Busy week for filming as cameras roll
This week sees a flurry of filming activity as cameras begin to roll on a new feature film and two TV projects, while pre-production gets underway on two hefty returning dramas.
First up is the much-anticipated return of Cold Feet, which starts a 16-week shoot in Manchester today. Five of the six lead actors reprise their roles, with original creator Mike Bullen back in charge of scripts.
We first detailed the revival on PI back in November, and have since updated subscribers with details of the studio along with crucial hires including production designer, location manager and production co-ordinator.
Cameras also roll from today on The Titan, a feature film shooting in the Canaries starring Sam Worthington, Agyness Deyn and Sofia Boutella. UK production company 42 Mgt and Production is behind the project, which explores what happens when a military family participate in a revolutionary experiment about genetic evolution in space.
42’s Ben Pugh produces alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Arash Amel and Leon Clarance, with Lennart Ruff directing from a screenplay by Max Hurwitz.
Sky One’s quirky puppet drama Yonderland begins filming its third series today. Shooting is due to run for 10 weeks, with Stephen Fry putting in an appearance this time round as Cuddly Dick. Working Title Television makes the show; on PI are the names of the producer, casting director and co-producer.
Bedding into active pre-production this week are two hefty returning dramas, both gearing up for their second series’ shooting.
Humans made a splash when it first aired on Channel 4 last summer, and now Series 2 is locking down shoot dates and confirming HoDs.
Based on the award-winning Swedish sci-fi drama, the UK version comes from the prolific Kudos in association with Matador Films. Penned by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, it examines the impact of artificial intelligence, particularly anthropomorphic robots called Synths.
Once again comprising eight episodes, Series 2 is currently eyeing a spring shoot; the studio and line producer’s name will be on PI from 2 February.
The other returning drama bedding into pre-production around now is The Last Kingdom, which is returning to shoot in Budapest. The show is based on Bernard Cornwell’s The Saxon Stories series of novels, and is from Carnival Films.
A five-month shoot starts in May; the producer is listed on PI, and from 2 February subscribers can see the names of the production designer and line producer.
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