4 of Stoke-on-Trent’s Best on Film and TV Appearances
From cobbled streets and vintage industrial structures right through to the rolling Staffordshire countryside, Stoke-on-Trent and its surrounding areas are as diverse as they are beautiful.
For this very reason, Stoke-on-Trent has appeared in film and on TV more times than you might think.
Okay, these productions may not be big budget Hollywood Blockbusters but they are quality nonetheless and serve to highlight the rich cultural heritage of The Potteries.
Without further ado, here are four times that Stoke-on-Trent proudly featured on the big or small screen, as picked by us...
This homegrown coming of age film directed by Shimmy Marcus is focused on 17-year-old Joe McCain and his trials and tribulations during the height of the 1974 Northern Soul movement.
Set in Stoke-on-Trent, the film features many of the city's most iconic places and serves as the perfect backdrop for this musically inspiring romantic misadventure.
Who doesn't like a good zombie flick? Directed by John Williams of Wolstanton, this low-budget, high-octane, flesh-eating zombie film is surprisingly brilliant and not only boasts plenty of prime Stoke-based location filming, but also appearances from lots of local actors - and a cameo from a cameo from TV presenter Nick Hancock.
In a Land of Plenty
This Staffordshire slice of life drama from the BBC gained a strong following during the time it was aired and as most of the show was filmed in the Staffordshire Moorlands and market town of Leek, the backdrop is breathtaking. A must watch, especially if you want to see how many places you can spot.
The Girl With All The Gifts
Despite what we said earlier, Stoke-on-Trent has featured in a pretty big budget Hollywood flick. It may not be widely known, but this film has earned a real cult following, and one of the scenes was filmed at the old Hanley Bus Station it also features a few other fleeting shots of the city centre. Starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine, this gripping dystopian drama is well worth a watch - don’t miss out.
Pretty impressive to say the least. Oh, and have you ever been to the mighty Middleport Pottery? That was on the telly too.