Get all your news in one place.
100’s of premium titles.
One app.
Start reading
Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Remy Greasley

Busy city centre road to close due to filming of new crime drama

A busy city centre street is due to close in November for filming of an upcoming TV show.

Traffic will be blocked from driving down Water Street, a busy road connecting the Strand and the waterfront with Dale Street and the city centre, for a evening next month as a company uses the area for the production of a new programme. Pending permission from the Liverpool City Council, part of the road will be closed as filming takes place for the new Paramount+ series, Sexy Beast, in the area.

A large green screen will be set up on Water Street's pavement opposite Tower Gardens, with technical and equipment vehicles parked on High Street and Exchange Street West. Filming itself will take place in the gardens of St Nicholas Church and Tower Gardens.

READ MORE: Everything we know about Paramount+ crime drama that's been filming in Liverpool

A letter sent out to people and businesses based in the area confirmed the filming will take place from 10pm on Monday, November 7 to 1am Tuesday, November 8. It also assured them pedestrian access will not be inhibited, neither will access to the Tower Building car park on Tower Gardens, by the production.

Sexy Beast being filmed on Rumford Street (Andrew Teebay / Liverpool Echo)

Harvey Shaw, assistant location manager for SB Productions Ltd, producing the series, said the company is "working closely with the Liverpool Film Office and Merseyside Police to ensure filming happens as smoothly as possible."

Sexy Beast is a prequel series to the 2001 film of the same name featuring Sir Ben Kingsley, Ray Winstone and Ian McShane. This year parts of Liverpool used for the filming, and in August, Anfield's Jumbo Cafe was turned into "Copper Grill" and Bingley Road's street sign was changed to Strawberry Lane, with "E1" and "London Borough of Hackney" written on it.

The show will tell the story of the characters of the original film, which starred Ben Kingsley, Ian McShane, Amanda Redman and Ray Winstone, and how they found themselves central to London's criminal underbelly. The show is one of many new original series to come to Paramount+, which has already released video game adaptation Halo and The Offer, which tells the story of the filming of The Godfather.

Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here


Young woman told headaches were anxiety before she Googled symptoms

Newlywed couple devastated the morning after as 50 gift cards 'go missing'

Family run sex shop want to 'bring joy to adults' lives' in Liverpool

Moment fare dodger punches rail staff to avoid paying for ticket

Rare 50p coin sells for £165 with thousands more out there

Sign up to read this article
Read news from 100’s of titles, curated specifically for you.
Already a member? Sign in here
Related Stories
Top stories on inkl right now
One subscription that gives you access to news from hundreds of sites
Already a member? Sign in here
Our Picks
Fourteen days free
Download the app
One app. One membership.
100+ trusted global sources.