Lancashire Caught on Camera
There are many reasons why Lancashire is a fantastic place to live, work and visit. Now it is also emerging a great place to film as well.
Currently on our screens is ITV’s new drama The Bay, a six-part drama starring Morven Christie and Jonas Armstrong, set amongst Morecambe Bay’s many stunning locations found around the sweeping north Lancashire coast.
From major feature films, dramas and soaps to TV commercials, Lancashire’s diverse locations are being increasingly chosen as the ideal backdrop.
From stunning coastline & landscapes to ancient castles, and contemporary cityscapes to period towns, Lancashire has so much to offer, as evidenced by the recent filming for World on Fire, Brassic, Peaky Blinders, The Feed, The Stranger & War of the Worlds.
Blackpool - Lancashire’s (and Britain’s) most popular resort has been popular for many years as a filming location. Recent productions include Tim Burton’s ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ (2016) with key elements of the movie filmed in iconic locations in Blackpool including The North Pier, The Blackpool Tower and Circus, Comedy Carpet and the Promenade.
The glorious Blackpool Tower Ballroom also appeared in the Oscar-winning ‘Phantom Thread’ (2017). The movie, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was an American historical period drama film set in London's 1950s couture world. The New Year's Eve party was filmed in the ballroom with a supporting cast of around 500 actors. The resort has also seen the recent North West premier of Eaten by Lions which was filmed in and around Blackpool and is currently in cinemas across the country.
Chorley’s Rivington Pike and surrounding Lancashire countryside starred in, ‘A Monster Calls’(2014), with an all-star cast including Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones and the voice of Liam Neeson as the monster. The beauty of the Rivington landscape featured as the backdrop in several key scenes.
Lancashire’s industrial heritage is epitomised by Queen Street Mill Textile Museum and the world’s last surviving steam-powered weaving mill was used as the location for a memorable scene in The ‘King’s Speech’ (2010) starring Colin Firth as a young King George VI struggling with public speaking.
All these Hollywood hits are increasingly supported by a year-round roster of compelling filming projects that seek to shoot in Lancashire.
Dramas like The Bay and soaps like Coronation Street and Hollyoaks have enjoyed showcasing dramatic storylines across Lancashire. More recently, documentary filmmakers shot scenes for Edwardian Britain in Colour and BBC drama Wanderlust starring Toni Collette.
Nick Beech, Production Liaison Manager at Creative England, the national body that supports feature film and drama to shoot in the English regions, said “It’s a huge show of confidence that world-class production companies such as Red Productions and Mammoth Screen are returning to shoot quality dramas in Lancashire for our biggest broadcasters, such as BBC, Sky, Netflix and Amazon”.
Nick continued, “Lancashire is now firmly on the map for TV and film, and it’s testament to the great welcome and support given by our local authority and tourism partners in Lancashire.”
Filming in Lancashire looks likely to go from strength to strength and something that everyone in Lancashire can be very proud of.
Visit and contact www.creativeengland.co.uk for enquiries and any further info on all of Lancashire’s film locations.