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Top film and TV locations in Glasgow

Looking for your next film or TV fix to enjoy? Check out our list of the top film and TV shows shot in the city in recent years. From Hollywood films to hit TV shows, many productions have been drawn to Glasgow due to the incredible range of architecture and unique grid street system.

An aerial view of the city centre in Glasgow showing the grid-like streets which have a New York vibe to themAn aerial view of the city centre in Glasgow showing the grid-like streets which have a New York vibe to them.

Yet-to-be-released films and TV shot or shooting in Glasgow 

Indiana Jones (city centre)

Parts of Glasgow city centre were transformed in to 1960s New York recently for the latest Indiana Jones movie. The fifth instalment in the series, following Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, is yet to be named. 

Release date July 2022.

The Flash

Batman returned to the streets of Glasgow this summer for filming of The Flash. Both Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton will star as Batman in this time-travelling story, which sees Glasgow double as Gotham City once again.

Release date November 2022.

Man & Witch

Scenes from the children's fantasy adventure, Man & Witch, were filmed in Glasgow this year. The film is set to be a hit amongst fans of 80s cult movies, as it stars Sean Astin, Christopher Lloyd and Tami Stronach.

Release date unknown.

Annika (various locations)

Filming took place across Glasgow for the six-part crime drama Annika in early 2021. Nicola Walker will play the title character who leads a Marine Homicide Unit who investigate murders that wash up in Scottish waterways.

Release date on UKTV's Alibi set for late 2021.

Tetris (Tradeston)

Taron Egerton, of Kingsman and Rocketman fame, was spotted filming in the Tradeston area of Glasgow at the beginning of 2021. He is filming scenes for the Hollywood blockbuster about the creation of the popular computer game Tetris, with Glasgow taking on the setting of 1980s Moscow. 

Release date unknown.

Blind (City Centre and Tradeston)

Blind is a remake of the Korean action film of the same name and will star Bollywood A-lister Sanom Kapoor. Argyle Street and many other city centre and Tradeston streets have been utilised for filming.

Release date unknown.

The Batman (Glasgow Necropolis and Cathedral Square)

Stunt double on BatBike zooms around Glasgow NecropolisThe Batman filming at Glasgow's Necropolis. © Daily Record.

One of the most historic areas of Glasgow has doubled as Gotham City for the filming of superhero blockbuster The Batman. Filming around Glasgow Necropolis and Glasgow Cathedral took place in February 2020. A stunt double for Robert Pattinson, who plays the caped crusader, was spotted zooming around the area on the 'bat bike'.

Release date March 2022.

Latest film and TV releases filmed in Glasgow

The Princess Switch: Switched Again (Glasgow Cathedral)

Starring Vanessa Hudgens, The Princess Switch: Switched Again - a sequel to The Princess Switch - became available to stream on Netflix in late November 2020. A key scene in this Christmas movie was filmed at Glasgow Cathedral. 

Available to watch on Netflix.

The Nest (filmed extensively in Glasgow)

The Nest aired in spring 2020, with fans and critics calling for a second series. Based around a couple living in Glasgow who enter into a surrogacy pact with a teenage girl, the thriller stars Scottish talent Martin Compston and Mirren Mack, as well as Sophie Rundle of Peaky Blinders fame. City spots captured on screen include Glasgow City Chambers, The SSE Hydro, Kibble Palace, Buchanan Street, as well as a beautiful home called Cape Cove, just outside of Glasgow in Argyll.

Available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

1917 (River Clyde)

1917 filming setFilming for 1917 taking place in Glasgow. © Daily Record.

The Steven Spielberg and Sam Mendes film, 1917, hit cinema screens in the UK in January 2020. The city's former Govan Graving Docks at the River Clyde was used as a backdrop for the filming of the WW1 epic, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch, George MacKay and home-grown talent Richard Madden. And the setting isn't the only Glasgow link, as the film was co-written by Glaswegian screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns. 1917 picked up the Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama), the BAFTA for Best Film and three Oscars including Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects. 

Available to watch in the UK on Amazon Prime Video. 

Outlander (Glasgow Cathedral)

Glasgow CathedralGlasgow Cathedral exterior with leafy trees in the foreground and blue skies.

The hugely popular TV show, Outlander, has made stars of its cast members, as well as of Scotland’s scenery and castles. City locations used as filming locations include Kelvingrove Park, which doubled for Boston Park, the University of Glasgow, which doubled for Harvard University, and John Street at the City Chambers, where Claire and Frank got engaged and the medieval Glasgow Cathedral, which doubled as a 1740s Parisian, ecclesiastical hospital - L'Hôpital des Anges. 

“My favorite location was Glasgow Cathedral, where we shot scenes for ‘Faith.’ I admired it every time we drove past it in season 1, and was thrilled when we finally were able to have it as a location. Gary Steele did a beautiful job of turning the church into our L'Hôpital des Anges, and you can really feel the ghosts in that building, which was built in the 12th century. Glasgow is a stunning city and the people there were so kind to us. I felt a real magic in those streets. 

Toni Graphia – Executive Producer & Writer 

A new digital audio guide by Geotourist, in association with VisitScotland, allows Outlander fans to immerse themselves in the adventure of the TV show, either at their home or at the filming locations. Downloadable direct to visitors’ smartphones, the set-jetting audio tour includes Scottish filming locations and landmarks from Seasons 1 to 4.

Available to watch in the UK on Amazon Prime Video.

Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw / Fast & Furious 6 (Merchant City and Financial District) 

The movie franchise returned to Glasgow to film for the spin-off Hobbs & Shaw (released August 2019), bringing superstar Idris Elba to the city. This time, the cars and motorbikes zoomed through the streets of the city centre and Merchant City, as Glasgow doubled as London. The cast and crew first filmed in Glasgow in 2012 for the 6th instalment of their hugely popular franchise, with the city's financial district and Broomielaw area used as the location of filming for many high-octane car chases. 

Available to watch in the UK on Amazon Prime Video. 

Wild Rose and Beats (both filmed extensively in Glasgow)

Two Glasgow films released in 2019 to both receive critical acclaim and awards were Wild Rose and Beats.

Singer from the film on stage with band at Grand Ole Opry
Wild Rose filming inside the Grand Ole Opry, Glasgow. © Daily Record.

Wild Rose follows down-on-her-luck Glaswegian country singer Rose (Jessie Buckley) as she attempts to juggle life as a mum and wannabe country singer. Filmed and set in various Glasgow locations, the film includes performances in the city's famous country music club, Grand Ole Opry, and the stunning Old Fruitmarket. The film picked up BAFTA Scotland awards for Best Film, Best Actress and Best Writer. 

Available to watch in the UK on Amazon Prime Video. 

Beats closed the 2019 Glasgow Film Festival in style. Adapted from the hit play by local Kieran Hurley and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Beats is a coming of age tale following two friends as they attempt to go to their first-ever rave. Actor Lorn Macdonald picked up the Best Actor award at the 2019 BAFTA Scotland Awards. 

Available to watch in the UK on BFI Player and Amazon Prime Video.

Outlaw King (University of Glasgow)

Outlaw King, starring Hollywood’s Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, used many Glasgow locations for the filming of this epic 14th Century tale. The iconic Cloisters at the University of Glasgow, which date back to 1451, were transformed into a grand banquet hall for a medieval feast for the 2018 Netflix original.

Cloisters at University of GlasgowCloisters at University of Glasgow.

This is not the first time that the gothic-revival architecture of the university has influenced popular culture - it is said to be the inspiration behind Hogwarts, and was used for filming for Outlander and Cloud Atlas. Outlaw King also filmed at Glasgow Cathedral, which doubled as Greyfriars Church and at a purpose-built set in Mugdock Country Park, which is north of the city.

Available to watch in the UK on Netflix.

The Wife (Hutchesons' Hall)

The Wife brought Hollywood royalty to Glasgow. Glenn Close, in an Oscar nominated role (2019), was joined by Christian Slater, as they filmed at various city locations, including Hutchesons' Hall, an elegant building on the fashionable Ingram Street.

Hutchesons' HallThe exterior of Hutchesons' Hall. © Hutchesons City Grill.

Built in the early 19th Century, the former hospital doubled as both a Stockholm restaurant and a grand hotel lobby. The film, which sees Glenn Close’s character explore her relationship and past, also filmed at the Barrowland Ballroom, Malmaison Hotel, Bothwell Street, Pollok House, Flemington House and The Royal Faculty of Procurators. Also, the stars were spotted city sightseeing, with Christian Slater taking in the Riverside Museum and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which he shared on Instagram.

Available to watch in the UK Amazon Prime Video.

Succession and Patrick Melrose (Cochrane Street)

Cochrane Street

Sky Atlantic and HBO have both filmed in Glasgow city centre for hit shows set in New York.

Scooping two Golden Globes in 2020, Succession follows the life of a complicated New York family, headed up by Scots actor, Brian Cox. Scenes for season 2 of the acclaimed HBO dark comedy were filmed in George Square, Cochrane Street and Montrose Street, with the city this time doubling as current day New York. 

Much lauded British actor Benedict Cumberbatch was seen running down many Glasgow city centre streets, whilst filming Sky Atlantic drama, Patrick Melrose, which aired in 2018.  Film crews took advantage of Glasgow’s grid system and well-preserved Victorian architecture at the likes of Cochrane Street, Bothwell Street and St Vincent Street to replicate New York City in the 1980s. The series also featured the famous Barras Market, which doubled for New York’s meat-packing district and Glasgow’s oldest restaurant, Rogano which is instantly recognisable from its distinct art deco style.

Both available to watch in the UK on Sky TV.

Past Hollywood Blockbusters filmed in Glasgow

In 2011, several of Glasgow’s steep streets were used by the Wachowskis whilst filming Cloud Atlas to replicate 1970s San Francisco. It’s at the junction of George Street at Montrose Street that Halle Berry’s character attempts to evade capture from an enemy targeting her in this thrilling time-travelling tale. 

One of the most exciting set pieces in the Brad Pitt zombie apocalypse movie World War Z took place on George Square and Cochrane Street. The beauty of George Square’s buildings – most notably the City Chambers – has resulted in this becoming the city’s most filmed location. 

The arthouse alien film Under the Skin is set in Scotland. The director used hidden cameras to capture unsuspecting Glaswegians’ reactions to the main character’s (Scarlett Johansson) actions, included scenes outside Celtic Football Club, Buchanan Galleries and the Trongate. 

 

All available to watch in the UK on Amazon Prime Video.

  

Past UK TV productions filmed in Glasgow 

BBC drama Guilt transformed a building at the corner of Bell Street and Albion Street into a record store, Leith Beats. The four-part thriller, starring Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives was aired in the latter half of 2019 on the new BBC Scotland channel with the Victorian architecture of the Merchant City on display in many scenes.

The Replacement, which was filmed exclusively in the city, followed an architect going on maternity leave, whose supply cover is seemingly taking over her life. Aired in 2017, the BBC drama based their fictional architectural firm in Commonwealth House on Albion Street and gave many people house envy with their characters' stunning Glasgow homes.

The gripping BBC drama The Cry, which aired in autumn 2018, was filmed on both sides of the globe in Glasgow and Melbourne. The thriller, starring Jenna Coleman, as a new mother whose baby goes missing, included filming locations at the Gallery of Modern ArtPollok Country Park and a Glasgow hidden gem, the Sixty Steps.

Check BBC iPlayer for details on whether still available to stream.

 

*Information on where to watch is correct at time of publishing. Note that whether available to stream for free, rent or buy, varies from platform to platform.

 

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Article last updated: August 2021