Liverpool continues to make a scene in film and TV industry

Wed, December 16th, 2020

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the film and TV sector to a standstill...

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic bringing the film and TV sector to a standstill, Liverpool still proved a screen hit in 2020 - and took centre stage for one of the UK’s biggest productions of the year.

In a report looking back at a unique year for Liverpool Film Office, latest figures show that despite effectively being shut down for six months, the city region has still:

  • Hosted 212 productions, which consisted of 670 filming days.
  • Boosted the local economy by nearly £13.5 million.
  • Supported 490 jobs.

The report shows that even though figures were down in 2020 (a 35 per cent drop in the number of productions and a 62 per cent drop in the number of filming days), the productions that did head to the city region - when it was safe to do so - were high calibre and high value. These included:

  • The Batman (Warner Bros)
  • The Irregulars (Netflix)
  • Time (BBC)
  • So Awkward (CBBC)
  • Munich 38 (Netflix)
  • Moving On Series 12 (BBC)

And the productions are also being hailed as providing an essential lifeline to Liverpool’s hospitality industry with more than £2.1 million invested in the sector as a result of productions booking around 25,000 room nights.

Other TV filming highlights have included COBRA Series 2 (Sky), Ridely Road (BBC One) Viewpoint (ITV 1), It’s a Sin (Channel 4), Intergalactic (Sky) and Hospital (BBC).

Despite the obstacles Covid-19 posed, the Liverpool City Region Production Fund – the first local authority-supported fund of its kind in the UK for more than six years – continues to attract more productions to the region, create jobs and boost the local economy. The latest projects to receive funding include BBC One Jimmy McGovern drama Time which stars Stephen Graham and Sean Bean and Channel 4’s Help which again stars Stephen Graham alongside Jodie Comer. More funding announcements will be made in the new year.

The Film Office also established the Film & TV Development Fund in response to Covid-19 which saw the creation of a £250,000 fund to support regional producers, writers and other creative talent.

To find out more about Liverpool Film Office head to www.liverpoolfilmoffice.tv.

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