This is an ideal map for anyone who loves British television.
American designer, Tim Ritz has created this incredible map of the UK charting where shed-loads of British shows are set, and where they’re actually filmed.
So, for instance, Doctor Who: set in all of time and space, but filmed largely in Cardiff…
Ritz lives in Washington, and was explaining to his wife, Kolleen where Foyle’s War is set. This Post-It note estimation of the United Kingdom continued to include Downton Abbey and Pride and Prejudice. Then Kolleen suggested he created this map for mass dissemination. He explains:
“After all, Americans are notorious for having a feeble grasp of international geography. (And if the internet is any evidence, at least some Brits have the same issue with the U.S.) But hopefully this resource helps us all better appreciate the brilliance of these series, from Poldark to Peep Show, by knowing just where exactly they are supposed to be.”
It’s not perfect, but it’s still pretty darn great. Feel free to play “Spot The Mistake”, but also take a minute to appreciate the work that’s gone into it.
Doctor Who fans might also like to spot Torchwood and Sherlock. It’s furthermore great to note how many of those shows star Who alumni, including: The Paradise (starring Joanna Vanderham – who I personally reckon should be the next companion – as well as Adrian Scarborough, Sarah Lancashire, and Mark Bonnar); Spooks aka MI:5 (with Time Heist‘s Keeley Hawes); Doc Martin (Snakedance‘s Martin Clunes); Happy Valley (Lancashire with Cold War‘s James Norton); and The Detectorists (with Toby Jones from Amy’s Choice).
If you add in Who writers too, the list expands even further (Hide‘s Neil Cross, for example, created Luther, and was a showrunner for Spooks)!