Sky drama Patrick Melrose films Glasgow as New York

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sky drama Patrick Melrose filmed the Scottish city of Glasgow as 1980s New York City.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sky drama Patrick Melrose filmed Glasgow in Scotland as 1980s New York City.

Produced by Cumberbatch’s own SunnyMarch with Two Cities Television, the story stars Cumberbatch as troubled Patrick Melrose in an adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s novels.

Sky drama Patrick Melrose films Glasgow as New York
Patrick Melrose

While much of the shoot was based in London, Glasgow stood in for New York for selected scenes.

The city’s grid system of streets made it a suitable double for US cities and it had previous experience having stood in for the likes of Philadelphia in Brad Pitt’s zombie movie World War Z and for San Francisco in the fantasy movie Cloud Atlas.

“There were several months of prep and extensive meetings with council liaisons to get ready for a five-day shoot,” says Lloret Dunn, supervising location on the Glasgow leg of the Patrick Melrose shoot, in comments to KFTV.

“Glasgow is a very film-friendly city. Residents get excited when big productions move in and the larger benefits of a high-profile shoot, in terms of film tourism, are well known.

“One of the main things is always to do it in a way that minimises local disruption. We organised a number of street closures over the course of the five days and were even allowed to close Bothwell Street [a key Glasgow artery] for a time, which was great.”

Filming for Patrick Melrose helped deliver more than £15m in total production spending to Glasgow in 2017. Other high-profile shoots included the Netflix feature Outlaw King, about 14th century Scottish monarch Robert the Bruce.

Selected scenes for Patrick Melrose were also filmed in and around a privately-owned chateau in Provence in south-eastern France, where in the story the Melrose family owns a summer retreat.

See KFTV's production guide for details on filming in Scotland and for local contacts.


“The chateau had been used for French TV shows before and had previously been considered by Ridley Scott for his 2006 film A Good Year,” says Xavier Legris, location manager for the French leg of the shoot, in comments to KFTV.

“It was suitable for Patrick Melrose as it lies in a quiet region with terraces, vineyards and woods, and has a certain charm. Crucially, it was also close to airports and hotels.”

The production team spent five weeks prepping the French locations. This involved making extensive temporary alterations to the chateau’s interiors to accommodate the changing tastes of the Melrose family in separate time frames of the screen story.

France is becoming a more popular international filming location since the government expanded the country’s filming incentive support.

Images: Sky Atlantic

Sky drama Patrick Melrose films Glasgow as New York
Patrick Melrose

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sky drama Patrick Melrose filmed Glasgow in Scotland as 1980s New York City.

Produced by Cumberbatch’s own SunnyMarch with Two Cities Television, the story stars Cumberbatch as troubled Patrick Melrose in an adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s novels.

While much of the shoot was based in London, Glasgow stood in for New York for selected scenes.

The city’s grid system of streets made it a suitable double for US cities and it had previous experience having stood in for the likes of Philadelphia in Brad Pitt’s zombie movie World War Z and for San Francisco in the fantasy movie Cloud Atlas.

“There were several months of prep and extensive meetings with council liaisons to get ready for a five-day shoot,” says Lloret Dunn, supervising location on the Glasgow leg of the Patrick Melrose shoot, in comments to KFTV.

“Glasgow is a very film-friendly city. Residents get excited when big productions move in and the larger benefits of a high-profile shoot, in terms of film tourism, are well known.

“One of the main things is always to do it in a way that minimises local disruption. We organised a number of street closures over the course of the five days and were even allowed to close Bothwell Street [a key Glasgow artery] for a time, which was great.”

Filming for Patrick Melrose helped deliver more than £15m in total production spending to Glasgow in 2017. Other high-profile shoots included the Netflix feature Outlaw King, about 14th century Scottish monarch Robert the Bruce.

Selected scenes for Patrick Melrose were also filmed in and around a privately-owned chateau in Provence in south-eastern France, where in the story the Melrose family owns a summer retreat.

See KFTV's production guide for details on filming in Scotland and for local contacts.


“The chateau had been used for French TV shows before and had previously been considered by Ridley Scott for his 2006 film A Good Year,” says Xavier Legris, location manager for the French leg of the shoot, in comments to KFTV.

“It was suitable for Patrick Melrose as it lies in a quiet region with terraces, vineyards and woods, and has a certain charm. Crucially, it was also close to airports and hotels.”

The production team spent five weeks prepping the French locations. This involved making extensive temporary alterations to the chateau’s interiors to accommodate the changing tastes of the Melrose family in separate time frames of the screen story.

France is becoming a more popular international filming location since the government expanded the country’s filming incentive support.

Images: Sky Atlantic

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