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Filming brings £15 million economic boost to Glasgow

Productions in 2017 included TV projects, commercials and short films.

Benedict Cumberbatch filming in Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA)
Benedict Cumberbatch filming in Glasgow (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Filming in Glasgow brought £15 million to the city in 2017.

The figure from the Glasgow Film Office (GFO) covers films, television and other productions shot last year.

The GFO is responsible for attracting productions and co-ordinates activity to ensure filming goes as smoothly as possible while minimising the impact on everyday life in Glasgow.

Productions shot last year included Sky Atlantic’s Patrick Melrose, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Netflix feature Outlaw King, with Chris Pine.

Melrose filming – Glasgow

The film Country Music, featuring Julie Walters, and BBC hospital drama Trust Me with Jodie Whittaker were also filmed in the city.

Other productions include Anna & the Apocalypse, a fourth series of Shetland, David Walliams’ TV feature Grandpa’s Great Escape and The Party’s Just Beginning, starring Karen Gillan.

Councillor Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Over the past couple of decades, the council’s Glasgow Film Office has brought over £300 million to the city’s economy, and I am delighted to say that 2017 was another successful year for Glasgow in this sector.

“This success brought yet more stardust to the city, with famous faces such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Pine, Julie Walters and Karen Gillan filming here last year.

“The Glasgow Film Office has been a real trailblazer in terms of attracting all types of productions to Glasgow and Scotland, and we can all look forward to the city featuring on our screens in the coming years.”

Since its inception in 1997 the GFO has supported productions including Red Road, The Legend of Barney Thomson, The Replacement, Churchill, Outlander, and The Wife.

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