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Liverpool Welcomes Filming Boom

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Liverpool Film Office has revealed that two major dramas have commenced filming in the city.

An adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's best-known works – The Witness For The Prosecution – is one of the productions being filmed on location. It stars Kim Cattrall, Toby Jones, Andrea Riseborough and David Haig. The two-part drama is expected to air at Christmas on BBC, and is a co-production between Agatha Christie Productions and Mammoth Screen.

Also filming in the city, is ITV. Safe House will see four 60-minute crime episodes starring Stephen Moyer as charismatic yet impulsive ex-police officer Tom Brook. Dervla Kirwan, Jason Watkins, Sunetra Sarker and Ashley Walters are also set to star. The series has been produced by independent production company Eleventh Hour Films.

In addition to the above, BBC One has commissioned local producers Colin McKeown and Donna Molloy of LA Productions to shoot Jimmy McGovern's new six-part primetime drama series Broken (working title), with filming set to take place on location in mid-September. Sean Bean is Executive Producer and takes the lead role as Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic priest presiding over a northern urban parish.

Councillor Wendy Simon, Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member responsible for the Film Office, said: "Liverpool has filming appeal across the board – not only are we continually attracting brand new directors and producers to the city, but those who have already worked here are returning time and time again thanks to the variety of locations the city has to offer and the outstanding work of the Film Office. To have these major productions in the city is a real coup and it will be fantastic to see the city on the small screen in the near future."

Liverpool Film Office recently announced that 2015 was a record-breaking year for filming in the city with 257 projects taking place. This resulted in 1,067 filming days and brought £11.5million to the local economy. As the success continues into this year, to date, 147 productions have been filmed resulting in 312 film days.

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