Spy drama ‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ arrives in cinemas today bringing a section of the West Midlands to the big screen.
After a routine terrorist handover goes awry, rookie agent Will Holloway (Kit Harington) must team up with disgraced MI5 chief Harry Pearce (Peter Firth) to set things straight before London falls victim to a terrorist attack.
‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ was directed by Bharat Nalluri and brings ‘Games of Thrones’’ star Harington together with 'Spooks' series regular Firth. The film was part-funded through Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund (WMPF) and filmed in Coventry City Centre throughout May 2014.
'Spooks: The Greater Good' UK Filming Locations
The dramatic opening sequence of ‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ will no doubt be familiar to those local to the Coventry area. Junction two of the ring round near Hillfields was used as a double for the M4 during a high-octane car chase scene that saw terrorists on motorbikes hijack a security convoy in order to release a fellow conspirator.
Our Production Services Team were on hand to facilitate filming and ensure the production had a smooth shoot. Senior Production Liaison Manager Stephen Badham worked very closely with the ‘Spooks’ location team to support filming in Coventry and by liaising with Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Police, enabled the production to commandeer a major city centre car park for the film’s opening scene.
This complex sequence required a number of city centre areas and roads to be closed down so that the film’s heart-stopping motorbike chase through subways and along busy streets could take place. The expert knowledge, advice and relationships with regional bodies provided by our Production Services Team helped to make this potentially tricky scene simple to shoot.
The West Midlands regularly provides a great base for filming, with productions such as the BBC’s crime series ‘Peaky Blinders’ and ‘The Village’ choosing to shoot there in recent months. Other high profile shows have also used the area as the backdrop to their drama, with ‘The Game’ starring Brian Cox and Tom Hughes and ITV’s ‘Arthur and George’ which saw Martin Clunes step into the shoes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
West Midlands Production Fund
Creative England’s West Midlands Production Fund invests in the production of feature films and high-end TV dramas from companies based in the West Midlands as well as producers looking to film in the region. The fund offers £3m of investment to these productions, with a maximum investment per project of £1m. Creative England is also able to match funds from other bodies such as the BFI, BBC or Channel 4. For more information, head here.
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