List of television programmes set, produced or filmed in Manchester
The City of Manchester and its surrounding area, just like sport and music, has a strong heritage for television broadcasting. The city is home to the oldest television studios in the UK and the most successful ITV franchisee, Granada Television. Manchester's most famous television exports include Coronation Street, Seven Up!, Songs of Praise, University Challenge, A Question of Sport and Mastermind - all of which are still broadcasting to large audiences today. Granada's productions gradually waned in the 2000s, but it is hoped the BBC move to Salford Quays in 2011 will spawn a new era of television broadcasting in the area. Manchester also has a high correlation of successful television drama series, with many being produced and filmed in Manchester and the surrounding areas.
Television broadcasting in Manchester is currently undergoing a major transition with the famous Granada Studios and New Broadcasting House being demolished by 2013 to be replaced by MediaCityUK and The Sharp Project. Both the BBC and ITV have promised to invest more in the North and Manchester will be the base for these operations. MediaCityUK, located two miles from Manchester City Centre, will act as a new second home for the BBC and ITV away from London.
This is a list of television programmes that are/were either set, produced or filmed in Manchester. The Media in Manchester page provides a more in depth look at the history of broadcasting and media in Manchester.
The city has had a long heritage of producing programmes at various studios, most notably at ITV's Granada Studios and the BBC's New Broadcasting House. MediaCityUK located in Salford Quays, a couple of miles outside Manchester city centre, is now home to BBC North and ITV Granada along with other departments transferred north.
Most television programmes produced in Manchester have been done so by Granada Television, the most successful ITV franchisee who are based at Granada Studios in Manchester. The BBC through BBC North also have a key influence in Manchester and the corporation sees Manchester along with Bristol and London as its main broadcasting centers.
Productions in Manchester
Fiction produced and/or set in Manchester
Manchester has two main production units in Granada Television at The Manchester Studios and BBC North at New Broadcasting House and both share a joint venture in 3SixtyMedia. Smaller Manchester based production companies such as Red Production Company and more recently RSJ Films led by writer Jimmy McGovern have consistently used Manchester and north as a background for drama.
Manchester has been used as a setting for many TV programmes with its industrial past, quirky cultural modern atmosphere or working roots. Some programmes are set in Manchester but weren't filmed or produced there, as in the case of Father & Son, a 2010 drama which was broadcast on ITV.
|The Army Game||1957–1961||Granada Television||ITV|
|Biggles||1960||Granada Television||ITV||Produced at Granada Studios|
Coronation Street: Episode 1
Coronation Street Live (2000)
Coronation Street Live (2010)
|1960-present||Granada Television||ITV||Filmed in at Granada Studios in Manchester city centre. Longest running serial TV soap drama in the world|
|All Our Yesterdays||1960–1973
|The Odd Man||1962–1967||Granada Television||ITV|
|Pardon the Expression||1965–1967||Granada Television||ITV||Spin-off of Coronation Street|
|The Corridor People||1966||Granada Television||ITV|
|Turn out the Lights||1967||Granada Television||ITV|
|The Caesars||1968||Granada Television||ITV|
|Nearest and Dearest||1968–1973||Granada Television||ITV|
|The Dustbinmen||1969–1970||Granada Television||ITV||Produced by Granada|
|The Lovers||1970–1971||Granada Television||ITV|
|A Family at War||1970–1972||Granada Television||ITV|
|Play for Today
|Crown Court||1972–1984||Granada Television||ITV|
|The Nearly Man||1974||Granada Television||ITV|
|The Cuckoo Waltz||1975–1977, 1980||Granada Television||ITV|
|Brideshead Revisited||1981||Granada Television||ITV|
|Wood and Walters||1981–1982||Granada Television||ITV|
|Travelling Man||1984||Granada Television||ITV||Set and filmed in Manchester|
|The Jewel in the Crown||1984||Granada Television||ITV|
|Sherlock Holmes||1984–1994||Granada Television||ITV|
|Albion Market||1985–1986||Granada Television||ITV||A planned companion soap for Coronation Street but was met with indifference and cancelled after a year|
|The Practice||1985–1986||Granada Television||ITV||Produced, filmed and set in Manchester.|
|Lost Empires||1986||Granada Television||ITV||Produced by Granada in Manchester.|
|Watching||1987–1993||Granada Television||ITV||Produced by Granada in Manchester.|
|BBC Manchester||BBC||Produced by BBC Manchester and BBC North at New Broadcasting House|
|Surgical Spirit||1989–1995||Granada Television||ITV||Produced at Granada in Manchester. The programme was set at an anonymous location.|
|Making Out||1989–1991||BBC Manchester||BBC One|
|Jeeves and Wooster||1990–1993||Granada Television||ITV|
|Prime Suspect||1991–2006||Granada Television||ITV||Series was produced by Granada Television in Manchester and set in London with the exception of series 5 which was set in Manchester|
|Cracker||1993–1996, 2006||Granada Television||ITV|
|Common As Muck||1994–1997||BBC||BBC One||Filmed in parts of Manchester|
|The Perfect Match||1995||Granada Television||ITV||Written by Mike Bullen who later wrote Cold Feet|
|Children's Ward||1995–1998||Granada Television||CITV||Location filming at Bolton Royal Hospital with indoor scenes recorded at Granada Studios|
|Band of Gold||1995–1997||Granada Television||ITV|
|Hillsborough||1996||Granada Television||ITV||Docu-drama produced by Granada in Manchester. Voted #54 in BFI 100 Greatest British Television Programmes in 2000.|
|Reckless||1997||Granada Television||ITV||Set in Manchester and London|
|Cold Feet||1998–2003||Granada Television||ITV||Filmed and set in Manchester. Won over 20 major awards in its 5 series|
|The Royle Family||Main: 1998–2000
|Granada Television||BBC||Produced, set and filmed in Stockport at Vector Television, although later series were filmed at Ealing Studios and more recent episodes have been filmed at The Pie Factory, in MediaCityUK.|
|Dinnerladies||1998–2000||BBC Television Centre||BBC||Set in Manchester but produced and filmed elsewhere|
|Sex, Chips & Rock n' Roll||1999||BBC Drama||Set and filmed in various places around Greater Manchester including the City of Manchester|
|The Last Train||1999||Granada Television||ITV||Produced in Manchester by Granada|
|Queer as Folk||1999–2000||Red Production Company|
|Clocking Off||2000–2003||Red Production Company||BBC||Produced, set and filmed in Manchester|
|Bob & Rose||2001||Red Production Company||ITV||Produced, set and filmed in Manchester|
|Linda Green||2001–2002||Red Production Company||BBC||Produced, set and filmed in Manchester|
|Having It Off||2002||Red Production Company||BBC||Produced and set in Manchester|
|Doctor Zhivago||2002||Granada Television||ITV||Produced in Manchester at Granada Studios|
|The Stretford Wives||2002||BBC||BBC One||Set in Stretford, Greater Manchester|
|The Second Coming||2003||Red Production Company||BBC One||Produced and filmed in Manchester|
|Burn It||2003||Red Production Company||BBC||Produced, set and filmed in Manchester|
|The Deal||2003||Granada Television||Channel 4||Produced by Granada at Granada Studios|
|Early Doors||2003–2004||Ovation Entertainment||BBC||Set in Manchester, but produced and filmed elsewhere|
|Blue Murder||2003–2009||Granada Television/ITV Studios||ITV||Produced and filmed in Manchester|
|Conviction||2004||Red Production Company||ITV||Produced in Manchester with some filming in Manchester but primirily filmed in nearby Lancashire|
|Sex Traffic||2004||Granada Television co-production||Channel 4||Joint commissioning with Big Motion Pictures, produced from Granada Studios.|
|Dirty Filthy Love||2004||Granada Television||ITV||Produced at Granada Studios|
|Life Begins||2004–2006||Granada Television||ITV||Produced by Granada Television|
|Shameless||2004-present||Company Pictures||Channel 4||Produced, set and filmed in Manchester|
|Casanova||2005||Granada Television||BBC Three||Jointly produced by Red Production Company and Granada Television, both are based in Manchester|
|Pierrepoint||2005||Granada Television||ITV||Drama film produced by Granada Television|
|Vincent||2005–2006||Granada Television||ITV||Set in Manchester|
|City Lights||2007–2008||Granada Television||ITV|
|Northern Lights||2004–2008||Granada Television||ITV|
|Christmas Lights||2004||Granada Television||ITV|
|Cutting It||2002–2005||BBC North||BBC One|
|Funland||2005||BBC Comedy North||BBC Three||Location filming in Blackpool with interiors shot at New Broadcasting House in Manchester|
|Ideal||2005–2011||BBC Comedy North, Baby Cow Productions||BBC Three||Interiors shot at New Broadcasting House in Manchester|
|Grownups||2006||BBC North||BBC Three|
|I'm with Stupid||2006||BBC North||BBC Three|
|See No Evil: The Moors Murders||2006||Granada Television||ITV||Docu-drama based on the Moors murders|
|Eleventh Hour||2006||Granada Television||ITV||Produced and filmed in Manchester|
|Sinchronicity||2006||Shine Productions||BBC Three||Set and filmed in Manchester, but not produced there|
|Sorted||2006||BBC||BBC One||Set in Manchester, filmed in Stockport|
|Lewis||2006–present||Granada Television co-production||ITV||Filmed on location in and around Oxford|
|New Street Law||2006–2007||Red Production Company||BBC One||Produced by Red Production Company based at The Manchester Studios with some filming done in Manchester|
|The Innocence Project||2006–2007||Tightrope Pictures||BBC One||Set and filmed in Manchester and Salford but commissioned through BBC Northern Ireland.|
|Drop Dead Gorgeous||2006–2007||Hat Trick North Productions|
|Life on Mars||2006–2007||BBC North (amongst others)||BBC||A collaboration between many production companies such as Kudos and Red Planet Pictures. Manchester based companies BBC North and 3SixtyMedia were also involved and the programme was set and filmed in Manchester|
|The Street||2006–2009||Granada/ITV Studios||BBC One||Set in an unnamed street in Manchester, it was produced and filmed in the city and at The Manchester Studios.|
|Waterloo Road||2006–present||BBC North (BBC Manchester)||BBC One||Filmed and set in Rochdale until 2012.|
|Boy A||2007||Film4||Channel 4||Not set but mostly filmed in Manchester with final scenes filmed in Blackpool|
|True Dare Kiss||2007||BBC Productions||BBC||Set and filmed in Manchester|
|Mobile||2007||ITV Studios||ITV||Set and filmed and Manchester along with Liverpool. BBC/ITV venture 3SixtyMedia were also involved in production|
|Cold Blood||2007–2008||ITV Studios||ITV||Produced and filmed in Manchester|
|Poppy Shakespeare||2008||Cowboy Films||Channel 4||Filmed in Manchester|
|Spooks: Code 9||2008||BBC||BBC Three||Set in Manchester|
|Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Fallen||2008||BBC||BBC Four||Set in Manchester at the time of the 1918 flu pandemic|
|Survivors||2008||BBC||BBC One||First series filmed in Manchester|
|Britannia High||2008||ITV Studios||ITV|
|Massive||2008||BBC Comedy North||BBC Three|
|Paradox||2009||BBC||BBC One||Filmed and set in Manchester|
|Father & Son||2010||Left Bank||ITV||Set in Manchester, but mainly filmed in Dublin, which was criticised|
|The Road to Coronation Street||2010||BBC Drama||BBC Four||Granada Studios used and programme set and filmed in Manchester|
|Accused||2010-present||RSJ Films||BBC||Produced and filmed in Manchester|
|United||2011||World Productions in conjunction with BBC North||BBC||Docu-drama based on the struggles Manchester United faced after the Munich Air Disaster in 1958|
|Scott & Bailey||2011-present||Red Production Company||ITV||Produced and filmed in Manchester|
|Exile||2011||Red Production Company||BBC||Produced in Manchester with some parts filmed in Manchester|
|White Van Man||2011–2012||ITV Studios||BBC Three||Filmed in Manchester and Greater Manchester|
|In with the Flynns||2011-present||BBC||BBC One||Produced and filmed at Teddington Studios but set in Manchester|
|Appropriate Adult||2011||ITV Studios||ITV||Filmed in Manchester|
|Mount Pleasant||2011-present||Tiger Aspect Productions||Sky1||Filmed at The Sharp Project and set in Manchester|
|The Body Farm||2011||BBC||BBC One||Filmed in Manchester and Macclesfield|
|Fresh Meat||2011-present||Lime Pictures||Channel 4||Filmed at The Sharp Project and also set in Manchester.|
|Blackout||2012||Red Production Company||BBC|
|The Fuse||2012||Red Production Company||BBC One||Produced (by Red Production Company) and filmed in Manchester|
|Skins||2013||Company Pictures||Channel 4||Although the series is set and filmed in Bristol, some scenes in the final series were filmed in Manchester|
|No Offence||2015||AbbottVision||Channel 4|
Non-Fiction programmes produced or filmed in Manchester
|What the Papers Say||1956–2008||Newspaper||Granada Television||ITV (1956–83)
Channel 4 (1983-89)
BBC Two (1989-2008)
|Produced at The Manchester Studios. Became the first programme made by an ITV company for the BBC (Continues as a Radio Broadcast on BBC Radio 4).|
|Criss Cross Quiz||1957–1967||Quiz show||Granada Television||ITV|
|Songs of Praise||1961–present||Religion||BBC Religion and Ethics (BBC Manchester)||BBC||Produced at New Broadcasting House at BBC Manchester|
|Broadcast from Granada Studios|
|World in Action||1963–1998||Current affairs||Granada Television||ITV||Hard-hitting and controversial programme on current affairs. Often featured investigative journalism. Produced at Granada Studios|
Seven Plus 7
|Documentary, social experiment||Granada||ITV (1964–91)
BBC One (1998)
|Longest running documentary series in the world, listed as one of the Greatest British documentaries in 2005 poll by Channel 4, listed as one of the great movies by critic Roger Ebert|
|Top of the Pops||1964–2006||Music show||BBC North (BBC Manchester)||BBC One||First three series (1964–67) filmed at disused church in Rusholme, Manchester before being considered a "hit", after which it moved to the BBC Television Centre|
|It's a Knockout||1966–1988
|Game show||BBC North (BBC Manchester) for 1972–1988 series||BBC
|Came to prominence under BBC Manchester's lead and Stuart Hall's presenting and in 1972. Viewing figures soon reached over 15 million compared to the lowly 100,000 the show got pre-1972|
|The Comedians||1971–1993||Comedy||Granada Television||ITV|
|A Question of Sport||1972–present||Sport quiz show||BBC North (BBC Manchester)||BBC One||Originally produced at New Broadcasting House, but transferred to The Manchester Studios in 2000 and split production between Manchester and BBC Television Centre. Transferred again to MediaCityUK in late 2012.|
|Mastermind||1972–present||Quiz show||BBC North (BBC Manchester)||BBC One
|Includes spin-offs such as Celebrity Mastermind, International Mastermind, Junior Mastermind and Sport Mastermind. Originally recorded on location at a different venue each week. The Discovery Channel version was recorded at New Broadcasting House and the revived BBC series was recorded at The Manchester Studios, before transferring to MediaCityUK.|
|The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club||1974–1977||Variety show||Granada Television||ITV|
|So It Goes||1976–1977||Music show||Granada Television||ITV|
|The Krypton Factor||1977–1995
|Game show||Granada Television||ITV||Produced and recorded at the Granada Studios for both original and revived series in 2009. The final 2010 series was recorded at The London Studios.|
|Oxford Road Show||1981–1985||Music show||BBC||BBC One|
|Countdown||1982–present||Game show||Yorkshire Television/ITV Studios||Channel 4||Originally produced and recorded at The Leeds Studios, before transferring to Granada Studios in 2009 and transferring again to MediaCityUK in 2012.|
|Connections||1985–1990||Game show||Granada Television||ITV||Produced and filmed at Granada Studios|
|Busman's Holiday||1985–1993||Game show||Granada Television||ITV|
|Open Air||1986–1990||Current affairs||BBC North||BBC One||Filmed at New Broadcasting House|
|Runway||1987–1993||Game show||Granada Television||ITV||Produced and filmed at Granada Studios|
|Going for Gold||1987–1996||Game show||Reg Grundy Productions||BBC One||Recorded at New Broadcasting House before moving to the BBC's studios in Elstree.|
|The Hit Man and Her||1988–1992||Music show||Granada Television||ITV||Produced by Granada Television|
|Cluedo||1990–1993||Game show||Granada Television||ITV||Produced by Granada Television|
|Stars in Their Eyes||1990–2006||Talent show||Granada Television||ITV||Recorded at Granada Studios|
|You've Been Framed||1990–present||Comedy||Granada Television/ITV Studios||ITV|
|The Mrs Merton Show||1994–1998||Comedy talk show||Granada Television||BBC One||Recorded at The Manchester Studios|
|The Heaven and Earth Show'||1998–2007||Religion/spirituality||BBC One||BBC Religion and Ethics (based at BBC Manchester)||Broadcast from both New Broadcasting House and later from Granada Studios|
|Tonight||1999–present||Current affairs||Granada Television/ITV Studios||ITV|
|Loose Women||1999–present||Talk show||Granada Television (from 1999–2002)||ITV||Originally broadcast from Granada Studios but moved to Anglia Television and later The London Studios.|
|I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||2002–present||Reality game show||Formerly Granada TV co-production with LWT. Now ITV Studios.||ITV||Created by Granada and produced by its subsidiary LWT|
|Living with Michael Jackson||2003||Documentary||Granada Television||ITV||Documentary in which Martin Bashir interview American pop star Michael Jackson over a period of eight months. The UK airing had 15 million viewers, while 38 million watched the two hour special on ABC.|
|Real Story||2003–2006||Current affairs||BBC North||BBC One||Produced at New Broadcasting House|
|Hell's Kitchen||2004–2009||Reality||Granada Television||ITV||Devised and produced by Granada Television|
|Honey, We're Killing the Kids||2005||Documentary||BBC North||BBC Three|
|Come Dine With Me||2005–present||Cookery||LWT/Granada/ITV Studios||Channel 4|
|Dragons' Den||2005–present||Business||BBC North (BBC Manchester)||BBC Two||Features Murrays Mills in Ancoats, Manchester for opening sequence. Dragons "lair" is in MediaCityUK and the show is produced by BBC North in association with Sony Pictures Television.|
|The Jeremy Kyle Show||2005–present||Talk show||ITV Granada/ITV Studios||ITV||Originally recorded at The Manchester Studios but now transferred to MediaCityUK|
|Soapstar Superstar||2006–2007||Reality||ITV Studios||ITV||Recorded at The Manchester Studios|
|Dancing on Ice||2006–present||Game show||ITV Granada/ITV Studios||ITV||Filmed at Elstree Studios|
|Peter Kay's Britain's Got the Pop Factor...||2008||Comedy||Ovation Entertainment||Channel 4||Filmed at The Manchester Studios|
|Headcases||2008||Comedy||Red Vision||ITV||Created by Manchester-based Red Vision|
|Deadliest Crash: The Le Mans 1955 Disaster||2009||Documentary||BBC||BBC Four||Produced by Bigger Pictures based on Princess Street|
|Divided||2009||Game show||Endemol||ITV||Filmed in Studio 8 at Granada Studios|
|Take Me Out||2010–present||Game show||Talkback Thames||ITV||First series filmed in Manchester at Granada Studios before moving to The Maidstone Studios.|
|John Bishop's Britain||2010–present||Comedy||Objective Productions North||BBC One||Filmed in Manchester at Granada Studios (series 1) and MediaCityUK (series 2)|
|The First Election Debate||2010||Political debate||ITV Studios||ITV||The first-ever televised debate between the leaders of the three major political parties ahead of the 2010 General Election. Broadcast Studio 12 at the Granada Studios. The debate gained over 10 million viewers.|
|Blue Peter||Children show||BBC Children's||CBBC, BBC One||Filmed at The Studios, MediaCityUK from 2011|
|High Stakes||Gameshow||ITV Granada||ITV||Filmed in Studio 12 at the Granada Studios|
|Newsround||News||BBC Children's||CBBC, BBC One|
|Match of the Day||Sport||BBC Sport||BBC One|
|Match of the Day 2||Sport||BBC Sport||BBC One|
|Football Focus||Sport||BBC Sport||BBC One|
|Final Score||Sport||BBC Sport||BBC One|
|Inside Sport||Sport||BBC Sport||BBC One|
|Grand Prix: The Killer Years||2011||Documentary||BBC||BBC Four||Produced by Bigger Pictures|
|BBC Breakfast||News||BBC||BBC One|
|Hickory House||1973–1977||Animation||Granada Television||ITV|
|Chorlton and the Wheelies||1976–1979||Animation||Cosgrove Hall Films||ITV||Produced by Chorlton-based Cosgrove Hall Films, hence the name|
|Danger Mouse||1981–1992||Animation||Cosgrove Hall Films/Thames Television||ITV|
|Count Duckula||1988–1993||Animation||Cosgrove Hall Films/Thames Television||ITV|
|8:15 from Manchester||1990–92||Magazine||BBC||BBC||Broadcast from New Broadcasting House|
|Blue Peter||1961–present||Variety||BBC Children's||BBC||Broadcast from MediaCityUK from September 2011|
|Roary the Racing Car||2007-present||Animation||Cosgrove Hall Films||Various|
Awards given to Manchester produced or filmed programmes
Since the introduction of the best drama series at the BAFTAs in 1992, Mancunian produced or filmed drama has won the award on 9 occasions out of the 19 awarded (up to 2011) - more than any other city. Cracker (Granada Television) won twice in 1995 and 1996, The Cops (filmed in Manchester) won twice in 1999 and 2000, Clocking Off (Red Production Company, Manchester production company based at Granada) in 2001, Cold Feet (Granada Television) in 2002, Shameless (filmed in Manchester) in 2005 and The Street (Granada Television) in 2007 and 2008.
Peggy Ashcroft won a BAFTA TV award for best actress in 1985 in her performance in The Jewel In The Crown and later Helen Mirren won best actress three consecutive times, a record, for her performance in the Granada-produced Prime Suspect series.
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the drama will be recorded in Manchester.
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