A New Crime Thriller Starring Noel Clarke Has Been Spotted Filming In Manchester

By Laura Rogan

Film crews are back in town.

Over the past year, the charming Northern Quarter has attracted some huge Hollywood projects to our city – with the likes of Netflix’s The Crown and even Jared Leto’s upcoming Morbius film (which is part of Sony’s Spider-Man universe) all setting up camp to use the old-worldy part of our city as its backdrop.

And now, after temporarily suspending production due to a positive Coronavirus test, the team behind Viewpoint has been spotted back in town, with cameras and crew filming in the Northern Quarter.

The upcoming thriller series, which stars both Noel Clarke and Catherine Tyldesley, ‘follows a tense police surveillance investigation into a tight knit Manchester community and explores whether it is ever possible to observe the lives of others with true objectivity and zero effect’. The five-part drama is the brainchild of Fleabag director Harry Bradbeer and award-winning writer Ed Whitmore, and is the first ITV drama to begin filming following the UK lockdown.

We doubt this will be the last we see of the crew and cast, too, with Tiger Aspect Productions using Space Studios in Manchester for the series – as well as ‘numerous locations across the city’.


Head of ITV Polly Hill has said: “It’s hard to find a crime series that feels new and fresh, which is why I am delighted to commission Viewpoint.

“Martin [played by Clarke], the police surveillance officer watching a community to discover why a local teacher has gone missing, is in Zoe’s flat who secretly watches her neighbours because she’s lonely.

“The lines between the two and who can and can’t spy on us, is beautifully blurred.”

Manc-born Tyldesley recently teased some BTS images on her Instagram account, sharing them with a caption that read: “A few snaps from filming this week #ViewPoint for @itv . So blessed and grateful to be working on this amazing project . Can’t wait for you all to see this! Incredible cast/crew/writing”.

[Featured image: ITV]

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