Top Scriptwriters 2017- By Prolific North

Today we’re pleased to unveil a brand new piece of research for Prolific North and indeed the first of its kind anywhere.

The Prolific North Top Scriptwriters 2017 – which is not ranked in any order – focuses on those men and women, largely behind the camera, who have helped to make the North such a fertile land for outstanding comedy and drama.


THE FIVE- GRIPPING original drama filmed in Liverpool will be hitting Sky 1 on Friday 15 April

The Five has been created by international bestselling author Harlan Coben and is a compelling crime thriller which follows the story of a group of friends haunted by the disappearance, some years earlier, of the younger brother of one of the group while he was in their care.


New Showreel

From Harry Potter to The Fast and Furious, Fantastic Beasts to Captain America Liverpools backdrop has served quite a few Hollywood gems – have a look at some of them here..


I do not think it would have been nearly as easy nor retained the look and feel the director was after had we shot it elsewhere- Having had plenty of experience shooting throughout the UK, I can say that the integrated structure of the Film Office within the council makes a real difference- streamlining the whole process and ensuring that you get all the information you need clearly and quickly which was especially important in this case.

I will certainly be returing to Liverpool and will be recommending it for any project on this scale.

Hugo Smith-Bingham, Location Manager, Channel 4 Racing Promo for C4 2013



“Liverpool is an incredible city to film in. The locations are stunning. We have found nearly 100 different locations all of which look amazing. The architecture within the city, the dock areas and the surrounding countryside has combined to give us an incredible backdrop for our series. No other city in the UK could have provided us with such a palette to work with.  Liverpool is served well by its Film Office. Unique within the UK as part of the city council not only do they understand filming but also the intricacies of the needs of the city. From this position they are able to help us navigate the regulations and oil the wheels that often make filming so difficult. We will definitely be coming back”.

Bekki Wray-Rogers, Producer, ‘Utopia’ by Kudos Film & TV for C4 2012


Peaky Blinders

“Just wanted to say thanks to everyone at Liverpool Film Office for all their kind help and co-operation in the making of ‘Peaky Blinders’.  The show looks absolutely fantastic with Liverpool playing a major role in the impressive list of locations.  From our first meeting regarding bringing the show to Liverpool, your hard work and effort in facilitating the shoot was invaluable.  As always it was a pleasure to work with you”.

Andy Morgan, Location Manager, Peaky Blinders, Tiger Aspect 2012


Jack Ryan/Maryland

“On behalf of August Street Films, the Location Department and personally I just wanted to say a huge thank you for all your help and assistance with ‘Jack Ryan/Maryland’. It was a very large and busy shoot with a complicated set up and the usual last minute requests and schedule changes. We felt fully supported by the Liverpool Film Office at every step of the way and you gave assistance above and beyond what might have been expected from a filming authority. It was a professional and very knowledgeable service that contributed hugely to the success of the shoot.  Your input was a major factor in the smooth running of our shoot”.

Richard Hill, Location Manager, ‘Jack Ryan/Maryland’, August Street Films 2012


Captain America the First Avenger

“I have worked in many parts of the country, and I can honestly say the service you provide at the Liverpool Film Office is the best in the country, and if only all the film offices could operate like yours, then location managers far and wide would be extremely happy. I sincerely hope that the Liverpool Film Office can prosper and encourage more large-scale productions to the region in the future. The Producers were extremely happy with how it all ran and they have asked me to also pass on their thanks to you as well. Once again thank you so much for all your support, it really would not have been possible without you”.

Emma Pill, Supervising Location Manager, ‘Captain America the First Avenger’, Vita Ray Productions 2011


Go on Lad – Hovis Commercial

I considered where I was going to find all those locations in one place and Liverpool had them all. We were able to kill 12 birds with one stone. The ad is brilliant. It gave me goosebumps, it is beautiful. The blitz scene is particularly special. Falkner Street was brilliant for the World War I scene. I brought the ad out of London because I knew Liverpool would deliver.

Colin Offland, Chief Productions


Across the Universe

It goes without saying but it still needs to be said, we couldn’t have done it without you! What a great team Liverpool has. The film office, the police, the traffic management, the various council departments, all the people who made great efforts on our behalf. I know the Americans who worked on this film will be back and I know they will spread the word.

I look forward to working with you all again in the future. Thank you again.

Ken Hawkins, Location Manger, Across the Univese



“Liverpool is definitely one the best UK places for turning into New York. It’s so much better than London where the architecture is not as great and where you couldn’t film in that way for six days in a row.”

Bill D’Arby, Supervising Location Manager, ‘Alfie’ by Paramount Pictures