What's filming in London? May 2022

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Want to know what's filming throughout May? We've rounded up the productions currently on location and in the studios this month, as well as what to see in cinema, TV and online. From cameras rolling on Netflix's dystopian thriller The Kitchen, to the return of Marvel's Doctor Strange in cinemas, get the full run-down below.

Still from Tales of Babylon, courtesy of Groucho Arts

Tales of Babylon, courtesy of Groucho Arts

Currently Filming

Netflix's dystopian thriller The Kitchen, is currently filming on location in central London. Co-written by Academy Award-Winning Daniel Kaluuya and starring Kane Robinson (Kano), The Kitchen is set in London 2044, with the gap between the rich and poor stretched to the limit. Living in an area known as 'The Kitchen', Izi (played by Kano) and 12-year old Benji must do all they can in a system that doesn't favour them.

Take That fans rejoice, as Greatest Days is also filming in the capital. Based on the stage musical The Band, and featuring music from Take That, the film will follow five friends who have a night to remember at a boy band concert, reminiscing years later on their lives and friendship.

Keep a look out for cameras rolling on crime thriller feature Tales of Babylon. Starring Clive Russell (Game of Thrones) and Billie Gadsdon (Cruella), Tales of Babylon tells the story of four different hitmen who all find themselves viewing for a job without knowing the others are involved. Filming in the likes of the docks, Hackney and Brixton, director and writer Pelayo de Lario wanted to "reflect a different side of London" highlighting for everyday areas and people of the city - "London is an incredibly culture-rich city, full of thousands of stories and just as many ways of telling them, a city full of life and art, inspiration a creative energy."

BBC and Paramount+'s TV drama series The Gold is also filming. Directed by the award-winning Film London alumnus Aneil Karia (The Long Goodbye, Switch), the series is inspired by the shocking true story, and events that followed, of the 1983 Brink’s Mat robbery, when six armed men breaking into the security depot unexpectedly stumbled across £26m worth of gold bullion.

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

Damage - TV series for Netflix following a British politician who ends up sabotaging his own career when he falls into a relationship with his adult son’s girlfriend.

Ted Lasso Series 3 - Jason Sudeikis returns as loveable American football coach Ted, helping UK football team AFC Richmond cement themselves within the Premiere League.

Disclaimer - Alfonso Cuarón directed thriller for Apple TV following a respected investigative journalist who discovers her secrets in a novel written by a mysterious widower.

Hoard - Indie movie set in London during the 1980s and 1990s.

Fast X - The tenth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise starring Vin Diesel.

Heart of Stone - Gal Gadot stars Tom Harper directed (The Aeronauts) international spy thriller film with a female-centric approach to the action franchise.

Magic Mike’s Last Dance - Inspired by the early career of star and producer Channing Tatum, the titular character returns for a third instalment, described as a "fish-out-of-water story."

Barbie - Feature film directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie (as Barbie) and Ryan Reynolds (as Ken), based on world famous doll.

On the silver and small screens

Still of Pistol, courtesy of Rebecca Brenneman/FX

Pistol, courtesy of Rebecca Brenneman/FX

The long-awaited Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is in cinemas this month. The mind-bending feature will see Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong return as Dr Stephen Strange and Sorcerer Supreme Wong along with Elizabeth's Olsen's Wanda Maximoff as they navigate, save and even exploit various universes all colliding. Some scenes were filmed in London, including the likes of Richmond Park, and Longcross Studios.

The Crawley family are back on our cinema screens in Downton Abbey: A New Era, a follow-up to the 2019 feature film, and adaptation of the world-famous TV series. This time, a Hollywood film takes over the Downtown grounds, whilst the family head to the South of France to uncover some family secrets after a villa is mysteriously left to Dowager Countess of Grantham (Maggie Smith). Some studio work for the film took place at Ealing Studios.

From period drama to the punk revolution, Danny Boyle directed series Pistol will be available to watch on Disney+ at the end of the month. Filming on location around South East London - Bermondsey, New Cross and Peckham - Pistol follows the rise of ground-breaking punk rock band Sex Pistols, based on the memoir of guitarist Steve Jones.

County Lines is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. Filming street scenes in Kentish Town, the film explores the hard-hitting but present issue of drug trafficking - known as County Lines- and exploiting vulnerable people to do so. Based on real experiences writer and director Henry Blake heard whilst at an East London pupil referral unit, 14-year-old Tyler, played by BAFTA-Award nominated Conrad Khan (Peaky Blinders), is struggling both at home and at school. Under the guise of protection offered by an unknown man, Tyler is then groomed into a criminal network.

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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.