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dramas by TV giants BBC and Netflix will both hit the nation’s TV screens on
Sunday – with Liverpool making a star turn!
On Sunday (17
November) The War of the Worlds will launch on BBC1 at 9pm and the
highly anticipated third season of The Crown will be released on
Netflix, with key scenes in both productions being shot in the Liverpool City
The War of the Worlds adaptation keeps to the story’s original
Edwardian England setting, so locations included inside and outside St George’s
Hall, Croxteth Hall, Sefton Park Palm House, Martins Bank Building on Water
Street and Eldon Grove in Vauxhall.
were also filmed at Ainsdale woods and Formby Beach – the woods becoming an
‘impact zone’ for the Martian arrival. Both locations are on the screen
throughout episodes one and two.
warehouse in Wirral also became a fully functional studio space where an alien
landscape was created.
place over nine weeks, with a cast and crew of around 100 making the city
region their temporary home.
Office worked in partnership with The War of the Worlds production
company, Mammoth Screen, to source the locations, ensure road closures were in
place and hire crew.
The three-part alien mini-series has been written by
Peter Harness (Wallander and Case Histories) and stars Eleanor
Tomlinson (Poldark), Rafe Spall (Black Mirror) andRobert
Carlyle (Trainspotting). It was directed by the award-winning Crag
Viveiros (And Then There Were None). Elements of the post-production process were
undertaken by LA Productions, based in Kirkdale.
For three days,the city doubled as Washington DC, for The
Crown. Filming took place in and around the city centre including near the Three Graces, on North John Street and on the
Liverpool’s starring TV role, comes just a week after Liverpool Film Office announced that BBC family adventure series The Snow Spider is the first production to receive support from the Liverpool City Region Production Fund. The fund is aimed at attracting small and large filming projects to the city region, and as a result create more jobs, develop training initiatives and boost the local economy.
The War of
the Worlds writer, Peter Harness, said: “We filmed in Liverpool because it’s the greatest city in
the universe! Liverpool has locations that are pristine, it offered the
landscapes we needed and also had the crews up there – and people are extremely
supportive of what we were trying to achieve.”
The War of
the Worlds director, Craig Viveiros, said: “Liverpool was great when it came to its architecture and
the ability to close it off to dress it and shoot it. Locations like St
George’s Hall, Formby Beach, Croxteth Hall allowed us to film there and are key
scenes in the production.”
Liverpool Film Office, Lynn Saunders, said: “Filming on the streets of the city region is a regular
occurrence and it’s great when we can finally see the end product on
“There has been a real buzz around The War of the Worlds and we know that our locations take centre stage in the alien action. “The large crew who made the region their temporary home for five weeks will give an invaluable boost to the local economy, and hopefully the positive feedback from the production team will translate into more projects being filmed here in the future.”
Liverpool Film Officeis the UK’s longest
established Film Office. It provides a comprehensive service to productions
that are seeking to film in Liverpool City Region. The expert team assist
productions of all size with location finding, crew, extras, studio and
facilities sourcing, permissions, parking and traffic control, as well as
discretionary investment through the Liverpool City Region Production Fund.
Liverpool Film Office’s busiest year in their 30 year history in 2018, the
region welcomed 366 different film and TV projects, accounting for 1,387 film
days and generating £16.1million for the local economy.
Film Office has supported a plethora of high-end TV productions, feature films
and commercials. Projects currently in production include; Sky Atlantic’s Tin
Star 3, Netflix’s The English Game, BBC’s LCR Production
Fund-supported, The Snow Spider, and many more.
number of high profile productions made in Liverpool, that can be seen on
screen now and coming soon include; Netflix’s The Crown, BBC One’s The
War Of The Worlds, World On Fire and Peaky Blinders, Sky
One’s COBRA, Das Boot 2, Universal’s Yesterday,
and Entertainment One’s Official Secrets.