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Denial, Nordic Noir and Tom Hardy: London on Screen this month

Date posted: 12.01.2017

London is looking good and feeling fine on screens this month.

Currently showing in cinemas around the UK is Assassin’s Creed, which opened on 1 January. Adapted from the massively popular video game series, it stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, and Jeremy Irons, and is directed by Justin Kurzel, who previously directed Fassbender in Macbeth. It sees a criminal become entrenched in the memories of his ancestor; in the process gaining the skills of a Master Assassin and discovering he is a descendant of the secret Assassins society.

The film shot in various locations, including Freemason’s Hall in London, a 1930s building on Great Queen Street near Covent Garden. The production shot both inside and outside the building, making the most of its imposing art deco architecture and design.

Out on Friday 27 January is Denial, a tense and timely courtroom drama which follows a historian (Rachel Weisz) who must battle to legally prove the Holocaust occurred when a denier (Timothy Spall) sues her for libel. The film was this week nominated for BAFTA Outstanding British Film of the Year, and shot in London locations including The Royal Courts of Justice.

Hitting cinemas on the same day is action sci-fi iBoy. After being shot when trying to stop an attack, a teen discovers that fragments of his phone have become embedded in his brain and given him unusual powers.

On the small screen, the highly anticipated Tom Hardy period drama Taboo started on Saturday 7 January. An adventurer returns to London after ten years in Africa, building his own shipping empire while coming up against the powerful East India Company. London locations include The House of Detention, Trinity Church Square in Southwark, and the Grand Union tow path in Islington. The first episode can be caught up with on BBC iPlayer.

Also on TV is a host of returning series. Sherlock season four got 2017 off to a great start on BBC One on the first day of the year, with Unforgotten (ITV) and Death in Paradise (BBC One) on Thursday 5, and Endeavour (ITV) on Sunday 8. All first episodes are available to watch on catch-up.

The month is rounded off with the second season of Nordic Noir Fortitude (Sky Atlantic) airing on Friday 27. The production filmed in adapted studio space in London and on location in Iceland.

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