There will be alien destruction in Bristol.

Jeff Wayne turned the story into a popular album and live stage musical.

“It’s been an exceptionally strong start to 2019 for filming in Bristol. War of the Worlds is the third major title to begin filming in the city this year, after The Trial of Christine Keeler for BBC and Sanditon for ITV. We supported Urban Myth Films with Bristol locations in 2016 for the making of Crazyhead which was based at The Bottle Yard, so it’s fantastic to welcome them back for this major international co-production, which will see Bristol become the backdrop for some exciting large-scale stunt scenes.”  – Natalie Moore of Bristol Film Office

Urban Myth Films’ epic new reimagining of War of the Worlds is the latest major TV series to begin filming in Bristol. The sci-fi tale, based on the timeless story by H.G. Wells, began the Bristol leg of its UK shoot this week and will use the city’s locations for three weeks, assisted by Bristol Film Office.

Set in present day Europe, War of the Worlds is written and created by the BAFTA award winner Howard Overman. The eight part series, which is filming in the UK and France stars actor Gabriel Byrne which also includes Elizabeth McGovern, Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif and Guillaume Gouix.

In War of the Worlds, when astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world’s population waits for further contact with baited breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out; just pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world.

A Discovery of Witches: filming The Harbour Hotel Corn St Bristol. (credit: Bristol Film Office)

As alien ships appear in the sky, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? Emotional, cinematic and rooted in character, it is a unique marriage of human drama and the best science fiction. This is a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances – but they are more than just victims in a brutal war. For, as we will come to realize, the aliens’ savage attack on earth is not arbitrary: its seeds are being sown before our very eyes…

War of the Worlds is set to debut later this year, broadcasting on FOX in more than 50 countries across Europe & Africa and on CANAL+ in France.

“Other high-end TV dramas that have begun filming in Bristol this year include The Trial of Christine Keeler (BBC One) and Sanditon (ITV), both based at The Bottle Yard Studios and using city locations with support from Bristol Film Office. In Children’s and Light entertainment genres, The Crystal Maze (Channel 4), Tipping Point (ITV) and Andy’s Safari Adventures (CBeebies) have begun filming new episodes at The Bottle Yard Studios this month.” – Bristol Film Office

Stan & Ollie films on Princes Wharf, Bristol aboard The Balmoral (credit: Bristol Film Office)
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