What's On and Filming in London: April 2023

Latest 12 Apr 2023

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Exciting new film and TV productions are filming in London! Gary Oldman is back filming in the capital on season 3 of fan-favourite Apple TV show Slow Horses. Production on House of the Dragon Season 2 is also underway this month! High-profile productions such as Wicked: Part 1&2and Andor are also still filming in London! As always, we've listed all the brand-new films and TV shows where you can spot London on-screen. With new content on Netflix this month featuring iconic London locations, read more below to find out which other new film and TV shows filmed in London...

Gary Oldman and Aimee-Ffion Edwards in "Slow Horses" Season 2.

Gary Oldman and Aimee-Ffion Edwards in "Slow Horses" Season 2.

Kicking us off this month is Slow Horses season 3 which is now filming in London! The hit Apple TV+ show follows Jackson Lamb, played by Gary Oldman, who leads a group of reject-MI5 agents in their attempts to save the UK from external geopolitical threats. The espionage thriller previously filmed throughout London for its first two seasons and used stage space at 3 Mills Studios and Enfield Studios. Last month, at Film London's Creative Partnerships Day, we welcomed the producers of Slow Horses for a very special panel revealing everything about the show's production in the capital. Click here to read all about Creative Partnerships Day 2023 and find out fascinating facts about Slow Horses such as how the team used over 100 locations in London on one season!

Previous seasons of Slow Horses feature a plethora of iconic filming locations in areas throughout London including Blackfriars Road, Caledonian Estate in Islington, Moorgate, Soho, Waterloo Road, Walthamstow, the Regent's Canal and many more. As a quintessentially London-themed show, we're thrilled that another season is now in production!

Up next is House of the Dragon Season 2 which has started filming at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden! The critically-acclaimed Games of Thrones prequel is back filming in the UK for what promises to be another fiery season with an anticipated return to King's Landing. Set 200 years before the events of Games of Thrones, the show picked up the coveted award for Best Drama TV Series at the 2022 Golden Globes. The show's stellar cast featuring Matt Smith, Emma D’Arcy and Paddy Considine will also be returning to production, reassuring fans of the series that there's more excitement to come from George R.R. Martin's thrilling and fantastical universe.

Fans of Florence Pugh and Andrew Garfield can also get excited as the pair have been filming scenes for a new film on-location in London! Titled We Live in Time, the film is set to have a romantic, funny and emotionally immersive plot. With director John Crawley at the helm, this could be a match made-in-heaven for fans of Pugh and Garfield; two of London and Hollywood's biggest stars. The film comes from Studio Canal and has only just started production in London this April.

Wicked: Part and Two has also been filming in London this April. The hit-musical turned high-profile Universal Studios production has been filming just outside the capital at Sky Studios Elstree and stars Cynthia Erivo as Elphaba and Ariana Grande as Glinda. Production has been ongoing since late 2022 and we thought it deserved the spotlight this month as director Jon Chu recently announced that Part 1 will be released on November 27th 2024! Oscar-winner Michelle Yeoh is also attached to the film, playing Madame Morrible to cap off a star-studded line-up.

Also filming in London this month are exciting new seasons of Andor and The Crown, as well as new films from the likes of Daisy Ridley, Gillian Anderson and a returning cast of Ghostbusters legends Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd. Read on below to find out about the ongoing film and TV productions filming in London...

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

The Crown season 6 - The final season of the hit Netflix show is currently filming in London, and will focus on the lives of William, Kate and Harry throughout the late 90s and 2000s.

The Gentlemen - From Guy Ritchie, new Netflix show set in the same world as 2019's The Gentlemen introducing a new array of characters led by Theo James and Kaya Scodelario.

Andor season 2 - Thrilling space espionage show, starring Diego Luna as the titular lead accompanied by an impressive array of supporting talent, returns for a second season and has started filming in Pinewood.

Magpie - An original drama from Daisy Ridley following a teen girl cast in a film opposite a controversial adult star.

Back to Black - new Amy Winehouse biopic featuring rising star Marisa Abela in the lead role and Jack O'Connell as Blake Fielder-Civil.

Scoop - Netflix film dramatisation of Prince Andrew's infamous 2019 BBC Newsnight Interview featuring Gillian Anderson and Rufus Sewell.

Breeders season 4 - Martin Freeman and Daisy Haggard return to the hit comedy series to star as married couple Paul and Ally who face seemingly insurmountable challenges of parenthood and working life.

Horseface - Noel Fielding's comedic re-interpretation of the legend of Dick Turpin, the infamous British highwayman from the 18th century.

Belgravia: The Next Chapter - New 8-part drama series taking place 25 years after the original season of Belgravia. Set amongst the upper classes of 19th century London society.

The Palace - Tracing the collapse of a modern yet authoritarian European regime, Kate Winslet stars alongside Hugh Grant and Andrea Riseborough in a new series from HBO.

Untitled Ghostbusters sequel - Bill Murray and Dan Akroyd return to the iconic franchise with the film's plot expected to continue on from 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife.

The Diplomat. (L to R) Ato Essandoh as Stuart Heyford, Keri Russell as Kate Wyler in episode 7 of The Diplomat. Cr. Alex Bailey/Netflix © 2023

The Diplomat. (L to R) Ato Essandoh as Stuart Heyford, Keri Russell as Kate Wyler in episode 7 of The Diplomat. Cr. Alex Bailey/Netflix © 2023

London On Screen

A new bingeable eight-episode series, The Diplomat starring Keri Russell (Felicity, The Americans), is set to drop on Netflix globally on April 20th. Russell plays Kate Wyler, who lands a high-profile job as U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom amid an international crisis, joining her on this mission is her husband Rufus Swell as Hal Wyler, also a brilliant diplomat. Created by Debora Cahn (Homeland, The West Wing), this political thriller is set at the U.S. London Embassy with further filming taking place throughout London as well as the Cotswolds.

Heating up April is another binge-worthy Netflix limited series, Obsession, an erotic thriller dropping on April 13th. The British series stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, The Stranger), Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley), and Indira Varma (Game of Thrones). The series, full of forbidden desire, is centred around a respected London surgeon’s affair with his son’s fiancée which spirals into an all-consuming obsession that has catastrophic repercussions for the whole family. Some of Obsession’s intimate scenes were filmed using Twickenham Studios in the London Borough of Richmond. Obsession is adapted from Josephine Hart’s novel Damage about a British politician who has an inappropriate relationship; the story was previously turned into a feature film by Warner Bros. in 1992. Check out the show’s steamy trailer here.

On the big screen this month is Polite Society, a Sundance 2023 Official Selection film by British Filmmaker Nida Manzoor who is making her feature film directorial debut! This energetic action comedy stars Priya Kansara as Ria Khan, a martial artist-in-training who is determined to save her older sister, Lena, Ritu Aryu (Umbrella Academy, Doctors), from her upcoming marriage. The film has a playful mix of Bollywood elegance and British satire as Ria attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists. You'll be able to spot loads of iconic London locations as well as locations such as Battersea Arts Centre and Gaddesden House outside the M25. This film is set to hit theatres on April 28th, check out the trailer here.

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019) is now available to stream on Amazon Prime! This star-studded film starring British actor Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya and Jake Gyllenhaal features top London sites such as Tower Bridge, St. Pancras Station, The Shard, Tower of London, Embankment, and Stansted Airport staged as Newark Airport. The film takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame (2019) beginning in New York before it takes Holland’s Peter Parker to Europe on a school trip where he tries to confess his feelings for MJ (Zendaya) but his Spidey problems keep getting in the way. Spider-man fans are also treated with a Tower Bridge final fight scene at the end of the film. Head over to Prime now to re-watch this Marvel classic!

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This feature is in partnership with the Greater London Authority. For more information on Film and TV productions currently filming in the capital, head over to the City Hall Blog, updated monthly.