What's On Screen and Filming in London this month? - November 2023

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Want to know what's filming in London this month? New Film and TV shows are in production in the capital this November: find out what Riz Ahmed, Keira Knightley and Ben Whishaw are filming for Netflix and more! We've also got a packed list of new film and TV shows releasing this month which feature London on screen. Read on to see which film locations feature in Ridley Scott's new epic Napoleon, The Crown season 6 and more!

Elizabeth Debicki in The Crown season 6, Netflix / LeftBank.

Elizabeth Debicki in The Crown season 6, Netflix / LeftBank.

Due to industrial action, some film and TV productions that had been filming in London, are now on hold.

During this very sensitive industrial relations situation, we hope for a swift and equitable resolution for all parties.

As we recognise this to be a challenging time for London's UK film and TV production community, we have collated resources to support those affected. Click here for more information.

Keira Knightley and Ben Whishaw are filming in London this month on new six-part spy thriller Black Doves. The new Netflix series takes place at the intersection of tense diplomatic espionage and London's criminal underworld. Knightley plays Helen, a wife of a senior politician who lives a double life as a spy for underground organisation the 'Black Doves', to whom she silently harbours secrets about her husband. Set at Christmastime, we can't wait to see how this epic story of secret lives and shadowy espionage plays out!

Up next, Riz Ahmed is leading a new film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in modern-day London. Hamlet is filming in London this November and stars Moryfdd Clark (The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power) and Joe Alwynn (The Favourite, Conversations With Friend) alongside Ahmed. If you've ever wondered what a contemporary Hamlet would do for revenge amongst the elite social circles of London in 2023, then keep an eye out for this exciting new film!

New BBC comedy series Spent is also filming in London this month. Starring London-born actor and comedian, Michelle de Swarte, the six-part series follows a former catwalk fashion model on the run...from herself. De Swarte also pens the series about protagonist Mia, telling a story about the sudden pitfalls of high society life and the unwelcome, but inevitable moment when reality bites.

Also filming in London this November is Mr Loverman, a new family drama based on award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo's acclaimed 2013 novel. Lennie James (Save Me, The Walking Dead) stars in the adaptation as Barrington Jedidiah Walker, a Hackney-based, married man whose secret of 50 years finally reveals itself. Walker's life unravels when his decades-long affair with his best friend, Morris, forces him to make decisions that will change his family's life forever.

With both Spent and Mr Loverman in production in London, it's certainly exciting to be getting two brand-new BBC shows very soon!

Other notable productions currently filming on location and/or in studio include:

A Thousand Blows - New period drama for Disney+ featuring Stephen Graham and The Crown's Erin Doherty, set in the murky underworld of crime, illegal boxing and thievery in 1880s London.

Insomnia - New Paramount+ series about the frightening tale of insomniac Emma Averill, adapted from Sarah Pinborough's novel.

We Are Lady Parts - From Nida Manzoor, follows an all-female Muslim punk rock band in an empowering and playful comedy for Channel 4.

Mr Bigstuff - Original series by Ryan Sampson starring Danny Dyer about a pair of estranged brothers who must navigate toxic family relationships.

Suspect: The Shooting Of Jean Charles De Menezes - Disney+ series based on the tragic true story of the shooting of an innocent Brazilian man, wrongly identified as a perpetrator of the 2005 terrorist attacks in London.

Gangs of London Season 3 - Hit Sky Studios show returns following an unexpected second season twist that crowned a new king of London's criminal underworld.

Vanessa Kirby and Joaquin Phoenix in "Napoleon'', Apple TV.

Vanessa Kirby and Joaquin Phoenix in "Napoleon'', Apple TV.

London on Screen

Ridley Scott is back with another historical epic, this time about French revolutionary, turned-land conquering emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Starring Oscar-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix, Napoleon charts the rise of one of history's most iconic and divisive figures. Vanessa Kirby stars alongside Phoenix as Empress Josephine, turning our attention to Napoleon's explosive marriage as well as his impressive feats on the battlefield. Napoleon filmed in London during its global production schedule, using Somerset House and Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, as doubles for revolutionary-era Paris. Both locations are featured as Film London Premiere Locations; find out which other historical areas of London are included by clicking here. Out in cinemas on November 22, this is definitely one to savour for the big screen!

The final season of The Crown is out this month and we're excited for a dramatic finale to bid farewell to this iconic show. Season 6 is out on Netflix on November 16th and features the returning Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana, Imelda Staunton as the Queen, Dominic West as Prince Charles and introduces Ed Mcvey as Prince William alongside Meg Bellamy as Catherine Middleton. The series has historically filmed throughout London with Canary Wharf being used on this occasion to double as 1990s Chicago! Jump on Netflix this November to relive the tumultuous history of the royal family for one last time.

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Having premiered episodes at the BFI London Film festival last month, Culprits is out this week on Disney Plus! Created by J Blakeson. The show filmed some scenes in Rotherhithe, East London and stars an exciting ensemble of talent that includes: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Gemma Arterton and Niamh Algar. Following a successful heist, a crew of elite criminals attempt to go their separate ways and live normal lives, but the presence of a ruthless assassin hellbent on revenge quickly disturbs the peace...

Didn't get enough of a horror film fix this past Halloween? For our final pick we're highlighting a 1981 horror classic that has just been released on MUBI. An American Werewolf in London is available to stream now and is a perfect feast of frights to keep the Halloween mood alive. A massive werewolf stalks tourists David and Jack throughout London in this cult classic, showing off many London film locations from Trafalgar Square to Belgravia, Putney High Street to London Zoo, and Earl's Court to Tottenham Court Road Tube stations. Other werewolf sightings in the film include film locations in Hampstead, Chiswick and Southwark - adding to a list of London locations that makes this film well worth a mention this month!