This Christmas, exciting film and TV productions are taking over London! Filming in the Capital this month is season 2 of Andor, the fan-favourite Star Wars prequel series, a new TV show based on Guy Ritchie's hit 2019 film The Gentlemen, and a new film from Steve McQueen! Also filming in London this month are biopics about Bob Marley and Sigmund Freud. Read more about London's busy schedule of film and TV production AND what's on screen to enjoy this festive season below...
What’s currently filming in London
Kicking off this month's busy production list is Guy Ritchie's The Gentlemen, a TV follow up of his 2019 hit film of the same name starring Mathew McConaughey, Charlie Hunnam and Michelle Dockery. The new Netflix show will be set in the same world as 2019's The Gentlemen but introduce a new array of characters led by Theo James and Kaya Scodelario. Ritchie will direct the first two episodes of the series and welcome back long-time collaborators Vinnie Jones and Giancarlo Esposito for star appearances in the show. The Gentlemen (2019) had London at its core, with filming taking place on location in Hackney, Islington, the Princess Victoria pub in Shepard's Bush, the Tate Modern and on stages at Longcross Studios and West London Film Studios.
After releasing on Disney+ earlier this year, Andor surprised audiences by quickly becoming a Star Wars fan favourite. The thrilling space espionage show, starring Diego Luna as the titular lead accompanied by an impressive array of supporting talent, is returning for a second season and has started filming in London this month! The stunning first season trails Cassian Andor's journey throughout the Galaxy as he transforms himself from a scrapyard delinquent into the rebel hero that fans know and love from 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Season one also filmed in London with the Barbican Centre and Canary Wharf's brand new Elizabeth Line station doubling for the Empire's Imperial Security Bureau on the brutally urban planet of Coruscant.
Award-winning UK filmmaker Steve McQueen has started filming Blitz in London this month for AppleTV+. The film is set to star Saoirse Ronan and focus on the air bombardment of London during World War Two. The film is using Warner Brother Studios Leavesden as a base while filming on location throughout the capital. McQueen is no stranger to acclaimed historical dramas having made 2020's Small Axe anthology which filmed on location throughout London in Notting Hill, Camden and Deptford, retelling the history of London's Windrush community in the second half of the 20th century.
Also filming in London this month is Freud’s Last Session, starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as famed psychologist Sigmund Freud, and Mathew Goode as illustrious author C.S Lewis. The film will adapt Mark St. Germain's play of the same name for the silver screen and give us a window into the personal, religious and political views of the leading historical figures as they meet on the eve of the Second World War.
Fans of musical legend Bob Marley would say we're leaving the best for last here, as a new untitled biopic on the reggae artist and his band the Wailers is filming in London this December! The film will shoot on-location throughout London, tracking Marley's footsteps in the city when he lived on Chelsea's Oakley Street. Paramount Pictures have announced One Night in Miami (2020) actor Kinglsey Ben-Adir in the lead role, with Lashana Lynch cast as Rita Marley!
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What’s on screen in December
If you’re looking for the perfect heart-warming rom-com this festive season then you’re in luck! On the 9th of December, This Christmas will arrive on Sky Cinema. Starring London-born actor Alfred Enoch and Skins star Kaya Scodelario, the talent packed film follows the pair as they immerse themselves into new love and holiday festivities. The London-set film also stars Timothy Spall, Sarah Niles and up-and-coming London-born actor Jack Donoghue.
Lewis and Guy Pearce join each other onscreen in the highly anticipated double
agent drama A Spy Among Friends, a new franchise from The Awakening director
Nick Murphy. This six-part series trails the path of two spies and lifelong friends until one of them, Kim Philby (played by Guy Pearce), is exposed
for treason as a Soviet double agent. The real-life Cold War thriller
will air on ITVX on December 8th. The espionage story is based on the novel by the same name from Ben Macintyre and filmed on location in Richmond, Pimlico's Churton Street, and at London North Studios.
More spy drama is on the way this Christmas as Gary Oldman is back on screen with season two of Slow Horses on AppleTV+! The acclaimed first season filmed throughout London from Islington to Elephant and Castle, and follows a dysfunctional group of Mi5 agents as they try to regain favour within the organisation. Season 2 is also packed full of London filming locations including Moorgate, Soho and the Regent's Canal. See if you can spot any more locations in the show's new trailer here.
Finally, fans of BBC Three comedy Bad Education are in for a treat as their favourite characters will be returning not only for a fourth season, but for a Christmas special too! Original writers Jack Whitehall and Best British Comedy award winner Freddy Syborn have reunited to produce the 45-minute Christmas special. The special will be Whitehall’s last performance as Alfie Wickers before departing from the show and being replaced by Layton Williams and Charlie Wernham for the upcoming fourth season. Previous seasons of the show filmed at colleges and schools all around London from Battersea, Merton, Finchley and Hornsey.
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