London is a bustling city and it’s not hard to find filming going on around you. It’s a new year and with it comes the opportunity for all sorts of film and tv productions to appeal to a variety of audiences.
London video production has seen a massive upturn in popularity and with its growth, it has seen more Hollywood studios relocating to the capital city and has helped contribute towards the outstanding financial success of the film industry.
London is becoming a beacon of positivity for the film industry
Over the past few years, the UK film industry managed to generate a turnover of £14.8 billion in 2017 with £1.3 billion made available for inward investment in London in 2019, and the capital city is now home to approximately 4,000 production companies with a combined turnover of £2 billion.
With the London film industry becoming, a “beacon of positivity,”, Adrian Wooton, Chief Executive of Film London and Head of the British Film Commission, said, “we have got people back to work and got them back safely. There was a massive backlog of projects that were paused in March”.
Over the past few months, all people have been able to do is eat content – television, film, streaming services have gone through the roof for Amazon, Disney+, Netflix. There is a huge appetite for it, so production companies are commissioning and making things at a great rate”
Some of the great advantages that filmmakers and studios are reaping the benefits from filming in London can include the tax breaks and the ability to utilise some of London’s iconic landmarks and help use those to help them feel like a character in their own right for various TV and films productions. One of the most established landmarks from the capital city that has often been used is Transport for London’s underground network. These stations helped have brought iconic films to life such as Paddington, Skyfall, and Love Actually.
Recent and Upcoming Movie and TV Series Productions set in London
1. The King’s Man
Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman franchise continues to grow in popularity with the most recent entry to the franchise, The King’s Man having been recently released on Boxing Day 2021 starring such acting talents such as Ralph Fiennes, Gemma Arterton, Rhys Ifans, Matthew Goode, and Djimon Hounsou.
London has remained a prominent filming location for the Kingsman franchise as the Kingsman shop scenes were situated at 11 Saville Row, Mayfair, London at Huntsman and Sons.
- Treason Daredevil star Charlie Cox has returned to the Netflix screen in a new,
action-packed adventure. He’ll be joined by Quantum of Solace actress Olga
Kurylenko and Game Of Thrones’ Oona Chaplin for Treason – an English crime drama series shot on location right around London. Filming is currently under away for this show with a release date for this show yet to be confirmed.
The show is being written by Matt Charman who is an oscar-nominated screenwriter for Bridge of Spies and its premise is going to be about an MI6 spy and his complex relationships with his family and an extremely dangerous spy who is Russian.
The incredible Sky One/FX drama Breeders returns for a third season later this year and filming has just begun. The 2022 release date for series 3 hasn’t been confirmed yet but this can’t come soon enough.
Season 2 saw Paul (Martin Freeman) and Ally (Daisy Haggard) saw the parents experience the highs and lows of parenthood and series 3 is expected to pick up immediately where season 2 finished.
The locations of this show being filmed in London include having scenes shot around Spitalfield Market, Shoreditch. Also, the exterior shots of where Paul, Ally and their family reside was filmed in Clapham, South London.
London is thriving with positivity as a prime location for film and tv studios for their various productions. Filming in London has helped boost the economy and has helped contribute towards creating new job opportunities for local talent as well.
The next time you watch TV to see one of your favourite films and locations, keep an eye a lookout for any familiar surroundings, as one day you might just find yourself tuning into watching something and find out that it’s been filmed at an iconic London landmark that you’ve visited before.