Glasgow has been on Cumberwatch this week as Benedict Cumberbatch filmed on streets in the city centre for a new Sky Atlantic series. The Sherlock actor has taken the lead role in Melrose, an adaptation of novels by Edward St Aubyn. Manhattan met the Merchant City as streets were transformed into Manhattan in the 1980s.
Yesterday the Barras Market stood in for the New York Meatpacking district while earlier in the week Cumberbatch was spotted dramatically running down St Vincent Street as yellow taxis drove in the background.
Today, it was the turn of Cochrane Street and Melrose Street beside the City Chambers to take on an American appearance for the morning. Street signs, traffic lights, phone booths and 1980s cars were placed ready for Benedict Cumberbatch and the rest of the cast to film their scenes.
This section of the city has featured in several films in recent years, including World War Z starring Brad Pitt.
Melrose is a five-part drama that will be filmed in the UK and US. The semi-autobiographical novels follow the character of Patrick Melrose, who makes a “harrowing odyssey from a deeply traumatic childhood through adult substance abuse and, ultimately, toward recovery.” Each episode will cover one novel and a few intense days in Melrose’s life. The time frame spans the south of France in the 1960s, New York in the 1980s and London in the early 2000s.
As well as starring in the main role, Benedict Cumberbatch is an executive producer on the series alongside Adam Ackland. They told Variety: “We are delighted to be part of this incredible series. We have been huge fans of these books for many years.” The scripts are being written by David Nicholls, known for films including Far From the Madding Crowd and One Day.
Here’s some pictures of New York appearing in Glasgow.
Images by Paul Gallagher