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It’s a wrap for busiest year of filming in Liverpool

Actors during filming of a scene for the BBC's War of the Worlds adaptation at St Georges Hall in Liverpool Photo: Peter Byrne/PA Archive/PA Images

Liverpool's film office is celebrating a record-breaking year.

New figures show 2018 has been the busiest year in its 30 year history.

The office, which is part of Liverpool City Council, provides a liaison service for all filmmakers and location owners in the region.

Since January, 366 different film and TV projects have chosen to film in Liverpool and the wider city region – the largest recorded in a single year since records began.

It equates to 1,387 film days, which works out as an average of 4 projects a day.

“These figures are incredible and we can safely say Liverpool is maintaining its crown as one of the most film-friendly cities in the UK."

– Councillor Wendy Simon, Deputy Mayor and cabinet member for culture, tourism and events
Boost to local economy (Source: Liverpool Film Office)

The number of high-end productions which film over a longer period of time has doubled, according to the Liverpool Film Office, generating £16.1m for the local economy – more than a £5m increase on 2017.

Examples of the high-end productions which have filmed on the city’s streets in 2018 include BBC primetime drama The War of the Worlds, Sky1’s Bulletproof starring Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, Jimmy McGovern’s Care and leading ITV drama Anne written by Liverpool writer Kevin Sampson.

During the year, Liverpool welcomed royalty as two queens headed to the city with Victoria and The Crown, and Sir Paul McCartney was shotgun in Carpool Karaoke, filming in various city locations with James Cordon, viewed by a worldwide audience of more than 100 million people.

Merseyside continued to be the star of the silver screen as Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis shot their latest film here which stars Ed Sheeran. Three international feature films were also shot on location here, hailing from Germany, Austria and Japan.

Familiar faces were also on the scene as cult hit Peaky Blinders made its return along with BBC’s Moving On and ITV’s award winning comedy Timewasters.

“Thanks to platforms such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, there is a ferocious appetite for content, but with this comes increased competition from other areas of the UK and Europe who are all keen to attract as many projects as possible. Liverpool is more than holding its own.

– Lynn Saunders, Liverpool Film Office

Other films and programmes which were on location in Liverpool and the city region in 2018 include Britain’s Got Talent, Take Me Out, Coronation Street, X Factor, Celebs Go Dating, This Morning and Homes Under the Hammer.