Audiences all over the country rejoiced this weekend as the BBC’s Boiling Point hit our screens as a series, after the success of the one-shot film starring Stephen Graham in 2021. The series follows the kitchen staff at bustling London restaurant Point North, previously led by Graham’s character Andy Jones, and the chaos of being a chef in such a pressured environment – so it may surprise you that the Boiling Point series was in fact completely filmed in Manchester.
Unfortunately for fans, Point North restaurant doesn’t actually exist, and was filmed in Space Studios in Gorton – previously used to film hit series such as Peaky Blinders and Happy Valley. So as much as you may want a physical restaurant to visit, you might have to settle with the knowledge that the studios are only down the road.
The new series of Boiling Point also includes a nightclub scene, involving Carly and Camille, which was reportedly filmed in a Deansgate club – although, which one, we don’t know (time to get y0ur guesses in).
In general, any scenes involving backstreets, alleys and general park and building shots were filmed in the Northern Quarterand Ancoats, with areas on the outskirts of Manchester used for more mundane scenes. Working class blocks of flats populate much of the suburban areas of Manchester, many of which appear in Boiling Point, so your guess is as good as ours as to whether certain scenes were filmed in Stockport, Stretford or Oldham.
Of course Manchester has been used many times for productions large and small, before Boiling Point even entered the collective consciousness, with gorgeous historical landmarks acting as backdrops for the likes of Harry Potter, Darkest Hour and It’s A Sin, as well as our streets being used for iconic scenes in Skins, 24 Hour Party People and Spike Island.
Here’s to many more productions being taken up north, especially so we can have a mooch whilst we do our shopping.
You can watch the new series of Boiling Point here.