The TV crew producing upcoming sci-fi drama ‘Citadel’ have hailed Birmingham for facilitating an ‘incredible shoot’. Amalgamated Pictures Limited, filming on behalf of Amazon Prime, wrapped up on November 24 after nine days shooting in the city.
The multi-million pound production stars Richard Madden of Game of Thrones fame and actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
A staggering 430 background extras were used in the first three days of filming, from November 15 to 17. Edmund Street was closed every evening from around 7pm until the early hours to allow filming to take place. Cornwall Street was also used by the production team for parking. Amalgamated employees were spotted several times travelling from their Jewellery Quarter base – with actors even seen crossing Great Charles Street Queensway on horses.
Location manager Bill Darby told BirminghamLive : “The shoot went incredibly well, and the sequence is going to look amazing.
“We are all very grateful to the city for its help. It was a hugely complex and ambitious sequence to put together. It is a credit to the city and Film Birmingham for it being such a success.”
More 2021 Filming
Birmingham this year has become a hotbed for TV series and film; from Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise shooting Mission Impossible 7 in Grand Central, to new ITV crime drama DI Ray filming outside Three Snowhill. In a welcome boost to the city, DI Ray and Citadel were both being worked on at the same time, with the former’s production crew also spotted in St Paul’s Square.
News also revealed how the BBC plans to investment around £50million into Birmingham as the broadcaster looks for a new base in the city.
A BBC spokesperson said: “We’ve made a commitment to do even more in Birmingham, which means we’ll have more staff in the city in the coming years and different needs. We are exploring a number of options for the future including staying at our current base at The Mailbox.”