How many Films have been shot in or around Wigan

Started by: blackrodweaver (627) 

Up Rivington Yesterday and they are filming

A HOLLYWOOD blockbuster starring Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver is currently being shot in Horwich.

Are there any famous films that have been made in Wigan.

Saw them filming Foyle War in Haigh Hall a few months ago but any Cinema Hits

Started: 7th Oct 2014 at 20:40

Posted by: phred (349) 

Didn't they shoot a world war one Battle of the Somme depiction at Ince Moss pit tips quite a long time ago?

Replied: 8th Oct 2014 at 07:46

Posted by: flaggy delf (523) 

Wasn't the Ince Moss film something to do with Russia, either the Revolution but perhaps a composer. I think Geoff Shryhane of the Observer was an extra.

Replied: 8th Oct 2014 at 09:30

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

they did indeed phred roughly 47 year ago it was for some historrical drama series that spanned about 100years of history cant think of the name

Replied: 8th Oct 2014 at 12:23

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

it was on itv or granada or whatever it was at the time ,might of been called ,,inheritance,, or something similar

Replied: 8th Oct 2014 at 12:26

Posted by: ashpad (89)

It was a tv series and they also shot scenes at the Harrow Pub at Edge Green

Replied: 8th Oct 2014 at 19:27

Posted by: PeterP (8834)

TV programme was called Sam I think

Replied: 9th Oct 2014 at 08:18

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

hi Peter just googled it ,it was inheritance released in 1967 we had great fun as kids watching them shoot the war scense over ince moss

Replied: 9th Oct 2014 at 08:36

Posted by: flaggy delf (523) 

'Liam' of course, filmed in part in Ince around Bird and Keble streets.

Replied: 9th Oct 2014 at 12:00

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

,,the land that time forgot ,,was filmed in leigh

Replied: 9th Oct 2014 at 12:22

Posted by: kathpressey (5350) 

Replied: 9th Oct 2014 at 12:49

Posted by: linma (2689)

Liam Neesom was filming in Preston today.

Replied: 9th Oct 2014 at 17:41

Posted by: bassman (3591)

In '87 Iwas on a course at Haigh Hall and Ben Kingsley was filming there in a Russian type film, but can't remember what it was.We came out of a room and they'd just finished a scene and walked past claim to fame

Replied: 16th Dec 2014 at 00:08

Posted by: tonker (24059) 

Planet of the Apes was filmed in Wigan!

Replied: 16th Dec 2014 at 21:00

Posted by: baker boy (15574)

and ashton/haydock

Replied: 17th Dec 2014 at 00:06

Posted by: tonker (24059) 

That was the sequel. The characters were all from Wigan!

Replied: 17th Dec 2014 at 15:13

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

you really must overcome this insane jelousy Tonks

Replied: 17th Dec 2014 at 16:24

Posted by: hindleyite (3995)

Several Coronation Street funerals have been filmed at Howe Bridge crem.

Replied: 17th Dec 2014 at 19:36
Last edited by hindleyite: 17th Dec 2014 at 19:36:30

Posted by: sir bob (7084)

Going back to the early 1970's there was a series on telly called 'Sam' about a mining family and they filmed some of the scenes at Garswood Railway Station, I know that because I saw them doing it

Replied: 31st Dec 2014 at 08:35

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4618) 

wasnt the former taggart actor in sam,?

Replied: 31st Dec 2014 at 09:14

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

wigan should be twin towned with hollywood

Replied: 31st Dec 2014 at 10:54

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4618) 

if it is anything like newport more like bollywood.

Replied: 31st Dec 2014 at 11:25

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

haha not yet but getting their,dont forget joe your an immigrant there

Replied: 31st Dec 2014 at 12:40

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4618) 

always been a gypsy have a good new years party if your going out ,all the best for next year.

Replied: 31st Dec 2014 at 16:16

Posted by: graneyjoseph (4618) 

as Shep been seen lately ?

Replied: 31st Dec 2014 at 16:17

Posted by: blackrodweaver (627) 

New series of Foyle war starts tonight don't no if its the one filmed at Haigh Hall or not ..worth a look good progamme

Replied: 4th Jan 2015 at 20:22

Posted by: Handsomeminer (1756)

Not seen Shep since begining of last summer which is unusual usually drop on him every month or so

Replied: 5th Jan 2015 at 07:28

Posted by: Perkin Warbeck (1459)


Testimony: The Story of Shostakovich was the film.

Colin Hurst from Wigan Little Theatre played Stalin's secretary

Replied: 5th Jan 2015 at 08:52

Posted by: sir bob (7084)

That television series from the early 1970's I mentioned 'Sam' I never actually watched it

Best films for using Wigan as a location, in my opinion are

'Liam' filmed in Higher Ince


'Holy Cross' filmed in Worsley Hall


'Legless' filmed in King Street & Wallgate

Replied: 5th Jan 2015 at 10:02

Posted by: oldjourno (51)

BBC filmed The Somme on the land behind the former Amberswood Common refuse site. It was a boiling hot day and the BBC used huge water jets to create a muddy scene and the illusion of rain. Together with Geoffrey Shryhane from the Observer I watched some of the battle scenes from a nearby 'bomb hole'.

Replied: 17th Jan 2015 at 05:41

Posted by: linma (2689)

Just watched Foyle' s War part of which filmed at Haigh Hall. Michael Kitchen in Wigan and I missed seeing him.

Replied: 18th Jan 2015 at 21:59

Posted by: tonker (24059) 

He wasn't in Wigan. He was in Haigh!

Replied: 18th Jan 2015 at 23:01

Posted by: bassman (3591)

Cheers Perkin.....

Replied: 15th Jan 2016 at 13:47


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