Over the years the Peel Group has received thousands of film requests from small independent film makers to large Hollywood studios. Below are just a few of the more memorable ones.
Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel Studios.
Scheduled for release in the summer of 2011 and starring Chris Evans as Captain America and Hugo Weaving as the captain's nemesis, the Red Skull, Captain America: The First Avenger is set to be a major Hollywood blockbuster. The crew used Liverpool’s Central Dock as a unit base, and were the first production company to use the newly refurbished bascule bridge, which proved to be the perfect double for New York in the 1940’s!
Sherlock Holmes, Warner Bros Studios.
Guy Ritchie’s remake of the famous detective’s adventures starred Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law. Filming took place in Liverpool’s Central Docks and neighbouring Stanley Docks. The production team also used part of the docks as a unit base during the filming period.
Climbing Great Buildings, ITN Productions.
The BBC 2 series involved Dr Jonathan Foyle going up and down the country climbing Britain’s famous buildings. Jonathon climbed the Imperial War Museum in Trafford and we were able to provide the perfect viewpoint to film the man in action.
A Tale of Two Rival Cities, BBC
In a special BBC programme aired on the BBC, ‘A Tale of Two Rival Cities’ filmed on the Manchester Ship Canal. The programme presented by Stuart Maconie looked at the rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool in an age when cotton was king and two northern cities ruled the world.
Coronation Street, ITV Productions
The World’s longest running soap opera has used several sites in the Peel portfolio , from canals to shopping centres.
Loosely based on the 1970’s series, the programme follows a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. An unrecognisable ‘Orient’, the Trafford Centre's food court, was used then very quickly put back in time for the shoppers!
Wayne Rooney’s Street Striker, Plum Productions
Wayne Rooney’s sports reality show looks for the next big football star. The programme used several sites near the canals round Manchester which gave the perfect ‘urban’ feel the producers were looking for.
Sky News ‘Hard Times’, BSKYB
Sky News presenter Dermot Murnaghan flew round the Country examining the impact of the latest recession. For the North West they wanted a site large enough to land a helicopter but also have an exciting recognisable backdrop. Liverpool’s Central Docks gave them the perfect site, with plenty of space for a helicopter, dramatic views of Princes Dock and the famous Liver building plus the old dock walls provided a naturally private and secure site.
Companies ranging from Thomas Cook to Compeed Blister plasters have all filmed commercials on a variety of sites.
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