dramas by TV giants BBC and Netflix will both hit the nation’s TV screens on
Sunday – with Liverpool making a star turn!
On Sunday (17 November) The War of the Worlds will launch on BBC1 at 9pm and the highly anticipated third season of The Crown will be released on Netflix, with key scenes in both productions being shot in the Liverpool City Region.
The War of the Worlds adaptation keeps to the story’s original
Edwardian England setting, so locations included inside and outside St George’s
Hall, Croxteth Hall, Sefton Park Palm House, Martins Bank Building on Water
Street and Eldon Grove in Vauxhall.
were also filmed at Ainsdale woods and Formby Beach – the woods becoming an
‘impact zone’ for the Martian arrival. Both locations are on the screen
throughout episodes one and two.
warehouse in Wirral also became a fully functional studio space where an alien
landscape was created.
place over nine weeks, with a cast and crew of around 100 making the city
region their temporary home.
Liverpool Film Office worked in partnership with The War of the Worlds production company, Mammoth Screen, to source the locations, ensure road closures were in place and hire crew.
Film Officeis the UK’s longest established Film Office. It provides a
comprehensive service to productions that are seeking to film in Liverpool City
Region. The expert team assist productions of all size with location finding,
crew, extras, studio and facilities sourcing, permissions, parking and traffic
control, as well as discretionary investment through the Liverpool City Region
Liverpool Film Office, Lynn Saunders, said: “Filming on the streets of the city region is a regular
occurrence and it’s great when we can finally see the end product on
“There has been
a real buzz around The War of the Worlds and we know that our locations
take centre stage in the alien action.
“The large crew who made the region their
temporary home for five weeks will give an
invaluable boost to the local economy, and hopefully the positive feedback from
the production team will translate into more projects being filmed here in the
The three-part alien mini-series has been written by Peter Harness (Wallander and Case Histories) and stars Eleanor Tomlinson (Poldark), Rafe Spall (Black Mirror) and Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting). It was directed by the award-winning Crag Viveiros (And Then There Were None). Elements of the post-production process were undertaken by LA Productions, based in Kirkdale.
The War of
the Worlds director, Craig Viveiros, said: “Liverpool was great when it came to its architecture and
the ability to close it off to dress it and shoot it. Locations like St
George’s Hall, Formby Beach, Croxteth Hall allowed us to film there and are key
scenes in the production.”
For three days,the city doubled as Washington DC, for The Crown. Filming took place
in and around the city centre including near the
Three Graces, on North John Street and on the waterfront.
Liverpool’s starring TV role, comes just a week after Liverpool Film Office announced that BBC family adventure series The Snow Spider is the first production to receive support from the Liverpool City Region Production Fund. The fund is aimed at attracting small and large filming projects to the city region, and as a result create more jobs, develop training initiatives and boost the local economy.
Photo: The War of the Worlds filming on William Brown Street ©Mammoth Screen, Ben Blackall