WITH its beautiful countrysides and iconic landmarks, Lancashire is such a fantastic choice for a filming location.

Top directors and producers have noticed this too which is why they have made so many Lancashire towns and cities their backdrop during production.

From The King’s Speech to Peaky Blinders, here are just some notable TV shows and films that were shot in Lancashire:

Waterloo Road 

This popular drama follows the lives of teachers and pupils at Waterloo Road, documenting any mishaps they may have along the way.

While the actual school is based in Rochdale, Greater Manchester many scenes were filmed in Lancashire, including Futures Park in Bacup and Lee Quarry in Rossendale.

The Trip

This is a six part comedy/drama starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.

The 2010 show saw the duo travelling around restaurants in the North of England sees the duo travelling around and trying the various food items while posing as critics.

Filming took place across the Ribble Valley and Lancaster districts; the Inn at Whitehall in Clitheroe and Hipping Hall in Carnforth were just some locations to feature on the show.

Nowhere Boy 

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This 2009 drama/musical is a biopic of John Lennon’s life and his journey to becoming one part of The Beatles.

A lot the movie was shot in Blackpool on the North Pier and Trafalgar Road.

The Bay

Did you ever watch this 2019 ITV drama?

It follows the journey of a police detective as she hunts for two teenage twins who went missing in their coastal town.

The show is both set and filmed in Morecambe.

The King’s Speech


Queen Street Mill Textile Museum is a popular filming location in Burnley.

However, did you know it was the back drop for many of the mill scenes in the The King’s Speech?

The film, which stars Colin Firth and Helena Bonham-Carter, went on to scoop several Oscars including best actor and best picture.

Max & Paddy’s Road To Nowhere 

Did you ever watch this hilarious Channel 4 show?

It was a spin off from Phoenix Nights and stared Peter Kay (Max) Paddy McGuinness (Paddy).

Filming took place in Blackpool and Preston back in 2004.

North and South 

This 2004 BBC drama is an adaptation of the Elizabeth Gaskell novel.

It tells the story of Margaret Hale (Daniela Denby-Ashe) who moves from the South to the North after her parents are forced to move.

While the majority of filming took place in Scotland the popular series was partly filmed at Helmshore Textile Museum in Rossendale.


Helmshore Textile Museum, Rossendale

Burnley’s Queen Street Mill features on the list again, after it was used as a filming location in period drama series, Sharpe.

According to IMDB, it was featured in season 5 episode 2.

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life


Following on from the Monty Python classic, The Life Of Brian, this is a comedy/musical filled with humorous sketches.

The BAFTA nominated film was actually filmed at various streets in Colne in the early 1980’s.

Scenes for the ‘Every Sperm is Sacred’ sketch were shot in Colne.

A Christmas Carol, (2019)

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Did you spot Burnley’s Queen Street Mill in the BBC’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol?

The historic venue featured when Ebenezer Scrooge is taken back in time by the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Ex-neighbours actor, Guy Pearce, portrays Scrooge in the series. 

Kidnapping by Indians (1989)

This is regarded to be one of the world’s first western movies.

The silent movie was shot in Blackburn back in the 1800s.

Mitchell and Kenyon are the filmmakers behind the short film. Kidnapping By Indians, along with a collection of other movies by the duo, were discovered in 1994.

Whistle Down the Wind

Released in the 60s, this crime/drama movie focuses on a group of children who help an escaped convict they find in their barn, convinced he is Jesus.

The farm used in the film is Worsaw End Farm in the Ribble Valley village of Downham.

That isn’t the only Lancashire location to feature as Burnley and Bacup made the list too.

Three men and a little lady

This classic 90s comedy is about a group of three ex-dads who go to extreme lengths to win their daughter back.

It is the sequel to Three Men and a Baby.

While you may have seen the movie for yourself- did you know that parts of it were filmed right on our doorstep?

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The exterior of Stonyhurst College in the Clitheroe can be seen in the movie.

the production filmed exteriors at Stonyhurst College in the Ribble Valley in 1990.


Sky One show, Brassic was filmed in Bacup, Rossendale.

It is set in the fictional town of Hawley and follows the lives of Vinnie O’Neill (Joe Gilgun) and Erin Croft (Michelle Keegan).

At the end of last year, cast and crew were spotted filming in Yew Tree Farm in Chorley as well as various locations in Blackburn.

A Monster Calls

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A Monster Calls follows the story of Conor, who is visited by a monster while dealing with his mother’s terminal illness as well as school bullies.

This 2016 movie was partly filmed at Blackpool as well as the Great Times Restaurant in Preston.

There was a Crooked Man

There was a crooked man is a Norman Wisdom film from the ‘60s.

It was filmed around Darwen and even featured many local residents who stood in as extras.

In the Film, Wisdom stars as an explosives expert who uncovers dodgy dealings in his local neighbourhood.

Peaky Blinders 

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Are you a fan of this period crime drama?

It’s set in Birmingham and follows the exploits of the Shelby family in the aftermath of the war.

However, did you know that some scenes were filmed at Preston’s Hoghton Tower?

The tower featured on the third episode of the 2019 series.

The scene inside the building showed Cillian Murphy's character, Tommy Shelby, and Helen McCrory's character, Polly Grey, questioning the Orphanage Mother Superior over concerns the nuns were beating children.