15 Apr 2020 - 3 minutes

5 TV shows and movies you didn't know were shot in Birmingham

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Birmingham is famed for its beautiful canals and buzzing city centre, but did you know it is one of the UK's most popular places to film movies and TV shows in. There are countless films with Birmingham backdrops that have popped up on the cinema screens.

Sometimes it's easy to spot famous Birmingham landmarks in the backdrop, and other times the city has been transformed into another world for the silver screen. Take a look at some of our favourites…

Peaky Blinders

Ok, so maybe you do know this one was shot in Birmingham. How could you not the show well and truly brought Birmingham into the world's spotlight. Set in the 1920s the series follows a rag to riches criminal gang the Peaky Blinders.

The phenomenal smash hit followers the Shelby family’s in the city, from Birmingham's famous canals to city centre landmarks. The Black Country Living Museum at Dudley was a focus of many early scenes, with the Chain Making Shop, the Anchor Forge, the Boat Dock, St James's School and the yard scenes all shot there!

Locke

Locke, the critically acclaimed 2013 hit written and directed by Steven Knight and starring the legend that is Tom Hardy, was filmed largely in Birmingham. The film revolves around Tom Hardy's character driving in his BMW after a shocking revelation which turns his world upside down. The film follows Hardy as he drives around Birmingham and you can recognise some of its famous landmarks!

Ready Player One

We can safely say that Ready Player One is the biggest film to be shot in the city. Ready Player One, directed by Steven Spielberg, was shot in back streets which were totally transformed into a futuristic world. The production team dressed nearly the whole of the jewellery quarter, turning it into a dystopian American city.

For example, Telephone House in Newhall Street became a North American High School, and the St John Ambulance building served as the United States Postal Service, with a flag over the door. It’s incredible to think Spielberg himself was walking the city streets.

The Kingsman

The Kingsman sequel starring Julianne Moore and Taron Egerton took over Birmingham's financial district in 2017 to film its live-action scenes. Some of the most riveting parts of the whole film were brought to life in the city, with many of the roads being shut between 7pm and 7am to allow for filming. High speed car chases and gun fight sequences across Birmingham caused much excitement among city centre residents!

Line of Duty

The much-loved BBC crime series is one of the most well-known productions to be shot in Birmingham. Although in the show they don't mention their location, it is clearly Birmingham – not only because nearly half the cast have Brummy accents, but you will see many of the famous city landmarks in the background of scenes, with New Street, the old Central Fire Station and Heartlands Parkway appearing in Series One and AC-12's office being based in the former Municipal Bank on Broad Street.

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