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Churchill, Edison, and video games: what’s shooting in London

Date posted: 09.01.2017

2017 is off to a flying start, with some exciting new productions filming on the streets of London.

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) and Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals) are set to star as inventive entrepreneurs Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in The Current War (The Weinstein Company). The film will tell the story of the tense battle that took place in the US during the 1880s, to be the first to create and market a nationwide electricity supply system.

Skip over the pond and fast forward to the 40s, and we have another personal, and national, struggle being filmed in London. Darkest Hour is a period drama about Winston Churchill, centred on a crucial period during the Second World War. The stellar cast includes Ben Mendelsohn, Lily James, Gary Oldman, John Hurt and Kristin Scott Thomas, and will be produced by Working Title with Joe Wright (Atonement) directing.

On a lighter note (in every way), Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly have teamed up to star in Holmes and Watson, a humorous take on Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries. The two comic leads are joined by a great cast of British talent, including Hugh Laurie, Ralph Fiennes, Rebecca Hall, Kelly Macdonald and Rob Brydon.

A huge amount of TV series are continuing production in the capital in January. New eight-part comedy-drama series Loaded, from Channel 4, tells the story of four best friends and business partners who become overnight multi-millionaires when they sell their video gaming company.

Also filming is Liar (ITV), a taut emotional thriller touching on gender politics, family life and the corrosiveness of deceit, and McMafia (BBC One), an eight part thriller inspired by the book of the same name, and set to be directed by James Watkins (The Woman In Black).

Still also shooting are the second series of Lucky Man and The Crown, and The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, adapted from the novels by J.K. Rowling.

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