What's On and Filming in London? - December 2023

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Want to know what's filming in London? Check out which new productions have kicked off this December, as well as the high-profile film and TV shows returning to filming as we round off 2023. Read on to find out all about the new film and TV shows that filmed in London, including Timothee Chalamet's festive treat, Wonka, a new season of Slow Horses, and more!

Wonka, 2023. Courtesy of WarnerBros.

Wonka, 2023. Courtesy of WarnerBros.

Hugh Bonneville and Karen Gillan star in a new comedy drama for ITV from Sherlock and Doctor Who's Steven Mofatt. The new show, Douglas is Cancelled has started filming in London this month and is set in the world of a television newsroom. Douglas Bellowes (Bonneville), a respected news anchor, faces an onslaught of cancel culture after making a controversial joke. The four-part series will premiere on ITVX in 2024.

Up next, Lebanese/Nigerian VFX specialist turned director Christopher M. Anthony has started filming Heavyweight in London. The new film stars Nicholas Pinnock (Top Boy) & Jordan Bolger (Peaky Blinders) and takes us into the mental battlefield of a professional boxer's psyche. Heavyweight boxer Derek faces a mental struggle, ninety minutes before the most important fight of his career. Derek's fight begins well before the ring of the bell, as he tries to recover faith in himself before entering the squared circle for his life-defining bout.

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

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

We Are Lady Parts season 2 - 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.

Above the Below - Idris Elba co-directs a new survival thriller which spans space and the bottom of the ocean.

Black Doves - Keira Knightley and Ben Whishaw star in six-part espionage thriller for Netflix.

Hamlet - Riz Ahmed leads a new film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet set in modern-day London.

Spent - Starring Michelle de Swarte, a story about the sudden pitfalls of high society life and the unwelcome, but inevitable moment when reality bites.

Mr Loverman - New family drama based on award-winning author Bernardine Evaristo's acclaimed 2013 novel.

Deadpool 3 - Ryan Reynolds' foolish, foul-mouthed and reluctant superhero returns, alongside another icon of the big screen: Hugh Jackman as Wolverine.

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 - Iconic SEGA franchise with actor-comedian Ben Schwartz voicing the titular character with director Jeff Fowler.

Silo season 2 - Apple TV+ dystopian sci-fi drama starring Rebecca Ferguson and Rashida Jones.

The Diplomat season 2 - Hit political thriller for Netflix starring Kerri Russell as U.S Ambassador to UK, Kate Wyler.

Surface season 2 - Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in second season of this psychological thriller for Apple TV.

Gary Oldman in "Slow Horses," now streaming on Apple TV+.

Gary Oldman in "Slow Horses," now streaming on Apple TV+.

London On Screen

Slow Horses season 3 has now premiered on Apple TV and will be dropping episodes every week until the end of the month. 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. Earlier this year, 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 finally here!

Check out the trailer for the new season here. Which London locations can you spot?

Femme , a new film from Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping is now out in cinemas! The thrilling new UK film tells the story of Jules, a drag queen played by Nathan Stewart Jarrett (Culprits, 2023) who suffers a horrific homophobic attack that derails his life and career. Upon bumping into one of his attackers in a gay sauna, intensely portrayed by George McKay (1917), Jules sets out for revenge, unravelling a perilous psychodrama. The new film shot scenes in London and can be found in UK cinemas this December.

Smothered is a new six-part romantic-comedy series that filmed throughout the capital. The Sky Original stars Aisling Bea, Danielle Vitalis and Jon Pointing in a story of no-strings-attached intimate fun which leads to some lingering troubles for the characters involved. The atypical rom-com is now out on Sky TV and you can check out the trailer here.

Finally, Wonka is now out in cinemas, so head to the theatre this month for some on-screen festive fun! Wonka stars Timothee Chalamet and tells the story of the world-famous chocolatier's early-life and journey to the top of his own candied world. As well as filming throughout the UK, the new film features many London locations such as St. Pauls Cathedral, Eltham Palace in Greenwich and the Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley. We also can't wait to see stars such as Hugh Grant, Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson, Matt Lucas and Sally Hawkins feature in the film, as well as rising star Calah Lane.