Manchester has been home to hundreds of productions over the years from blockbuster movies to local TV, commercials and more. Some want to show the city in all its glory, and some see the varied architectural styles and historic buildings as an opportunity to transform it into other worlds, countries and eras.
Manchester has production crews climbing over each other to use the city as its backdrop. Take a look below at some of our favourite features that have used Manchester as their chosen set.
In February, news that The Crown was filming in the Manchester caused quite the stir. The most expensive series on Netflix came to town and completely transformed NQ into downtown NYC. They weren't joking when they said most expensive no detail was left untouched, with yellow taxi cabs, Harley Davidsons, electronic stream grates added to the pavements, hundreds of dressed-up extras and full shop fronts turned into American diners.
We got a glimpse of newcomer Emma Corrin who will be appearing as Lady Diana, and the scenes being filmed were capturing Lady Di's famous solo trip to New York to visit the Henry Street Settlement in 1989.
The iconic British sitcom Cold Feet was filmed throughout Manchester and its surrounding areas with last year's season nine focussing on Bowden and Didsbury. We follow the gang as they often head out into Didsbury visiting their local pub, the Woodstock Pub on Barlow Moor Road. Filming wrapped at the start of the year so we will be able to watch their exploits soon!
The Stranger was a massive Netflix hit across the world, brought together by author Harlan Coben and Manchester-based production agency Red Productions. The show is based on a man whose perfect life is thrown upside down when a stranger comes to town and shares a secret about his wife. Many areas of Manchester are used, from the beautiful £1.5m main house in Didsbury, a café just outside the Cathedral, The Central Library's Archways, a Bolton school, Spinningfields, Ancoats Coffee Co. and many more.
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America, one of the biggest Hollywood blockbusters of recent years, took over Manchester’s Northern Quarter and once again transformed it into the Big Apple! Starting at Dale Street, the production crew enhanced the pre-war architecture the NQ is famous for and took it back in time to the 1940s. The scenes filmed involved a high-speed car chase which ends in an exciting explosion.
Life On Mars
The BBC series follows John Simms character Sam Tyler as he travels back in time to the 1970s, and is solely set and shot in and around Manchester. Surrounded by many nods to Manchester's past – such as cotton mills and industrial scenes – prominent filming locations across the two series include Ancoats, the Northern Quarter, streets in Gorton, Ardwick, Bolton, Rochdale, Miles Platting and Stockport Council offices.
The Channel 4 sitcom Fresh MeatJack Whitehall, based around, starring Jack Whitehall, follows a group of misfits in their first year at university in Manchester. Most of the filming takes place in Whalley Range in the kind of higgledy-piggledy student house that will be instantly recognisable to most students and graduates.
The series follows the students’ home lives as well as their time at the main Manchester Uni campus as well as Manchester Met’s Geoffrey Manton building on Oxford Road. Definitely worth a watch if you want to relive your university memories.