Life on Mars – Manchester

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For the BBC SciFi drama “Life on Mars” (named after the David Bowie song), the main location for filming is Manchester in the UK. Sam Tyler (John Simm) gets into an accident and finds himself waking up in the Police Force of the 1970’s under supervision from DCI Gene Hunt (Glenister). The story is set in Greater Manchester and some of the locations used are the Victoria Baths in Longsight. They are used several times throughout the show. First as the swimmingpool, later as old waterworks, a warehouse and the morgue of season two.

Sam first sees himself in 1973 in West Egerton Street. Rochdale Road and an alley near Princess Street are also used in season one. The police station is located at the end of Lacy Street (see the detailed map for exact locations) near the A6, it is Stopford House.

In season 1, St Thomas Hospital was used as the morgue (a real morgue).

Also used: WiIlliams Street (“Watch my car or I’ll stomp on your toys!”). Tiger Lounge near Cooper street is where the Casino is in season 2. Near Bond street is where Sam gets hit by a car in 2006.

Tomb Raider The Cradle of Life – Wales (Snowdonia)

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Originaly, Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life was going to be filmed in China near the Great Wall. The Chinese authorities refused the crew to film in their country, so an alternative had to be found. The United Kingdom was chosen, Snowdonia area in particular. The bike chase near the great wall was filmed at Pen y Pass. The wall was added later.

Lara crashed her pod at lake Llyn Gwynant near Beddgelert. More mountains were created by an effects studio to give the area a more Chinese look. But the Chinese village was real, build for the movie near the Welch lake.

A drop was filmed at Alexandra Slate Quarry – Gwynedd (also enhanced later by special effects to make it more spectacular). Here the Terracotta army is stored. The LongMen Grottoes at LuoYang, China were also used for these scenes.

Other locations used are Moel Siabod and Fynnon Llugwy.

Another famous movie, starring Warwick Davies, was recorded in the area as well. “Willow” was filmed in and around Llanberis.