Merseyside boroughs an attractive place to film and keeps directors
returning time and time again.
“We can safely
say Liverpool is maintaining its crown as one of the most filmed cities outside