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

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In a packed new edition of our monthly spotlight on filming in London, we're listing SIX new productions that are filming in the capital this October - amongst an array of exciting ongoing film and TV shoots. Read on to find out which new shows are filming in London for Disney+, Paramount+ and Channel 4. We've also listed the brand-new film and TV series featuring London locations, with a special focus on London-set films at this year's BFI London Film Festival.

Sir Anthony Hopkins in One Life, Warner Bros. (2023)

Sir Anthony Hopkins in One Life, Warner Bros. (2023)

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.

Film London alumnus Nida Manzoor (Polite Society, 2023) is bringing back her hit TV show We Are Lady Parts on Channel 4. The series is now filming in London and follows an all-female Muslim punk rock band. Manzoor's series is an empowering and playful comedy that proved widely popular when it premiered in 2021. We can't wait to return to the show's fearless band of student rockstars in the new season!

Daisy Ridley is set to scale The Shard in London for a new film from Casino Royale director Martin Campbell. Cleaner is a new action-thriller filming in London this October. Literally a high-stakes plot, Cleaner sees an ex-solider turned window cleaner (played by Ridley) attempt to save hostages amidst a takeover of London's iconic and tallest skyscraper.

Up next, Gangs of London returns for a third season which will be filming in London this month. The gritty Sky Studios show dives right back into the action as a new power struggle begins after an unexpected second season twist crowned a new king of London's criminal underworld. The show previously filmed in nearly every corner of the capital in locations ranging from Chinatown, Canary Wharf, Aldgate, Clerkenwell and Hampstead.

Also starting production this month in London is Insomnia - a new Paramount+ series adapted to the screen by the original novel's own author, Sarah Pinborough. The new show recounts the frightening tale of the novel's protagonist, Emma Averill, who - during the zenith of her demanding career at the age of 40 - simply stops sleeping. Only through investigating her mother's past does she begin to discover dark truths that are keeping her eternally awake.

Another brand new TV show filming in London this October is Mr Bigstuff starring Danny Dyer. The original series is penned by Ryan Sampson (Brassic, Plebs) who also stars alongside Dyer, forming a pair of estranged brothers who must navigate toxic family relationships amidst a battle with their own fragile masculine shells.

Disney has started production in London on Suspect: The Shooting Of Jean Charles De Menezes. The new Disney+ series is 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. The intense true-drama comes from BAFTA winning and Oscar-nominated writer Jeff Pope.

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

House of the Dragon season 2 - Critically-acclaimed Games of Thrones prequel that takes us back to King's Landing, 200 years before the events of the original series.

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.

Ruth - Four part ITV drama spans the life of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in the UK - starring Lucy Boynton.

Beaumont - Disney Plus series tracking the lives of several characters as they grow up in Belfast during the Troubles.

Paddington in Peru - Third film in the series sees Paddington Bear return to the Peruvian jungle. Rachel Zegler, Antonio Banderas, Emily Mortimer and Olivia Colman join the cast.

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

Heads of State - New action thriller from Amazon Studios featuring Idris Elba, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and John Cena.

Still from The Kitchen, Netflix

The Kitchen, Netflix

London on Screen - 67th BFI London Film Festival special

If you're able to get to some BFI London Film Festival screenings this October, make sure to check out some of these London-shot films!

The Kitchen is a really exciting new project directed by Kibwe Tavares and Daniel Kaluuya. Kaluuya, an Oscar winner and London-born superstar, steps behind the camera for the first time in his career, co-writing and co-directing this new film for Netflix. The Kitchen stars Kane Robinson (Kano) and Jedaiah Bannerman who'll lead us into the dystopian world of London in 2040. In this nightmarish imagining of London, all social housing has been eradicated, leaving behind The Kitchen, a stalwart community of brave Londoners who refuse to abandon their home. The film will close this year's BFI London Film Festival and we're excited to see all the authentic London locations used in the film!

One Life stars Sir Anthony Hopkins as Nicholas Winton, a humanitarian hero of the Second World War. This historical biopic tells the incredible true story of how Winton helped save the lives of hundreds of Jewish children on the eve of the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1939. Told from the split point of view of Winton as an older man, and as the heroic young banker from 1939 (played by Johnny Flynn), the new film shot scenes in London boroughs such as Pinner in Harrow, as well doing some studio shoots in Pinewood Studios on the outskirts of the capital. Catch the film at LFF or from January 1st, 2024, in cinemas.

Another LFF premiere which filmed in London is Mahalia Belo's The End We Start From starring Jodie Comer. The new film will have its UK premiere at LFF, showing off some central London film locations that were used during production. Adapted from Megan Hunter's original novel of the same name, The End We Start From depicts the strength of motherhood and family survival amidst the harrowing reality of an environmental disaster that strikes the capital. The film is a special presentation at the Festival this year and releases in January 2024.

Paul Mescal and Andrew Scott star in the critically acclaimed and much anticipated All of Us Strangers. Andrew Haigh's new film filmed in central London locations and is another Gala screening at this year's Festival. Look out for this exceptional piece of filmmaking this upcoming January in UK cinemas.

Culprits is a new TV series for Disney+ 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. The crime thriller will debut its first two episodes at LFF this year.

Following the success of London-set gang thriller Blue Story (2019), Stephen Odubola stars alongside UK Eurovision star Mae Muller in Gassed Up. Directed by George Amponsah, Gassed Up is another London-set and filmed feature premiere at LFF 2023.

(L-R): Owen Wilson as Mobius and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL.

(L-R): Owen Wilson as Mobius and Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Marvel Studios' LOKI, Season 2, exclusively on Disney+. Photo by Gareth Gatrell. © 2023 MARVEL.

Finally, we're excited to see many London-filmed short films in selection at this year's Festival, including Area Boy from artist and filmmaker Iggy London. The short was filmed entirely between Peckham and Bromley in South London. Also in the shorts programme are Film London x BFI NETWORK Shorts Blood (Ratthum), directed by Vathana Suganya Suppiahand, and South Facing, by Reneque Samuelshave.

If you want more BFI NETWORK x Film London shorts then head down to London Calling which returns this year as part of LFF For Free! London Calling features two strands: Brave Faces and Being Seen, both offering a selection of shorts from some of London’s most exciting new voices, funded by BFI NETWORK and delivered by Film London. Make sure to check out these incredible shorts with London at their core.

We covered all the Film London-associated films and activity at the 67th BFI London Film Festival here.

Aside from the buzz and excitement of LFF this October, there's also plenty of London to catch on screen on TV.

Mrs Siddhu Investigates is adapted from the Radio Four series of the same name, Meera Syal returns to play Mrs Sidhu, a widow who becomes a part-time crime-solver. The show arrives on Acorn TV this month.

Lastly, Marvel fans can look forward to Loki Season 2 this month with all new episodes landing on Disney Plus from October 5th. Traversing the anarchic multiverse, Tom Hiddleston and Sophia Di Martino both play variants of the infamous 'God of Mischief', Loki, in the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The new season filmed scenes on location throughout Central London as well as on stage at Pinewood Studios on the outskirts of the capital.