Updated: Saturday, 4th April 2020 @ 10:16am

BBC leads praise for Greater Manchester following record year for area's TV and film production

BBC leads praise for Greater Manchester following record year for area's TV and film production

By Kevin McHugh

The BBC has led the praise for Greater Manchester following news of a record year for TV and film production in the area.

Creative England, an organisation dedicated to supporting growth for creative businesses across the country, state 190 productions chose Greater Manchester as a filming location.

Television programmes such as The Body Farm, Shameless and Waterloo Road, as well as Hollywood blockbusters like Sherlock Holmes and Captain America all filmed in the area.

Director of BBC North, Peter Salmon, said:  “That rich programme making ecology, established by Granada TV, then built on by the independent production sector and more than ever now, BBC North, makes it magnetic and cost effective for commissioners and producers.

“In the end it's always about people though - and this city has story tellers and characters teeming out of every house, office and factory.”

He added: “There is very little that talent and teams based here can't do. It's about confidence, can do, connectivity and funding - this city is well set up to reflect on a great past and look forward to a big future.”

The tribute follows controversial comments made by actress Chloe Sevigny who caused a Twitter storm last week by branding Manchester 'one of the grimmest places' she had ever been to.

The American Psycho star stayed in the city for five months to film Hit and Miss, an original drama commissioned by Sky Atlantic about a pre-op transsexual contract killer.

But despite Sevigny’s condemnation of the area, public figures across the creative industry echoed the praise dealt out by the Beeb.

“We have the very best reputation as a filming friendly region,” said Kaye Elliot, Head of Locations and Production Services for Creative England.

“Greater Manchester has a long standing heritage as a key base for film and TV production which I think is down to its amazing and diverse locations.”

Last November Greater Manchester County Council highlighted its commitment to TV and film production in the area by signing the Production Liaison Charter, officially designating the county as ‘filming friendly.’

By signing the charter, councils promise to nurture a positive environment for filming by designating employees as a first point of call for film crews working in the area.

Executive Member for Culture and Leisure for Manchester City Council, Councillor Mike Amesbury, said: “Our city has always been a creative powerhouse - from Coronation Street to Cold Feet, from Waterloo Road to Queer as Folk, the list of quality drama that emanates from this city is long and renowned.”

Councillor Amesbury added: “We work hard to ensure that the city remains the location of choice for filmmakers from small independent producers to major Hollywood studios.”

With the recently established MediaCity, as well as production companies like The Pie Factory and The Sharp Project, Greater Manchester can hope to build on a hugely successful year for TV and Film production in 2012.