List of films and television shows set or shot in Liverpool
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. The 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 2019 brought over £17.6m into the local area, with 324 productions racking up 1,750 production days. After London, it is the most filmed city in the United Kingdom. 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.
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. 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, or the nineteenth century warehouses around Stanley Dock.
Films set in or shot in Liverpool
|The 51st State||2002||Drug-related comedy whose plot moves to Liverpool. 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.|||
|'71||2014||Thriller set in Northern Ireland in 1971 with Liverpool doubling for Belfast.|||
|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.|||
|The Arrest of Goudie||1901||Possibly the world's first filmed crime reconstruction, by Mitchell and Kenyon|||
|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|||
|The Batman||2020||St George's Hall was used for filming.|||
|Blood on the Dole||1994|
|Business as Usual||1987|
|Charlie Noades R.I.P.||2009||Comedy|
|Coast to Coast||1987||Comedy thriller starring Lenny Henry that was set and filmed in Liverpool.|
|Creed||2015||Spin off from the Rocky series of films. Goodison Park was used as a filming location.|
|Dancin' Thru the Dark||1990|
|David Copperfield||1999||BBC & WGBH adaption of the Charles Dickens story.|
|Dead Man's Cards||2006|
|Distant Voices, Still Lives||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.|
|I Thank a Fool||1962|
|Let Him Have It||1991||Dramatisation of the Craig & Bentley case, shot in Liverpool and New Brighton but set in Croydon|||
|Letter to Brezhnev||1985|
|The Long Day Closes||1992|
|Longford||2006||Television dramatisation of Lord Longford's attempts to achieve parole for Myra Hindley|||
|The Magnet||1950||Ealing Comedy filmed in New Brighton and Liverpool|
|Morning in the Streets||1959|
|Of Time and the City||2008|
|Under the Skin||1997|
|Violent Playground||1958||"Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac"|||
|Virgin of Liverpool||2006|
|Backbeat||1994||Drama about the early days of the days of the Beatles, particularly their Hamburg days|||
|The Crew||2008||Crime drama partially set and filmed in Liverpool.|||
|No Surrender||1985||Black comedy about a group of Catholic Nationalists and Protestant Unionists forced to spend New Year's Eve together in Liverpool|||
|Nowhere Boy||2009||Biopic of the early life of John Lennon|||
|Route Irish||2010||Ken Loach drama examining British soldiers returning from service in Iraq|||
|Under the Mud||2009||Comedy following a day in the life of a family from Garston|
|Yesterday||2018||Danny Boyle musical comedy. Filming took place on Penny Lane and other areas around the city including the Birkenhead Tunnel.|||
|Win Each Way||2003|||
|Alfie||2004||Liverpool doubles for New York City|||
|Al's Lads||2002||Known as Capone's Boys for its US release, Liverpool doubles for Chicago|||
|Captain America: The First Avenger||2011||Stanley Dock doubles as docks in Brooklyn, New York|||
|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.|||
|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.|||
|Fast & Furious 6||2013||Although the featured chase is set in a tunnel in London, the chase actually was filmed in the Queensway Tunnel.|||
|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.|||
|Florence Foster Jenkins||2016||Liverpool doubled as 1940s New York with Water Street, the Cunard Building and Liver Building featuring.|||
|Genius||2016||Biopic of Maxwell Perkins, US book editor who discovered authors Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe.|||
|Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows||2010||The interior of the Queensway Tunnel was used for part of a chase sequence.|||
|The Hunt for Red October||1989||Liverpool Town Hall was used for exterior shots.|||
|In the Name of the Father||1993||Biopic about the Guildford Four, partly filmed in St. George's Hall|||
|Jack Ryan||2012||Queensway tunnel side entrance doubles as New York's Wall Street underpass. Other locations include Liverpool Docks and Duke Street.|||
|The Parole Officer||2001|||
|Official Secrets||2018||The interior of St George's Hall was used.|||
|Tolkien||2017||Biographical film about the life of J. R. R. Tolkien.|||
|Yentl||1983||Romantic musical drama directed, co-written, co-produced and starring Barbra Streisand. The closing scenes were filmed on the Manxman passenger ferry on the River Mersey.|||
Television series set or filmed in Liverpool
|Antiques Roadshow||1979–present||St. George's Hall has been used as a location on several occasions.|||
|Between the Lines||1992||The episode "Lest Ye Be Judged" was set in and around Liverpool and New Brighton.|
|Boys||2020||Channel 4 drama set in the 1980s starring Keeley Hawes, Stephen Fry & Neil Patrick Harris. The Pier Head doubled for New York.|||
|Boys from the Blackstuff||1982||Five episodes running from 10 October to 7 November 1982|||
|Bread||1986–1991||Filmed in and around the Dingle area of the city|||
|Broadchurch||2017||ITV drama, scenes for series 3 were filmed at the Liverpool docks.|||
|Broken||2016||BBC Jimmy McGovern drama starring Sean Bean and Anna Friel.|||
|Brookside||1982–2003||Channel 4 soap opera set in a fictional Liverpool street.|||
|Bulletproof||2017||Sky drama, filmed in County Sessions House as well as several streets around Liverpool and the Birkenhead tunnel.|||
|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|||
|Casualty||2011||Used Liverpool Lime Street station and various locations in Anfield for an episode in Series 26 of the long-running series, which is usually filmed in Cardiff.|
|The City & the City||2017||Used Liverpool Town Hall, Old Hall Street, Cotton Exchange, County Sessions House and Martins Bank Building.|||
|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.|||
|Close to the Enemy||2016||Martins Bank Building, the Adelphi, Croxteth Hall and the docks were all used for post-WW2 Britain.|||
|Curfew||2018||Water Street, Rumford Street and Formby Beach were used in for the filming of the Sky One / NOW TV drama.|||
|Das Boot||2019||German TV series based on the Lothar-Gunther Buchheim novel. The Cunard Building and Water Street were turned into 1940s New York and the sandhills in Sefton were used for the US state of Maine.|||
|Desperate Scousewives||2011||Structured reality television series following the next generation of Liverpudlians determined to show the UK just what they're all about.|||
|The English Game||2019||A six-part Netflix drama created by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, charting the origins and development of football.|||
|A Family at War||1970–1972|||
|The Feed||2019||Liverpool doubled as London for exterior filming for the Amazon Prime drama, with shooting taking place around the Pier Head.|||
|Flog It!||2002||St. George's Hall has been a location on several occasions.|||
|Foyles War||2015||The final series made extensive use of the city, with Liverpool doubling as London, Poland, Southampton and France.|||
|Gentleman Jack||2018||BBC drama about the life of industrialist and land owner Anne Lister. Filming took place in Toxteth and Liverpool Town Hall.|||
|Grange Hill||1978–2008||Originally filmed in London, production moved to Mersey TV's studios in Childwall in 2003|||
|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.|||
|Houdini & Doyle||2016||Liverpool Town Hall and Water Street were used to re-create early 1900s London.|||
|House of Anubis||2011-2012|||
|In His Life: The John Lennon Story||2000||NBC British-American made-for-TV film about John Lennon's teenage years.|||
|The Irregulars||2019||A Netflix production about the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of children helping Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes with his investigations. Filming took place in the city centre using St George's Plateau, the palm house in Sefton Park and Falkner Street in the Georgian Quarter.|||
|Justice||2011||BBC daytime drama, consisted of five episodes|
|Lilies||2007||Consisted of eight episodes running from January to March 2007|||
|The Liver Birds||1969–1979||Revived again in 1996 and only lasted one series|||
|Nice Guy Eddie||2002|||
|The Onedin Line||1971–1980|||
|One Summer||1983||Five episodes running from 7 August to 4 September 1983|||
|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.|||
|Safe House||2017||The second series made use of Liverpool for several filming locations.|||
|The Stranger||2019||Netflix thriller that used Liverpool as the location for the filming of several scenes.|||
|This is Liverpool||2014||Reality tv series|||
|Timewasters||2017||Set in 1920's London, Martins Bank Building was used along with Croxteth Hall, the Athenaeum and streets in Toxteth.|||
|Tin Star||2019||Sky Atlantic drama starring Tim Roth. The third series is set and filmed in Liverpool. Filming took place off North John Street in the city centre.|||
|The War of the Worlds||2018||BBC production of the H. G. Wells alien invasion story. Filming took place in Eldon Grove in Vauxhall, St Georges Hall and the Palm House in Sefton Park.|||
|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.|||
|Waterfront Beat||1990-91||BBC police drama series set in docks area produced by Phil Redmond|||
|What Now?||1986||Phil Redmond directed drama shown in 6 episodes on Channel 4 regarding teenage aspirations|||
|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.|||
|World On Fire||2019||BBC WW2 drama starring Sean Bean and Helen Hunt. Filming took place in Ainsdale woods, involving a set being built for an army camp.|||
|Worried About The Boy||2010||BBC biopic of Boy George|||
|Utopia||2013-2014||Channel 4 thriller/drama TV series|
|Young Dracula||2011-14||British children's horror drama comedy television series which aired on the BBC channel CBBC. Filming took place at Margaret Bevan School, Croxteth Hall and Stanley Docks.|
|Z-Cars||1962–1978||Filmed on the outskirts of Liverpool in Kirkby|||
Adverts shot in Liverpool
|Coca-Cola||1987||Shot in St. George's Hall|
|Foxy Bingo||Shot on Lark Lane|||
|McDonald's||2018||Parts shot on Adelaide Terrace, Waterloo and the Southport coastal road|
|Virgin Trains – Arrive Awesome||2014||Filmed at Liverpool Lime Street railway station|||
|Vodafone - Mo Salah||2018||Filmed around several areas in and around Liverpool, including Anfield, Hope Street and New Brighton.|||
|Nike - Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain||2018|||
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