Castlefield was turned into the backdrop for a World War Two drama on Sunday.
Set around Duke Street and Castle Street, filming got underway for BBC series World On Fire, starring Sean Bean and Helen Hunt.
While the two leading actors were nowhere to be seen, others were snapped in character donning authentic attire, while classic motor vehicles and buses could be seen dotted along the cobbled streets.
As can be seen in these striking images, Manchester weather delivered (for once!) to offer the perfect lighting to capture candid moments during filming, including a man in a trilby style hat reading a newspaper.
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But sadly for the film crew, this wasn’t what they had in mind – they’d hoped to film some drizzly scenes for the hotly anticipated series.
It was an amusing irony to see a member of the production crew using a water hose to create rainfall – on one of the few days in the year when it doesn’t chuck it down somewhere in Greater Manchester (probably).
The series has been billed as an “adrenalized, emotionally gripping and resonant drama following the first year of World War II told through the intertwining fates of ordinary people drawn from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States as they grapple with the effect of the war on their everyday lives.”
Manchester isn’t the first location in the north west to be used in the BBC Two drama – St Anne’s Beach in Lancashire was chosen for the programme’s recreation of the Battle of Dunkirk.
Filming started in Prague back in September 2018, with other filming locations including Paris and Macclesfield.
When he was announced as Sean Bean said: “I am thrilled to be part of this ambitious drama. Peter Bowker’s study of the human stories that thread through this huge global conflict is fascinating and something I look forward to being part of on screen.”
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