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List of Television Shows Set in Liverpool

Filming for a Ladbrokes Bingo advert, taking place just off Dale Street in Liverpool City Centre

The city of Liverpool, England, is a popular location for the filming and setting of films and television series, both fictional and real. The following article provides a list of films and television shows which have been partially or wholly set in or shot in Liverpool. The list includes a wide array of films and TV shows, ranging from those that were almost entirely shot and set in the city (e.g. 51st State, Brookside) to those where only a small number of scenes were set or shot in Liverpool (e.g. Across the Universe).

Media is an important component of Liverpool's economy and in 2009 brought over £13.5m into the local area.[1] After London, it is the most filmed city in the United Kingdom.[2] The Liverpool Film Office, founded in 1989, was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom and along with North West Vision and Media and the UK Film Council acts to promote the city to film and television producers. In addition to attracting outside producers, Liverpool is also home to Lime Pictures, the UK's largest independent television production company.[1]

Liverpool's rich architectural base means it is frequently used as a double for major cities across the globe, including Chicago, London, Moscow, New York, Paris and Rome.[3][4] It is also able to utilise a large number of historic sites within the city that are openly available for filming, including the now decommissioned courtrooms of St. George's Hall,[5] or the nineteenth century warehouses around Stanley Dock.[3]

Films set in or shot in Liverpool

Title Year Notes
The Arrest of Goudie 1901 Possibly the world's first filmed crime reconstruction, by Mitchell and Kenyon[6]
Blood on the Dole 1994
Coast to Coast 1987 Comedy thriller starring Lenny Henry that was set and filmed in Liverpool.
Charlie Noades R.I.P. 2009 Comedy
Dad's Dead 2003
Business as Usual 1987
Dancin' Thru the Dark 1990
Dark Summer 1994
David Copperfield 1999 BBC & WGBH adaption of the Charles Dickens story.
Dead Man's Cards 2006
Digital Reaper 2004
Distant Voices, Still Lives 1988
Dockers 1999
The Dressmaker 1988
Educating Rita 1983 Filmed in Dublin but storyline set in Liverpool
Ferry 'Cross the Mersey 1965 Film musical featuring Gerry & The Pacemakers
The Fruit Machine 1988 British thriller set and filmed in Liverpool.
Going Off Big Time 2000 Gangster & crime film that was set and filmed in and around Liverpool.
Gumshoe 1971 Dark comedy about a would-be private eye, played by Albert Finney
Hear My Song 1991 Drama based on the life of tenor Josef Locke. Partially set and filmed in Liverpool.
Johnno's Dead 2017
Kicks 2010
Let Him Have It 1991 Dramatisation of the Craig & Bentley case, shot in Liverpool and New Brighton but set in Croydon[5][7]
Letter to Brezhnev 1985
Liam 2000
The Long Day Closes 1992
Longford 2006 Television dramatisation of Lord Longford's attempts to achieve parole for Myra Hindley[5]
The Magnet 1950 Ealing Comedy filmed in New Brighton and Liverpool
Morning in the Streets 1959
My Kingdom 2001
O Jerusalam 2005
Occupy! 1976
Of Time and the City 2008
Penny Paradise 1938
Priest 1994
The Reckoning 1969
Revengers Tragedy 2002
Rich Deceiver 1995
Shooters 2001
Under the Skin 1997
Virgin of Liverpool 2006
Creed 2015 Spin off from the Rocky series of films. Goodison Park was used as a filming location.

Films set in Liverpool

Films set in and shot in Liverpool

Title Year Notes Ref
The 51st State 2002 Drug-related comedy whose plot moves to Liverpool [8]
An Awfully Big Adventure 1995 Drama about a Liverpool theatre company in 1947; although establishing shots were filmed in Liverpool, most of the location shooting was in Dublin [9]
Backbeat 1994 Drama about the early days of the days of the Beatles, particularly their Hamburg days [10]
The Crew 2008 Crime drama partially set and filmed in Liverpool. [11]
No Surrender 1985 Black comedy about a group of Catholic Nationalists and Protestant Unionists forced to spend New Year's Eve together in Liverpool [12]
Nowhere Boy 2009 Biopic of the early life of John Lennon [5]
Route Irish 2010 Ken Loach drama examining British soldiers returning from service in Iraq [13]
Shirley Valentine 1989 [14]
Three Businessmen 1998 [15]
Under the Mud 2009 Comedy following a day in the life of a family from Garston
Violent Playground 1958 [16]
Waterfront 1949 [17]
Win Each Way 2003 [18]

Films set in, but not shot in Liverpool

Title Year Notes Ref
Across the Universe 2007 A love story crafted around several Beatles songs. Although mainly set and filmed in the USA there are scenes at the beginning and near the end of the movie that were filmed in Liverpool. [19]
Beyond This Place 1959 Also known as Web of Evidence [20]
Yellow Submarine 1968 [21]

Films shot in Liverpool

Title Year Notes Ref
Alfie 2004 Liverpool doubles for New York City [22]
Al's Lads 2002 Known as Capone's Boys for its US release, Liverpool doubles for Chicago [23]
Awaydays 2009 [24]
Blond Fist 1991 [25]
Captain America: The First Avenger 2011 Stanley Dock doubles as docks in Brooklyn, New York [26]
Chariots of Fire 1981 Liverpool Town Hall was used, while the Bebington Oval in Wirral doubled as the Olympic Stadium and beach scenes were shot at New Brighton. [27]
Downtime 1997 [28]
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2016 Liverpool doubled as 1920s New York City with St Georges Hall and the Cunard Building being used extensively. [29]
Fast & Furious 6 2013 Although the featured chase is set in a tunnel in London, the chase actually was filmed in the Queensway Tunnel. [30]
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool 2017 One of the Mersey Ferries were used as well as locations in the city centre and Toxteth. Liverpool also doubles as New York City. [31]
Florence Foster Jenkins 2016 Liverpool doubled as 1940s New York with Water Street, the Cunard Building and Liver Building featuring. [32]
Genius 2016 Biopic of Maxwell Perkins, US book editor who discovered authors Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. [33]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2010 [34]
The Hunt for Red October 1989 Liverpool Town Hall was used for exterior shots. [22]
In the Name of the Father 1993 Biopic about the Guildford Four, partly filmed in St. George's Hall [35]
Jack Ryan 2012 Queensway tunnel side entrance doubles as New York's Wall Street underpass. Other locations include Liverpool Docks and Duke Street. [36]
Millions 2004 [37]
The Parole Officer 2001 [22]
Sherlock Holmes 2009 [22]
The Parole Officer 2001 [22]
Official Secrets 2018 The interior of St George's Hall was used. [38]
Tolkien 2017 Biographical film about the life of J. R. R. Tolkien. [39]
51 State 2001 Much of the filming was done at the India Buildings in Water Street and on Liverpool Docks; filming also took place on other locations in and around Liverpool, within Merseyside. [40]

Television series set or filmed in Liverpool

Title Year Notes Ref
Antiques Roadshow 1979-present St. George's Hall has been used as a location on several occasions. [5]
Between the Lines 1992 The episode "Lest Ye Be Judged" was set in and around Liverpool and New Brighton.
Boys from the Blackstuff 1982 Five episodes running from 10 October to 7 November 1982 [41]
Bread 1986-1991 Filmed in and around the Dingle area of the city [42][43]
Brookside 1982-2003 [44]
Bulletproof 2017 Sky drama, filmed in County Sessions House as well as several streets around Liverpool and the Birkenhead tunnel. [39]
The Bullion Boys 1993 Television drama based on the true story of how Britain's gold reserves were moved to Liverpool during the Second World War [45]
The City & the City 2017 Used Liverpool Town Hall, Old Hall Street, Cotton Exchange, County Sessions House and Martins Bank Building. [46][47]
The Crown 2018 Netflix historical drama based on the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Liverpool doubled for 1960s Washington DC with the Cunard Building, Royal Liver Building and North John Street being used. [48]
Close to the Enemy 2016 Martins Bank Building, the Adelphi, Croxteth Hall and the docks were all used for post-WW2 Britain. [49]
Curfew 2018 Water Street, Rumford Street and Formby Beach were used in for the filming of the Sky One / NOW TV drama. [50][51]
Desperate Scousewives 2011 Structured reality television series following the next generation of Liverpudlians determined to show the UK just what they're all about. [52]
A Family at War 1970-1972 [53]
Flog It! 2002 St. George's Hall has been a location on several occasions. [5]
Foyles War 2015 The final series made extensive use of the city, with Liverpool doubling as London, Poland, Southampton and France. [54]
Gentleman Jack 2018 BBC drama about the life of industrialist and land owner Anne Lister. Filming took place in Toxteth and Liverpool Town Hall. [55]
Grange Hill 1978-2008 Originally filmed in London, production moved to Mersey TV's studios in Childwall in 2003 [56]
Hollyoaks 1995-present [57]
A House Through Time 2017 A four-part documentary which tells the story of the residents of a house in Falkner Street since it was built in 1842. [58]
Houdini & Doyle 2016 Liverpool Town Hall and Water Street were used to re-create early 1900s London. [59]
House of Anubis 2011-2012 [60]
In His Life: The John Lennon Story 2000 NBC British-American made for TV film about John Lennon's teenage years. [61]
Justice 2011 BBC daytime drama, consisted of five episodes
Good Cop 2012 [62]
Lilies 2007 Consisted of eight episodes running from January to March 2007 [63]
The Liver Birds 1969-1979 Revived again in 1996 and only lasted one series [64]
Liverpool 1 1998-1999 [65]
Nice Guy Eddie 2002 [66]
The Onedin Line 1971-1980 [67]
One Summer 1983 Five episodes running from 7 August to 4 September 1983 [68]
Peaky Blinders 2013
Safe 2017 Netflix crime drama. Set in a fictional Cheshire gated community, filming took place at the Walker Art Gallery and a Merseyrail underground station. [69]
Safe House 2017 The second series made use of Liverpool for several filming locations. [70]
Scully 1984
Timewasters 2017 Set in 1920's London, Martins Bank Building was used along with Croxteth Hall, the Athenaeum and streets in Toxteth. [71]
The War of the Worlds 2018 BBC production of the H. G. Wells alien invasion story. Filming took place in Eldon Grove in Vauxhall [72]
Victoria 2018 ITV drama about the life of Queen Victoria. Filming took place in the city's Georgian Quarter, using locations in and around Falkner Square Gardens, Huskisson Street and Bedford Street. [73]
Watching 1987-1993
Waterfront Beat 1990-91 BBC police drama series set in docks area produced by Phil Redmond [74]
What Now? 1986 Phil Redmond directed drama shown in 6 episodes on Channel 4 regarding teenage aspirations [75]
The Witness for the Prosecution 2016 BBC dramatisation of an Agatha Christie short story. Filming took place in one of the courtrooms at County Sessions House. [69]
Worried About The Boy 2010 BBC biopic of Boy George [76]
Utopia 2013-2014 Channel 4 thriller/drama TV series
Z-Cars 1962-1978 Filmed on the outskirts of Liverpool in Kirkby [77]

Adverts shot in Liverpool

Title Year Notes Ref
Coca-Cola 1987 Shot in St. George's Hall
Foxy Bingo Shot on Lark Lane [78]
Hovis 2008 [79]
Ladbrokes Bingo
NatWest [78]
Virgin Trains - Arrive Awesome 2014 Filmed at Liverpool Lime Street railway station [80]
Vodafone - Mo Salah 2018 Filmed around several areas in and around Liverpool, including Anfield, Hope Street and New Brighton. [81]
Nike - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 2018 [82]


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